When I go to Bainbridge Island, I usually stay with family, but when a group of us are all in town that means we sometimes stay in local lodging. Bainbridge Island has many local accommodations from seaside inns to cozy bed and breakfasts. The island’s only big chain hotel is Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites, and its spacious suites with small kitchens and pet-friendly rooms make it an ideal choice for extended, budget and pet-friendly travel.
Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites Rooms & Amenities
The Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites has 102 rooms with configurations of a queen bed, a queen bed with a sofa bed, two queen beds and king suites with full kitchens. Prices vary seasonally and by room type. In the summer expect rates to range from $150 to $180, and in winter from $140 to $170. They also offer cheaper rates for those with Best Western Rewards, AAA and CAA. The suites have full kitchens with a dishwasher, dishware, sink, and stove. Non-suite rooms come with a refrigerator and microwave. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and cable television.
Guests also have access to the business center, a complimentary breakfast with hot items like eggs, sausage, and waffles, a small fitness center, and free passes to the Bainbridge Aquatics Center (The facility has two pools, a water slide, lazy river, tot pool, spa, lap area. This feature is really handy if you have kids). The lobby has lots of seating and tables with good natural lighting and an outdoor patio area. The hotel is across the street from a shopping hub that has a Safeway, Rite-Aid, Subway, Starbucks, other shops and restaurants. Downtown Winslow is a 20-minute walk or a 2-minute drive away.
Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites – Great for Extended, Pet-Friendly & Budget Travel
For a family wedding, we stayed at the Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites for two days. We had a King Bed Suite that was also pet-friendly. This was the first time we stayed in a hotel overnight with our puppy Hazel, and I was a little nervous about how she would fare in an unfamiliar environment. Thankfully the suite was spacious with plenty of room for her to play with her toys and for us to not be stumbling over her crate.
There were many things we liked about our stay. Our room was comfortable and the bed and bedding cozy. The bathroom had one sink, but the room was big enough for both of us to be easily in there at one time. Since we had a full kitchen we could easily cook food in our room if we wanted, which we did one night. The nearby shopping area which includes a grocery store makes using the kitchen a no-brainer. We were fairly close to the door that led down to the pet bathroom area, which abutted natural woods, so it made taking the dog outside a pleasure. Also, parking is FREE and under the hotel in a secure lot.
We didn’t go to the complimentary breakfast so I can’t comment on that, but they do have lots of options including eggs, breakfast meats, and waffles.
There were five things I found frustrating about our experience.
1) The door that accessed the pet area locked behind you and didn’t have a key card access slot so, you had to walk all the way to the front of the hotel to get back into your hotel room. After doing that a couple of times we decided to put a piece of paper in the door so we could easily get back in.
2) The hotel didn’t offer any type of shuttle service to and from the ferry, which means you have to pay for a cab (approx. $5).
3) No overhead lighting in our room. Only lamp lighting. Not helpful when getting dressed up for wedding activities.
4) There is no official receiving/check-in driveway. Guest pull in the parking area next to the hotel that is shared with a gas station, and then you walk up the stairs and inside the hotel to check-in. If it’s rainy, which it often is in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll be getting wet.
4) The check-in time is 4 p.m. (I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in hotel that had this late of a check-in time.)
Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites Pros & Cons
- Roomy suites with full kitchens.
- Complimentary breakfast with eggs and breakfast meats.
- Shopping area across the street (Starbucks, Rite-Aid, Safeway, pet store, and restaurants).
- Free passes to Bainbridge Aquatics Center (Really handy if you are traveling with kids).
- Close to downtown Winslow, which has museums, shops, wine tasting, restaurants, the marina, waterfront trails and water activities.
- Friendly staff.
- No shuttle service to and from the ferry.
- Downtown Winslow is a 20-minute walk away.
- When using the pet bathroom area the door locks behind you and guests have to walk to the front to get back inside.
- Low lighting in the hotel room.
- Check-in is 4 p.m.
- No arrival driveway for checking in. Guests need to park in the shared parking lot with the nearby gas station.
Would I stay at Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites? Yes, especially for an extended stay. There are plenty of great dining options on Bainbridge Island, but being able to cook some meals in the room is ideal for budget travel. I liked the proximity of the room to the pet area, which made traveling with our puppy easier. And, while the hotel is not in downtown Winslow, it is very close by.
Bainbridge Island Travel Tips
Hotel Address: 350 High School Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Closest Airport: Sea-Tac International Airport
Drive time from Sea-Tac: 1.30-hours (Includes ferry commute, does not include traffic congestion or ferry wait which can be 1 to 2 hours during the summer.)
Ferry Route and Travel Time: Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry is 35-minutes. From the ferry, it is a 4-munite drive to the hotel, and a 22-minute walk.
No-Car Options: The LINK Light Rail route connects the airport to downtown Seattle. From Pioneer Station, the walk to the ferry terminal it is around 10-minutes. And, it’s downhill. Going back, it will be uphill. On Bainbridge Island, during the weekdays, Kitsap Transit has bus routes all over. Route 95 picks up at the ferry and has a drop off on High School Road.
Historic Travel Tip: On your visit, I strongly suggest visiting the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. There is also a self-guided Historical Walking Tour.
Dining Travel Tip: There are plenty of fantastic options for foodie stops on Bainbridge Island. Some of my favorites are The Streamliner Diner and The Madison Diner for breakfast, Cafe Nola for any meal, San Carlos Restaurant and The Manor House for dinner, for a fun vibe Pegasus Coffee, Harbour Public House (21+ only), and Alehouse on Winslow, and for handmade ice cream Mora Iced Creamery.