Earlier in the week, I reviewed the Waterfront Inn in the small town of Gig Harbor, WA. Now, it’s time to review the second waterfront hotel The Maritime Inn, which is steps away from historic downtown and the harbor.
The Maritime Inn offers its guests:
- Tasteful rooms with harbor views
- Complimentary glass of wine the day of check-in
- Garden patio
- Complimentary breakfast
- Within walking distance of restaurants, museums, tasting rooms, brewery, the market
- Within walking distance of Gig Harbor Gondolas and the Cushman Trail
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The Maritime Inn – Next to the Harbor
The Inn – Then
The Maritime Inn has an interesting past. It was built in 1901 by Lee Makovich, a Yugoslavian immigrant and well-known fisherman in Gig Harbor. Makovich’s connection to the water began in 1888 when he went to sea as a deck boy at the age of eleven. Four years later he ranked as an able seaman. When he landed on the west coast, he made his way up to Puget Sound and settled in Gig Harbor where he married and had children. He co-owned five fishing vessels, helped organize the Fisherman’s Packing Corporation, and was one of the signers of the Fraser River Pacific Salmon Treaty. For over 85-years the house remained in the Makovich family, and a section of the original home is part of the hotel.
The Inn – Now
Today, The Maritime Inn is a 15 room boutique hotel, and each room honors a historic vessel that operated in Gig Harbor like the Wollochet, the Eagle, and the Shenandoah (which you can see at the Harbor History Museum). Every room has a gas fireplace, Pima bedding, a flat screen TV, cable/HBO, refrigerator, snacks for purchase, and all rooms but one has a water view. Some rooms also have private decks and jetted tubs.
The inn is not next to the water, but it very close, only a very short walk across the street and through the community park. The inn is within walking distance of restaurants like Netshed No. 9, Brix 25º, and Tides Tavern, and parts of the Cushman Trail.
Check-In and Complimentary Glass of Wine
The lobby of the Inn is on the backside of the building, and the day you check in you receive a complimentary glass of Washington wine. The day I arrived I had activities planned so that I couldn’t enjoy my glass of wine right then. They said it was no problem and to come back later.
I came back in the late afternoon and since it was such a warm day I decided to relax under the covered patio garden.
The Maritime Inn – My Room
A Room with a View of the Park and Harbor
I stayed in The Tides room, which is a queen bedroom at street level with a very comfortable bed with soft linens, a gas fireplace, a dresser, flat screen TV, a sitting area with a loveseat, and a small table with two chairs. From my window, I could see the harbor and Skansie Brothers Park and Netshed, which had just gone under construction. (I was busy during the day, so the noise didn’t bother me during my stay.) That night, I slept very comfortably, and almost wished it was chillier so I could turn on the fireplace.
Tip: The construction at Skansie Brothers Park it is expected to be completed in May/June 2017.
The next morning I popped back into the common area (past the lobby) to check out the breakfast, which had an array of oatmeal, pastries, fruits, and juices. Guests may load up the trays and take their breakfast back to their room, or enjoy it on the outside picnic tables or the patio garden.
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The Maritime Inn – Pros and Cons
- Hotel with a neat history
- Water view rooms
- Rooms with private decks
- Rooms with jetted tubs
- Complimentary glass of Washington wine
- Complimentary breakfast
- Within walking distance of restaurants, a distillery, brewery, store, and gondola rides
- Free WiFi
- Not dog-friendly
- For a bit longer there will be nearby construction
- Some of the rooms are near the street (this didn’t bother me, but it might for some)
Would I stay at the Maritime Inn again? Yes! My room was very comfortable and spacious. I also enjoyed the garden patio, and a complimentary beverage always makes a good impression. One of the advantages of the inn is that it a short walk to some of my favorite foodie stops like Netshed No. 9, JW at the Trolley, Brix 25°, as well as Tides Tavern and 7 Seas Brewing Company. It is also almost across the street from Gig Harbor Gondola.
Like the Waterfront Inn, you could park your car and never have to use it, especially during the summer when the PT Trolley runs from June 2 to September 5 (2017 dates). There is a stop right near the inn. Rides are .50¢ one-way or a $1 all day, so its a no brainer to use this service.
What is nearby?
On this side of the harbor you’ll find Gig Harbor Gondola, Arabella’s Landing Marina, which has beautiful landscaping with fountains and streams, and at Ship to Shore, you can try out kayaks in the water. If you walk along Harbor View Drive, it will take you to the old ferry landing and entrance to Gig Harbor where you can see the lighthouse and Mt. Rainier. There are a couple of small parks with trails – the Grandview Forest Park and a little further away Adam Tallman Nature Park. There is also access points to the Cushman Trail.
For a small town, Gig Harbor does not lack things activities or eateries. For more detailed list of activities and restaurants check out Gluttony Encouraged – How to Eat Your Way Around Gig Harbor.
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