The Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Washington is a dreamy Pacific Northwest getaway boasting rooms with a view, rare Hood Canal waterfront access and a collection of homestyle Covid-19 precautions that recently earned them national attention.
We felt pampered, taken care of, and in tune with nature. And we can’t wait to go back. Make sure to snag my Alderbrook Resort promo code from this post before you book a visit!
From getting Crème Brûlée delivered to our door via room service, to snagging aaaall the swimming/jacuzzi timeslots for the kids, Alderbrook’s amenities were a good mix of family-friendly for the kiddos and posh for the grownups.
But this review isn’t like my other hotel reviews – it’s my first pandemic travel review for 2020. All this from our family who believes in Covid-19, social distancing, and masking up. The resort does, too. In fact, the resort’s blog announced Alderbrook is among the hotels named #1 in the US list of Safest Hotel and Resort for Social Distancing” by Fodor’s Travel Guide.
My in-person takeaway: I felt safer with the hotel’s thoughtful pandemic protocols such as hand sanitizer stations everywhere, clear rules posted, and a well-organized crowd-control reservation system at the pool area. Plus, they implemented all these in cozy/home-like ways that weren’t sterile or scary which I appreciate for my little fam.
We stayed two nights on a Tuesday and Wednesday, and I can’t say enough good things about traveling during off-peak days. There are always fewer people that way so you get more of the place to yourself, which is especially helpful for social distancing. Plus, the hotel is a dreamy PNW getaway with fun surprises for the kids, rare Hood Canal waterfront access and yummy room service!
The Alderbrook Resort & Spa has been a Hood Canal visitor staple since 1913 when guests first arrived by canoe! Today, the property includes an expansive hotel with wooded lodge vibes as well as a series of separate, private cabins next door. And don’t worry, it’s accessible by car these days 🙂
Our Top Fave Things There
Ok, so this one isn’t as fancy — but as a mama navigating life during Covid-19, it’s still a fave.
Whether you pick a hotel room or a cabin reservation at Alderbrook, you have access to all of the amenities like the swimming pool + jacuzzi, and hotel restaurant. You also get to trek Alderbrook’s private waterfront dock and shoreline. And that water access, mind you, is a major Hood Canal rarity unless you own a vacation house here. So what a treat it was to be able to go walk the dock to muse over the glassy waters for a little alone time while Bowen took the kids to the pool.
I don’t recommend taking small kids for a walk out onto the dock because that would just stress me out that they’d let go of my hand and tumble into the water. But there’s a good stretch of pebbly shoreline in front of Alderbrook’s restaurant, pool, and cabins that will let kiddos be waterside to their heart’s content.
Clara and Wyatt couldn’t wait to get next to the water (even though it was 40 degrees outside) so they could skip rocks and run around. Plus. it’s super pretty for pictures! Wyatt did wade into the water, prompting some of it to spill into his boots so there was a short freakout over the cold lol but that’s just four-year-olds for you. Luckily, wherever we were on the grounds, our room was just a short walk away!
Christmastime Fun (Late November – December)
Here’s Wyatt writing his letter to Santa during our time there. Letter writing and hunting down the “official” Santa mailboxes is one of my favorite holiday adventures so we were delighted to find one here!
Canal Holiday Experience
One of the cool things about visiting the resort in December is a seasonal attraction called the Canal Holiday Experience. I don’t know about other years, but they said this attraction wasn’t open to the public this year. I think during “normal” years, the resort hosts a Christmas on the Canal event with a visit from Santa and a tree lighting ceremony. But due to Covid, that was canceled this year for obvious reasons. But the Canal Holiday Experience was so cute! Very socially-distanced and still magical.
The Canal Holiday Experience is a decoration extravaganza where a very talented server named Bree from the Alderbrook restaurant comes in and transforms a fourth-floor hotel suite into a walkable and whimsical winter wonderland of gingerbread, glittering faux-snow mountaintops and all the artistic photo-op backdrops your holiday heart could hope for.Here are Clara and her new BFF nutcracker friend guarding the door to the attraction. He’s a little nutty, don’t cha think?? I sure crack myself up. Ok, I’ll stop now. Pinky swear. 😉.
This intricately carved fellow was one of the many (many) absolutely stunning holiday decorations that decked out the resort. I don’t know if that’s an actual verb, but I’m gonna go with it 🤓.
The Fancy Room + Room Service
We stayed in a Courtyard Double Queen room. You can see a virtual tour of it here. I usually associate “courtyard” with “garden view” or something like that at hotels, but fear not, at Alderbrook even some of the Courtyard rooms boast partial waterfront views! Ours did and that was super exciting for us.
We stayed on the second floor, Room 203. From the windows, we could see the courtyard lawn, a giant lit Christmas tree, and a good bit of sparkling water behind it.
Our room looked exactly like this hotel shot, except, you know, this photo is way cleaner. Because kids. Lol. But check out a few of my photos below, including Wyatt’s ‘too cool’ pose with a scrumptious bite of Alderbrook’s famous french toast*. I don’t ask him to pose like this!! It’s hysterical.
*Bonus – they can make this french toast with gluten-free bread! I have a gluten allergy, which usually makes eating out a pain, so little gf options like this are so appreciated.
The pool area is all indoors and includes bathrooms, showers, the expansive swimming pool, and a double jacuzzi!! They also have towels for everyone and goggles to borrow for the kids. Just walk down to the pool (located on the first floor across the lawn from the restaurant) and the pool attendant will take your covid-era swim reservation by hand by marking off a time slot or two on the whiteboard. I think each slot is limited to 30 people total, but I could be wrong and that total could change depending on whichever covid safety rules are in place at different times. Overall though, it was always like, us and one other family.
The Little Playground
My kids really miss playgrounds (#pandemiclife). So it’s a treat when we find a small and empty one like this. It was wet from the rain but Danny in guest services wiped down the swings and slides for us without me even asking! How cute is that!! It’s the little things, you guys. Human kindness ftw. This park is located across from the hotel entrance on the otherside of the crosswalk. It’s along the path to the Alderbrook Nature Trails … which is a whole other amenity that we didn’t use during our stay but have enjoyed in the past since we currently live nearby.
And Finally … That Special Alderbrook Resort Promo Code for my Readers!
Get a deal on a room all year long using my Alderbrook Resort promo code.
*October 2021 UPDATE — there’s a glitch w/ the code but my hotel sources said for you guys to use this booking link with the discount already built in!
This gives readers special access to my exclusive “corporate rate” for room discounts that vary in amount depending on the season 🤗 . Check out the pic below for the prices.
Also … Bonus! I saved the video of our stay in a highlight bubble over on Instagram so you can still catch the fun if you missed the first go-around.
And that’s our stay! See you there!
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