WorldMark Birch Bay3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
The people here are great. Karia (I think) was a sweetheart. Check in was very pleasant and welcoming. Room was nice and comfortable. The cleaning could use some training. There was actually food (cereal) left all around in the living room, and my cousin went around cleaning chocolate off the arms of the furniture, and some ashtray thing was left on the table. Everything else was good. Beds are comfortable and we had a partial view of the bay. Great location. Kitchen had everything you need. Nice pool and hot tub. I would definitely come back
Our weeklong stay at Birch Bay WorldMark was very enjoyable. They were just finishing up refurbishing this resort on the beach, and our room had been very recently completed. We had a small view of the bay, which was a big plus. One of the amenities we really appreciated was the washer/dryer in the room. There are some things management should consider, such as air conditioning. We were on the 3rd floor, and the weather was fabulous, but quite warm for the beginning of May. The big down side for us was that when we checked in (after a VERY long and difficult drive) they hit us up for a “review” of our RCI membership and how it relates to owning WorldMark. After many times of saying no, the “concierge” agreed to a tentative appt. We ended up going (dumb move!) just to get the freebies. Once again, the review was a sales presentation. We managed to keep our time to under two hours, but basically walked out on the guy. NEVER AGAIN!!!
Very convenient location with beautiful bay just across the main street in the tiny town of Birch Bay. We ambled to the beachside to relax and watch incredible sunsets. Weather was gorgeous and warm. Take note: this is not an ocean beach with sand and waves; this is on Puget Sound, an extremely scenic, huge inland saltwater sea. There is no beach here at high tides. At low tides, the shallow bay drains to reveal acres of flat mud combined with sand. We harvested large, beautiful, tasty cockle clams for chowder, spaghetti sauce and dip. This is only possible when the water is safe (no "Red Tide" closure), after you buy a license (from friendly Bay Center Market, a 2- minute drive north), and for an hour or so before and after low tides occurring during daylight (see daily tide schedules online). We were blessed with perfect conditions and timing on the last safe harvesting day before a Red Tide closure for the rest of our vacation. We were assigned to a recently remodeled 3rd floor 2 bedroom unit on a back corner of the building. It smelled new, was nicely refurbished, and had a neat bay window only corner units have. Unless you're assigned to a corner spot, all four floors ONLY HAVE WINDOWS (AND A SLIDER TO THE TINY DECK) ON ONE SIDE OF THE UNIT WITH NO OCEAN VIEW. All units face another condo complex to the north or south, with NO VIEW of the bay to the west. Our extra windows faced east, overlooking a tacky RV park with gravel roads. Our unit accommodated six, but had only four chairs at the small dinette table, and the cramped deck with a huge propane BBQ was only comfortable for two. We had "poor signal" or no connection on the living room TV. Here's the worst part: Everyone is referred to the "Concierge" as part of check-in. I was handed a mandatory form to fill in (thinly disguised timeshare sales qualification questionnaire). I said I will not be filling one out and the "Concierge" became quite rude. She exclaimed, "ALL our RCI guests fill these out." She told ladies in front of us the 2-hour presentation she was pressuring them to sign up for was "education" about timeshare resorts. She practically bribed them to attend by promising gift certificates. This sales pressure was a total turnoff within the first half-hour. The concierge acted oblivious about nearby free locations & activities, telling us she'd never heard of watching whales from shore and instead urged us to take a boat tour 1-2 hours away with companies she seemed to have a lucrative arrangement with. She told us Birch Bay State Park adjoining town was just a campground, but it's a gorgeous park with towering trees, well-equipped day use area, and elevated picnic tables at the beach where you can watch for whale spouts. I spoke with a manager about all these concierge issues. She listened well and said it should be made clear the questionnaire was optional. Through our own research, we discovered the delightful, free, Hovander Homestead county park a few miles away. We spent hours enjoying the demonstration, weed, and fragrance gardens, climbing the observation tower, strolling the huge, grassy grounds with farm animals (great place for kids!), and birding along the long boardwalk through the marsh. Next time we visit this incredible area, we will trade through RCI into the far classier Raintree Sandcastle Resort next door. Their front desk staff are warm, super helpful, and happy to give you a tour of a unit. Units have beautiful bay or mountain/meadow views, and larger decks. They're more spacious and have dining rooms with table seating that matches occupancy numbers.
Nice quiet area. Close enough to Vancouver (about one hour). Make sure to go to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was very beautiful. Rent bikes and go through Stanley Park. Go along the sea wall, it is excellent. Also close enough to Seattle and all it has to offer (2 hours). The drive through the Cascades National Park was breathtaking. Driving up Route 11 was beautiful. Beach restaurant right next to the resort was very good. Black Forest and Semiahoo Resort in Blaine were very fancy and very good! Great home base to see the Northwest.
Being from Hawaii, people often ask us why we are in such a cold place (this was in early April) and our answer is that we want something different and we enjoy the cool weather. When you live in Hawaii, you're busy working and rarely get to the beach. In Birch Bay, the beach was right across the street and at low tide, we are able to watch other more ambitious people dig for clams while the birds catch crab on the shoreline. The cool air is refreshing and crisp making for perfect climate to take a walk on the shore. The people at Worldmark are very friendly and helpful and you are greeted by the scent of freshly popped popcorn that you can shovel into a little package for a snack with a hot cup of coffee, while wife checks in. The apartments are always well appointed and clean and getting extra laundry soap or spice packets is easy at the front desk. There are some timeshares that will charge you for one extra packet of detergent...not here. It was such a relaxing stay... We ventured down to the Mt Vernon area to see the Tulip festival...we were a little early this year since not all the tulips were open because of the cool weather, but it was beautiful anyway. There was a little town called LaConner, with a really wonderful museum the Skagit County Historical Museum that has great displays and a great view of the town from the balcony. We highly recommend it. This is the 3rd time we have come here and it is a very family friendly place, not high nose just comfortable.
The location is good if you look for a beach vacation. They are remodeling their units (deadline, May 2018) and I got one of them, very nice, spacious, modern, although neighbors can be heard when they walk in their rooms. The TV units are on the cheap side, quite bad sound quality. The kitchen, very well furnished with all you need to cook. Now, the cons. The check-in experience was bad. I was tired of my trip, and I felt like a walking wallet when, when after a slow check-in process, I got the room keys, and I was addressed to the concierge lady "to pick up the parking permit". I was given by her a document to be filled out with a lot of personal questions like my civil status, annual income, name, address, phone, email, if I have a timeshare property already, etc. I told her I wasn´t comfortable filling out all that because of privacy reasons and her response was that "that was given to all guests for demographics". I still don´t know if that meant that I was stupid for not filling it out like the rest of people, or the rest of people are stupid for doing it. Anyway, she reacted badly when I told her that I wasn´t providing that info. Then she asked us to choose the time we could attend the timeshare presentation, in order to get whatever discounts I didn´t care about. My wife kindly declined before I decided to ask for the manager. The staff overall was kind, well trained per the book, but that concierge experience ruined it. I know the hotel may reply this review, but if the hotel wants to get "demographics" in order to provide a better customer service, the questions should be oriented to that, like "how many days you plan to stay", "are you traveling with kids, how many", "are you a beach traveler, business, event, family visit", "do you plan to visit the area, or stay at the resort", etc. Their "demographics" are clearly oriented to help their sales. BTW, for "privacy reasons", they don´t clean your room. Because of this and the above, that´s why I won´t come back to a Wyndham again. Next time I´ll go to a hotel.
The staff was great. However the condo sad shape. You were afraid to go bare foot the floors were sticky. The windows were dirty and the seals were full of mold. The pool area was small but nice. There is no real beach. The only time there is a beach area us at low tide and that's about 4 pm or later.
The staff is very friendly, professional and willing to help with anything you may need. The 2 bedroom unit was spacious, clean and comfortable. There are many activities at Birch Bay and surrounding towns for kids and adults.
The room we stayed in was recently renovated. It was very well done. The beds were so comfortable that we took a picture of the tag on the mattress. The staff at Birch Bay was friendly and quick to help. Birch Bay is the perfect location when exploring the Pacific Northwest!
The resort was lovely and appealing. Very accommodating staff. The location was lovely. The resort is located on the bay, and the scenery was gorgeous. There were a number of local amenities we were able to take advantage of, as well as a short 20 minute drive to the Canadian border to visit Vancouver. We really enjoyed the resort.
- Free parking
- Outdoor pool and indoor pool
- Fitness center
- WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
Located within a mile (2 km) of Birch Bay Waterslides, WorldMark Birch Bay is within 3 miles (5 km) of Birch Bay State Park. This 104-room, 3-star condo property welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and free self parking. Loomis Trail Golf Club and Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club are also near this Blaine condo.
The 104 air-conditioned condos feature kitchens and balconies. LCD TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Washers/dryers, fireplaces, and sofa beds are other standard amenities. Limited housekeeping is available.
WorldMark Birch Bay features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The 24-hour front desk has staff always at the ready. Additional amenities include a spa tub, WiFi in public areas, and an arcade/game room.
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45.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 101 reviews