Growing up in Western Washington, I had seen Semiahmoo Resort before, but had never stayed. We stayed a weekend in September and had a great time!
My understanding is that the resort was built in the 1980's but closed a few years ago and remained closed for a few years. It was reopened last year by Coastal Hotel Group. They seem to be making some good changes and hopefully it will make it under the new owners.
The staff in the hotel were all friendly and helpful. From offering you a glass of lemonade when you check in to the service at the pool (they had a bar set up when we were there), you can tell that they are trying to be an upscale resort.
The location is very nice, you have amazing views from all over the property and it is on a spit so you really feel away from any hustle and bustle. But also be aware that there is really nothing around it; so if you need gas or groceries it will be bit of a drive.
The rooms are nice, mine had a balcony (overlooking the parking lot, but I could have paid more for the ocean view). The bed was comfortable and the towels were clean and high quality. The wifi in the rooms is speedy and reliable, so clearly it has been updated. Nice big TV in the room as well, with many channels.
The pool area is wonderful. They have really worked on this, nice seating, good amenities. The locker room is great (shared with the Spa I believe) with a sauna and steam room. It is huge, I can't imagine why it needs to be so big but it's nice to have. Both hot tub and pool were great.
Although many nice updates have clearly been in the works, there are other places that the property shows its wear. The carpet in the common areas is old and has stains (the guest rooms have new carpet). The decor is dated and needs to be updated.
We ate at the Oyster Bar/Restaurant which has clearly been remodeled and has great views. The food was great, but the service was awful. We had to end up going to the bar to get our drinks because the server never came by. Could be an amazing spot to eat if they improved the service.
The other problem we ran in to is that there is no cafe/coffee/snack bar. We went across the parking lot to the marina for coffee and snacks. So either bring your own or check out the Marina. I think the resort is missing an opportunity here.
Overall, I would absolutely go back. With a few tweaks this could really be a destination resort that could get the attention of folks all over the region. I hope it works out, this is a gem in the Northwest.