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The Orca Inn

770 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great hotel for someone looking to enjoy more time outside than inside. We used it has a home-base for our adventures on the island after Thanksgiving. The guy who manned the desk each time we interacted was very helpful, coming out to our building late at night to silence a chirping fire alarm from an empty room.... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

As other reviewers have noted the rooms are small. But, if you are here to sit around your hotel room, you should probably stay at home. There is free coffee at the front desk in the morning and a covered area in front of the office to eat the breakfast you brought. The most important thing for me in a... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Good bang for the buck. There is so much to do on the island that we didn't mind that the rooms are a tad small. Clean and quiet. And in a great location in Friday harbor. All in all we were happy especially about the price.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I was looking for a clean room with little fanfare and the Orca Inn fit the bill perfectly. The reviews said the rooms were small but when I read that I know its from someone who hasn't traveled much. The staff were helpful and very friendly.

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Glendale, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Ocra Inn is a low key, bargain priced place that reminds me of an inexpensive English B&B at the seashore. (I have stayed in a lot in the UK (Blackpool, Portmerion) The room was a bit small (but as advertised) and no real seating area. But it had a microwave and a refrigerator, so no complaints! Located on quiet... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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141 reviews 141 reviews
48 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The room was nice - large, comfortable bed, fridge, large, clean bathroom, desk. The wifi was non-existent the first night, which was a problem. The staff were friendly and the room was clean. The hotel was quiet, as there were few guests. Can imagine that when it is crowded, it could be a bit noisier as the walls are very... More 

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San Diego
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This motel met our needs and expectations. We knew we were getting a good price and did not expect the Ritz-Carlton. We opted for one of their larger rooms after reading the reviews. I did see a smaller room and can attest that it is small. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The unit was about a mile from the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Rooms were perfect, immaculately clean, beds were very comfortable and the price was great. Don't waste your money on an expensive hotel, after all you visit the San Juans for the views, culture and tranquility. This place was a bargain and I'd definitely stay here again.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I had a terrible experience with the on sight management. This couple was extremely rude to me! There are so many wonderful places to stay that are affordable that also offer excellent customer service! I say, no, to this place. Keep looking! Also, there were folks smoking marijuana at night inside their room and the smell filled my room.

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orcainn, Manager at The Orca Inn, responded to this review

Once in a while, like all hotel managers, we get a complaint like this. In almost every case, it is a situation where someone doesn't like the rules. We try very hard to be pleasant with everyone, as evidenced by the numerous positive reviews here. But there are situations where we can't bend the rules, and hence become painted as... More 

Mount Vernon, Washington
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119 reviews 119 reviews
18 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This economical little place is very good if you understand that it is going to be small, and is going to be cheap and that it will have ugly brown paneling...no surprises. When I booked this room it was a last minute getaway on what promised to be a stellar weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Because I was assured by... More 

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orcainn, Manager at The Orca Inn, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! We agree that the brown paneling is "dated," but wouldn't go so far as to call it "ugly." Just very "retro." Thanks for noticing our new linens! We replaced all the sheets and towels this year, and have gone with the industry trend of "triple sheeting" which eliminates the bedspreads. We have also replaced most of... More 

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