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The Orca Inn

2.0 of 5 770 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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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46 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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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38 helpful votes 38 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

Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Stayed here for a weekend in August 2014. The location is decent - about a 5-10 minute walk from downtown Friday Harbor. Also I like that there is a grocery store right next door, although I find it strange that there is a fence between the properties with no gate, so even though the buildings are mere steps apart you... More

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

Thanks for the positive review! We're so glad you weren't bothered by the grocery store next door. It can often be a burden because of the noise, but it's also a great convenience for it to be so close. The tall fence, complete with ivy in some sections, was intended to offer some noise relief, but it isn't enough. We... More

Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is an excellent value for the money. It is quite a hike uphill from the marina, so if you have heavy bags, you might want to get the circulating shuttle or a taxi. My room was small. It was absolutely spotless. Even in the tiny micro-full room there is a refrigerator and a microwave. There is a stand-up shower... More

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

Thank you for the wonderful score and review! We're particularly pleased that you recognize what a great value The Orca Inn can be on an island that can be expensive to visit. We also agree that, if you're bringing bags, a quick call to Bob's Taxi, Friday Harbor Taxi, San Juan Taxi, or the Classic Cab is well worth the... More

Austin, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This place is not somewhere you want to stay if your planning on hanging around in a hotel! BUT if all you want is a clean place with a decent bed, shower, etc.. for a night. This is the best value in Friday Harbor. Like spending the night in a motor home. Rated 2 star because that's just bare minimum... More

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

Thank you for acknowledging we are the best value in Friday Harbor. It's true! As we always tell people, the rooms are small but very clean. The good news is that we also have larger rooms available. The bad news is that they are so popular, they sell out fast. More

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Address: 770 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Orca Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 65
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The Orca Inn Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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