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2.0 of 5 Inn   |   770 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Ranked #13 of 18 Friday Harbor B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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Rating summary
  • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Sedro Woolley, Washington
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My better half chose this establishment out of the phone book as a surprise getaway weekend for my birthday. She reserved a room with a king bed for two nights, Friday and Saturday. When we arrived, the buildings reminded me of old military barracks. So we check in and actually go into the room; very small, very dated, with wood... More

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Farmingdale, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a single traveling female (38 yrs old) and booked a room here bc it was suggested to me as more inexpensive. I was excited that I was able to get a room within 2 weeks of arrival! (Last minute trip) And at only $64!!! (Plus tax). It was great! I got the smallest room (1 queen bed) but... More

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

Thank you for the great review! It was dead-on accurate. We really appreciate it, and hope you come back to see us! More

Agua Dulce, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is exactly as advertised..."spend a night, not a fortune!" Rooms are small, basic furnishings, but clean and truly the best economical room on the island. Location is a short walk into town....yes, it's uphill from the ferry, but ALL the lodgings in Friday Harbor are uphill from the ferry. Glad we were able to snag a room at... More

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

Yes yes yes! We couldn't agree more! We're so glad you "get us." And that you stayed with us! We're also pleased you got a chance to truly explore the San Juan Islands and enjoyed the "San Juan Experience." Thanks a bunch! More

Camas, Washington
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 hotel reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very much enjoyed our stay here. When most hotels are charging $250-$300 on Friday harbor, we didn't expect much when we booked the orca inn. We got off the ferry around noon and found the inn just blocks away. Although it was too early to check in, the lady at the office was super nice and gave recommendations on where... More

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

Thank you so much for the kind words and positive review! We particularly appreciate that you found our accommodations "charming." While a few 21st century travelers caught up in the "everything should be painted white" mindset don't care for the retro look, there are still travelers like yourself who appreciate a reminder of a gentler and more relaxed era. We're... More

Shirley, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed for 3 nights and it was just me and my fiancé.We wernty partying or being loud at all we were relaxing watching tv after a day of whale watching and I get a call from owner stating that the ppl in the room next door complained that we were being loud but we wernt only thing that was on... More

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

We agree...the hotel around the corner would be a better place for you. 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*
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