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Discovery Inn

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1016 Guard Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Shalimar, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very clean and comfortable hotel, located about 1 mile west from the Friday Harbor docks. Walking with young children is not an option, so bring your car or pay for a taxi at the docks. Parking at the hotel is free. Bicycles are not allowed in the rooms, there is a bicycle rack in the main parking... More 

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DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. We are glad you had such a great experience during your stay at the Inn. It is wonderful to hear when our guests have enjoyed their rooms and the amenities we offer. Thank you for choosing us and we hope you will stay with us again if... More 

Sacramento, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our 1st trip to the San Juan Islands WA. Our home for 4 days was the Discovery Inn in Friday Harbor. We drove our car, so coming from the ferry took less than 10 minutes to get to the hotel - however if you don't drive it is highly consider taking a cab - mostly uphill from the... More 

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DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience of the Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. We enjoyed having you stay with us while you were on the island! We do have some warmer then usual weather on occasion and our rooms can get warm but like you said they cool down in the evening with the box fans in the rooms. However, we... More 

San Diego
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed here last year and hands down stayed again! No disappointment from giving you tips about ferry reservations prior to our arrival to staff lending us chairs to sit out and watch the star lit sky! Well kept hotel showing pride of ownership in a park like setting, the owners really take excellent care of the place. Staff made... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great independent motel 1 mile from Friday Harbor. Don't be dissuaded by the motell with the outside doors. Lovely park setting with beautiful plant baskets to brighten up the outside. Rooms were very clean and comfortable, we were lucky to be on 3 floor and we had AC. We turned it off and night and opened the window ( fans... More 

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Saint Augustine, FL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed at Discovery Inn in late July 2014; however, my interaction with the staff began in August of 2013. My sister and I had been trying to get to Friday Harbor for a couple of years but we were unable to go due to family issues. I had read the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided this was the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Discovery Inn in Friday Harbor is run by people who care about their property and about serving their guests well. The little touches in the room distinguish this hotel from the average place. It was really clean and well kept, with house rules and suggestions very clear. The grounds are also nice. The resident manager made it clear that... More 

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Pokhara, Nepal
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely, quiet, and out-of-the-way-yet-near-town, gem of a hotel! My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our two day stay here in June. The setting is park-like on a big section of forested property, complete with picnic benches and a swing seat. It is a little outside of Friday Harbor Central, and so you have the benefit of quietness and... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed here twice; once last year and again in June 2015. Both times we found very clean rooms, hospitable managers and park like grounds with colorful flower pots. Don't be alarmed by the outside door motel look or the window fans because the cool island nights are just right and the location of the Inn is away from... More 

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Rockport, Texas, USA
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13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We selected the Discovery Inn for our one night stay on San Juan because it was close to the ferry landing. It is a long 1.1 miles from town because it is all uphill. The room was nice and clean but it did not have air conditioning so we had to sleep with the window open and a box fan... More 

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DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. We are glad you found the rooms nice and clean and our staff friendly. The Inn is located almost a mile from the ferry landing and is on the edge of town. Many of our guests like the location since it is not right in town but... More 

Houston, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The couple that run this hotel are great. They are very friendly and helpful. The rooms don't have air conditioning. They will be installing that soon. The rooms are spotless. The water pressure is very low. It is a small facility, which makes it nice. They have sitting and grilling areas on the grounds along with a hot tub. Very... More 

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