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Bird Rock Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   35 First Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“great service, comfy beds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I recently stayed in Friday Harbour at the Bird Rock Hotel. I had a lovely stay - they have very comfy beds. I took a day trip (cycling) to Lopez Island and blew a tire, big time. Luckily it was on the way back to the ferry rather than at the start! I hitched a ride to the ferry then parked it at the ferry dock because I had to leave at 9:30 AM the following day, and the bike shops were closed when I arrived back. Tory at the front desk inquired about my day and I related my tale of bad luck. He immediately offered to go and pick up my bike, and made arrangements for their maintenance person to fix the tire for me early the next morning so I was on my way happily back home. Thanks so much Tory for going above and beyond to provide such kindness and service - much appreciated!! Jane

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Marysville, Washington, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have stayed here twice, once on our honeymoon and again on our "babymoon." Both times we stayed in the San Juan Suite. It is a little expensive, but you get what you pay for. The view is amazing and the room was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom is huge and very nice. The breakfast was delicious! The best thing about staying here is how central it is to restaurants, shopping and the docks. We would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone who wants a lovely, quiet weekend. The staff is very nice and accommodating.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

A friend and I just returned from a quick weekend getaway in Friday Harbor. I have nothing but praise for the Birdrock Hotel. The location was absolutely fantastic - walking distance to everything right in Friday Harbor. We had a car (parking on the street was easy to find) but this hotel would be easy to get to if you chose to walk onto the ferry. We stayed in the Fidalgo room and it was perfect. We were warned of possible noise (and we had complimentary earplugs in place for us on the nightstands), but the only noise we heard was from the birds outside.

The scones, juice, and fresh fruit at breakfast hit the spot. The decor was modern and chic. The bed was heavenly to sleep in. The jetted bathtub was perfect for relaxing after a full day exploring the island.

Our experience was made even better by the extremely helpful staff. Tory was at the front desk for most of our weekend stay and he was fantastic. He helped make dinner reservations for us (definitely dine at the Backdoor Kitchen!), plotted out a route for site-seeing on Saturday and shared some of his most favorite spots that he considered "must sees", and did everything with a smile. The Birdrock is lucky to have him!

I will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plano, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We stayed here for our anniversary night and loved it. Our suite had an amazing view of the water out if every window and a great balcony with comfy chairs also overlooking the water. I'm not sure that the other rooms have this kind of view, but we loved it. The bed was also soooo comfortable and the bathroom was huge. Loved the breakfast, loved taking the cruiser bikes out, loved everything about the hotel and the adorable island.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liberty Lake, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I LOVE this place! What a deluxe place it is! I love the charm of the building. It is cozy, and makes you instantly feel at home! The atmosphere and decor/furnishings is top of the line! The rooms are so stylish and elegantly blends a historic building with modern chic decor. The facility is also very CLEAN. The beds and linens are really soft and comfy too! They provide everything and serve amazing breakfast in the mornings (love the scones!).

The location is great and is literally a short walk to everything on the main street. It sometimes gets a little noisy outside, but they provide earplugs for that! The overall experience of the stay FAR outweighs the little bit of noise we heard.

The STAFF was AMAZING! Everyone was so pleasant, helpful and friendly. They really made us feel at home! We honestly wish we had booked our room for a couple extra nights because we are enjoying it so much!
GREAT PLACE TO STAY, and REASONABLE rates too!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed here this past weekend with my sister & brother-in-law and their niece and could not have been more pleased with every aspect of our stay at the Bird Rock Inn. From booking our stay to checking in, the staff were so incredibly helpful, including helping us carry our bags upstairs, baking fresh cookies in the afternoon and scones in the morning, and really getting to know us personally throughout the weekend.

Both of our rooms were well appointed, complete with wine glasses, ear plugs (as the hotel is right downtown in Friday Harbor), nice bedding, and updated appliances. I really appreciated the eco-mindedness of the property, with bulk use shampoos, conditioners, soaps and lotions.

Other nice perks of the hotel included the delicious fresh breakfast, the free bikes to check-out, and the amazingly friendly staff who really helped to create a sense of community among the group of us that was sharing the hotel over the weekend. We also took advantage of the pool at their sister property which was just a few blocks away which was really nice with a small child.

One great tip that we got from a fellow traveler- either walk onto the ferry, as a car is definitely not necessary, or if you do take your car, on the day you go to leave Friday Harbor, just after the previous boat leaves, go line your car up, and then walk around town. You'll get a guaranteed spot on the ferry, won't need to rush, and can relax while you wait!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Bird Rock Hotel is apparently a fairly recently renovated building. The room we had was great, including a sitting room, kitchenette and bedroom. We faced the street which could have been a bit noisy in the summer although it was pretty quiet when we were there. The staff are very friendly and the breakfast (included in room) is quite varied. It doesn't include hot food but does have a full array of beverages, fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, hard boiled eggs, yoghurt etc. You are within easy walking distance of all of the shops in Friday Harbor (including Griffon Bay Books, a great indie bookstore). And when you come back from an afternoon of shopping, there are cookies and cool drinks waiting in the lobby/breakfast area. The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant, and were also very knowledgeable about ferry schedules, etc..

Parking is not available at the hotel but we had no trouble finding on-street parking within a block of the hotel.

There is a great Italian restaurant just a block away (Viny's) and if you're in the mood for a drive by all means eat at the Duck Soup Restaurant. With great food in a fun environment,.it's island life at its best.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 35 First Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
#4 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#5 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Bird Rock Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bird Rock Hotel of Friday Harbor is a refreshing combination of an historic external structure and clean, modern interiors. Bird Rock Hotel’s authentic, original, old San Juan Island hotel exterior opens to an exquisitely crafted, eco-intelligent collection of stylishly modern interiors ranging from deluxe, harbor-view, king-jacuzzi suites to simple european-style sleeping rooms. ... more   less 
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