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Bird Rock Hotel
35 First Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Ranked #6 of 9 hotels in Friday Harbor
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Longmont, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Bird Rock rocks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Cool little place with character. Beautiful rooms....ours was tiny but we don't really mind. An amazing breakfast is included. not a lot to choose but what they provide is top notch...home made scones, eggs, fresh fruit , breads, coffee and juices. Our room did not have a bathroom but there are two shared bathrooms. They do not have a pool but they have a sister property a few minutes up the hill (EarthBox) and we did use it. Its a fun place to stay and you are close enough to harbor to walk from. Lots of places around to walk to also...stop in the supermarket. Lots to see in there and fun to check out.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Yes it's noisy. Friday Harbor is a buy place in the summer. We stayed before and after a kayaking trip. The Salt Spring room has lots of space fridge and microwave and was quiet and had a private entrance. It's a historic unique old hotel turned boutique and we did not have a car so we needed to carry all our gear from the ferry terminal and walk everywhere so great location for us. Very comfortable amenities and food. Very clean. Private and public Outdoor patio. If you don't mind walking just a little bit more check out the sister property the Earthbox with the pool and spa. It's more modern. Colors very much in feel with the San Juan Islands. Everything is expensive in the SJI so good value. There is a Best Western if you like a generic property.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Stayed in Spieden room for 2 nights.

PROS
- Excellent location
- Comfy bed
- Decent breakfast
- Excellent bathroom toiletries
- Use of bathroom/shower after checkout
- Computer available

CONS
- Horrible morning noise from grocery store loading dock starting at 5:30am
- Terrible room and bathroom lighting
- CREAKY bed
- Depressing and annoying music in lobby/breakfast

Room Tip: Stayed in Spieden 2 nights. No noise from breakfast area but horrible noise from grocery store parki...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Yoido,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about us. Constructive feedback like yours will make us a better place.
We will fix the creaky bed and look at the lighting right away. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.
Looks like it's time to change our playlist to something more upbeat. We will do that.
We are so sorry about the loading dock. As I said in response to the review before yours, we really try to alert our neighbors to the fact that we have guests sleeping. We put a sign on the loading dock saying "pssst, our guests are sleeping". It's definitely time for some more negotiations with our neighbors.
Please come back sometime. Maybe check out our sister hotel, the Earthbox Inn & Spa, two blocks away. Our rooms there are away from the street and it's quieter there in general.
We would love to have a chance to spoil you how we intended.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Bothell
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Loved this place....I usually stay at Friday harbor house but they were full and my sister in law from Chicago saw this place online ....so we booked two rooms.
My daughters and I stayed in the spieden room - her and my niece and nephew in Lopez suite ...
I was pleasantly satisfied with everything.
The rooms were adorable.
The staff...so sweet...and completely customer orientated.
I know some reviews complain about noise....but it is situated right in town and this is an old hotel updated adorably...and I mean adorable.
The little extra noise we heard I didn't care.
The bed was so comfortable. Seriously.
The morning brunch was great. Fresh fruit, etc. coffee was delicious and I'm a coffee snob.

Sweet atmosphere all around.
I'd recommend this hotel for couples ...or if someone is traveling solo.
It did get slightly warm in our room...so we pulled out a fan for the night.
Nice staff.
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Room Tip: I wasn't street side...so quieter by our room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had an opportunity to stay at this lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Friday Harbor. The room was well appointed, the amenities carefully chosen. It was a bit on the snug side, with no desk for those of us who still needed to be bound to the outside world with a laptop. But the staff was more than gracious and helpful. The free breakfast in the lobby with fresh baked scones was a great way to get the day started. There's no parking lot, and finding a spot on the weekend can be a bit of a challenge. But overall, it was a wonderful experience, and one we'd highly recommend.

Room Tip: make sure you get a room with an included bath. Also, if you have a lot of luggage you might ask fo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I recently stayed in the Bainbridge Suite for one night. I loved everything about it and couldn't have asked for a better experience. This is a 2 bedroom suite (one king and 1 queen) with a small living room area between and 1 bathroom. We were two couples and though the queen room was a bit tight, it served our main purpose for sleeping. I loved the location as it was in walking distance to the ferry, shops and restaurants. I especially enjoyed the afternoon lemonade and cookies (both homemade!). The breakfast was really nice as well though it was tight on space. In all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and only wished I had more nights to stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Hotel is clean and the staff was nice. But my room (skip jack) was super tiny. Furniture huge so I have the bruises on my shins to prove it. Plus it was hot in July. This room bakes in the afternoon sun. While u can open your door to let cool air in, I was not comfortable sleeping like that as it was a shared porch. And the room had NO windows. It was in fact a closet. Can't recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear Lauraintenley,
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your stay.
I'm so sorry we didn't live up to your standards. Yes, the Skip Jack is tiny. Back when our hotel was built in 1892, rooms, furniture and people were smaller. Since it's a historic building we have certain limitations on what we can and can not do during renovations.
We love the quirkiness, the mixture of historic and modern, of our little hotel, but totally understand it's not for everybody.
Upon your review we took the Skip Jack off third party booking engines (where we can't describe our rooms in detail). In order to book it, one has to call us and we will make sure to explain the room's limitations. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.
And please come back some other time and stay in one of our bigger suites.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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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
#3 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#5 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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