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“Great staff not so great room” 3 of 5 stars
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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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“Great staff not so great room”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Our room was very private but a lot of issues (see below). I wanted to check out the other suites but didn't have a chance. The staff was great. However we did ask about some non working ceiling fans that never got fixed and the fireplace was extremely complicated to turn on and off instead of just a wall switch. There was absolutely no place in the bath room to put anything it all had to be put in the living area

Room Tip: We stayed in the marrow stone suite. The furniture was all too big for the spaces. We both cracked...
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Green Features: Good green practices. Bottled shampoo and soap as opposed to little individual packets. Recycling reuse of towels etc
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Conifer
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96 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

I loved this place! The staff was awesome! The place adorable, perfect location, and a yummy continental breakfast!

Our room was the San Juan on the top floor (steps only). A deck with a couple lounge chairs and view of the harbor. A full kitchen, huge bathroom with dbl shower heads and jacuzzi tub. One big oversized chair and a comfy big bed. A side note on the room - since there was a kitchen, there was no table and no second chair. So, if you were going to cook, you would have to go to the lobby for seating, or one would sit on the bed and one on the chair without a table.

Fabulous bulk lavender bath products provided - and...... This hotel actually leaves your towel if you don't put it on the floor... I know wright? Most places still take the towel even though they tell you they want to conserve.

It was awesome having a full size coffee pot in the room, the coffee great. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 and the scones tasty.

Free wifi - bikes - and flowers everywhere... Inside and out.

PS - I loved the music they played in the lobby - a little techno, classic, lots of variety. One morning at breakfast, many were complaining. The sound was so faint, I could barely hear it over their talking, and constant talking on their cell phones. Which note to property - maybe you ban cell phone lobby talking during breakfast... :-)
An all around great place to stay.... not to disappoint! Thank you!

Stayed September 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

From the minute we walked in, we loved this place! The receptionist was very friendly while checking us in and told us not to hesitate to ask her any questions about the area. My husband and I were celebrating our first anniversary and there was a card and chocolate waiting in the room for us! The bed was very comfortable as well as the robes that were provided. The breakfast was just enough, with fresh scones, fruit, cereal...We will definitely be back to this hotel when we come back to Friday Harbor.

  • Stayed September 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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We loved this little hotel within walking distance of the ferry terminal. We were able to park easily in the middle of Friday Harbor and walk to many restaurants and shops. The room was cozy and well appointed. The breakfast offered a fine choice of options; afternoon snack included cookies and lemonade. From the hotel one can easily drive to all the San Juan Island sights. Don't miss Roche Harbor and Lime Kiln Point.

Room Tip: Most rooms on the north side are quieter. Each room has a spot to sit on the outside balcony. S
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Green Features: Their practices are extremely environmentally conscious.
  • Stayed September 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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43 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

The warm welcome and hospitality of the staff plus the great location is what really makes this hotel. We stayed in the Orcas room which has a lovely king size bed and good bathroom facilities. The only drawback of the hotel is that because it is close to the harbor and the local market it does get very noisy. We are early risers - awake by 5am- but if not be prepared for an early awakening. However you get a good breakfast and every where is close - we would definitely stay here again.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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86 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 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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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:
#3 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#3 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
#3 Romantic 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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