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Friday Harbor House
130 West Street, PO Box 1385, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Ranked #7 of 9 hotels in Friday Harbor
North Saanich, BC
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Charming B & B type of accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

We (2 couples) really enjoyed our 1 night stay here. The other couple had a nicer view but the rooms were great. Gas fireplace, jacuzzi in the room, lots of amenities and best of all, steps away from the town and Washington State ferry wharf. The breakfast was excellent - most of it made in house.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the harbor.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Olympia, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We cashed in on our Livingsocial deal and stayed in room 35. Excellent room with a beautiful view. The bed is a bit small but fairly comfortable. We decided to stay a second night and were transferred to room 26, which was disappointing. The view was not as fantastic and the bed was uncomfortable. The room is also over the kitchen and dining area and it smelled like a BBQ the whole time. In the morning we awoke to the clatter of a bustling kitchen and the clanging of pots and pans. Breakfast was disappointing, but free.

Room Tip: Get 35 or 36. Skip 26.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver WA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

The Harbor House is located a short walk from the ferry dock. It has a fantastic view that overlooks the harbor. The service was exceptional. They were very helpful with recommendations for a good hike and other areas to see on the island. This was our first trip to the San Juan islands and we would not hesitate to stay at Friday Harbor House again.

Room Tip: Harbor view, 3rd floor, corner room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sammamish, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Enjoyed fireplace and jacuzzi open to room. The bathroom is very nice and clean. The room has an excellent view of the harbor. As part of a Livingsocial package, the package contained a nice bottle of wine and excellent home made chocolate truffles. The hotel is centrally located--close to shopping, wine tasting and a variety of restaurants. The bed is relatively comfortable; however a little small.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kamloops, Canada
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We are 3/4 of the way through our stay and have talked about why we will return to this location and property..

The property is excellently located in Friday Harbor, meaning the car can be left alone and the pace of life may settle down [ should mention that this is the slow season --- which is appreciated].

The FHH has a variety of rooms but wanting to have the quiet view of the water [ being a landlubber] reserved a full harbor view room for a few more dollars and having had three days looking at the peaceful setting in front of us ---would definitely do this again --- as we are going to return.

After a full day of walking and looking around the afternoon in front of the windows - [ a little chilly to use the deck and chairs] with the fireplace on and a glass of wine made decompression easy and enjoyable. The room has a great two person jet tub with an open wall between it and the main room, allowing one to enjoy the view and the soak. It has been at least 10 years since i have been in a tub and I do plan on doing so once more this afternoon [ our last afternoon]

I would have preferred this room to have a king bed but the queen has served us well and is quite comfortable. Lovely sleeps with the curtains open - allowing us to view the nighttime lights of the marina.... even when we wake at 2 or 3 for a short time.

I am sure that the partial view rooms will be ok but on walking around the building I have noticed that some partial views are also over the parking lot... Again the full view is terrific, allows for total privacy and is absolutely quite.. Room 32 [ third floor] is what we will ask for on our next visit as it has been a great get away for us.

The review cannot finish without talking about the staff --- terrific from the moment we arrived -- full of tips and extras when asked... This includes the Bluff restaurant which i will review separately

Back to the start of this reveiw where we chatted about our holiday --- the answer is [ if you have not guessed already] is we are already planning on returning to this new found nugget.

Room Tip: ask for third floor --- full harbor view
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, March 22, 2012
Dear flamesfan24,
We are so glad you chose to stay with us during your visit to Friday Harbor and I am delighted that not only are the accommodations to your liking, but our staff has represented our goal of creating memorable moments and rave reviews. We look forward to seeing you in the future and wish you safe travels.
warm regards,
Kyle Nicholson
Chef/Inn Keeper
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Seattle, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

I stayed at the Friday Harbor House as part of a somewhat spontaneous, mid-week adventure and I couldn't be more pleased with my stay. The staff was welcoming and helpful from our first exchange to our last. Restaurants and shopes were in easy walking distance and yet it didn't feel like I was in the middle of hustle and bustle of the tow.. But the most spectacular part of my stay was the room and the view. The room was the perfect size and the fireplace added an exquistely cozy atmosphere. And the view of the harbor and surround area was absolutely stunning. The only negative was the cleanliness. There were several cigarette butts on the balcony (Dear smokers: The world is not your ashtray.) and broken pretzels on the carpet.

Room Tip: As other folks have suggested, ask for a room on the 3rd floor. I loved #33.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sumner, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Just got home from this romantic, quiet, lovely place. Centrally located, great view, and excellent location on the island. Room 39 is king sized, deck, fireplace, jetted tub.
Great spot! Welcome host accomodated our request for a later check out time.

The happy hour is amazing with a wonderful menu of $5 fare. Could be an evening meal.

Included breakfast was a buffet of homemade granola, jam, oatmeal....can't say enough about this spot.

Centrally located and a wonderful place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask for full or partial harbor view
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Friday Harbor House

Address: 130 West Street, PO Box 1385, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friday Harbor House rests on a bluff overlooking Friday Harbor. Each of the 23 guestrooms feature a queen bed, cozy fireplace, and oversized jetted tub and offer varying views of the marina, ferry landing, dramatic San Juan Channel and Mount Constitution on Orcas Island. In the spirit of a contemporary villa, care has been taken to blend exposure to the waterfront character of Friday Harbor and the natural surroundings. ... more   less 
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