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“Slightly dated, slightly rundown” 2 of 5 stars
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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
Chicago
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16 hotel reviews
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“Slightly dated, slightly rundown”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Great location and great view of Friday Harbor. Staff is mostly friendly. The Bluff, onsite restaurant, was very good.

The Problems we had:
1. Door was left open after daily maid service.
2. No in room safe
3. Tiny bath towels
4. Bathroom door's veneer was cracked and peeling. Same for the closet door.
5. Expensive but there are really no hotel deals on the island

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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friday1946, Director of Operations at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Our top priority with all of our guests is to have them depart with a feeling that their stay was exceptional. It is apparent that we fell short of this with your stay and I would like to personally apologize to you. I'm also sorry to read that we didn't meet the standards of excellence our team is trained and expected to provide. I have addressed your concerns with the team and corrective measures have been taken to ensure guests are never left with the feeling that any of our work is second rate. It is our hope that you will come and see us again so we may show you the exceptional stay you deserve.

Brian Carlson
Director of Operations
Friday Harbor House
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Rating summary
  • 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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Bellevue, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We visit San Juan Island two or three times every year, and after discovering Friday Harbor House we have not stayed anywhere else. The great view, the location and the overall quality of the place cannot be beat. It is expensive, but it's worth it. The hotel's restaurant (The Bluff) is great, but we also can walk to several other very good restaurants for variety. And sitting on the lawn on the bluff overlooking the harbor, with a glass of wine, in summer, cannot be beat. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor of the main building (#31 to #36) have the best views. The second floor (#21...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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friday1946, Director of Operations at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Jim we greatly enjoyed seeing you again and I thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. The Team takes tremendous pride in seeing familiar faces return to visit again and again - so we are very grateful for the continued support and kind words. Enjoy the remainder of summer and we look forward to seeing you again!

Brian Carlson
Director of Operations
Friday Harbor House
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Midland, Michigan, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

The location can't be beat. The rooms were large and nice, but a little odd. Great staff.

You don't need a car if you stay here. It's a very short walk to the ferry docks and all of the shops and restaurants in Friday Harbor. The views are awesome and there are nice outside areas to sit with a glass of wine while watching the sailbaots and habor.

I think this place has gotten a little too popular for its size - for example, the breakfast area is cramped and always running out of things in the morning. But, the staff clealy works very hard to give you good service.

We had a nice, big two room suite which I would call perfect for a honeymoon except there was not king size bed. Layout was a bit weird with odd touches like a curtained window between the bedroom and bath.

If you love boutique hotels with great veiws, this is an excellent choice. Otherwise, you may find it significantly overpriced. I've paid less for much nicer rooms in even more expensive locations than this on several occasions.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenmore, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed at FHH for a long weekend before the 4th of July.
We flew in on Kenmore Air and the hotel was a short 3 block walk from the marina. Loved the view from our room (#36) and can't imagine a better view of the harbor from anywhere in town!
We sat for hours just watching the Ferries, seaplanes and boats come and go.
Enjoyed appetizers at the FHH happy hour twice and also the continental-style breakfast every morning. (could use a little variety from day to day...although it was very good, and was included in the room rate!) We rented a little Chevy tracker from Susie's Mopeds for a day, and drove all around the island. Made stops at American Camp, the Alpaca farm, the Lavendar Farm, English Camp, Roche Harbor for lunch and at San Juan Vineyards and we were still back in time for dinner at Vinny's (which was very good, and right next door). What a great day!
All in all, I would (and have) recommended to friends.
We'll be back!

Room Tip: Ask for a 3rd Floor Harbor view room. It's worth the few extra $.
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The location is good for the town and ferry. Staff were all very helpfully and welcoming. The grass patio overlooking the harbour is great for pre dinner drinks and as a meeting place before the days adventures. Enjoy........

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Convenient location. Room with musty smell and poor ventilation. Linens, shower, etc. just aren't the quality expected.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My partner and I have just returned home after a 3-night stay in this hotel. We were looking for a hotel we could walk to from the Victoria Clipper's dock. This one turned out to be perfect. You can see it clearly from the boat as you arrive. (Incidentally, you don't need a car to see the island. The town can be visited on foot from the hotel, and there is a very convenient bus service to the main attractions on the island.) We found Friday Harbor House to be friendly, ideally located, with surprisingly tasteful decor and comfortably sized rooms. We would recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed June 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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