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“Adorable and cozy with all the amenities you could want in a smaller Chateau hotel!” 5 of 5 stars
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Friday Harbor House
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   130 West Street, PO Box 1385, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Adorable and cozy with all the amenities you could want in a smaller Chateau hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Let me first begin by saying this is the users wife to give you a wives perspective. It was a perfect surprise for an overnight get away from Tacoma. Delightful front desk girl, Lindsey, and service and recommendations for dining and anything else.
What a view! I believe all of the rooms face the harbor and ferry port and have a small balcony. Don't miss out on the nighttime view and sounds from your balcony.
The room was comfortable enough to stay for longer. Sit by the fireplace in the comfortable lounger with the cozy throw blanket or enjoy a bottle of wine with provided opener and beautiful glasses. Snacks and bottled water along with a mini fridge and great coffee and tea selection greets you. Also an invitation to the restaurant becons you to dinner there. Breakfast was healthy and felt special the next morning with egg dishes, oatmeal, yogurt and baked goods. Always finishing with a great cup of coffee.
The large jetted tub in the room was especially inviting.
Would stay again! :-)

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 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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  • 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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Issaquah, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Recently stayed at this conveniently located hotel. From the outside of the hotel my first impression was it had an uninteresting look. However, once inside my opinion changed. Our room was nice and clean, we had a nice view of the harbor and a great soaking tub in the bathroom. The staff was very nice and extremely accommodating. The continental breakfast that is included in the room price was quite satisfying. They even had really good in-room coffee. We chose to have dinner one night in the restaurant and found the menu to be full lovely choices. We are looking forward to returning in this summer.

  • Stayed February 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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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear Guest-

Thank you so much for your visit-we are so glad you gave us a chance and were "pleasantly surprised"!

We look forward to having you back with us.

Regards,

Alan
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Seattle, Washington
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Friday Harbor House is an amazing, picturesque location atop a hill overlooking the harbor. The views from the sound-view rooms are breathtaking. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated and help you feel like you're at an exclusive spa or bead and breakfast. Of course, one of the main attractions is that all (most?) of the rooms have large jetted tubs which help you slide into the island lifestyle. Unfortunately, during our overnight stay, the boiler for the hotel broke leaving all of the guests without water. A call to the front desk had the manager in our suite to look at the issue and, unfortunately, ultimately found that it was a hotel wide problem. Being that it was late on a remote island there wasn't anything to be done until morning. However, the hotel proactively offered all guests a free night in compensation. The following day, we also got a letter of apology from the cooperate group who runs the hotel apologizing. While it was inconvenient the staff at the desk and the letter were both so friendly I feel they went above and beyond to ensure that we had a pleasant stay. We're already planning a return visit! As for the other offerings, the breakfast was tasty and local and the amenities in room were very nice as well. I've been telling all of my friends to stay here and so you should give it a try. If this is what it is like when something goes wrong, imagine how great it would be when everything is going right? :)

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  • Stayed February 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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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear anthrojason:

Thank you so much for your raving review of our property and our team at Friday Harbor House!

Again, we apologize for the hot water and know that we’ve taken steps to avoid this in the future.

We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself and that you’ve decided to come see us again. We are looking forward to it!

Regards,

Alan
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We loved the location of this hotel. The views over looking the water were beautiful and sitting on the patio in the afternoon brought an interesting array of people together having a cocktail discussing their days adventure. We enjoyed the lovely room, quite comfortable and nice staff. The breakfast buffet was great too.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I accidentally purchased a 2-night getaway on Living Social. One wrong click of the mouse, and, without letting me confirm or cancel the purchase, they charged me, and then proceeded to say that a refund was not possible based on the "fine print." Because the purchase was on the weekend, they said no mangers were available, and my request would be "escalated" and someone would get back to me in a day or two. Being that we wanted to leave the next day, that was useless (as was anybody else we spoke to at Living Social).

The staff at Friday Harbor House saved the day, changing the dates of our trip even though they were already maxed out on Living Social customers. Katie at the front desk went out of her way to make sure it would work out. We took the ferry out the next day and enjoyed every part of our stay.

Breakfast was great...eggs/potatoes, baked goods, juices, granola, etc...included. Queen harbor view room with plenty of room for four (kids on air mattress). Hot water was out for a couple of hours, and we got a personal call letting us know the status, plus we received a complimentary night for our next stay there - which we will definitely be using.

Great view right on the harbor.
Staff was extremely friendly, especially considering I took my 7- and 4-year old kids.

I have never written an online review before this one, but i was so impressed by Friday Harbor House that I had to say something.

  • Stayed February 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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Lynden, Washington
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

-The rooms are very nice with a double jacuzzi tub, walk in tile shower, fireplace, balcony, freewifi.
-Ferry ride $10 per person, $30 dollars for a car(not needed).
-Two block walk to the hotel about 6 minutes.
-Front desk staff was incredible answered all q's and were very kind.
-Keurig coffee maker with two decaf and two tully's coffee.
-Room had an iron and fan in the closet I can't sleep without a fan for white noise, and have never seen a fan provided without asking.
-Hot water did not work and the staff "made it right". Didn't ruin the weekend at all. Still worth it.
-The Bluff restaurant in the lobby had amazing food for a decent price. Great Service.
-Free breakfast, egg dish delicious, also had cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, bagels and salmon spread with fresh juices and coffee.
Over all this place was amazing and will definitely be on the top of our list for a quick getaway.

Room Tip: Get the view room its worth it.
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  • Stayed February 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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Edmonds, WA
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We have been going to the Friday Harbor House for about ten years and remain quite pleased. It’s a very short walk from the ferry if you don’t drive. Too often properties start showing their age. FHH remains modern, very clean and well appointed. You wouldn’t know whether it was 2 years old or ten. We were experiencing a winter sun break and planned a last minute get away for a long weekend. We got a large sized single room with a full view of the Harbor; a big bathroom with a soaking tub, fireplace, internet services, coffee maker- all the basics plus. It also came with a complimentary buffet breakfast. Between the location and their construction, the room seemed virtually sound proof, we had a great get away. Trip Advisor lists this as a B&B, the manager wasn’t sure why. It is a small boutique hotel and offers what we consider the best accommodation in Friday Harbor.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Friday Harbor House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friday Harbor House perfectly complements the charm and serenity of the San Juan Islands and delightful shops and restaurants of the town. Upon entering our lobby, a friendly smile greets you. Your room features a cozy and romantic, Zen-like atmosphere with a picture window, a fireplace and an oversized, jetted tub-for-two that is the perfect way to wind down at the end of your day. ... more   less 
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