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“Fabulous Friday Harbor House” 5 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 #5 of 9 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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“Fabulous Friday Harbor House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Friday Harbor House is Fabulous! Perched just above the Harbor, it is the ideal location! You can watch the Ferries arrive and depart! The rooms have a fireplace and a beautifully designed jacuzzi tub which allows you to view the harbor while relaxing in the tub!!! At check in, Victoria will be sure to take care that everything is up to the highest standards for you, the guest!!! She too is fabulous! The breakfast is delightful, again, with a stunning view of the harbor!!!

Room Tip: Be sure to request a room with the Harbor View!!!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
It was a pleasure having you as our guest at Friday Harbor House and thank you for the wonderful review. It's great to see our front desk agent Victoria mentioned! All our staff strive to make each guest's experience a special one. We look forward to your return.
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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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Sonoma, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Checked in and was told we were being given a special discounted price! Sounded great!
Then we figured out why. Two flights of stairs up to the room with our luggage and stairway was
through back kitchen entrance with smelly garbage sitting around.. not so great.
Room and bath were ok but because there is no A/C for the inn, we needed to leave the windows open. There was lots of loud talking outside our room at night from people coming and going from a small public park across from the hotel and kitchen noise etc. I was asked how we enjoyed the stay when checking out and I mentioned the not so great things about the room and was advised we should book a better room next time..yeah right.. I received an email from manager later offering to discount our room if we come back for another stay but no compensation for this experience..

Room Tip: Don't get the room above the kitchen!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Thank you for your review. Your stay with us was over 4 months ago and we have since renovated this room to meet all the standards of our guests. Our current surveys on this room are very positive due to the changes. I sent you a message back in September apologizing for your experience with your room and offering to have you back completely complementary as well as an upgrade. Often when guests book at the last minute, our options are limited. Of course, we cannot control the outside noise except to say that you had a very rare experience at Friday Harbor House. If you contact me by telephone at the property, I would be happy to discuss other options of compensation for you. Our first priority is always to assure our guests a first class experience.
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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

We had a partial view room that was very generous w its view. The only negative, the room was very cold when we checked in. Once we figured out the heater, no problems. Room was large w nice corner patio windows/doors which gave a nice view of the nearby marina. The mattress could have been better - minor point. The breakfasts were adequate w friendly staff. Dinner at The Bluff restaurant was very good w good service and nice food presentation made for a nice meal. Parking was not a problem (Oct). Good proximity to everything in downtown Friday Harbor.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to visit TripAvdisor and review Friday Harbor House. I wanted to mention that we are making changes to our continental breakfast and adding some additional items to enhance the experience. We can't wait for you to return and let us know how we did.
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Port Angeles, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

My husband booked this property with a "spa package" for my birthday weekend. When we arrived, we were a little concerned about the separate buildings for rooms, reception and dining, but we carried on. The gentleman that checked us in was very nice, and gave us our massage voucher for an external massage service. We had asked for the 10:30 am appointment, but our voucher said 11:30 am. We thought that perhaps we had been mistaken, so we just accepted the change. When we got to our room, it smelled of stale smoke as if someone had smoked in it recently. We tried to open the patio slider, but the handle was broken off and the floor lock was next to impossible to disengage. We finally got it open to get air in the room. We noticed that the only heat adjustment involved crawling behind a chair to an electric wall heater that had the controls six inches from the floor. Inconvenient, but doable. Then we started looking around and saw the wear and tear in this room including broken drywall on the corners, buckling/folds in the thin carpeting, over painting, and incomplete caulking. The decor was "minimalist" with one medium painting over a counter area and a tiny framed picture in the corner. It seemed a little like a forgotten roadside motel, than a high priced harborside resort. The next day we got up and got ready for breakfast. We went down to be greeted by stale english muffins, rubbery bagels, cereal, yogurt, and bread pudding. It was not as we read in other reviews. We walked to the spa for our massage to find the proprietor calling the hotel looking for us as we were an hour late. Our appointment WAS at 10:30 but the voucher provided by the hotel was listed for 11:30. We were embarrassed as the staff was all standing around seemingly waiting on us with no other clients. Luckily, they were willing to take us anyway. When we went back to our room afterward for our "wellness plate" it was not there. It arrived several hours later when we were out and was a whole fruit and a few dried fruits with nuts. Strange and hardly worth the package price. Overall, after this long rant, this property is not worth it. Although the people were polite, the attention to detail was apparently lacking in both paperwork and property upkeep. There are many other spa/resort properties on the island that will get our business long before we come here again.

Room Tip: If you plan to stay here anyway, ask for harbor view. Try to get the third floor, because we were aw...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
It was good speaking to you about your experience at Friday Harbor House. I'm so glad we connected and went over the details of your stay. We strive to accommodate our all of our guests and their needs, and I was disappointed to hear about the problems you encountered. We are currently taking steps to remedy the in-room issues you mentioned. I am pleased you’ve decided to return and experience the level of service which we pride ourselves in. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
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Milliken
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Wow. Had we known, we would have booked our entire 5 days at this one hotel and just stayed in Friday Harbor. While the front desk location was a bit confusing and unassuming, the suite was marvelous. The bath huge with all the nicest of amenities including a ceiling heater in the water closet and a jetted tub. We had taken many ferries and felt like we'd been traveling forever. When front desk personnel took us to the room, I immediately collapsed on the most cozy and comfortable of beds for an afternoon nap. The suite had reading material on the hotel, restaurant choices and included full breakfast. A sliding glass window lead out to a beautiful harbor overlook. A gas fireplace, very clean, very comfortable and many small details made this stay our favorite in a five day tour.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huntsville, Alabama
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We loved it here! Had a room with a view of the harbor. It had a tub with the view, and a fireplace as well. Also there was a good selection of books in the room which was nice. The bath products were good, too. There are 2 bathrobes provided. The staff was friendly and helpful and even walked you to your room. There was a fridge in the room, with a bottle of wine (they also included a bottle opener) and water.

Don, the breakfast chef, was so nice and gave us tips on what to see around the island.

There were some comments about the ferry being loud, but it wasn't at all.

We are definitely planning a return trip here.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you so much for the great review of Friday Harbor House! Please remember us for a romantic get-away again for Valentine's weekend. We enjoyed reading all your comments and hope others will come and experience for themselves this amazing place with a breathtaking view!
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Portland, Oregon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We had a corner room on the 2nd floor, facing the harbor and it was beautiful. huge bathroom, windows on two sides of the room. The service was excellent. The view was beautiful. The breakfast was GREAT!!! Felt like we were in a secluded spot, but yet at the same time felt like we were in the middle of everything. I Highly recommend this hotel...make sure you get a room with a view!.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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