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“Beautiful camping spot on San Juan Island” 5 of 5 stars
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Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
4313 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Canberra, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful camping spot on San Juan Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed at Lakedale 2 nights and were very impressed! We opted to take our own tents and equipment - and we were rewarded with a beautiful, spacious campsite nestled among the trees lakeside with our very own dock. It was beautiful, and being so spacious we didn't feel like we were living cheek to jowl with our neighbouring campers. Lakedale is clean and well appointed. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Firewood can be ordered at the general store, and it is delivered to the campsite by a cheery staff member in a golf cart. We especially liked Christian - one of the employees who was very friendly and especially diplomatic when he had to come to our site one night and ever so tactfully ask us to keep our chatter and laughter down! We were not the least offended or upset by his manner, and we commend Lakedale for employing him! Campers can opt for the "glamping" option - a choice of an Airstream, cabin-tents or a room in the lodge, there's something for everyone at Lakedale.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

It was our first time to the San Juan's. We wanted to try "Glamping" out for the first time as well. The pictures online of the canvas tents on the freshwater lake looked inviting. Lakedale didn't disappoint. They had everything we needed ready to go for us when we arrived, including a stack of fire wood, matches, s'more makings (for a fee), a battry lantern, flashlight, battery operated candles (for mood lighting), and to top it off they dropped off hot water bottles to put in the bed to make it cozy for all. My wife and I enjoyed the queen size bed and our daughter slept great on futon. The regular campsites looked VERY inviting back in the woods. The lodge was clean and there wasnpleanty of activities for all. We appreciated being more central on the island as we had easier access to both sides. Great stay!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 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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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is one of the best lodging values on the island. The Campsites are well maintained, and offer a good range of site types from wooded semi-private (depending on your choice), to wide open grassy field sites right on the lakeshore!

The friendly island staff make Lakedale a real special place - mostyl college students they are eager to provide a wide range of fun and exciting acitivities. They are always smiling even when busy, and maintenance staff are always smiling and waving when they pass by your campsite.

We did a couple of activities, from making tie dye t-shirts, to renting a boat and fishing in the "trout" lake. The lakes are well stocked, and anglers have their choice of either bass or trout fishing in well stocked lakes. The license is only $5 per person which is valid for the whole time you are there... so dont sweat if you dont have your annual freshwater license...

The games were an added bonus, from giant chess pieces, to ping-pong to beach vollyball. The beach is a little small, but the water is warm and clean.. great for floating around in an air mattress..

The campsites are also a great launching point for cycling or driving to other parts of the island. In all, I was plesantly surprised.. we took advantage of the mid-week offer, which allowed us one free acitvity, and a free bundle of firewood..

I highly recommend that if you go to San Juan Island, this is the place to camp... make sure you allow at least one-day to stay "at the campsite" just to take in all the fun stuff that Lakedale has to offer.

Room Tip: The shady campsites can be a little chilly, but offer great privacy and are great for tenting. The s...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, TN
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

My second visit to Lakedale was worth the return tip. I again brought a group for a kayak-camping trip over which I book-ended 2 nights at this resort. We stayed in the very comfortable tent-cabins on the lake. The cabins are large, clean, and very comfortable. Besides a plush bed, each cabin has a table and chairs for sitting and reading or eating, a comfortable couch, night stand and tables to place alarm clocks or other necessities, several hooks to hang your electric lantern (provided) and/or your jacket, two lounge chairs outside the tent around the fire ring, and of course, logs, matches and paper to start your campfire. The added touch on this particular trip was an insulated collapsible bag in which we found two hot water bottles to warm up the bed on the cool night. There are regular campgrounds, bath house/restrooms (cleaned multiple times a day), a camp store with all the things you might have forgot to bring and activities for the kids should the fishing, swimming or kayaking the lakes not be enough. The provided breakfast includes fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, juice, coffee, baked goods and a pancake-making machine. Overall the location is pleasant, generally quiet, and a short drive from Friday harbor or Roche Harbor. Our drive into town is about 10 minutes through farm land, past a vineyard, and often offering views of local deer (and a resident llama). My only complaint was the noise one night from a group of students in the campground that didn't settle down until after 10 pm, and the lantern which died the second night. (But we had our group's collection of lanterns and headlamps for our kayak-camping trip, so it was a non-issue for us that night.) My wife is ready to come back for a longer stay to see more of the islands, staying at Lakedale. Not a bad idea . . .

Room Tip: I have made two groups trips over 4 years, staying in the tent cabins. My guests and I all agree the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The weather was perfect for a Labor Day weekend wedding. The Lodge, the cabins, the glamping the camping were all amazing. The camp store had enough for supplies but bring your own food if you like to snack. Breakfast only provided for Lodge guests. Groceries are a must if you are staying in cabins. Beautiful kitchens. Friday Harbor was so close and so quaint. Great shopping and restaurants. The Ferry was a great experience. Roche Harbor is beautiful too and a short drive from Lakedale also. Perfect family trip for young and old.

Room Tip: The Lodge was perfect, the rooms spacious and beautiful. ask for one that looks onto the Lake. Compl...
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  • Stayed August 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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White Rock, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

After booking 2 nights camping plans changed and I had to cancel before 48 hrs deadline for refund. I was only charged $ 15 to cancel. Then we actually made it to the campground and booked a pond side site for only $55. Fire wood was a bargain at $ 8 per bundle and I could not resist having a shower @ $2 per/5 min. While I was waiting for family there were 2 wonderful picnic tables, outside the bathhouse to sit on that overlook the septic field. If the bathrooms were busy I could stop by the conveniently located portable outhouses. We were pleasantly surprised with how clean the bathroom was, this is probably because there is notice that the bathrooms close for cleaning for 2 hours daily! WI- Fi near store was handy to figure out best way to get off island the next day. The campsite was clean but very well used.....I would not book here again especially if the place was busy.

Room Tip: If you cannot afford the $300 hotel rooms save your money and day trip to San Jaun Island!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3Lakes, General Manager at Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Hello, dehav,

We sincerely apologize that Lakedale resort did not meet your expectations. We are reviewing our cancelation policies to insure they are consistent with other resorts. Thanks for staying at with us !

Sincerely,
Karl Bruno
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Bothell, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Finally we went camping to this beautiful resort. After an hour on the ferry we drove less than 5 miles to get to Lakedale. The staff member was so nice and friendly and she gave us all the information we could need. Our camping spot was perfect, right next to the lake. The terrain seems to be compacted because it was raining when we got there but we didn't have any problems with puddles of water We were close to the bathrooms which were very clean but kind of crowded at the end of the day. They offer a lot of activities for all ages (crafts, face painting, t shirts tie dye, boat rentals, giant chess, ping pong, fishing, etc. ) The little store in the resort is very well stocked. You can find almost everything you need. We got some firewood and it was delivered to our camp site.
They also offer log cabins and canvas cabins.
The fee is not low but it is worth it.
Going back next year :))))

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 4313 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#3 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On 82-acres, with three spring water lakes, Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is an ideal San Juan Island getaway. Easily accessible by ferry or floatplane from Seattle, Lakedale Resort is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and a breath of fresh air – literally.Lakedale Resort features a variety of accommodation options, including a 10-room lodge, real log cabins, canvas cabins for a fabulous glamping experience, and camping. Lakedale Resort near Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor is also a great destination for teambuilding, meetings, and retreats, providing you with an inspirational setting to achieve your goals. Your group will enjoy the many activities that Lakedale has to offer including swimming, fishing, and canoeing on one of our three lakes. Or imagine taking over the lodge for your wedding and having your ceremony overlooking Fish Hook Lake! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lakedale Resort At Three Lakes Hotel Friday Harbor
Lakedale Resort At 3 Lakes
Lakedale Hotel San Juan Island
Lakedale Resort San Juan Island
Lakedale Resort At Three Lakes Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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