I'll be frank and say I picked this place because it was the cheapest I could find for staying over a week on the island. However, with all the rooms being recently remodeled, it is a great place to stay if you don't mind walking into town every day. (On their site they suggest taking a ferry from the wharf; do it! And preferably schedule your cab beforehand.)
The staff is extremely friendly: they led us to the best tasting salsa on the island, and let us use a printer when I found out I needed to print a confirmation. They were always there for suggestions and even shipped an item to me that I left in the room. They also even have a cleaning sheet you fill out if you don't want them touching or changing certain things. It was very welcoming and accommodating.
The rooms themselves are actually pretty spacious, and ours had a little table next to the bed. The room also had a microwave and mini fridge which was important to our stay. Since we bought a ton of groceries while we were there, it was nice not to eat on the floor or bed. Speaking of bed, it was very, very comfortable, and I never had an issue falling or staying asleep.
They don't have air conditioning, but they did hook a large fan up to place in the window. I was there during mid July and had no problems with this set up. Just make sure to turn it on before you leave for the day.
The bathroom is also super nice! But it's definitely contained. We used the bar area outside of the bathroom door to lay out most of our bathroom extras like lotion.
One thing to plan ahead on is they don't have DVD players with the TV. I would have brought my computer hook up cables if I knew that. It's a good thing they have wifi because my friend and I ended up watching Netflix every night.
P.S. I didn't think the hot tub would be that important, but after 4 hours of kayaking, you'll be thankful it's there too.
Overall, I would highly recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located minutes from the Friday Harbor ferry landing on beautiful San Juan Island, the Discovery Inn provides affordable comfort in a park-like setting with a large seasonal outdoor jacuzzi, sitting areas, decks and barbeques.The hotel is known for providing its guests with friendly customer service, clean rooms and a relaxing atmosphere. Each recently renovated room features a private bath, one or two queen beds, coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.The Discovery Inn offers multi-night discounts, free trip planning and concierge services for Island activities. Discounted rates are available for whale watching and kayak tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Discovery Inn Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA