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“Great Staff, Nice Place” 4 of 5 stars
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Earthbox Inn & Spa
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   410 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Elements Hotel & Spa)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great Staff, Nice Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Motel/hotel rooms were heavily booked in July. I feel fortunate to have gotten a nice King room at the Earthbox for a two night stay. The proprietor and her staff were very friendly and helpful. There are lots of amenities: pool & hot tub, exercise room, spa, coffee bar with barista, bikes. The heart of town is only 1-2 blocks with the ferry landing 4 blocks away. Good cafe for breakfast just over a block and a bakery with great pastries and breakfast food 2+ blocks. Friday Harbor is a really nice little town, especially to walk around with plenty of shops and restaurants. And they have the best hospital I have ever seen in a small town - not that you will plan to go there!

Room Tip: Request a ground floor room behind the building that houses the pool and spa.
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Green Features: The bathrooms have a full set of dispensers of body wash, shampoo, conditioner and lotion so guests do not waste soaps and sample bottles.
  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Hi Bruce,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review about us. We are so happy you had a great time and loved our little town as much as we do. Oh yes, our Cabana Sky Places by the pool are lovely, a little bigger than our regular Sky Places, more light.
Thank you for your visit. Come back soon, please.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mobile, Alabama
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Only stayed one night but wish we could have made it longer. Rooms were recently renovated and everything was perfect. Great king bed and large bath AC worked great but not really needed. The hotel staff in the office were very helpful and so perfect. Coffee and tea available all day as were bikes that we never got around to using. They are free! Hope to get back one day to this beautiful place.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Hi Bawood3,
Yeah! Your sweet review has us all dancing in the lobby. Come back soon so we can show you our Bawood3 Trip Advisor dance :) Thank you so much for your visit.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Recently returned from a great stay at the Earthbox. We normally prefer Vacation homes when we travel, but that didn't work out for SJI, and we weren't disappointed in the least. The front desk staff were wonderful in helping us book kayaking, whale watching and bike rentals. Rooms were clean and nicely appointed. Great location, just a short walk from the ferry. No complaints, although my minor suggestion would be to offer bike tag-alongs for kids in addition to the hotel bikes. My husband took one of the hotel bikes for a short ride once, but we couldn't use them to get around as a family.

Stayed July 2014
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Hi TRW-Dreamer,
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We loved having you and your family.
We looked into getting kid's bikes and add-ons some time ago. Our insurance won't let us. But luckily we have our fabulous friends at Island Bicycles right across the street from us for all our kid's biking needs.
We can't wait for you to come visit us again soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Yakima, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This inn is located pretty near to the harbor. Our room (2 queen bed) was clean and well-maintained. The staff was helpful. They provided me with a map of the island. There are also bike racks available near our room so that was a bonus. They have a pool, but I didn't try it out. Looking from the outside though it looks pretty average. Nothing to be excited about. But then again, if you're at Friday Harbor during the summer I feel like it's almost a sin to stay indoors.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Hi Rossmd1,
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. We are so happy, you liked our place and had a good time. We wish we could have wowed you more. You will have to come back, so we can do that next time:) Thank you for your visit.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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anywhere warm!
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I was totally prepared to love this place, as I loved the pictures online and the idea of a retro/renovated motel was cute and unique. Although there is potential, everything just kind of fell short. We reserved the cheapest category of room (although still well over $200 per night), so I'm not sure if that's why we didn't love it as much as some other reviewers?

The idea of the property is a retro boutique motel. In reality, our room just looked like an old motel that received a coat of paint and nicer bed. The bathroom looked like it hadn't been updated since the 70's (not in a good way), and the towels were dingy/small/thin. The electrical outlets were strangely large, and our iPhone chargers would not stay in--our phones could only be charged in the bathroom. The look and feel really was outdated and nothing like the online pictures. The absolute worst part was that the french doors to a little balcony had only blinds, and we faced east. Waking up with the sunrise every day at 5am wasn't exactly what we were hoping for on vacation.

All of these issues could have been easily overlooked for a $100/night hotel, but these are serious problems for a room at this type of price point.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Hi Travelbug199,
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay. I'm sorry we didn't meet your expectations.
Our Earthbox is a work in progress. Every year we paint a building, update a room category, add some garden space, tackle a challenge our property comes with. We will always be a 60ties style motel, but better.
Thank you for pointing out the sunrise and blind situation. We will certainly look into that.
And you are right, our rooms someplace on the mainland should be around $100 per night. But we are on beautiful San Juan Island. Living and being (and getting) here is much more expensive than on the mainland. Utilities (especially water), wages, taxes are higher, everything, every toothbrush, pillow, gallon of gas, needs to be shipped or flown over.
Come back sometime in the off season, when our rates are more affordable and you have the beaches to yourself. See you then.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We recently stayed 10 days in Friday Harbor without a vehicle, the Earth Box was a great location to town, all the conveniences you could ask for, clean room, comfortable beds and a wonderful friendly staff . The pool and hot tub are a great addition for that end of day relaxation. We already reserved for next July. Make the right choice......a touch of home, THE EARTHBOX.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Hi Latarlini,
We loved having you and yours vacationing with us. Thank you for your visit and your wonderful review. We are so proud and honored to be your home away from home.
See you next year!
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Long Beach, CA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Everything about this hotel was great! When we checked in, they gave us this great map of the island. There was water, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the lobby all of the time. The room was perfect. The bed was very comfortable. The sheets, robes and towels were super soft. The rain-style Water Pik shower head was great. The grounds were meticulously maintained. After hiking, walking and biking around the island we made good use of the Jacuzzi every day. Could not have asked for anything more.

Room Tip: We had the Sky Room. I am told it's a little roomier than the others.
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Green Features: They had a special area for dog walking. That was nice. The shower had mounted dispensers of soap, shampoo and conditioner. I am very sensitive and found all to be of good quality.
  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Hi Not-a-Risk-Taker,
You just made our day with your lovely review. Thank you so much. Yes, our shower heads are a real treat, aren't they?
We can't wait to have you come visit again soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Address: 410 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Elements Hotel & Spa)
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
#5 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#6 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Earthbox Inn & Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Earthbox Inn & Spa is a delightful blend of cool resort motel and classic vintage motor inn with an indoor pool, full-service spa, stylishly renovated rooms, free wifi, free parking and complimentary bicycles. Centrally located in downtown Friday Harbor, only 4 blocks from the Washington State Ferry. Also enjoy the many outdoor area attractions including kayaking, biking, hiking, and wildlife/whale tours. ... more   less 
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