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“Nice Little Jewel Box” 5 of 5 stars
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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“Nice Little Jewel Box”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

So, I found myself without a place to stay when arriving for a three month stint as a medical traveler at Friday Harbor...fortunately, I discovered a wonderful little one bedroom condo and was able to secure it from the owner, fully furnished and turn-key. It was furnished with high quality furniture and all the creature comforts and everything brand new, so that was such a treat! Mine was unit 21. I would highly recommend it! The gym didn't see any use during my time there and the pool and jacuzzi only saw use once the tourists began coming. During the week it is nice and quiet, but Friday nights, the young people come in from the mainland and begin having outdoor barbeques and playing their guitars and singing and roasting marshmellows in the courtyard. So, if you need a silent place, it is not silent, but it is filled with happy people having good times and enjoying their island time. All in all, a very good place to land and I hope to come back again!

Room Tip: Upstairs unit accessible by 3 or 4 steps is as accessible as it gets and quieter than downstairs. Mi...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Walk to everything, no need for car, nice gym and pool.
Some units privately owned are spectacular and others very average.
CCRs say NO PETS but there were some people with pets there.
Suggest ask for ACTUAL pictures of the EXACT unit you are renting so that you know if you are getting a unit set up for a couple or for a group with bunks... You cannot find more affordable and centrally located comfortable lodging on the island within walking distance to everything down town and the ferry. Very safe neighborhood and so nice to be where you can get to the movies and dinner or a play or the ferry or harbor in a 5 minute stroll.

Room Tip: Top floors closest to parking area and gym are the nicest and most accessible
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shelton, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a cheap place to stay in Friday Harbor. You get the cheap quality you pay for. On check in our room was not very clean. My husband and I went through and wiped everything down since we would be staying here a couple of weeks. We had been booked for a 1 bedroom and when we arrived we were stuck with a studio as they had no other units available. The bed was lumpy and old feeling. The shower doors frequently came off their hinges. The appliances are really out of date. On the plus side there is a new owner and he is trying to update the units and is really friendly and prompt with fixing our requests. The sandpiper is very conveniently located to the downtown area and within walking distance to many great restaurants/shops/ferry. This is a decent place to stay if you are really only looking for a cheap place to sleep but don't expect anything fancy.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

In our room, the oven did not have a knob, the drawers were broken, and the bed was very uncomfortable. One of the washers did not spin so all the clothes were soaked. Everything in the weight room was broken. There were loud drunks at the pool area during weekend nights making it difficult to sleep. Worst of all, we specifically booked a place with a pool for our kids to enjoy. Both the pool and the hot tub were unheated and so cold that they were unusable. Management was not around during our 4 day stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2007

This place has been around for quite some time. It does not have a good reputation among islanders. On the other hand, accomodation in Friday Harbor is very overpriced so this is a good alternative, especially for longer stays or for summer jobs (weekly and monthly rates).

The interior could have been from a second hand store but at least the place was clean. It is nicely located behind the High School within walking distance of downtown Friday Harbor, so no need for a rental car. I liked the fully equipped kitchen which gives you some independence from restaurants.

I would stay there again since I know what to expect.

  • Liked — Size of condos
  • Disliked — Age of place
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Minneapolis
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2007

This place is a great value for the money. My wife and I stayed there for 85 bucks a night and found it quite serviceable. Plus, the owners are nice, colorful characters. On top of that, the rooms have some pretty wild decorations, and some of the statues in the courtyard are,,,well, I'll just say they're interesting. We didn't give it a 5 rating since the carpeting was dingy and the whole place is pretty well worn. But again, if you are looking for a low budget option, this is a good place to stay. It's very close to the action on San Juan island, with easy parking in the back.

  • Liked — low price and convenience
  • Disliked — a little dingy
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Northern California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2006

Whimsical decorated rooms clean and comfy.
The landscape was well cared for as was the pool and spa.
Close to every thing and a easy walk from the ferry.
The management most helpful.
Would stay there again. Thanks for the great hospitality

  • Liked — The comfy and clean and the whimsical decorating
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — get out there and experience it all the world does not come to your door
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Sandpiper Condominiums

Address: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Friday Harbor
Number of rooms: 7
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Sandpiper Condominiums Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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