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1016 Guard St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9240
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#2 of 11 hotels in Friday Harbor
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The Discovery Inn is known as the friendly hotel in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Located a mile from the ferry landing, our hotel features spacious and clean rooms in a relaxing atmosphere with a delightful park-like setting. Our recently renovated rooms feature air-conditioning, private bath, one or two queen beds, Keurig coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Please be our guest and enjoy our renowned customer service, lovely property with yard games and sitting areas and decks with flowers, barbecues and our seasonal outdoor Jacuzzi (May 1 - October 31). The Discovery Inn provides free trip planning and concierge services. The Discovery Inn has been a family-owned and operated hotel for almost 40 years.
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Excursion285527 wrote a review Oct 11
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Nice room with two queen beds. Great to be able to open windows and get some fresh air. Pleasant grounds with flowers. Sheets smelled clean and fresh, and there were plenty of towels. Mini-fridge, coffee maker, and microwave made it easy to have a quick breakfast before taking off for the whale watching park.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for taking a moment to write a revew of your stay! We appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your brief time with us and found our amenities comfortable and convenient. We hope that your travels bring you our way again soon!
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Joseph G wrote a review Jun 2020
Lafayette, California11 contributions3 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Normally when I write a review of a place I stay at it is because they went above and beyond and are truly amazing or they have issues and it wasn't a good stay at all and I feel people should know about it. In this case I can say it is all good. First let me get my gripes out of the way... Absolutely nothing at all. Frankly I have never stayed at a place where I not only felt as though I was apart of the owners family but I really liked them a lot and want to stay and talk with them for hours on end. This place is exactly like that from the beginning. When we arrived Terri was truly amazing and spoke to us as though we are old friends coming for a visit after months away. We were greeted with water bottles and a small bag of chocolate which was a nice touch. Terri made sure we had anything we needed and even made sure we knew if we needed anything at all she would get it for us. My wife and I booked the hottub right away and she made sure it was open and ready for us to use it right when we wanted it. When done it was dinner time and decided to use their BBQ pit they have in the park like lawn area. Normally when you have a place have these type of pits you have to provide the charcoal and supplies needed but not at this place. Everything you could ever need is provided for you. When I say everything, I mean everything. You need a try they have it, you need silverware, its there. Need tin foil? got it. Everything you can possibly need is all provided for you which makes BBQing here so wonderful. The lighting makes it magical. It is inevitable that during a stay of longer than a night you will need something, at this place it is provided for you when asked and they do it with a smile and nice little notes wishing us a great day which just adds to the ambiance of the place. When out microwave stopped working and was giving us fits one call and within a minute Terri was there to help us with it and even had it fixed while we were out. When we got back she had left us a small note hoping we had a nice day and to let us know the microwave was fixed and if we needed anything to let her know. Terri and Roger are truly amazing at what they do and truly seem to care that their guests have a magical experience. When I come back I will stay here because it truly is magical.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Response from DiscoveryInnFH, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded Jun 16, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. You made our day! We really do care about our guests and ensuring that their time with us is fabulous, so we are thrilled to hear that we hit the mark with you! Thanks, also, for pointing out to future guests that we provide everything necessary to enjoy the BBQs on our lawn. (who wants to have to go and buy charcoal?!), seeing our lawn filled with happy, BBQing guests is one of our favorite things about summer! We absolutely loved meeting and hosting you and your wife and we hope to see you again soon!
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Vickie wrote a review Sep 2020
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My sister and I booked a room at Discovery Inn via Booking.com, but Booking.com canceled our reservation without notifying us. Fortunately Terri, the manager, went above and beyond to accommodate us. She also gave us great dining advance that was spot on. We definitely will stay at the Discovery Inn during our next visit to the islands.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded Sep 13, 2020
We are so glad that things worked out for your trip! Taking care of our guests is our highest priority and we are glad that we could make everything right for you. We hope you and your sister enjoyed your girl's trip and that you come back and see us soon!
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Arizonatraveler14 wrote a review Aug 2020
Tucson7 contributions6 helpful votes
What a great little inn! Terri, the manager, went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect. Little touches, like hand-written notes, bringing us extra coffee pods, and locking up our bikes, added a personal touch. The bed was comfy and the room was sparkling clean. We will be back. Thanks for a memorable stay.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded Aug 29, 2020
We are so pleased to hear that you had a memorable stay with us! We loved having you and hearing about your daily fun on San Juan Island. Thanks for the shout-out to our hard working housekeeping staff, they do an awesome job of keeping everything clean. We can't wait to see you again!
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Jinny M wrote a review Jul 2020
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My husband and I just spent the weekend at the Discovery Inn. We can not express how beautifully wonderful this Inn is. Terry at the desk was so kind and helpful. The grounds are clean and well kept. It was just perfect! If I had to pick something to pick on...the beds were a little hard but I'm old so there's that. My husband would say that the hot tub wasn't open late enough but I think that was because of Covid. We will absolutely return!!!! We fell in love!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded Jul 20, 2020
We are so pleased to hear that you had a fun and comfortable stay with us! We take great pride in our beautiful lawn and grounds and we love hearing that you enjoyed them! Due to Covid guidelines, we do have to close our hot tub a bit earlier than normal, however, the good news is that guests can make an appointment to have exclusive use of the hot tub throughout their stay. Relaxing in the big hot tub, under the stars, is a wonderful way to end a day of exploring Friday Harbor. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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$109 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesWashingtonSan Juan IslandsSan Juan IslandFriday Harbor
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Discovery Inn?
Nearby attractions include The Whale Museum (0.6 miles), American Camp (0.6 miles), and English Camp (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Discovery Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Discovery Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Discovery Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Discovery Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Discovery Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include San Juan Bistro, Bakery San Juan, and The Market Chef.
Are there any historical sites close to Discovery Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Shaw Island Library and Historical Society (4.1 miles).