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“Very nice” 4 of 5 stars
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Deer Harbor Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Deer Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Pacific City
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our recent 2 night stay in lodge room 7. The room was clean and the bed was VERY comfortable. Loved everything about this place and would have given it 5 stars but for the poor Internet connectivity. The first night Internet cut in and out and the second night we couldn't connect at all
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To be fair, there is a computer in the lobby, but I did not try it. My comments pertain only to my attempts to connect wireless from our room.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Showed up and no one was in office to check us in or answer questions. Just a gift bag with our name on it that contained a map and our room keys. We stayed in the main lodge which was basically a house with maybe 8 rooms that had locks (more like a bed & breakfast). A family was sitting in the "common area" which made it really awkward for us since they were so close to our bedroom door. Even late into the night the large family stayed in the common area (6 feet away from our door) playing games and being loud. Just a standing shower and really grubby looking hot tub outside next to the parking lot. Breakfast consisted of a hard boiled egg, an English muffin in a bag, homemade granola, and a small bottle of OJ. Milk can be had downstairs in the SHARED fridge to split between other guests. Poor WiFi and overpriced restaurant nearby. Thankfully we got it as a Groupon deal otherwise I'd be livid to have paid full price. Didn't even stay our entire weekend. Check out was leaving your keys in a bucket on your way out.

Room Tip: Stay in private lodge and not the shared lodge
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank PNWl0ver
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dhinn, Owner at Deer Harbor Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thanks for your comments and we do appreciate the feed back. In response to your suggestions, we have removed the TV in the commen area and replaced them with TVs in the guest rooms wich sould make the lodge quieter and more peaceful. Also we no longer have the milk in the commen area fridge but in the fridge in the room.
Thanks Craig Carpenter
Owner
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

I think the inn should not be classified as a B & B. Unless it stands for bed & basket. Very remote setting and had we not stopped in as early as we did to just check out location, it would have been very difficult to figure out where to go as there was not a soul in site to welcome us or help us find our room. Would not recommend this inn.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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4 Thank ockney
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dhinn, Owner at Deer Harbor Inn, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Just to clearify, the Deer Harbor Inn does not market ourselves as a bed and breakfast but a country inn. Sorry the guest mis- understood. During the off -season we try to be in the office as the ferries arrive but we do not have a staffed check in office. When we are not in the office we leave a gift bag with the guest mame and island information along with the room key. We feel the unique beauty of the Inn is that it is out in the country and offers peace and tranquility
Thanks You
The Carpenter Family
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Minneapolis, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We spent two lovely nights in the Pond Cottage. It was just like a wonderful home in the woods with two comfortable beds and two baths. Even had a craw foot tub in the master bedroom. We watched Dancing with the Stars on a large screen TV. Enjoyed our own hot tub on our deck. Full kitchen with all the amenities. A doe and her fawn came to visit twice a day. We had a delicious meal our first night in their restaurant. I'll come again with my husband this time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank William M
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Sonoma County, Callifornia
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Hubby and I stayed here for two nights during a 2-week road trip exploring the Pacific Northwest. I am disabled, so when I called the Resort to make reservations I requested an accessible room. The person I talked to was very friendly and helpful, explaining they didn’t have fully accessible rooms but if she put us on the first floor of The Lodge (instead of in a cabin) there would be only 3 shallow steps I’d have to negotiate. That I could do. The ferry from Anacortes only sells round-trip tickets to Orcas Island, and the fee was a bit high – over $50 for Hubby, self, and car, even with a disabled passenger discount – but the ferry ride was extremely pleasant and the island itself is absolutely gorgeous.
One of the first things I said to my husband after checking in to Deer Harbor Resort was “I guess a lot of people who visit here probably don’t ‘get’ it.” That was confirmed later in our stay by the one staff person we saw, who told us about 1/3 of the people who check in aren’t able to figure out what to do. There’s no one at the front desk; just a small bag on the counter with your name on it, filled with info, maps, and your room key. There’s no one to tell you where to go, or what to do. The Lodge is a large home that’s been converted into about 6 bedrooms on two floors with a large common area: The common area has a phone (free use, including long distance), a stocked fridge, a microwave, a computer work station with a printer, and cabinets filled with supplies like extra towels, plates, cups, etc. There are covered porches both in the front and back of the lodge with chairs and benches for sitting outside. There’s a hot tub, always ready, for Resort guests in a gazebo just behind the Lodge. And no one around to say you can use any or all these things, which you certainly can. Think of it as if a kind, generous friend went out of town leaving their key hidden just for you, and you’re welcome to make yourself at home in their house – that’s what Deer Harbor Resort is like.
Our room was cozy yet not too small. The queen-size bed was very comfy! There was an electric fireplace in the room, which added to the rustic ambience. On the mantle was a picnic basket containing English muffins and jam, granola, and fruit. (Milk and a toaster were available in the common area.) There was also a coffee maker, as well as a small fridge in the room containing orange juice and butter. One newer amenity, apparently recently added for guests who don’t know how to entertain themselves on their own, was a small-ish flat screen TV in the corner of the room. My only real complaint about our room is that the bathroom wasn’t up to ADA code – no grab bars, either by the toilet or in the tub/shower – but then again, I knew and accepted that when I made our reservations. There’s also a restaurant on site: We didn’t eat there because we kept finding wonderful places to eat while out exploring the island, but the menu looked good and other guests told us they really enjoyed their meals. Would I stay there again? ABSOLUTELY.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank helmerphud
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Mount Vernon, WA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We booked a room at the last minute when our boat wasn't able to make the trip over to Deer Harbor. We checked in very early and without any human interaction. Grabbed our bag and found our room all ready to go. Nice room - very homey and the bed was very comfortable. Breakfast in the morning was like scrounging at home except the fridge was clean and tidy here! Loved it. Checkout went as smoothly as check in - dropped our key in the basket on our way out and we were on our way. The Inn sends you a thank you email the next day - makes me wonder if this place is run by computers (the nice kind :). Will definitely visit here again. My kind of place!

Room Tip: Room 2 in the lodge had a great bed and big bathroom
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank adamas
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Portland
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Spent 3relaxing nights at Deer Harbor in August. Mornings started with great homemade granola, fresh fruit, English muffin, juice, and Starbucks coffee. Furnishings were comfortable. Loved the framed artwork by local artists. In the evenings, enjoyed the private hot tub on the back deck while watching the stars. You could see Deer Harbor from front deck of cabin1. Had wonderful time.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Dianna R
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Property: Deer Harbor Inn
Address: 33 Inn Lane, Box 142, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA 98243
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Deer Harbor
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Deer Harbor
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Hotel Class:3 star — Deer Harbor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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