We stayed at Bird Rock during the off season. Here is a summary of pros and cons:
1. The hotel is in the heart of town and within walking distance to everything.
2. The rooms are updated and new despite the appearance from outside.
3. The rooms are affordable and you can choose from a variety of options including rooms with shared bathrooms, rooms with a private bathroom with only a shower/toilet/sink or rooms with a full private bathroom with a tub and fireplace etc.
4. Breakfast is included and includes options like cereal, yogurt, scones, toast, eggs and fresh fruit.
1. The rooms are not at all sound proof. The hotel provides earplugs in case street noise bothers you, which we didn't notice at all, however the noise from other guests kept us up at night. Our neighbors talked loudly until 3am and since the hotel is a small boutique type hotel, there was no one at the front desk to call and we didn't want to knock on our neighbor's door ourselves. The earplugs didn't help at all.
2. We stayed in a room called "Shaw" which was on the second floor and was stifling hot. It was cold and 50 degrees outside but even with the fan on and window open our room felt like it was 80 degrees.
Bottom line: we would probably stay again, but would request a room on the bottom floor to avoid the heat and would probably bring our own earplugs from home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bird Rock Hotel of Friday Harbor is a refreshing combination of an historic external structure and clean, modern interiors. Bird Rock Hotel’s authentic, original, old San Juan Island hotel exterior opens to an exquisitely crafted, eco-intelligent collection of stylishly modern interiors ranging from deluxe, harbor-view, king-jacuzzi suites to simple european-style sleeping rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bird Rock Hotel Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA