A nice surprise! As noted by others, a pleasant upscale European feel to the entire place, from front desk to rooms. Very clean & comfortable, even in one of the least expensive rooms (Matia). Shared baths cleaned often, nice fixtures & decor.
Front desk very helpful, checked bags for the day so we could sight-see before check-in. Free wi-fi much appreciated, large new flat-screen tv's on wall, small fridge, & modern clock/cappucino machine were elegant touches.
Small library/computer desk area on second floor landing quite pleasant to sit & check messages if needed. Nice balconies with flowers, ground-level courtyard sitting areas give plenty of relaxing space.
Breakfast items are selected the night before, and can be had in main dining room or brought to your room, your choice.
Don't underestimate the value of a quick 1-2 block walk to the marina, ferry, & downtown shops, especially if you come by water. Others in my party stayed out farther, and it was a cab ride back & forth for everything, which turned into a hassle. I on the other hand could pop out of the room & be on the dock or in a shop in 3 minutes, so I could explore as often as desired & then relax back in the room.
The only drawback is the adjacent bar/restaurant that started deliveries at 6:00am Sunday morning, with truck back-up beeps & lift gate motors humming. The windows are new double-pane, so keep them closed & it cuts most of the noise.
Definitely should be on your short list when considering Friday Harbor!
- 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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- Bird Rock Hotel Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA