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“Gorgeous Location but Weird Room”

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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle
Level 6 Contributor
308 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Location but Weird Room”
Reviewed March 5, 2011

If you want to stay in Friday Harbor, you could not pick a better location, overlooking the harbor. Our room had a beautiful view and you can walk anywhere in town from here. In fact, if you like, you can walk from the ferry. That said, the room was expensive, even with a AAA discount. Although very attractive to look at, the room had some problems, which I suppose arise from the fact that the building is older than today's technology. The TV is not located in a place where you can comfortably watch it. And what's with the nonsecure internet connection?? Plus, there's no desk. Granted, when you go to Friday Harbor, you don't expect to spend much time in your room, but given the price, I would have expected more.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Burien, WA
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Reviewed March 3, 2011

From the moment we walked in the door, Friday Harbor House was all smiles. From the front desk staff to the General Manager, welcomed us and ensured we had everything we needed. The view from our room was uncanny, 180 degree view of the beautiful harbor. We spoke to many locals, who were generous with small town must sees! You have to visit if you ever get the chance.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2011

We purchased a voucher for a stay at this hotel through Living Social and were very excited about the deal, especially after seeing the location and the amenities described. We were not disappointed.

The room was located on the 3rd floor with a harbor view that was stunning. It had a very nice jacuzzi tub and a comfortable bed, as well as warm gas fireplace. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The only downsides were the tv is very small for the size of the room and the location of it is not particularly conducive to watching television and the wi-fi is very spotty. We managed to make it work in our room, but only after wandering around holding our laptop until it got a signal. The hotel does provide a decent selection of dvds to check out which we did take advantage of.

The service was very helpful, especially the hotel manager Michael. Our first impression upon check in, when our entry through the door and wait in line was not even acknowledged with eye contact was not as positive, but once we got to the front desk we were greeted warmly. Additionally, the front desk staff were very helpful when we inquired about restaurants in the town and upon check out.

Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay in the hotel and would definitely consider staying here again.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

The Friday Harbor House is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. The rooms are large and spacious with comfortable chairs and furniture. The rooms also contain a flat screen television, iPod docking station, fireplace, beverage fridge, and coffee pot with tea and coffee available in the room. The bathroom was large with an oversized, jetted tub and a large, separate shower. You could grab a cookie or a cup of coffee at any time in the lobby of the hotel. The parking was free and it was close to downtown... within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, rentals, and shopping.

The best part about the rooms, however, was the view. They offer rooms with sliding glass doors instead of regular windows that allow you to bring the outside in when the doors are opened and give you a view over the entire harbor, just at the pictures show. Some of the rooms have balconies as well, but with the sliding glass doors, you don't even need a balcony. I plan to head back there in the summer to take full advantage of the beautiful weather in the Pacific Northwest.

Finally, there's a restaurant downstairs that offers a happy hour from 4-6 (I think daily). The dinner at the restaurant was excellent with a decent selection of food that was well prepared and tasty. The staff was friendly and attentive despite the fact that there was a group function going on at the same time which required a lot of attention. In the morning the restaurant serves a complimentary breakfast which included oatmeal with various toppings, fresh yogurt with various toppings, cereal, cinnamon rolls, scones, and more.

If I was to pick out something negative about the hotel I'd say the wireless internet signal was a little weak (at least in my room), and that the temperature control in the room didn't seem to function extremely well.

Given everything, I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Just returned from an absolutely luxurious Valentine's Weekend in the San Juans! My Boyfriend surprised me with a weekend package at the Friday Harbor House. We were greeted with decadent house made truffles, a bottle of bubbly, and fresh flowers awaiting us in our gorgeous room. The accomodations were a wonderful blend of luxury, modernity, and coziness. Spa quality products graced our amazing bathroom which housed a large, jetted tub that opened into the room if one desired a gorgeous view of the harbor while soaking. A sleek gas fireplace and balcony added to the ambiance. A delicious, gourmet breakfast was included in the room price, and while it is called a continental breakfast let me assure you it was far more than that! I was treated to a decadent chocolate scented massage and scrub in the hotel's new spa room which was pure bliss. Followed by an amazing seven course meal in the hotel's restaurant, The Bluff. New chef Kyle Nicholson had prepared a culinary masterpiece for the holiday weekend which included local oysters, cheeses, and lamb, ending with a truly sublime deconstructed rocky road dessert. Chef Nicholson is a truly talented addition to Island dining. The entire experience was magical and romantic. We will definitely return for another stay at the Friday Harbor House and will dream of our next culinary experience at The bluff

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Caldwell, Idaho
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed January 22, 2011

K & K made our visit very enjoyable, forget that absolutely unforgettable leaving with a smile is the best part of any vacation!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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UK
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2010

The hotel is well located and tastefully decorated. Loved the jacuzzi and the fire!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Friday Harbor House
Address: 130 West St, PO Box 1385, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8335
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Friday Harbor House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friday Harbor House perfectly complements the charm and serenity of the San Juan Islands and delightful shops and restaurants of the town. Upon entering our lobby, a friendly smile greets you. Your room features a cozy and romantic, Zen-like atmosphere with a picture window, a fireplace and an oversized, jetted tub-for-two that is the perfect way to wind down at the end of your day. Enjoy locally-sourced cuisine inspired by the Islands at the Friday Harbor House restaurant, all while admiring panoramic views of the San Juan Channel, ferry landing and marina. ... more   less 
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