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Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good resort”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

It was a nice and peaceful place with great surroundings. We stayed at the studio room and it had everything we needed. This is a great place for bigger groups as well. They have bbq's that we could use, picnic tables to enjoy their view and even horseshoe pits. Complimentary canoe is also a great bonus. It is a busy place during daytime since it's also a marina and the staff can be quite busy. The only comment we have is a bit of a musty smell in the room and no restaurants that are that close so if you don't plan to cook in, you have to drive all the way to the city center.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2011

The resort was was nice, clean rooms, I Ioved the view too, Michele was a delight, very helpful & polite, but Jim the "manager" was not & just rude at times,would think twice before going back because of him

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Kalispell, Montana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We wanted a nice camping site on the west side of San Juan where we could launch our kayaks and hopefully see some Orca whales...WOW were we pleased!!! Well kept, clean sites with bathroom/showers close by...very friendly/helpful people. I would quickly recommend Snug Harbor Resort to anyone planning to visit San Juan and bike/kayak/camp this beautiful island...

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We needed a camping spot to spend time with our grandson. We found Snug Harbor and they had openings...lucky for us...The owner/manager was very friendly as was the woman on the phone who took our reservation. It's right on the bay and the camping area was clean, easy to get to the bathroom-2 of them...very clean, updated and a shower. You can see the bay from almost all of the 10 camping spots. We had firewood left at our fire pit which was great.
We had deer walking by very close to us and heard crickets and frogs during the night...There is a small beach to walk on...just perfect...We will definitely be back...maybe, stay in one of their cabins. Wish we could have spent a couple more days.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Snohomish, Wa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2010

My husband and I usually stay at the Friday Harbor Inn, but prices keep going up and we wanted to try a westside location. After reading reviews on this website I was concerned about this facility, but we were very pleased we stayed here. I can only comment on the Nor'wester cabin which is the style we were in, although there are several other styles and even campsites. The cabin was cozy, clean and nicely appointed with a gas stove/oven, microwave oven, tv with some basic channels and nice covered deck. The dishware, cookware, & fridge meant we didn't have to leave for meals if we didn't want to (read: saved us money). We are kayakers, so staying here was great since we didn't have to drive anywhere to put in or leave our car unattended - we just walked down to the water! The check-in staffperson was very kind and upbeat and other visitors/boaters we encountered were also friendly. There are 2 communal campfire pits with wood provided and 2 gas grills, also plenty of picnic tables right at water's edge. There are whale watching and kayaker outfitters leaving from the marina, so if you want to take advantage of those they leave from the dock just steps away. The cons: NO CELLPHONE SERVICE. I thought I'd be worried being out of touch for so long, but I got over it. Go into Friday Harbor for cell phone service (not sure if Roche Harbor gets service?). Another traveler told us the Snug Harbor store had wifi but we didn't verify this. The outdoor gas grills need updating (ignition switches broken) or need to have working lighters (both had broken ones), but we managed to get ours going anyways. The resort store / office is only open from 9-6 so get your purchases or questions handled then. Bottom line: this isn't a fancy "resort" with room service and pampering, but the location, cabin we stayed in, staff and price were great and made our stay here a happy one.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Apple Valley, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 12, 2010

Spent the long weekend at Snug Harbor and while I found the scenery and activities amazing I found the facility itself very tired and in need of some major money for basic upgrades. Two public restrooms for a facility this size just don't meet the needs of patrons. The management folks were eager to help in any way they could but just can't keep up with the maintenance required to keep this place running. Don't believe I would ever return to Snug but the area is incredible.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Edmonds, WA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 14, 2010

I read the reviews on this site from up to three years ago. Thank goodness things change. I will say my experience this past weekend was: "Serene and Beautiful" - The owners listened to the feedback and have been upgrading each cabin. The staff is delightful. Michelle is a joy to talk to. Snug is a little slice of heaven. Kayaking, bird watching, hiking, relaxing. Go see for yourself.
Mark Matteson

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Snug Harbor Resort & Marina

Property: Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Address: 1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#2 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All of our 17 cabins and three suites are spacious with beautiful interiors, expansive glass, vaulted ceilings, full kitchens, and uninterrupted, stunning views. Snug Harbor's incredible setting is unparalleled on San Juan Island. Arriving by boat is always an option, since we have our own private marina. We are perfectly located for adventures throughout the islands. Once you arrive and explore the resort, you will discover the unique features, comforts, and amenities provided to each of our guests. We strive to make each guest's visit amazing and memorable. We offer four paddle boards, two kayaks, canoes and bikes for the complimentary use by our guests. Our own Mitchell Bay Coffee is open daily offering an array of coffee beverages, local pastries, waffles, soups, and more. And if you are looking for somewhere to host an event, our new events room with seating for up to 50 is now available. When you come to Snug Harbor be ready to detach a little. This is an ideal place to unwind and relax (while we have free wi-fi throughout the property and great cell phone reception, there are no phones in the cabins). Allow the peace and serenity on Mitchell Bay overtake you. We believe our guests have said it best. One recent Trip Advisor review stated "This place is truly paradise" and our favorite Facebook post simply stated "The cabins are epic". ... more   less 
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Snug Harbor Resort & Marina Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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