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“A pleasant oasis”

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Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We recently enjoyed a brief stay at the Snug Harbor resort and marina, and would recommend it for a stay on San Juan Island. We got off to an uncertain start, arriving at about 7.30pm to find the place in pitch darkness and not a sole around so we could check in. After dialing the number I had and hearing the unanswered phone in the dark empty office I started wondering if this was an early bird place and we'd missed some rule about daytime check-ins only... However, someone in the marina had the manager's mobile number and called him. It turned out he was only off site at this time because his cat had been ran over, he was overly apologetic and I felt bad for him (cat survived by the way). During our stay he was very friendly and helpful, making sure we had anything we needed, equipping us for our kayaking on the harbour, and even allowing to check out late and enjoy our late breakfast on our porch. The cabins are very nice, on the rustic side but that is what you come here for. They were a decent enough size for two and the kitchen was equipped enough for our needs. They really do run along the waterfront which is very nice, the isolated location of this place is fantastic. At night you have deer grazing outside and we were lucky enough to catch some aurora activity. Ideally situated a short drive from Friday Harbor and close to Lime Kiln Park too. If you are looking for rustic isolation and access to water this is the spot, there is nothing nearby for food and drink so come prepared and you'll enjoy it. The only negative (except maybe being overpriced a tad) was how non-soundproof the cabins were. Not only were the walls thin enough to hear voices, but there's also a lot of shaking and rattling with neighbouring movements in and out of the front door. It didn't overly bother us for our brief stay but it would have for any length of time. I would definitely stay again, but I'd shell out more for the detached cabins for sure...

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

If you are traveling through San Juan Islands this vacation spot is very convenient because it has a marina at its rentals. Rentals are quiet, and cozy but rustic. Plan to bring your own food because there is no restaurant on site or nearby , no grocery store nearby .Plan ahead and come prepared. Otherwise it's very adequate if you don't mind rustic.

Room Tip: Building new cabins, should be complete soon.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2013

Thank you Becky for your review. This is the last summer for our rustic cabins on the water front. This winter all the water front facilities will be replaced with our new one bedroom Panabode cedar cabins. The store will also be replaced with three new apartments on top, office, coffee, store and a conference meeting area. We have big changes coming over the winter of 2013/2014. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll come back and see all our changes in the future.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

My husband and I just spent the weekend at Snug Harbor. We had such a great time and enjoyed the beautiful location that we are planning on going back for our 10th anniversary. I loved opening my cabin door and being right on the bay. Ken, the manager, was super helpful giving us tips about the island. I would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed in one of the new 2 bedroom Panabode cabins. The cabin was beautiful inside. We loved the gas stove in the living room. The view was lovely, and we appreciated the peace and quiet. The manager was very helpful and friendly. We would stay here again without hesitation!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank CObotanist
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Thank you for the review. We hope you enjoyed your trip to the San Juan Islands.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Our family stayed in one of the beautiful new Panabode cabins with a wonderful view of Mitchell Bay. We could look out the window and see eagles, otters, seals, and migratory birds. The manager was very friendly and helpful and let us know that there were canoes and kayaks for us to use as long as we stayed in the protected waters of the bay. The resort also arranged a guided kayak tour for us with Crystal Seas Kayaking which took us out for a spectacular 3 hour paddle that was a highlight of our trip. Snug Harbor is very close to both English Camp and Lime Kiln State Park.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Eric, I think you get the reward for the furthest distance travelled. Thank you for staying with us and describing for others the amazing beauty of the San Juans. We hope you can make it back someday.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My parents, boyfriend and I rented a 2 bedroom cabin at Snug Harbor Resort at the end of the winter season The staff was very friendly, sent information via email and gave a courtesy phone call when the room was ready and where to find the cabin. The cabin had an excellent view of the water, quiet and peaceful, and had everything we needed. There were 3 fire pits available for use as well as canoes and kayaks (free of charge) for guests to use. I would definitely recommend Snug Harbor Resort to anyone looking for a place to stay while in Friday Harbor. It looks like it would be awesome for family reunions.New cabins are being built at this time and look great.

Room Tip: All rooms appear to have a great view of water.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KimR1987
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Kim, Thank you for your wonderful review and we are so glad you had a great time with us. Its not to far to travel from Tacoma for a return visit so we hope to see you soon. Winter of 2013-2014 we will be rebuilding our office/store structure and will have a large room to host groups for events. Then we will really be a great place to have family reunions.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed in one of their cabins along the water. The area is beautiful and all cabins have views of the water which is really nice. The pros are that it sleeps four people comfortably and is good for families. The staff was very nice and helpful and it is in a beautiful setting. The cons are that the kitchen in the cabin was very poorly stocked. For example not a single pan for the oven, so no way to use it. The second is it sleeps four people but there are only three chairs at the table (both inside and outside). Second the heating doesn't work so they use space heaters. They take a while to work and not great for kids (but they did get the place plenty warm).

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2013

Thank you for your review, I am sorry for the shortcomings you experienced. There are supposed to be four chairs in the units for the dinning table. We keep three positioned at the table and a fourth in the hall or living room area. The pans for the oven are kept in the drawer below the oven. We will be make sure these items are replaced and appreciate you bringing these matters to our attention. I apologize we did not resolve these issues for you at the time of your stay. We hope you will come back to visit us in the future and experience our new cabins waterfront cabins which will be constructed fall of 2013. Thank you again for helping us make Snug Harbor Resort the best possible experience for all our guests.

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Address: 1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
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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: $129 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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