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Roche Harbor Resort
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 2, 2011

Our daughter and son-in-law just got married at the most wonderful place in the Northwest...Roche Harbor Resort! Being from the east coast, we had our reservations about having a wedding so remote that it took our east coast friends not only a plane ride to get to Seattle but also potentially a car or van ride to the ferry in Anacortes and then a ferry ride to San Juan island or at least an additional float plane ride to get to the wedding. Sam, the Manager/Director, assured us that "they will come". And did they come! We entertained 114 guests at the wedding with everything going off without one hitch...whoever heard of a wedding without hitches or anxious moments? That's what everyone at Roche Harbor makes happen.

The food was absolutely the best food my husband and I have ever had at a wedding....our friends are still raving about it today 2 weeks later and went back for 2nds and 3rds. Alejandra, event manager, took care of us from early planning to being there throughout the event to ensure all was running properly. She even accommodated us, when our original plans fell through, on getting fresh Strawberries and Rhubarb for our special dessert tarts that the grooms' sister was making in place of a wedding cake. Tarts for 114 guests took a lot of Strawberries and Rhubarb!

In addition, many of our guests highly praised the reservations desk for their courtesy and help in deciding what to reserve that fit their needs and wallets!

So.....Thank you Roche Harbor, especially Sam and Alejandra, for all your consideration that went into making our daughter and son-in-law's wedding the best! We can't thank you too much for making it such a memorable day and weekend for everyone but especially us, the family

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

We just had our wedding at Roche Harbor a couple of weeks ago and I could not write enough positive things about our and our guests experiences.

Right from the beginning all of our needs, wants, and desires were met above and beyond our expectations! We had the perfect wedding for us, everything that happened starting from our first contact with the resort to the final check out the day after the wedding exceed our expectations.

Sam, Alejandra, Candace, and Trina went out of there way to make sure that not only our experience but also the experiences of our guests were perfect from the moment they called to make a reservation to the moment they left.

On top of creating the most ideal wedding for us, Roche Harbor itself is just gorgeous with immaculate gardens, beautiful buildings, and excellent views of the water. It also has a wide range of room options with a wide range of prices. This variety made it possible for all of our guests to find a room that they could afford and be completely satisfied with. Additionally, there is a huge amount of stuff to do both at Roche Harbor itself and on the island, allowing us and our guests many options when it came to fun activities during the down time between wedding events.

Last, but definitely not least, I need to give a huge shout out to the food. Everything that I have put into my mouth at Roche Harbor has been amazing. Seriously amazing. The fresh fish, the local veggies and fruit and don't even get me started on the prime rib. The prime rib at Roche Harbor is hands down the best prime rib I have ever had. It melts in your mouth. Delicious. We got an extraordinary amount of compliments on the food at our wedding, people were going back for seconds and thirds. Unbelievably good!

All of that is to say that if you are at all considering a vacation or wedding on San Juan Island, Roche Harbor is the place to go. It has everything you could possibly need and more and is just a gem of a location. We could not be more pleased with all of our experiences there!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank notoriouskym
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

The Mc Millian Suite #161 , has a nice view. but very loud music and noise all night long ... We arrived Friday , They had an events. Friday & Saturday , the music was very loud during the week-end...
The food is very mediocre the salmon farmed... not wild.
The so called spa is noisy and terribly mangament. The manager refused to allowed a service dog in... nedless to say service dogs get into hospitals . The place is not a spa, neither in the league of Spas such as The Ritz in Paris...by all means I dont' recommend the spa...The managment needs to train their spa personel in real spas such Bali or Thailand... there novices and have no clue how to give a facial or masage.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank yolandaSeattleWa_
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

After flying in to Seattle, then driving just under 2 hrs. north to Anacortes, we got the ferry over to Friday Harbor. It's a nice ferry ride (about an hour if direct) and Friday Harbor was bustling when we arrived. We had family pick us up - it's about a 15 min. car ride to Roche Harbor. Very nice marina. Two restaurants, a home decor shop and smaller shops on the dock plus a general store. We stayed in the Quarryman Suites which were very nice. Very clean, fireplace in the room and a pull-out sofa as well as a balcony with a view of the marina. Bocce courts and playground to keep the young ones happy (it was too cold for the pool when we were there). Saw rooms in the older building and wouldn't recommend them. Cute houses for rent, too which were also very nice. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank LyndaNewport_RI
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

We stumbled onto Roche Harbor (San Juan Island) and what a find! Loved every minute - It's quaint and picture perfect. Hotel staff at the Hotel de Haro were friendly, courteous and went out of their way to let us view rooms in the Historic hotel and next door in the Quarryman Suites. The historic hotel lobby is charming but the upstairs rooms are old and in need of some work (shared baths, etc.) The Quarryman is modern luxurious - the trick is going off season when the rates are substantially lower. The Quarryman in our estimation is over-priced during peak season (450.00) for a modern "hotel-like" room (although the view of the harbor is picturesque.) The drawback is the fact of arriving late - with only 1 dining option - McMillian's ... we found it to be charming also but with high prices and not alot of options for mid-price level ... we opted for a delicious crab/artichoke appetizer, (3) crab bisques and a couple desserts and wound up paying 60.00. The Lime Kiln Cafe is nice ... freshly made donuts that were wonderul along with strawberry pancakes. Overall - we loved this spot and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

We stay here every year, and each time we visit we find something new to love about Roche! We love the harbor, walking around the resort, the funky masoleum, the spa, the artists and craftspeople, the food, The Lime Kiln cafe DOUGHNUTS! (get in the line early in the morning) walking the docks and meeting fellow boaters and their dogs, and just in general the overall island mood of the place.

The staff from marina to hotel to spa and shops are the absolute best and are there to serve and accomodate your wishes, no matter what. We've always been very impressed with the level of service and hospitality we've received, always with a smile.

The gardens are incredible if you visit in the spring, summer or fall. We love the flag ceremony and church chimes too - very unique, kind of quirky but fun, and it definitely goes with the special, historic vibe of the place.

World travellers and boaters will love it - others might not get it, but that's OK. It will always be a treasured little gem of the San Juans.

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  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Thank tuscany885
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

Hi

Just came back from the resort. I thought the room was average for the price, location was great. However...the restaraunt (McMillans) of which you are captive unless you go to Friday harbor is a RIPOFF!! I drink each and seafood pasta...$80 before tax and tip! Im not sure who they think they are catering to or if then even care about peoples feedback.......but......great location....just hate being gouged.

Dave

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 248 Reuben Memorial Dr, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8171
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Price Range: $112 - $436 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Roche Harbor Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Juan Island historic resort nestled along the shoreline. Guest amenities include marina, three restaurants, kayaking, whale watching, full service spa, pool, playground, bocce ball, tennis courts, and nature trails. Resort center has complimentary wireless internet for all resort guests. Some (not all) of our rooms have microwave, coffee service, refrigerator, and air conditioning. ... more   less 
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Roche Harbor Village Hotel
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Roche Harbor Resort Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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