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Discovery Inn
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

This inn is affordable and quite nice. The rooms open up onto outside hallways, and are spacious and well kept; the employees were pleasant and helpful. It's a long-ish walk (around 20 minutes) from Friday Harbor without a car, but a pleasant one. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back for a slightly quieter stay. Make sure you let them know in advance if you'll be checking in after 8 pm!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Diana P
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DiscoveryFH, Manager at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2012

Thank you for staying at the Discovery Inn on your trip to Friday Harbor. We are always glad to hear that a guest enjoyed their stay. We hope your travels will bring you back our way.

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

My son and I recently visited San Juan Island and chose Discovery Inn for a two night stay. Bottom line...VERY nice folks who make you feel like you're visiting the relatives you like! The room was simple and clean. Road noise can be a minor nuisance so request courtyard view away from the road, but not a big deal. Very good for the price and a very short drive (1 mile) to the middle of town. We enjoyed the island very much and appreciated the great tips from the very accomodating staff! We'll be back!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank John H
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Management response:Responded July 3, 2012

We are always delighted to hear from our guests, especially when they had a nice stay at the inn. Thank you for taking the time to let us know you had such an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the island.

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

My wife and I decided to top off an incredible 8 day trip to Vancouver BC and the surrounding area by taking an impromptu hop over to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island on our way back to SeaTac to catch a redeye back to the east coast.

So we boarded a ferry mid-day, and arrived about 3…. not much time to get to know the island. So we decided to spend the night and scoured the Internet for something different than the chain accommodations we have been in the habit of seeking out.

The Discovery Inn caught our eye, and we booked a room while onboard the ferry.

We decided to check in before setting out to explore the island, and I'm really glad we did.

First of all, the Discovery Inn is EXACTLY what you would have wished to find years ago if you were on holiday: not foo-foo upscale, but totally adequate to your needs. The room was fine, the people were very friendly and helpful, and the bed was great.

The mother-daughter combo who greeted us at check-in was gracious, and in the course of our conversation, observed that whales had been sighted along the southwest coast about sunset over the past several weeks.

Could that be possible?

The ONLY element my wife had hoped for and not realized this trip was the viewing of whales in their natural element. We had tried repeatedly during the prior week to schedule a trip, but were never able to get the weather and the time to make that happen.

So we set out up the east coast of the island at four in the afternoon, stopped off at the Roche Resort for a delightful dinner on the water overlooking fabulous gardens loaded with flowers, and a most attractive marina, then headed down the west coast to try our luck.

Two hours and twelve orcas later, my wife and I were totally elated, and weary after a long day of travel. We headed back to our clean and welcoming room, and slept without stirring until nine the next day.

I recommend this motel without reservation!

Great people, good room, great comfort.

Room Tip: Try their new on-line reservation system; very simple.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank cfischer41
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Management response:Responded July 3, 2012

Thank you for staying with us. We have been working so hard to make improvements at the motel this year and it makes it is all worthwhile to hear what a wonderful trip you had. Hoping your travels bring you back our way again.

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

we stayed in april for a family function and were pleasntly suprised by the very friendly and accomidating staff. they went out of their way to give us advice on where to eat and get coffee as well as some background history on the island itself. the rooms were clean and neat and had all the appliances we needed - coffee pot, hair dryer, tv, alarm clock etc. our daughter was even able to ride her bike with the other kids staying at the inn!
we will definately stay there again. a great room for the price. charming and clean.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank rusty r
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

At first I was apprehensive to check-in to this hotel/B&B due to bad review but somewhat it wasn’t true as a matter of fact they are keeping up with the maintenance to be competitive. I stayed here in middle of May 2012 before the peak season for tourist start. The place is somewhat isolated & close to the harbor which is good if you want to escape the crowd & noise during peak season. The room is a typical size for couple & maybe family with a child. It is well maintained and clean daily. One drawback the heating isn’t working properly & they're installing portable heater which doesn’t heat that much but if you’re planning to stay during spring & summer I don’t think this is a big issue. There are lots of restaurant & fast food within close proximity about 2-3minutes drive & during my stay most of these restaurant closes after 7PM. So no late dinner here on this island. If you’re looking for a good value & quick getaway this is the place.

Room Tip: Make sure to ask for a room with a heater if you plan to go there during winter or fall. It could get cold during that time.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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DiscoveryFH, Manager at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2012

Thank you for taking a chance with us. We are happy to hear that it worked out and you had a nice stay at the Inn. We are in the process of making improvements to the rooms and grounds. If you make it back to the island for another visit we hope you will stay with us again.

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