Booked this largely because it was the cheapest option on what is a fairly expensive island and it turned out to be a great stay. It’s an older building, but it was a nice clean room, with a couple of armchairs and a table, and a good sized desk, along with a very comfortable bed. Granted there’s no breakfast but plenty of places to eat in town and there’s also a fridge and microwave if you want to fend for yourself. It’s away from the main part of town but it’s probably still walking distance, although I never did.
Main thing here, though, is the staff. Checking inn, Heather pointed out all the places to go in town and around the island, recommended some restaurants, made a reservation for me at one of them and was generally very friendly, helpful and informative. Other staff throughout my stay and beforehand when I was booking were just the same. They also get discounts on certain whale-watch trips and kayak tours.
Can’t see any benefit in trying the more expensive, notionally better, places and if I’m ever back on the island, I’ll stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just minutes from the Friday Harbor ferry landing, this hotel is the only lodging facility on San Juan Island that offers rooms in a park-like setting. Our recently renovated hotel rooms are decorated in restful colors. The handsomely appointed rooms are designed for relaxing. They feature air-conditioning, a private bath, one or two queen beds, an in-room coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. The Discovery Inn has been a family-owned and operated hotel for over 30 years. Enjoy an outdoor seasonal Jacuzzi, Adirondack-style chairs on the lawn, flowers, decks and barbecues. The hotel is known for providing its guests with friendly customer service, spacious clean rooms and a relaxing atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Discovery Inn Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA