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Discovery Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Arlington, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“nice place to stay”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

I stayed here 5 days at the end of May. It is an older hotel which has recently been renvovated. It is clean, quiet and a good value. It has a lovely garden area where you can sit out, read, have a picnic etc. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet. It is a couple of blocks from the main downtown area, which is very nice, since you don't get the foot traffic nor car traffic noises. It is a restful place to stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Quiet room upstairs facing the parking lot, was quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences at Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. We are glad you stayed with us and had such a pleasant stay. We hope your travels bring you back our way again.
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

My wife and I stayed here as part of our belated honeymoon trip. We were impressed by the friendliness of the staff, and the great price of the room.

Our room was a bit older, but well maintained, and even came with an electric fireplace. The location of the motel is a mile out of town which was still reasonably close to restaurants, but away from congestion.

Although we had to schedule our plans around the occasional rain showers, staying in January meant we almost had the place to ourselves which was very nice.

Room Tip: The front desk closes around 17:00 during the winter, its best to notify them if you are going to ar...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you for staying with us on your honeymoon back in January. We are glad you had such a nice experience with our staff and enjoyed your room. Wishing you all the best and look forward to your future visits to the island.
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We are extremely picky hotel snobs. We stayed at Discovery Inn because we were there over a holiday and had a hard time finding something at Friday Harbor. I was actually very nervous about this hotel - because I am a hotel snob. Let me tell you - not only would I recommend this hotel - I would stay there again. The staff went so far out of their way to accommodate us - allowed us a very early check in and made sure that we were armed with information about the island. We had a room with a comfortable queen bed and recently updated room. There was a fridge and microwave. While the room was not spa luxurious - it was clean and very comfortable. The hotel is smaller and at the end of a quiet street. There was ample parking. I truly enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend.

Room Tip: Stay on the second floor -
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
We appreciate your stay and the time you’ve taken to share your experience. Thank you for taking a chance on our hotel. We’re ecstatic that you had a great experience and found our staff, location and rooms to your liking. We do hope you can find the time to stay with us again and wish you the very best!
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Austin, Texas
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Nice hotel about 1mi away from Friday Harbor. Very quiet area. Room was newly remodeled as well as an updated bathroom. Prices were very good as well for the area. Only negative was there is no air conditioning. Normally not a problem, but we just happened to be there during a warm/dry spell and the room got pretty stuffy. There was a box fan in the closet that we had to use. Would be nice if they could install ceiling fans at least.

I would possibly stay here again depending on the price, but would definitely be checking the weather report before I did.

Room Tip: Try to get an upstairs corner room if possible. Less likely to hear neighbors that way. And rememb...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are glad you enjoyed our location, it is a quiet area. Sorry to hear that your room got stuffy due to the warm weather. We like your suggestion for ceiling fans. We hope to see you again in the future and wish you the very best.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stayed at the Discovery Inn during the first weekend of May. My wife and I bothe have experienced this as highly enjoyable. It is excellently located - only a few minutes drive from the main drag in Friday Harbor (Spring Street). The staff was very very friendly and helpfull, and the hotelroom was quite roomy and clean. Will stay there again when we return!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
We are so glad that you had an enjoyable stay at the Discovery Inn earlier in May. Thank you for taking the time to review the Inn on TripAdvisor. We look forward to seeing you again on your return visit to the island.
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Arlington, Washington
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10 reviews
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Great place to stay - lovely landscape and hot tub. Very clean and it was nice to be outside of town. We were planning on walking into town but because we were there Sunday - Tuesday there weren't any parking issues so we just drove. The staff was amazing and helpful and recommended numerous place to eat since we didn't know where to go. We left something there and the lady called us up at home right away and offered to mail it to us. I would recommend staying here if you don't want to stay right in town.

Room Tip: choose a room on the back side away from the street.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Debbie W
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. Our staff gives the best customer service possible, we are so glad they could recommend some places to eat and were also helpful on returning your forgotten item to you. We hope your travels bring you back to us soon.
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bellingham,wa
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20 reviews
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

My daughter and I stayed here on our mothers day weekend getaway. The check in process was wonderful. Jenny was very helpful, nice and gave us some great chocolates. We had a room on the second floor, in the corner which was nice because the walls are a bit thin, where I could hear the people behind us taking showers, but not thin enough you could hear chatting. The room was very clean, comfy bed and my daughter even enjoyed sleeping on the wood rack in the closet.

I liked the location because it was a bit out of town and the hub bub of everything, so it was quieter. In saying that, i wouldn't try walking to town unless you're a walker. It does share the parking lot with the library, but that didn't matter to us.

overall, the atmosphere was nice, park like setting, friendly staff, enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: top floor- so you don't have to listen to people walking above you
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank ginni74
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
We are so glad you stayed with us on Mother's Day. Tthank you for your kind review on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay, the grounds and our staff.
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Property: Discovery Inn
Address: 1016 Guard St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9240
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#2 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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