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“Good Groupon Deal and great location”
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Earthbox Inn & Spa
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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Longview, Washington
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4 reviews
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“Good Groupon Deal and great location”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

We snagged a terrific deal that Earthbox offered on Groupon, and we stayed 2 nights in a WaterPlace room, #302.

First off, the room was very clean and well made. No stray hairs, no grubby stains or scrapes. Everything seemed immaculate and well maintained.

The room was furnished quite nicely, with neutral, soothing tones and what appeared to be quality decor. There was a flat screen tv, plenty of cable stations to choose from, a refridgerator, microwave, coffee pot, and some coffee/tea selections as well as more available in the lobby.

There was plenty of storage space and closet space & hangers, plus a luggage rack for setting one's suitcase on. Dual nightstands. The a/c and fan unit was a bit loud, but did an adequate job of keeping the room at a comfortable temperature. We like the white noise of a fan as it helps keep outside/other occupant noises at a minimum.

Bathroom was very roomy, and the jacuzzi tub was nice and deep, with plenty of hot water and all of the jets worked properly. Appreciated the soap/shampoo dispenser and the Inn's efforts to keep environmental impact low. Blow dryer included, as well as ear plugs & shower cap. The bathtub did drain very slowly - I left a note notifying house keeping that the drain should be unclogged.

The staff was extremely friendly and efficient, and made some nice suggestions for food and sight seeing. Tory was especially warm and friendly.

The downside: The bed KILLED us! It was sleeping on a BRICK! We could feel the springs in the mattress, and every time we turned or moved, we felt them pressing beneath us. I slept extremely poorly because of this, and because I have fibromyalgia, by the time we had spent 2 nights and checked out to head home, I was in awful pain. My husband likes firm mattresses, and even he said it was terribly uncomfortable for him. A simple solution would be to put good quality memory foam mattress toppers on their beds. Just 3 inches of good memory foam would resolve this issue and is much less expensive than replacing the mattresses.

Overall, a very pleasant stay. But with the beds being so uncomfortable to the point of inflicting pain, we cannot say we would stay here again. Only if the problem is corrected will we be back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, June 7, 2012
Hi DJDeanne,
Thank you so much for your detailed and well thought out review. We are so happy you liked (almost) everything about us.
I'm so sorry about your issues with the bed. That sounds very uncomfortable. All our mattresses are from Sealy and not older than a couple of years. We mostly get raving reviews about them. I will check the mattress in your room and make sure there is nothing wrong with it (thank you for supplying your room number:). The memory foam cover is a great idea. I will bring that up when we make our wish list for things to come.
Maybe the next time you come visit, check out our sister hotel Bird Rock. We have different mattresses there (also from Sealy, but a different style).
Thank you for your visit.
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Laughlin, Nevada
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

I get that this place is on an island, only accessible by ferry or car but the rate for a Thursday night was too much. I've stayed on other islands, equally difficult to access for less and with nicer accommodations. The room was acceptable, but the entire place is just a refurbishment of an older property. The staff were helpful and pleasant and the lobby was nice and clean. There was no air conditioning in the room, which being WA would have been ok but the provided fan to circulate the air was noisy.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, June 2, 2012
Hi Nathan,
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your visit. Thank you for enjoying our staff. We take great pride in our customer service.
As you rightfully pointed out, things, and I mean all things, services, utilities, gas, food, water, are more expensive on the island. We are a small family owned business unlike the other big hotels/motels in Friday Harbor. We want to make visiting us affordable for all, but need to be able to pay our bills and lovely staff as well.
Maybe you can come visit us again in the off season. The autumn is exceptional in the San Juans We participate in groupon promotions now and then (that is a fantastic deal) and have very nice specials through us directly.
Thank you for visiting us.
Sincererly,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

We recently stayed here and enjoyed it. The rooms were older but very clean. The pool area is comfortable and away from the rooms. Short walk to downtown and the ferry. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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St Petersburg Fl
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

First the staff was great they were friendly and caring.... property is well maintained and yes they have free bikes...nice pool and hot tub..those are the positives. Otherwise i felt let down...was really looking forward to this place and left feeling overcharged and a little screwed. The rooms truly are older motel 6 style rooms with no more then some new paint and smelly soaps. The tv in the room must be a left over from motel 6 days bec it was older style no flat screen...wireless was really spotty..now i know there gonna say its and island thing but there problem is lack of routers...plus they close the office so early 8pm the nights we were there?? There are no vending machines for a drink on property and town closes early so be prepared. Just left feeling like we overpaid...

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, June 2, 2012
Hi Alstr1,
Thank you so much for your sweet compliments about our staff. You totally made our day.
We are so sorry you felt a little let down by our motel/inn/resort hybrid project. Our property is an elderly motel with renovated rooms. We are trying to make that very clear on our website, rack cards, and confirmation letter. And a project it is. New TVs are on the list and our island power cooperative is trying to get us broadband soon (believe me, we have the routers:). The lack of vending machines is another quirky island thing. We had them and (I don't want to say which of the big cola companies it was) they were never stocked, just wouldn't come out and get us our daily soda. So we took them down.
Our local and organic body care products come from the Pelindaba Lavender farm on the island. I'm sorry you didn't care for them. Next time, just let us know and we'll provide you with some other luxurious items.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay. We hope you will check us out another time. We run awesome specials in the off-season, when you have the beaches to yourself and often the weather is a lot nicer than on the mainland due to the rain shadow we are in. Maybe we'll have new TVs by then and we'll make sure to inform you about our office hours beforehand.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Earthbox Inn is an amazing place in Friday Harbor. The staff was absolutely delightful and their location could not have been more perfect. The staff gave us great options on places to eat and gave us great information on the best place to spot whales. Some of the best hotel staff I have ever seen! The rooms were clean and beds were unbelievably comfortable. The entire grounds of the hotel was beautiful. They have amazing cruisers you can take out on the town FOR FREE and they are soooo much fun!! This was such a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The Sky room was beautiful and close to the pool for easy access.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

the price may have been a little steep - but it seemed that way on the whole island. Was a beautiful and comfortable room. They also had bikes to rent out front - but unfortunately we didn't have the time to go out and explore the island.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

The staff was very friendly helpful. This motel is very nice and very comfortable ! We slept like babies! There are lavendar scented soaps, shampoo and lotion that the island is known for. The location is about a four block walk, directly up the main street, from the ferry landing and makes it very accessible without a car. There are two wheeled bikes located at the front of the motel for free use by guests. Everything in the town of Friday Harbor is accessible by bike/walking. There is free parking, an exercise room and swimming pool for guests to use, too. The San Juan roasters coffee was also wonderful !!!!
The rooms are updated with wood flooring and the feeling of a comfortable, laid back island retreat. We would definately stay here again. This motel has a sister property, the Bird Rock, where I have also stayed. They are well managed, very comfortable places to stay with great locatioins right in town and very close to everything.
The only thing we didn't like is one night (out of four nights) someone behind us was having a little party outside their room and it was a bit noisy; we put on the television and it helped drown out the noise.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Address: 410 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7230 (Formerly Elements Hotel & Spa)
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
#5 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#6 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Earthbox Inn & Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Earthbox Inn & Spa is a delightful blend of cool resort motel and classic vintage motor inn with an indoor pool, full-service spa, stylishly renovated rooms, free wifi, free parking and complimentary bicycles. Centrally located in downtown Friday Harbor, only 4 blocks from the Washington State Ferry. Also enjoy the many outdoor area attractions including kayaking, biking, hiking, and wildlife/whale tours. ... more   less 
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