I agree that I would give this 3.5 stars if possible. There were many nice aspects, but also annoyances. The exterior of the hotel buildings are quite ugly, but the interiors had nice modern furnishings. For 4 people (2 adults, 2 kids), the room felt quite small. They did do a nice job of doing a lot with the little space, including high table with bar stools.
What doesn't work at all is the bathroom and close storage area, plus a kitchenette- very crowded. The most annoying was the lack of towel racks. There was one towel ring 2 feet from the ground next to the sink, and one rack over the toilet. No hooks behind the door or any other racks.
Our room (101) arguably had the worst view of the motel, with a concrete ramp and large propane tank.
The grounds are well maintained with pretty landscaping. The pool and sauna were quite lovely. The outdoor coffee bar was in a comfortable, relaxing area, though the service of the coffee bar was slow and disorganized.
Overall, it was a very nice stay. I would give it a higher rating if it was about $50 less (we paid ~ $260 including taxes and extra charges), but for the price would expect a little nicer room/amenities.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Earthbox Motel And Spa
- Earthbox Hotel Friday Harbor
- Earthbox Motel Friday Harbor
- Earthbox Inn & Spa Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA