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“Looks cooler than it is”
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Earthbox Inn & Spa
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Bellingham, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Looks cooler than it is”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I had been waiting to stay at this place since driving by it a few years ago on another trip. It was fine- clean, nice decor, but the beds are hard as rocks and our view overlooked a weedy patch and a parking lot. Good location, but was overpriced for what you get. I paid the same for a much nicer room at a hotel with a view of the marina.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We spent three nights at the Earthbox recently. It satisfied all my requirements: comfortable beds, cleanliness, convenience. The room had a fan for temperature control and we used it. At times I felt the room was a bit warm. The staff was very agreeable and helpful regarding restaurants. The motel does not offer in house breakfast which would have been a nice perk. It was very convenient to town and had a nice indoor pool and laundry facilities which we used.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have access to outside tables with umbrellas which we used for a take away dinner.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shoreline, Washington
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you arrive by boat or ferry and you are old or have too much luggage the problem in this port is it is a climb to the base of the town. There is not avoiding that wherever you stay. If you have a vehicle no problem.
This hotel is only 4 blocks further up the hill and very well located to walking the town. Very comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Lehi, Utah
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4 reviews
Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is a really nice hotel with a very friendly and helpful staff. We had made our reservation thru a third party who had failed to disclose some of the details of our stay. Tory resolved the matter immediately without any hesitation. The staff was always friendly and willing to help with all of our needs. I highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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capitola,ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was booked as part of a package deal on Victoria Clipper. I was a in a good location, easy walk to downtown restaurants and the harbor. Although an older property the rooms were modern and clean. Gardens were beautiful and reception area warm and friendly. The staff could not have been more helpful. You also have use of free bicycles to get around the island and luggage storage.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This old motel, with a decent sized swimming pool, has been remodeled in a stylish way. The staff is friendly. The price is a little high for what you get. If I were them, I would at least add a continental breakfast.

Room Tip: They will tell you that some rooms are noisy and they even provide ear plugs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Carlin, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We were a little worried about staying here as other people had complained about noise and I am a very light sleeper. The motel was full but noise wasn't a problem, maybe we just had good neighbors! It is a nice motel and was clean--something that can't always be said about pet friendly rooms. Our room was very small but it was adequate for the two nights we spent there. If I were planning a longer stay I would want something a little larger. It was also nice to be within walking distance of the Friday Harbor commercial district. We were able to walk down and get our meals or do shopping without having to try to find a parking spot which at times can be almost impossible! All in all I would stay here again and recommend it to anyone that was planning a short stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Earthbox Inn & Spa

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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Also Known As:
Earthbox Motel And Spa
Earthbox Hotel Friday Harbor
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Earthbox Inn & Spa Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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