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Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #8 of 17 Friday Harbor B&B and Inns
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chicago, illinois
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“great hospitality”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

we stayed at this b and b for two days early sept. we stayed at one room one night and another room the next night. i guess the rooms were previously reserved by others. each room is individually named so people can reserve a specific room. each of the rooms we stayed in had their own bathroom, one with just shower, the other with a bath. there are two rooms that do not have a bathroom in the room but a bathroom is designated for that room across the hallway. if you call for reservation, you may want to make sure you get a room with a bathroom inside. the rooms are very well kept and clean. the beds are nice. they serve breakfast only at a specific time so you have to be on time for this. the breakfast is home made, fresh and quite good. the one thing to keep in mind which did make for a challenge in the begnning is the distance from the ferry dock. if you do not have a car, be aware this is a good walk of about nine blocks from the ferry, mostly uphill. after you manage to drag your luggage to the place upon arrival, the rest is a breeze. settle in and get to meet the proprietors, greg and naoni, and you will appreciate the care they take not only of the place but also of their guests.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Clearwater Florida
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Owners Greg & Naoni greet you and make you feel at home. They are very knowledgable of the area and events. The B&B is well maintained, extremely clean, and located just a few blocks from the town shops. Easy access to other parts of Island. The rooms are very neat and bed was great.The breakfast was excellent not to mention the extra snacks & tea available at your liking.This was our first visit but we are planning on coming back!! THANK YOU, Greg & NAONI, you are the BEST!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I recently visited Hillside House with a friend and stayed for three nights while doing some whale watching and kayaking. Upon our arrival, the owner, Greg, was extremely brusque and made my friend and I both uncomfortable. We were asked for our payment before we'd even put our bags down.

Both my friend and I also had a bit of work to do on holiday, and brought laptops in order to take advantage of the advertised wi-fi at Hillside House. The wi-fi wasn't working, and when we suggested to Greg (politely) that perhaps rebooting the router would solve the problem, he told us he'd do it later. When he didn't do it later and we asked a second time, he stomped off to fiddle with it.

Greg's wife Naoni, on the other hand, is a complete gem. She's friendly, welcoming, and nearly makes up for her husband's rudeness. If Greg was anything like his partner, their place would be a joy to visit.

Breakfast is tasty, but it's served at 8:30 and if you aren't there, you aren't eating. The rooms are small but comfortable (we stayed in "Victoria's Secret), and the bed was mediocre. There's nothing particularly remarkable about this B&B (even though Naoni is lovely!) and - for the price - you'd be better off going elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We chose Hillside because it was slightly cheaper than others on the island, but it is a bit of a walk from town, so thus the cheaper rate. We timed out walk and it is a 15 minute walk...uphill to the house or downhill to town. Plan to huff and puff. You can take a taxi, BUT, it was fun for us to see the town as we walked and we kept telling ourselves that we were walking off all the calories we were eating. (Not true, I gained weight :))

We arrived at the island at 11:00 a..m.....had a kayaking tour at 1:00 p.m.....check-in to the Hillside was at 4:00p.m. DILEMMA! We decided to try to leave out luggage at Hillside even though it was 5 hours before check-in. Greg (the host) graciously allowed us to leave our luggage in the den even though our rooms were not ready yet. I also REALLY HAD TO USE the bathroom and asked Greg if I could use a bathroom. He was hesitant because there is not a public bathroom, but allowed me to go into one of the rooms that his wife, Naomi, was preparing for guests. I thought it was very gracious of him.

I know Greg has gotten grief from other reviewers about his attitude, but I totally understand that he and his wife have to have boundaries or people would be tromping on their home like a hotel, which it is not. They provided to us exactly what they said they would...a good bed, a good breakfast, and beautiful view.

We stayed in the Captains Quarters(?) I think that is what it is called SO COMFORTABLE! The bed was awesome. Quality mattress with a down feather topping. I don't understand the logistics of it all, but Naomi (the hostess) was telling me about the experiments with the baffling to get the comfort just right. It worked. My husband and I had the best night's sleep of our whole vacation (we stayed at other places in Seattle). The room was decorated in a quaint and well-done 'seafaring captain' decor. Very comfortable and fun. Most importantly, it was very clean. Nice adjoining bathroom with plush towels and accessories.

Breakfast was delicious. Greg made a quiche (which all the men LOVED), fresh muffins, hash browns. Greg also had a homemade granola with toppings of almonds, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. Of course, orange juice, coffee, and tea. It was very enjoyable eating the good food and talking with other guests from all over the country.

GREATEST THING! Greg and Naomi served fresh picked cherries from their own trees. They had Bing, Ranier, and two other varieties that I can't remember. AWESOME! Of course, this was a seasonable thing, but wonderful.

Greg and Naomi have structured house rules, which I appreciate. Each room has its own lock for privacy and security, the house itself is left open so you can come in at any time of night, there is a common refrigerator, hot water for tea, cookies/brownies on counter (yes they can get stale...not Greg's fault...they are initially very good), wine glasses and opener...everything you need to make yourself at home.

There is a deck with a beautiful view. Mostly pine trees, a sliver of the harbor, and some sail boats. The view is lessened because you are not on the harbor, but the price reflects that.

Would I stay there again? Yes. Good views, good food, GREAT bed. Closer in?.....You'll have to pay more.

Room Tip: Captain's Quarters was great for a couple.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Quiet location but couldn't walk to harbor. Also weren't flexible enough to provide even a continental breakfast & for the room rate not worth it!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Snohomish
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Inkeepers Greg and Naoni were great, the breakfast was delicious. We stayed two nights in the Eagle Next in July 2011 and will definitely stay there again just to have Greg's cornmeal muffins and spicy egg breakfast dish. Major yum.

Very comfortable bed.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

We enjoyed staying at this B&B during our days in Friday Harbor. The breakfast was really nice, the downside is that it's a 20 minute walk to downtown Friday Harbor.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hillside House Bed and Breakfast

Property: Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 365 Carter Ave, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8055
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hillside House Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hillside House Bed and Breakfast, on San Juan Island, WA, is a 4,000 square foot contemporary inn, among an acre of fir trees, overlooking Mount Baker and the entrance to Friday Harbor. We feature spacious commons areas, wonderful views, quiet location, landscaped gardens, walking distance to shops, 7 guest rooms, each with a king or queen bed and private baths, and a 3 diamond rating from AAA ... more   less 
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