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“Makes A Crack House Look The Ritz Carlton In Comparison”
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San Juan Motel
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Anacortes
Reviewed 15 April 2008

Being a very frequent traveler, I am not given to hyperbole and exaggeration when it comes to hotels. I realize, by nature, its hit or miss. However, I feel compelled to fully advise and warn others about this incredibly squalid and dangerous place.
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I was in the area to run the Whibey Island Marathon in nearby Oak Harbor, a town that was hopelessly sold out of all hotel and motel rooms. So I booked this property in the quasi-depressed town of Anacortes since it was practically the only thing available within a half an hour of where I needed to be. Orbitz listed this "property" as a two-star hotel so I figured it would be passable. However, not only does the property not rate two stars--or any fractional stars---it should be condemned and the owner(s) faced with heavy fines for innumerable fire, safety and building code violations.
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When I first came upon the motel, the exterior revealed a property screaming out for extensive renovation, if not altogether razing. But when I climbed three flights of stairs that reeked of urine and revealed decades of abject filth, the situation deteriorated from dread to panic after I saw my room---room #40 (see photos). This particular room was inside a corridor, more a dead end where identically situated rooms on lower floors were used as janitorial (assuredly unused) closets. At first, I thought there was a mistake since the door knob had a crumpled paper bag over it, held around the knob by Band-Aids. I called down and I was assured that this room was for let and was tragically mine for the night. When I entered, the smell of decades worth of unfiltered cigarette smoke and mold assaulted me with the force of a junkie's fetid breath. I have stayed in smoking rooms before and it's never lilacs and ambrosia, but this room's stench made my eyes water. Airing out the room was impossible since there was a thick plastic sheeting over every window in the place, a garbage bag-like material that flapped outside.
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The room had all of its locks missing---the chain, deadbolt, all gone replaced with holes in the particle board indicating their former presence (see photos). The carpet and chairs all were festooned with mean and copious stains....the bathroom had no mirror, but had gang graffiti (again, see photos) all over the room....an ancient fuse box with missing door greeted the guest in the bedroom where the sink was, inches about the sink....seemingly every table and cabinet had shards of particle board torn and slashed...an ancient space heater built into the wall sneered out, just millimeters from the dingy bedspread (see photos), clearly an inferno waiting to happen. And the barely functioning shower that worked as well as an octogenarian prostate cancer patient's urine stream.
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Finding another room was impossible due to the marathon, both at this property and any hotel or motel within a 35-mile radius. So I gilded myself for the night, wedging one of the bodily-fluid stained chair's backs underneath the knob, programming the local police's phone number into my cell phone and hoping that none of the area's seemingly many hard cases wouldn't be invading my horrific sanctum. Fortunately, no one dared to perpetrate a B&E at the San Juan Motel, no doubt scared off by threats of bubonic plague, not to mention the probable desperation of any guest crazy enough to stay at this sub-hovel.
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In summation, I think that this place might supplant Manhattan's Hotel Carter as the U.S.'s filthiest hotel for next year's list...that is, if it hasn't been condemned or destroyed by fire in the interim.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled solo
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67  Thank Wayfarer519
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ranijee, Owner at San Juan Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2008

Unfortunately this visitor's stay was during our remodel. This customer secured this room through Travelocity. This room was the only room available because of our remodel.

We did secure him a room for this visitor at the Marina Inn. They only had one room left. This visitor opted to *not* move to the Marina Inn.

We also told the customer that we would not charge him for the room at our hotel if he would take the room at the Marina Inn.

Again he refused.

All the rooms, inside and outside, were going through a complete remodel during this visitor's stay.

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Reviewed 27 January 2008

This place gave on OK rate for a place to pass out and wait for the ferry at. Keep you expectations low, party, and get up an catch the ferry the next morning.

  • Stayed: July 2004, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank CAMason22
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Reviewed 10 November 2007

We were thinking of staying at this property, however, after driving by the motel, my wife refused to even look at the rooms. The motel looked due for a major renovation, with curtains hanging loose, etc. Someone had previous written that the motel had been remodeled - it looked more like it definitely needed remodeling!

Stayed: November 2007
9  Thank carrotop
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Reviewed 6 August 2007

Me and my daughter spent two nights here while taking a day trip in the San Juan Islands.

An earlier review here suggests recently renovated rooms. Ours did not appear this way, and featured a burn mark on the wall and a bathroom that appeared to have marks on the floor- it looked dirty, but it was nothing I could wipe up FWIW. The main bedroom was a bit dark for my taste.

Having said that, for a budget price of $70 per night, with a mini-fridge and a microwave (and the old-fashioned stove and oven that obviously caused the burn marks), and a two-bed arrangement set up in almost separate rooms allowing for two TV sets, the amenities were quite handy for our needs (or in the case of the separate "rooms," stress-relieving). The beds were soft enough (if a little old), the bathtub clean, and the sinks in good working order. The location is great for walking around downtown (if only we had set aside the time to do so).

All in all, I'm looking for an excuse to bring my daughter back.

  • Stayed: July 2007
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6  Thank Pounder_for_Timbers
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Reviewed 11 October 2006

Likes:
*The Room rate is cheap.
*Rooms are clean and newly remodeled.
*Plenty of Parking
*Good Service
*Wake-up calls polite yet get you up.
*90+ channel TV
*Experienced staff ready to help with everything.
*in downtown Anacortes.
*near shopping, park, movie theatre
*quiet and relaxing
*Discounts for military, AAA, ARP, Islanders and Refinery Workers.
*International staff. no racism.
* Guest LAUNDRY

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* No COntinental Breakfast or pool

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled on business
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11  Thank WhitePrincess
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Address: 1103 6th St, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-1719
Region: United States > Washington > Fidalgo Island > Anacortes
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Anacortes
Price Range: £48 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — San Juan Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Downtown Anacortes, exactly 3.5 miles from San Juan/Sidney B.C. Ferry. Situated near a variety of restaurants, this quiet motel is great for short-term and long-term guests. Rooms offer King or Queen-sized beds and brand new Stainless Steel Kitchenettes. All rooms include Satellite TV + 4 HBOs, WiFi, In Room Courtesy Coffee and Free Local calls. Amenities also include, Non-Smoking and Smoking Rooms, Daily Maid Service, Ice Machine and Laundry Facilities. ... more   less 
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