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“Great location, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff”
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Bird Rock Hotel
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Great location, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

We first visited the Bird Rock Hotel in 2010 and when staying again in August 2014, we were delighted to find that it was just as good as we remembered. On both visits, we loved the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly, helpful staff, and the super comfortable beds. Our room (Bainbridge) was equipped with everything we needed and was spotless. If you're looking for somewhere within easy walking distance of all that Friday Harbor has to offer and are used to a little street noise, the Bird Rock Hotel will suit you perfectly. We didn't take advantage of the free bikes the hotel offers on our most recent visit but we did have fun with them on our first trip. We're looking forward to staying at the Bird Rock again soon, hopefully next year!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lormacscot
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
Hi PDXperspective,
You just made our day. Thank you for coming back and enjoying your stay with us again. Four years in between visits is way too long. We hope, you make it up next year.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Baltimore, MD
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2014

My friend and I stayed here three nights (8/24-27) and we both loved it. We had Sucia room which was a queen bed and shared bath on the second floor. Neither of us are generally fans of the shared bath, but chanced it and were completely satisfied with our stay. We never had any trouble with sharing the bath and there was never a wait. They were kept clean and well stocked with bath products from the nearby lavender farm. Our room was small but comfortable and easily accommodated two travel girls and our gear from our kayak trip. The hotel staff was friendly and accommodating. We used the complementary bikes twice to ride to nearby Jackson beach to paddleboard which was a nice feature since we didn't have a car. Breakfast was very good. It was continental "plus" (no hot food) but the scones were delicious and the fruit was fresh and tasty. We loved coming home in the afternoon to cookies and lemonade. The hotel also has two sun decks, a patio with umbrella tables and a PC for guest use. It is centrally located and within an easy walk to the ferry, restaurants and attractions. I would definitely recommend Bird Rock.

The only negative thing I can say about our stay was the road noise from outside. It is loud and this in no fault of the hotel. According to their in-room book, they have tried to have the noise addressed without success. It is strange to me that a tourist town that is highly dependent on tourist $ would allow the trucks and commercial vehicles to use the main streets for heavy equipment, particularly at 5-6am! I realize they have business to do, but it is a huge drawback for hotels like Bird Rock that are nearby. Bird Rock does however provide ear plugs in the room for guest.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
Hi Jesmorgan,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed, wonderful review about us. We are so happy, you had a great time.
Yes, we are a busy port town. Beautiful, unique, paradise, and very busy in the summer. All those things we all want and need get trucked over here and the ferries, the trucks are on, land right in downtown.
Please come back sometime in the off season, when the rain shadow keeps us dry, you have the beaches to yourself and there is less traffic. We can't wait.
P.S. Thank you for reading our guest directory:)
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Battle Ground, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014

We stayed here for an anniversary. I loved the decor and the breakfast was fantastic. Yummy scones. Our room was very snug but we loved it. Its so close to everything in town. Easy parking. We had a shared bathroom but it was fine. Great staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank AmyJo101
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hi AmyJo,
Oh we love to be called "snug and warm". Thank you. And thank you so much for celebrating your anniversary with us. We can't wait to have you back for the ones to come.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Regensburg, Bayern, Germany
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Charming and lovely. The rooms are nicely furnished and clean. The staff is helpfull and very friendly. A liitle disadvantage is that you have to share the bathroom with other guests but that is not such a big problem! A bonus is the whirlpool in the sister house of the hotel. After a long exhausting day this the perfect way to relax.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Ulrike E
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hallo Ulrike,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay. Our four simple rooms share two bathrooms. The remaining 11 rooms have their own bathroom, some even with a two person jetted tub. Thank you so much for your visit. We are so happy you had a great time. Please come back when you are in our neck of the woods again.
Tschüß und auf Wiedersehen,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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45 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

My husband and I stayed here for one night after a great kayaking trip in the islands. We were warmly welcomed and offered a refreshing drink. The room was very nice (Fidalgo) - even more pleasant than I expected from the online photos. It's not incredibly spacious, but it feels very comfortable and inviting. I wish we would have had more time to enjoy some of the hotel's amenities - like the free bikes.

We were taking an early ferry on Monday and they didn't start serving breakfast in time for us to take advantage of that - or so we thought. We did discover when we came down in the morning that there was cereal and yogurt available. I'm sure the full spread would have been even better, but that was good enough for me. Although it's definitely on the pricey side, but it feels like they are trying to make the experience live up to the cost. I would happily stay here again...if we ever happen to make our way back to Friday Harbor!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank christinamn
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Hi Christinamn,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review about us. We are so happy you had a great time and hope, you can make it up to us again soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Stateline, Nevada
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2014

While searching for hotels on San Juan Island, I happen to stumble upon this quaint little hotel and I'm so happy I did!! We reserved the Morrowstone suite, which came with its own private hot tub and enterance. Our room was beautiful and perfect for our honeymoon. Out of the entire tirp, which was 14 days, this was the most romantic hotel we stayed in. It is right near Friday Harbor. The breakfast was yummy and well thought out. They set up our zip line tour and our kayak tour for us and had everything ready when we arrived. They even put a card and some chocolate in our room since it was our honeymoon. The local parking man is not so friendly and takes his job VERY seriously, so watch where you park. This hotel offers parking at their sister location just down the street. I recommend you take them up on the parking offer and save yourself a $20 parking ticket for backing into a spot on the street.... which apparently is not allowed. We will be visiting San Juan Island again and will be staying at this hotel when we do. Thank you Bird Rock for being a fantastic part of our honeymoon!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank jstory426
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hi Jstory426,
You just made our day. Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so happy you made us part of your beautiful love story and hope, you give us the opportunity to spoil you for many happy years to come.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Unique experience that we would recommend. Great hospitality and local knowledge. The scones and fresh fruit were perfect each morning. Clean and charming. We had a great time. Each day was sunny and temperatures were perfect.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank M R
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Bird Rock Hotel, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Hi MR,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a sweet review about us. We are so happy you had a great time. We can't wait to have you come visit again soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Property: Bird Rock Hotel
Address: 35 1st St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7973
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Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#3 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#4 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Bird Rock Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bird Rock Hotel of Friday Harbor is a refreshing combination of an historic external structure and clean, modern interiors. Bird Rock Hotel’s authentic, original, old San Juan Island hotel exterior opens to an exquisitely crafted, eco-intelligent collection of stylishly modern interiors ranging from deluxe, harbor-view, king-jacuzzi suites to simple european-style sleeping rooms. ... more   less 
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