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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Arlington, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Friday Harbor Gem!”
Reviewed 28 September 2012

We did a lot of research before booking and my husband wanted the perfect room. Well, after talking with the sweet lady at the desk, she made sure we were on the top floor, room 32.
It was perfect! The view was amazing, the room was spacious, warmly decorated and very clean and the oversized tub with the view to the harbor was so romantic and fun.
The staff were friendly, helpful and otherwise wonderful at check in and during our stay. Breakfast was very nice with lots of healthy options. Friday Harbor is such a beautiful little place. We left the car, walked a lot, rented some scooters and loved our stay. If you're thinking of visiting, give yourself over to the Friday Harbor House: you'll be ever so glad you did.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

I typically write reviews giving the establishments the benefit of the doubt but there's no need with Friday Harbor House. My husband and I stayed for a weekend getaway in August. It was simply the best place we have ever stayed- worth every penny. Friday Harbor is beautiful and we will definitely be back. The hotel itself is stunning with staff and service to match. A special thanks to the front desk staff for taking such good care of us! We will be seeing you again and again! Thank you!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

For the past three years we have gone camping on San Juan Island and ended our family vacation with a night at Friday Harbor House; this year did not disappoint.

The room was clean and well appointed. The view is one of the best in the world. Access to all sorts of fun things in Friday Harbor is just a stones throw away. The European style breakfast is terrific!

My only complaint would be that the dinner menu is really designed solely towards an epicurian experience and does not lend to a simple dinner for two or a family. Perhaps a few bistro style choices would work great?

We will be going back next year without a doubt!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

Friday Harbor House is a very nice, friendly and convenient place to stay. The view over the harbor is just lovely. I wasn't enthusiastic about the breakfast routine, though. The buffet seemed a bit tired and too little attention was paid to its upkeep during the 2-3 hours of service. But the atmosphere was always friendly & helpful. If a room overlooking the harbor is your choice, the view is smashing, especially in the early morning and at sunset. The "toots" from the ferries add to the charm!

Room Tip: I have had rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floor overlooking the harbor. Just lovely.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

My husband and I have stayed at the Friday Harbor House twice now and we love it! We plan on going back every year. We usually go during the off season, so prices are lower and there aren't as many tourists around. We love the view from the room, the great tub, and the fireplace. Perfect for a romantic getaway! It's a great location and you can walk to anything in town.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We've just returned from a trip to Friday Harbor House (which I found, incidentally, through Trip Advisor) and I just had to get online to write about what a fantastic experience we had there. It is the best place to stay on the island, no doubt. This was a special birthday trip for my husband, so I wanted everything to be perfect. We both could not have been more delighted with everything about the hotel. The location is perfect — you can walk to all the shops and restaurants. The view of the harbor is absolutely stunning, the rooms were beautiful and the staff was terrific, especially the folks in the restaurant. They treated us like old friends even though this was our first time there. We'd stop in the bar for a drink and the staff would ask how our day went, remembering from the night before that we had planned this or that activity and wondering how we liked it. They are truly a great group of people who obviously love what they do.

We were especially surprised by the free breakfasts. When you're paying this much for a hotel room, breakfast usually isn't included, frankly. But they've got this amazing, gourmet breakfast of freshly-baked muffins or breads, frittatas, greek yogurt and house-made granola, and fruits. I'm still craving that granola, wishing I could be sitting outside with a bowl of it on a cool morning enjoying that view... which I will be doing again and again.

The restaurant, The Bluff, is one of the best on the island. We loved it because it had a relaxed, casual, friendly atmosphere and excellent food. After several days on the island trying different restaurants, we chose it for my husband's birthday dinner, which was fantastic. The chef even came out to meet us.

This is THE place to stay on San Juan Island. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: Choose a Harbor View King. The view is stunning and well worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

Although the location is good and the view absolutely stunning this place is indeed a bit tired and for over $300 per night simply not worth it! The staff was great, the onsite restaurant was very nice but the rooms were appointed as if this were a $150 dollar room not $300+. The place badly needs a paint job on the outside - this may be the best place on the San Juans but if so that is very disappointing!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, Director of Operations at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 4 August 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Friday Harbor House Rick.
As a team we take tremendous pride in our Service and Standards.
While we are glad that the experiences you had with team members and restaurant was exceptional, it is troubling to know that we did not live up to expectation on the room ammenities and structure condition.
Feedback like yours allows us to develop an improvement plan that will exceed guest expectation, and I assure you that we will be including your observations in those plans as we move forward.
We do hope to see you again, and appreciate your feedbaack. Thank You!
Brian Carlson
Director of Operations
Friday Harbor House
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Additional Information about Friday Harbor House

Property: Friday Harbor House
Address: 130 West St, PO Box 1385, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8335
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Friday Harbor House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friday Harbor House perfectly complements the charm and serenity of the San Juan Islands and delightful shops and restaurants of the town. Upon entering our lobby, a friendly smile greets you. Your room features a cozy and romantic, Zen-like atmosphere with a picture window, a fireplace and an oversized, jetted tub-for-two that is the perfect way to wind down at the end of your day. Enjoy locally-sourced cuisine inspired by the Islands at the Friday Harbor House restaurant, all while admiring panoramic views of the San Juan Channel, ferry landing and marina. ... more   less 
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