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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Our overnight winter (March) trip to the Friday Harbor Inn was a complete delight. We found the room to be spacious and comfortable. Although our room had a "restricted" view it was still one terrific view as we could see the harbor and watch the ferries as they came and went. Truly a unique and romantic Inn and as close as you can get to the main part of town.

Breakfast, advertised as "continental" was so much more. We were pleasantly surprised to find scrambled eggs and hot cereal in addition to the rolls and muffins that are normally served. Grab a cup of coffee and savor the view from the dining room.

The only down-side was a ten minute wait for our room to be ready when we arrived at about ten to four. We were offered coffee though in the lounge area. Wifi is spotty but acceptable and TV reception is of poor quality but who comes here for the TV?

Room Tip: The limited view rooms are still pretty darn spectacular and should be considered.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2013

Dear Guest-

Thank you so much for your kind words! We were equally "delighted" to have you stay with us.

Please come see us again soon.

Regards,

Alan

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Reviewed 13 March 2013

My husband and I stayed here for the first half of our honeymoon and did NOT want to leave!

We arrived back to our room to find beautiful tulips waiting for us!

You made our honeymoon so special!

Thank you :)

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2013

Dear Guest-

Congratulations!! Thanks for making Friday Harbor House part of your special time.

We were so pleased to have you with us-come see us for your anniversary!

Regards,

Alan

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Stayed here for our wedding anniversary from March 8-11th. Went for a queen room with a view. The view was fantastic. The location of the hotel was also great - right downtown and walking distance to just about everything you'd want to check out in the area. The fireplace was nice and I really liked the linens.

The few small issues we had were as follows:

1. The cleaning staff did not properly shut our door when they left the room, so we came home to the door of our room being ajar when our things (including valuables) were in there.

2. We did the spa package and were disappointed to find out the spa was not on site. This was never explicitly shared with us when booking or scheduling. We had to drive or walk to it a few blocks away. It is also literally in the same building as the mini-mart of a gas station (with a separate entrance).

3. There was a mistake between the spa and the hotel and we ended up either having to show up an hour early for our massages or cancel them.

4. The massages were a little strange and not as good as other spas we've been to.

5. The health snacks they left in our room for us as part of the package were not very good.

6. Beware the early morning honking ferries.

Overall, I believe this is the best hotel option in Friday Harbor, as you can't beat the location and the view, and with the exception of the spa-related stuff (I would NOT book the spa package again), our experience was generally good. I do think it was a bit overpriced.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jenn S
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2013

Dear guest-

Thank you for your recent stay and feedback. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed relaxing and taking in the amazing view overlooking Friday Harbor.

Thank your for your feedback on our spa package. I'm sorry to hear that it was not all that it perhaps could have been-and I was glad to see that the spa indeed provided you some credit toward your massages for the timing mix-up. We in no way wish to mislead our guests so we are revising some verbiage on our package based upon your feedback-thank you.

We hope to have you back with us soon-and please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at the time of your next reservation-I would be most pleased to assist. Thank you again for your feedback, it only helps us improve!

Regards,

Alan

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Reviewed 10 March 2013

My husband and I stayed at Friday Harbor House the first week in March. It was our first time to the San Juan Islands.The hotel was charming and enjoyable walking distance to town. Our room was very nice and quiet with a beautiful view of the harbor and a cozy gas fireplace.The breakfast was perfect...oatmeal with currents and large walnuts, assorted fruit, breads and a delicious steel head spread for bagels. They also have a great happy hour and I suggest the onion soup. I think all the drinks and appetizers are like $5. 5 stars from Texas

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank wileyluke
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2013

Dear guest-

Thanks for joining us all the way from Texas!

You named a couple of my favorite foods from our Executive Chef, Kyle Nicholson and the rest of the BLUFF team--the homemade steelhead spread and of course--the French onion soup!!!

Thanks very much for your kind review.

Regards,

Alan

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Reviewed 7 March 2013

I went with Friday Harbor House because the suite we wanted at 123 was not available. We went with the partial view king, which was advertised as half water, half city. But it was definitely more city view, with a little view of the harbor if you went out on the deck. But that was fine, we were only there for one night--oh how we wish we could have been there for longer!

The room was great! It reminded us a bit of our honeymoon suit in that the jetted bath/jacuzzi opened up to the rest of the room (minus the killer penthouse view you get in the city), and it was very relaxing. They had bathsalts among their travel toiletries, which was perfect.

The Bluff restaurant is superb. It has a stunning view of the harbor. I recommend making reservations (we did this via OpenTable), as we were able to get a great window spot and noticed that those without reservations were seated away from the windows. We did a mix of happy hour along with their regular menu, and all of it was exquisite. Not to mention the included continental breakfast--one of the better included with stay continental breakfasts I've had (oatmeal, granola, dried fruits, various fruit butters, potatoes, creamy scrambled eggs, juice, pastries, salmon spread, etc), after ones in Paris.

The location is great, too, as it's walking distance from the ferry, as well as quite a few shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Service was friendly. However, if you have questions for the staff, we found it better to just go down the few floors (by stair or elevator) to talk to them directly, versus calling via the phone since there was only one person to answer, anyway. Also, I believe concierge is only available until 9pm, which was not a problem at all for us, but may be for some other guests.

In the hallway/lobby areas, there were great decor, as well as books and games for guests!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lanaleilani
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2013

Dear guest-

I'm sorry that 123 didn't work out for you-but I'm very pleased that you were "pleasantly surprised" by what Friday Harbor House has to offer.
Thanks so much for your kind remarks on the team, the guestroom and our abundant breakfast--we look forward to having you back!

Regards,

Alan

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Reviewed 1 March 2013 via mobile

Let me first begin by saying this is the users wife to give you a wives perspective. It was a perfect surprise for an overnight get away from Tacoma. Delightful front desk girl, Lindsey, and service and recommendations for dining and anything else.
What a view! I believe all of the rooms face the harbor and ferry port and have a small balcony. Don't miss out on the nighttime view and sounds from your balcony.
The room was comfortable enough to stay for longer. Sit by the fireplace in the comfortable lounger with the cozy throw blanket or enjoy a bottle of wine with provided opener and beautiful glasses. Snacks and bottled water along with a mini fridge and great coffee and tea selection greets you. Also an invitation to the restaurant becons you to dinner there. Breakfast was healthy and felt special the next morning with egg dishes, oatmeal, yogurt and baked goods. Always finishing with a great cup of coffee.
The large jetted tub in the room was especially inviting.
Would stay again! :-)

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Recently stayed at this conveniently located hotel. From the outside of the hotel my first impression was it had an uninteresting look. However, once inside my opinion changed. Our room was nice and clean, we had a nice view of the harbor and a great soaking tub in the bathroom. The staff was very nice and extremely accommodating. The continental breakfast that is included in the room price was quite satisfying. They even had really good in-room coffee. We chose to have dinner one night in the restaurant and found the menu to be full lovely choices. We are looking forward to returning in this summer.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cynful
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2013

Dear Guest-

Thank you so much for your visit-we are so glad you gave us a chance and were "pleasantly surprised"!

We look forward to having you back with us.

Regards,

Alan

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Additional Information about 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: £149 - £260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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