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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Friday Harbor House is so convenient to walk to the town shops and restaurants. The staff was always so friendly and helpful. Most of all we loved sitting outside, enjoying the beautiful view. Beautifully maintained.
We would definately visit again!

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We were immediately in awe of the picturesque view from our second floor corner room. Lots of activity with the boats, ferries, people, and the beautiful scenery. The various front desk people we met were pleasant and helpful. There were some gripes. The bed was not as comfortable as it should be at this price. It wasn't bad though. The outside noise was somewhat annoying but again not bad. The thing that bothered us the most was really out of control of the management. The guests on the floor above us must of been a family of Sasquatch. Day and night there was incessant running and thumping. Enough to unsettle our sleep. I guess the answer to that problem is to get a room on the third floor. All in all I was happy with my room and the location of the hotel. Definitely wouldn't want to stay on the first floor though. I'm likely to return to this beautiful island and likely stay here again.

Room Tip: We liked room 26.
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Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We just stayed here with our kids age 11 and 8 as part of a Seattle trip w side trips to San Juan and Victoria. We also stayed in Room 14 but loved the room. I would agree that it was not as private as maybe another room because the restaurant seats people 15 -20 ft on the grassy patio just outside your room. But I didn't notice any noise from outside more from upstairs. However, being able to walk outside your door onto the garden area and see directly out to the harbour was amazing. While my kids slept in the room next door, I could grab a drink at night or coffee in the morning. The other think I liked is that the room had a separate large shower and separate jacuzzi tub. We could get ready at the same time without taking turns for the shower or bath. The hotel staff were very accommodating and helpful. I think i would recommend this hotel to those who prefer the quaintness of small bed and breakfast vs the anonymity and privacy of a traditional hotel. If this is what you like, you will love it. It is in a perfect location on the island. A bit pricey but the view is worth it.

Room Tip: If you love views and can deal w a little less privacy choose the harbor view queen room
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

My wife and I have been visiting San Juan Island two or three times per year for about ten years, and once we discovered Friday Harbor House we have not stayed anywhere else. The view is unbeatable, and the convenience of walking to the shops and fine restaurants in downtown Friday Harbor cannot be beat.

The third floor has the best views, and is commensurately more expensive but well worth it. Yes, there are early morning noises from delivery trucks to nearby businesses, and from the ferries coming and going, but we readily adjusted to that -- a small price to pay for the convenient location. And there's now excellent Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

The staff is super-friendly and capable. They welcome us feel like old friends. And The Bluff restaurant is a good choice for dinner, of for drinks on the lawn overlooking the harbor. They also provide a very good breakfast (included in the room rates).

An under-appreciated benefit of the location is that on the day you're leaving the island you can park your car in the ferry line as early as necessary and walk back to the hotel for breakfast while you wait for your departure time.

I really don't know why anyone would stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: The third floor has the best views. Rooms away from the view side are quieter.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2013

Thank you so much for the fun review of Friday Harbor House. We recently renovated the Terrace area at The Bluff Restaurant where our guests and the island locals are flocking for a view with lunch or dinner. You have a keen eye for details and have pointed out some of the great features of the property. We hope to see you back very soon.

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

In town which is convenient, but the noise level is high. We were there during the same time as a bike tour group and they were extremely noisy. Plus on Thursday morning there is garbage pickup in town which seems to last for 2 hours in the very early AM hours. Add the noise of the ferries docking and it's not a good option for those who like to sleep past 6am. The restaurant is pretty good with some vegan options. The carrot bisque soup made with rice milk was delicious.

The sofa bed was really cheap and uncomfortable. I expect much more for a higher end suite.

I'd skip the hotel and just eat there.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2013

Hello Chris,
We are very sorry for the noise issues you encountered on your stay with us. Fortunately, that is not the norm in Friday Harbor. We are an active town in the summer months and we apologize that it affected you adversely. We would love to have you back for another chance. Please contact me if that is a possibility.

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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We are currently staying at Friday Harbor House. We are in the middle of a 3 day stay. The good points first: the view is spectacular! We have a great view of the harbor and the ferries coming in and out. Also, the continental breakfast is quite good. Now the bad news: if you want a quiet room, do not let them put you in Room 14! It is the room on the ground floor immediately to the left of the restaurant. You will have a triple whammy! Not only do you have noise coming from the floors above, but from the hallway outside your room and from the grassy area out the back of your room. It is hot here now, but we can't open the sliding glass door because there are people out there at all times of the day and night who are sitting at tables no more than 10 feet from our door. This is supposed to be a premium room at premium prices! The mattresses are old and worn and there is no air-conditioning (which most of the year I'm sure they don't need). It's not that I would not recommend this hotel, but be careful where they intend to put you. Never in Room 14!

Room Tip: Not 14, I would ask for a room on the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2013

Thank you for your recent review of Friday Harbor House room 14. In speaking with you I was glad to hear that your over all visit was amazing. We wish you had brought your concerns to our attention during your stay as we would have moved you immediately to a more comfortable room. Quite often guests request to be in a room where they can step right outside and be on the terrace. Rest assured we are addressing your comments and are very happy you are returning to our property this fall.

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Reviewed 2 July 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Friday Harbor House. We were traveliing with a group and it worked out well. We lucked out with a balcony room with an amazing view of the harbor, ferry and could watch the sea planes landing. We enjoyed Happy Hour on the lawn twice and dinner in the restaurant was quite good. It was a convenient location as you could walk from the ferry and we walked into town to the restaurants and shops. The staff was friendly too. We enjoyed and would recommend to others. Loved this island too!! .

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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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: £146 - £257 (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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