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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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120 reviews
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“Above the rest!”
Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

During our trip to San Juan Island's whale watching excursion we were fortunate to get a room here!
The B&B is so conveniently close to the ferry, the boats that take you whale watching and awesome restaurants. All within walking distance. The room was spacious, clean, modern updated and cozy! The jacuzzi tub and fireplace were wonderfully relaxing after driving up from Seattle and a long flight in from Tennessee two days prior to arriving on San Juan island.
The breakfast was awesome, service attentive and friendly, the view from the room and dining area into the bay...spectacular!
Great job on making us feel comfortable and cozy!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

San Juan Island is wonderfully relaxing and uniquely beautiful - and just a one hour ferry ride from Anacortes, Wa. We've stayed at three other places on the island and, in August, we stayed at the Friday Harbor House for three nights - it is now our favorite. The hotel sits on the cliff above Friday Harbor and has a great view of the marina. It has a small lawn in front where one can watch the ferries come and go and join other guests for happy hour which has several choices of substantial appetizers. Our room was a good size, thoughtfully decorated (the pics on the hotel website give you a good idea of what to expect) iand was in the middle of the hotel directly facing the harbor - I believe it was on the third floor. The room had floor-to-ceiling sliders and a juliet balcony (which I would not recommend for anyone with a toddler since there is a gap between the edge of the floor and the balcony). There was a large spa tub straddling the bedroom and bath so it was possible to luxuriate in the tub while looking out the window. The room was supplied with an ice bucket and wine glasses and the bed linens were very nice. We did not eat at the hotel restaurant so can't comment on that (the restaurant across the driveway - i can't recall the name - was very good). My only criticism is that the included breakfast was a big disappointment. The scramble eggs were very dry and everything else was mediocre. The hotel is expensive - not a surprise for the height of the season on an island - and for the price of the room, we expected more effort into the breakfast. Living in Washington, we love the ferries and the sound of the ferry horn did not bother us at all.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Thank you for all the input regarding our property. So glad we are now your favorite and would love to have you visit The Bluff Restaurant-Bar-Terrace on your next visit. We are changing a few of our breakfast items to create more variety and appreciate your comments.
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Redmond, Washington
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Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

We are geocachers and we needed a cache in the San Juans. We used an amazon local deal to get a harbor view room, dinner, and chocolates at a great value. The service was great as was the food as was the room.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

We had a partial view queen room but still had an excellent view of the marina. The room was very cozy with a jacuzzi bathtub and a fireplace. It also had a small fridge which was a nice touch. (It was nice ti not have to deal with an ice machine) There is a nice selection of items at the continental breakfast. Overall, this is a great hotel and I can see why they are always booked!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Berkeley, CA
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We specifically booked a harbor view room, and the view exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed watching the ferries from Anacortes come and go, and didn't find the ferry horn at all annoying. Our room was very clean and roomy, and we appreciated the free WIFI. Breakfast was included, and was quite good. We would stay here again. Not a "luxury resort" but may be the nicest place to stay on the island.

Room Tip: Harbor view is a must.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

I am a frequent visitor to beautiful San Juan Island and Friday Harbor, but this was our first stay at Friday Harbor House. It was a great visit! Wonderful room, well appointed. Super friendly staff. The location is terrific, central to "downtown" but up the hill with a view, so quiet at night. It is a romantic get-away. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a family stay--feels fairly "adult".

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Thank you so much for the great comments of Friday Harbor House. We look forward to your return!
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Fremont, CA
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Friday Harbor House- pluses were location, breakfast, very roomy, views & clean.
Oddities - no A/C, but one doesn't expect a heat wave in the Puget Sound. No blackout curtains, and oddly black grout in some places where the rest of the grout was white. The jacuzzi tub was nice, but was open to the bedroom with curtains that could be drawn. Breakfast at their restaurant, The Bluff, was included, which was a nice touch also.

One minus - the Inn is at the top of the hill, and there is no shuttle. If you don't fancy doing the sherpa bit up the hill, look for taxis to the left of the Victoria Clipper dock, just in front of the shops.

Room Tip: The views of the harbor are spectacular
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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