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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
san diego
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Nice View in town”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in a Harbor view queen room for two nights in July . The room was on the second floor and had a nice view but with all the people sitting outside for happy hour we lost our privacy. Would be nice with a balcony but all in all the room was good. Fireplace and a tub which we did not use due to that it was a beautiful warm summer night. It was nice to sleep with the glass door open .
The included breakfast was ok but strange that the restaurant staff did not wipe down the tables for dew out on the lawn for guests to enjoy the sun and view. We did it ourselves and other guests then came out as well to enjoy their breakfasts outside.
The staff was ok , not overly friendly but polite.
I would stay here again but next time on the third floor so it would be more private and not having to listen to people walking above us.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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60 reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

OK, it's on an island where you need to get to the ferry 2 hours early, water is scarce and everything needs to be trucked in at great expense. This place has the best LOCATION and it is so memorable we have been there twice. Its hard to believe that people can complain because of the price when the rooms are spacious, nice, well furnished and the view is UNBEATABLE. Parking maybe a but tight, but what does the best property in SJI cost? This is an excellent small hotel with just 23 rooms and even the "town view"rooms have a partial water view. Service is good, breakfast is included and did I mention the view is spectacular. The only disappointment was that the restaurant (Bluffs), one of the best in FH, was closed on Monday and Tuesday due to a lack of staff.
Great rooms, view, service. I recommend it highly. But watch out for my wife, she makes people take pictures if us overlooking the harbor.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Hello Fred,
Thank you so much for your kind comments. Our commitment next summer is to be open 7 days a week lunch and dinner or maybe all day. We are busy planning and appreciate your critique as we continue to perfect our beautiful Inn. We look forward to your return.

Margie O"Brien
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Clearwatwer
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Friday Harbor House is a wonderful thing to do for yourself. Splurge and get a harbor view room with a spectacular view of the harbor and the ferry activity.
The staff is friendly and attentive and can arrange for anything you might want to do. The restaurant is also fabulous and there are other very fine restaurants within walking distance. Very romantic experience.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Friday Harbor House is ideally located atop the bluff overlooking scenic Friday Harbor. It's a short walk from the pier either up the stairs (one block away - 75 stairs) or, if dragging bags, about 3-4 short blocks (uphill). The rooms are spacious, very clean, and well appointed with modern furnishings. Each room also had a new gas fireplace (not needed during my stay). The entire staff (desk, restaurant, housekeeping) was friendly and helpful throughout my stay...even provided a ride to the local post office to mail souvenirs home! (THANKS, Margie ;-) ) We stayed in 2 rooms over 4 days. Rm 11 overlooking the bay with an awesome view and free access to the back lawn; and Rm 39 overlooking the town with a partial water view. Both rooms were quiet, comfortable and more than adequate. I was very pleasantly surprised that a seaside "mom-n-pop" style hotel was such an outstanding value. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a relaxing retreat on San Juan Island. Easily within walking distance to all Friday Harbor restaurants, shops, the Whale Museum, and more. Loved it!!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carson, WA.
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We had a nice room overlooking the water with a fireplace and a small balcony. The price was right and it was a charming place to visit. Loved looking at the boats coming and going. This was very convenient to restaurants and shopping.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pensacola, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We stayed at this property in mid-June. The Island is lovely. We had a great view of the harbor from our first floor room. As the restaurant was closed the night we stayed, we had a picnic dinner on one of the lovely tables provided just outside of our room. The breakfast was very good. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. We were disappointed that the restaurant was closed for dinner on the night we stayed, as we had heard it was great, and wished the staff had informed us of this upon making the reservation. Friday Harbor is very quiet in June from what we could tell. Most shops were closed by 5 or 6 p.m. The weather is a little cool at that time as well. The rooms could use a bit of updating/soundproofing but otherwise a great location on a beautiful island.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Bellevue, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We return to Friday Harbor House year after year. It is in a great location, in town with great sweeping views of the harbor, has a free and robust continental breakfast, good dinner menu, and is a short walk from shops and several great restaurants.


Room Tip: The third floor rooms 31 to 36 have the best views.
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  • Stayed July 2014, 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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