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Friday Harbor House
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
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71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Ideal location but missed some marks”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Friday Harbor House is in an ideal location. Just a couple of blocks from the ferry dock, (would be a little huff if you have heavy luggage but doable) and the downtown area is just down the street. Very walkable little town.

We had a harbor view room with a great view of the harbor and the ferry. Would really recommended splurging and getting the view. We requested the 3rd floor but didn't get it. Stayed on the 2nd which is still nice but you are pretty close to the ground and not much privacy. Also, there are no chairs for you to be able to actually use your balcony, total bummer. The room was a nice size. Bath amenities were OK, the shower a little small/dark/outdated.

Staff- not great. At all. The only nice service encounter we had was Leila and it was at checkout. Everyone else was OK, not friendly & quite cold but polite. Customer service is huge for me and FHH missed the mark here.

Breakfast- very basic. Oatmeal, toast with jelly, hard boiled eggs, cereal, fruit. Nothing seemed fresh or homemade although the granola said it was. Our friends who stayed across the street had homemade scones & fresh berries, we were jealous. FHH had oranges, bananas & apples.

All in all it was pretty pricy for what it was, but it seemed worth it for the location and probably one of the nicest hotels your going to find in Friday Harbor. Also, eat dinner at the Bluff. Really good food.

Room Tip: If you have a harbor view, request room on the 3rd floor. Be amendment.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Margie O, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Dear Lindsey S,
I have left you a message in the hopes we could chat about your experience and see what we can do. I was very concerned in reading your review. Our goal is always to exceed our guests expectations and it looks like we disappointed you. Please contact me at 360-378-8455 to see what we can do for you.
Thank you
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Richland
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We were not impressed with the room! We paid $350+ for the room and it looked great online and was not at all like the premium room we paid for! No air conditioning and was on main level so had to leave the doors open to sleep as it was hot in the rooms! No view to speak of because we were on lower level!



  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Hello Gerald,
In researching I realized your room had been booked by a third party. I wish we had been able to speak to you directly at the time of booking to be able to accommodate your specific needs. Many folks love having the room you were in and we would have been happy to switch it around if there had been an opportunity.

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Margie O'Brien
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

I would recommend this hotel to others. It has nice accommodations, a very good Mexican restaurant and is close to the ferry and downtown. The rooms are nice however there is no air conditioner but it is not needed as at night it got down to 50 degrees.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We LOVED our three nights at the Friday Harbor House. We reserved a balcony room and were rewarded with a breathtaking view of the harbor and, after a brief shower, DOUBLE RAINBOWS! The food, especially at breakfast was also over-the-top.

Room Tip: Get a balcony!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Thank you so much for your great comments. We enjoyed having you as our guest and look forward to your return.

Have a wonderful summer,
Margie O'Brien
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I stayed at the Friday Harbor House for two nights while visiting San Juan Island. The hotel is just a couple of blocks from the ferry dock, and the "downtown" area is literally down the street. I had a "partial view" room, but could have done without the view, given the small park adjacent to the hotel. The view looked over a parking area and through trees, but you could see a glimpse of the harbor. The room was quite large, but had a slightly awkward seating/desk area. Bath amenities were excellent, but I found the shower a little tight. Overall a great stay. A little on the pricey side, but it seemed worth it for the location!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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SF
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

This hotel was on a bluff over looking Friday Harbor. It was very nice and the staff was accommodating . We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel. The food was excellent. Both breakfast and dinner were made from fresh, quality, ingredients. We had a ground floor room that opened onto the outdoor patio of the restaurant. Not very private. The in-room Jacuzzi tub was fantastic after a long day's bike ride. If I had not been part of a bike tour I probably would not have chosen this place since it was pretty pricy for what it was. I guess that is to be expected at the height of tourist season. Probably one of the nicest hotels in the town of Friday Harbor.

Room Tip: Avoid ground level.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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san diego
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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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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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