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Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester
1 review
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“Excellent cabin resort”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Cabin was excellent, brand new cabins, beautiful surroundings, helpful staff. Only warning: think small resort rather than isolated sea-side cabin retreat. 15 minute drive to Roche Harbor or Friday Harbor.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 20 September 2014
Dear Supershweet, Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope you will visit us again in the future.
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Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

As another reviewer aptly put it, the place is "spankin' new" .
We sensed the staff are still working out some of the details, but they
were uniformly friendly and attentive, and we were impressed with the effort - they're getting it right thus far!
The individual cabins are lovely; light filled, comfortable and nicely furnished with all the basics required for a week long stay. Care is evident in the selection of the upholstery, bedding, & rugs - which were uniformly soft and inviting to the touch.
The setting, in what feels like a semi - private harbor, is wonderful.
Adirondack style seating harbor side , and several fire pits are welcome
places to enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink.
There were several kayaks and canoes for use
by guests - but there may be a wait for these during busy times.
Coffee shop / store offers a very limited supply of foodstuffs so stocking up in town is mandatory. Thanks for a pleasant stay.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
Thank you for the attention to detail in your review. We continue to work to deliver an amazing experience to each of our guests. Thank you for choosing Snug Harbor Resort for your visit to the San Juan Islands.
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

This resort is brand spanking new, and the employees are bright and shiny and beaming with guest service. The rooms are very nice. The beds are super comfortable and the bathrooms are very upscale-all glass showers with rock floors, low flow toilets, etc. The entire facility is immaculate and has free kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to use at your leisure.
We saw tons of wildlife while enjoying the view from our balcony-including sea otters, harbor seals, and kingfishers fishing. You can only book your room 6 months in advance so book as soon as you can!

Room Tip: The suites have a higher view of the water, but there are one room cabins on the water. If you have...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
I agree with your choice of words, American Paradise, completely. Of course, I must confess I'm biased. We have tried to create a San Juan Island experience for our guests that is unparalleled. Thank you for your review.
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014

We had cabin #14 which was a 2 bedroom cabin on the upper level of cabins. It was well appointed and very clean. There was a BBQ that was also clean on the deck, which was very helpful. The real plus was that the resort provided 2 kayaks, 2 canoes, crab pots, fire pits and nice chairs to sit by the water. A very safe harbor for our granddaughter and her friend, it was wonderful to see the tide transfer. I would not want to stay in the bottom cabins and have people walking by day and night right in front of the cabin deck and door. Cabin #16 would be my pick for a couple as it is out of the way. We would go back.

Room Tip: Cabin 14 for a family and Cabin 16 for a couple
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
Thank you for your comments recognizing the amenities we have chosen to offer our guests. We are trying to have items available that allow people to interact with the amazing outdoors that is San Juan Island. We have redone the landscaping in front of our bottom cabins, installing a beautiful paver pathway along the water to move the people traffic away from the front of the cabins. It has been very well received.
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We just got back from there and loved it there.
Very clean, friendly staff, lots to do, quite, peaceful, relaxing, loved our walks and early morning birds, morning coffee and afternoon wine.also my husband forgot his wallet there when we left, realized it an hour after while waiting for the ferry and when we called them back the manager drove all the way to Friday Harbor and brought the wallet for us ,very freinly, helpful, and nice. We liked it so much that we were planning to go there again next year. Thanks for a great time .

  • Stayed August 2014
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Thank sariyeh
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
Your words describe what so many love about the resort...quite, peaceful, relaxing, long walks, early mornings, wonderful coffee and lazy afternoons. Please come join us again soon.
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New Rochelle, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

My family just left yesterday and we keep talking about the wonderful time we had. Our kids are 10 and 8 and they loved it. The units are very nice and well appointed with all you need and the really large windows overlooking the water are lovely. The kids loved being able to just walk out of the unit to read, play, walk to the water and we could see them. We went on the kayaks numerous times (they were always available when we wanted them)--what a great way to figure out that the kids liked them; only then did we book a real adventure out of Roche Harbor (wouldn't have booked the trip if they hadn't been able to try them though). The people working there are so nice and helpful, yet understated in most ways such that you only see them if you want to. The area was just lovely and peaceful and convenient to get to so many parts of the island. We would stay here again in a hearbeat!

We also went out on a whale watching trip from the resort (Legacy) which was great and so convenient. Kind of felt like we had our own boat in the marina!

Couple of things to know:
- there is only a small coffee shop there which is open from about 8:30am-7pm. So, especially traveling with kids, be sure you have snacks and stop at Kings Market in Friday Harbor to stock up. We bought enough for breakfast and lunch and went out (or picked up in Frday Harbor) dinner. We didn't feel like grilling.
- they don't do decaf there :). I am a decaf coffee drinker and they don't put any in the room or have any in the coffee shop.
- They only clean the units every 3 days (we were there from Sun-Wed and they didn't clean while we were there).
- The unit was comfortable for 4 people, but I think it would be tight for any more. And there was very little space to unpack (we had the kids stuff stay in the suitcase).

All in all, we would definitely recommend it to others like us.

Room Tip: there is no air conditioning so windows stay open. You can hear people walking on the gravel and bi...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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SnugHarborOwner, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review Kelsey. We hope we can be one of your favorite island escapes! See you soon.
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South Egremont, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

I can't express how lovely the Snug Harbor Resort is. We stayed in Unit 3, upstairs over the coffee shop and overlooking the shore front. The unit was very clean and well appointed and the decor was simple but very attractive. We loved having kitchen facilities and our own propane grill. The owners have thought of everything--bikes and boats available to use, a place to clean and cook crabs, fire pits and fuel. We had a harbor seal who swam around the harbor every morning and great blue herons hanging out all day. We were traveling with our adult son, who slept on the pull out sofa in the living room. There is a good sound system, television and DVD player, if those things appeal. It is very nice that cars are not able to travel right in front of the units and carts are thoughtfully provided to transport luggage, coolers, whatever.

We shopped for food in Roche Harbor, which was convenient if a bit pricey. The next time we visit we will plan ahead and stock up in Friday Harbor.

We are already planning our next visit. The staff's recommendations for activities were spot on and we really ran out of time! It would be a terrific place for a family reunion or a destination wedding.

We loved having autonomy, but if someone wants daily housekeeping, a full restaurant, etc. this is not the spot. It is like renting the perfect summer cottage without the fuss.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank HamFas
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SnugHarborOwner, Manager at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
We are pleased that you appreciated so many of the little things that we believe are the essence of a visit to Snug Harbor Resort. We want to be that perfect little summer cottage experience with nothing between you and the bay. Thank you for visiting us, we look forward to your return visit.
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Property: Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Address: 1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#2 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All of our 17 cabins and three suites are spacious with beautiful interiors, expansive glass, vaulted ceilings, full kitchens, and uninterrupted, stunning views. Snug Harbor's incredible setting is unparalleled on San Juan Island. Arriving by boat is always an option, since we have our own private marina. We are perfectly located for adventures throughout the islands. Once you arrive and explore the resort, you will discover the unique features, comforts, and amenities provided to each of our guests. We strive to make each guest's visit amazing and memorable. We offer four paddle boards, two kayaks, canoes and bikes for the complimentary use by our guests. Our own Mitchell Bay Coffee is open daily offering an array of coffee beverages, local pastries, waffles, soups, and more. And if you are looking for somewhere to host an event, our new events room with seating for up to 50 is now available. When you come to Snug Harbor be ready to detach a little. This is an ideal place to unwind and relax (while we have free wi-fi throughout the property and great cell phone reception, there are no phones in the cabins). Allow the peace and serenity on Mitchell Bay overtake you. We believe our guests have said it best. One recent Trip Advisor review stated "This place is truly paradise" and our favorite Facebook post simply stated "The cabins are epic". ... more   less 
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