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The Orca Inn
Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The best hotel we have stayed in...”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

The owners are wonderful, helpful and just have heart and it shows, throughout. The location is well situated and is close to the main streets but not right at them. The rooms msy be small but are imaculate and homey. And hey...they only supposed to be for sleeping anyhow! You should check this place out.

  • Stayed October 2013
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2013

Don't be fooled by the exterior of this Inn. It is extremely clean, comfy and reasonably priced. We had the double room, which I would advice. I would stay there again. Be sure to take the driving tour of the island, it is beautiful.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank mako252
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Seattle WA
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115 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We needed a place to sleep when we were on San Juan Island for a family event. The Orca Inn filled the bill at a much lower price than the fancier places in Friday Harbor. The room was small and felt rather crowded because there was a queen-sized bed placed with one long side against the wall (awkward for the person sleeping on that side to get in and out of bed), a refrigerator on top of the desk, and a microwave on the bedside table. The room was very clean and we had no real problems.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank MaryTraveler2
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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Orca Inn is situated near city center, clean, comfortable, well serviced hotel that gives value for every dollar spent. It is a very good place to stay in Friday Harbor area. The rooms are very clean, well decorated and cozy.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Radhakrishnan R
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Apollo Beach, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 29 October 2013

The Orca Inn is housed in buildings that were used in Alaska to house the Exxon Valdez cleanup crew, then brought to Friday Harbor, where the single cabins were connected together by hallways to become an inn. This place is strictly no frills, nothing fancy, just very comfortable. My room was beautifully clean. The hosts were friendly and helpful. They offer free wireless and free coffee, along with orca-shaped cookies made by a family member of one of the managers. The location was only a mile or so from the ferry and around the corner from a nice grocery store, The MarketPlace. In room fridge and microwave as well.
Best price on the island. I paid $66 a night while other places are charging well over $100.
If you are looking for clean, comfortable and cheap, try the Orca Inn. I will definitely make it my go to place when I visit again.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Fresh baked cookies (Orca shaped) at reception. A couple of blocks removed from the (hustle and bustle) of downtown still walk to anywhere in Friday Harbor. Grocery store next door closes at 6pm (how quaint). Car wash on corner. Bank in parking lot (need that roll of quarters). Bakery across the street. And noticed staff covered folks bikes with tarps when it rained. Our room had two beds and two baths. That was more bath than we needed, but it seemed luxurious in a rustic sort of way.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sulphur Springs, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

If you are looking for a clean place to sleep on San Juan Island, this is your place. It's resembles a bunch of double wide trailer houses, with rooms barely big enough to get a bed in. Don't expect a 5 star hotel, but if you just want a clean place to sleep, the Orca Inn is the cheapest place in Friday Harbor. Then you can afford to take a whale tour.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank Keith L
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Property: The Orca Inn
Address: 770 Mullis St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8083
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Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Orca Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spend a night...Not a fortune! It's really simple: Smaller Rooms = Smaller Rates. At The Orca Inn, we are proud to offer the smallest rooms in the state of Washington! Which means we have the lowest hotel room rates on San Juan Island. (Of course, for just a few dollars more, we have larger King and Double Queen rooms). With the money you save, you can spend more on amazing whale watching tours, incredible kayak trips, and other island adventures that you will remember for a lifetime. As Mr. Carson once said, "The business of life is the acquisition of memories." And at the Orca Inn, business is good! ... more   less 
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The Orca Inn Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands

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