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“Will never stay here again!”
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The Orca Inn
Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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“Will never stay here again!”
Reviewed 28 August 2009

This was, by far, the scariest place we have ever stayed. The room was tiny, with barely enough room for our bags. The floor to ceiling wood paneling was scary. The bathroom was in two rooms - one with a shower and a sink, the other was a closet and a toilet.

The room was clean and quiet, and I guess the price was right.

I was very glad to only be staying one night!

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

You won't stay here for the view, the ambiance, or the elegance. You will stay here for the convenience, the price, and the functional nature of the rooms.

Don't expect these to look like traditional lodging. They are essentially doublewide dormatories in buidlings that look like mobile classrooms. We were in building 4, right next to the office. There's also no breakfast of any kind.

Your room will be sheet paneled with two double beds that almost allow the two bathroom doors to open. Be content to squeeze in. Both bads have headboards that protect you from the two AC units built into the wall behind each bed. Don't get too worried though, these AC units aren't going to freeze anyone.

Bathrooms are stool and shower and are only slightly bigger than a closet. Bathroom fans sound like airplane engines.

Outside in seperate foyers are two sinks and two closets. Floors are done with very old and worn carpeting, but it is clean.

Additional service in the room is a cable television, a credenza with a microwave, small fridge, and coffee maker.

The office is open 1-8 pm during busy season and there to help you register and fix problems. They are very good at that and the staff is friendly and honest. We lost an ipod and they got it back to us.

The unit is about 6-8 blocks from the incoming ferries and so very easy to get to. The biggest benefit to the location however, is the grocery market right next door. Great veggies, but only open till 6 pm Get in there early.

The hotel was packed when we got there and quiet as can be. We didn't hear a noise. For our use, it was a great deal.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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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
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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