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The Island Inn at 123 West
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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107 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Delightful...almost magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

This is a stylish modern hotel right on the waterfront in Friday Harbor. My son and I visited the island for a couple days of wandering around and riding our motorcycles. We decided to go all out and spend a ton of money on what we hoped would be the perfect hotel room. We weren't disappointed. Down to the smallest detail, this place was perfect. Sometimes with luxury lodgings one is left with the feeling that it is all just going through the motions, but not here. Every individual seemed to be genuinely interested in making our stay as pleasant as it could be. I'm running out of superlatives. A great place.

Room Tip: Book well in advance and be prepared to spend more than you want to. But it is well worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 4 September 2012
Hello ben c,

We sincerely appreciate your visit and thank you taking the time to share your experience with us. We are genuinely interested in making your experience with us the best ever and are overjoyed that we succeeded! We look forward to your next visit!

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Genuine’ Ambassadors
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

We were lucky enough to stay in Penthouse 1 at the Island Inn, and the deck off of the second floor of the unit has the best view of the harbor in the whole town. The first floor contains a brand new and modern kitchen and spacious living room. The second floor has a large master bedroom with a wonderful king size bed and some of the softest sheets we've ever slept on; there is also a landing area with a couch that converted into a nice size bedroom for our 10 year old. The master bathroom has a steam box shower that turned our showers into mini-sauna visits. Throughout the entire unit, the views of the harbor are fantastic. I recommend buying a few bottles of wine and settling in on the deck to watch the boats pass by, the ferry come in and out, and the people down below.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 30 August 2012
Dear Rich M,

We’re just as lucky to have hosted you! Thanks so much for going with the slow and for your kind words. We completely agree with your relaxation recommendations and can’t wait to welcome you back!

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Lucky’ Ambassadors
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

I found 123 West at Friday Harbor because I am a member of a "frequent stay" membership for smaller, unique Inns - called Stash. I knew we were coming to the San Juan Islands and had carefully planned to be there three days and two nights - arriving on the ferry with car from Anacortes, Thursday through Saturday. I had paid more to book the best king suite (number 5 - at the top) with a Best Of Friday Harbor. This included discounts and/or free excursions and meals. The room was unbelievable - more of a large apartment than a hotel or Inn. The kitchen was full and had top appliances in it (even things like a faucet to fill a pot on the stove). the bathroom (also with the latest in fixtures) had a shower that would create a steam sauna. there was a fireplace for cold days and fans for hot ones. we were there on the hottest day they had ever seen and were fine. this rate came with a dedicated parking place in a garage (which really came in handy. although you dont need a car in FH -there are plenty of options to get around - we enjoyed having a car to go and catch a sight of orcas or eagles or deer whenever we wanted). the outside of this hotel can be a little surprising to some - they tell you to look for "the large tank with the 123" as you get off the ferry - it looks very modern, a little industrial - with a blending of wood a metal. I like that look. some units have a separate patio where they can havve wine and look at the harbor. there are a lot of stair (81 - i - pant - counted) to the top unit, but you can also park at the street at the top and walk right to the door. the folks at the desk were very helpful and called for different reservations for us. i would DEFINITELY stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 22 August 2012
Dear life2short,

We sure are glad that you found us through our STASH partnership and are totally thrilled that you enjoyed your Penthouse and the rest of your BEST of the San Juans experience! Our Inn and design really are ‘off the coast of ordinary’ and that big water tank with the ‘1∙2∙3’ on it is our rain catchment tank – designed to nod to our site’s INNdustrial pass.

We thank you for sharing your experience and look forward to seeing you again!

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Blissful’ Ambassadors
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Litchfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

we recently returned from our trip to the islands and highly recommend the Island Inn at 123 West
the staff was helpful, enthusiastic and able to assist us with plans for recreation, dining, and entertainment
the location is perfect, the rooftop patio incredible for both sunrise coffee and afternoon cocktails
the ammenities were superb and the small touches-fresh fruit bowl, ground coffee and milk were an added bonus
we stayed in an apartment and walked across the street to buy fresh fish on the pier
a very relaxing eco friendly place unlike many others

Room Tip: great for families as the apartments have full and superior kitchens open living space and seperate...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank kate s
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 21 August 2012
Hello kate s,

Thanks so much for your kind recommendation and for choosing us for your San Juan Island adventure! We’re really happy that you enjoyed your experience and can’t wait to welcome you back!

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Added Bonus’ Ambassadors
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

This is a wonderful hotel. The location is excellent, just across from the marina, excellent views.The hotel is new and very well maintained. The rooms are all so unique. They are finished with the highest level of detail and very clean and very comfortable. We were upgraded to a penthouse with a kitchen. Great way start to our visit to Friday Harbor. The history of the exterior finishes is so interesting. The staff was friendly and great. Their marketing before the trip was great, they would send us email reminders. On the day of arrival they called to confirm our expected time of arrival and informed us of the free upgrade. The bathrooms have all the bells and whistles and of a high end condo.Delicious fresh fruit, granola and coffee in the room was a great plus. They know what they are doing and we'll be back!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank cindym57
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 17 August 2012
Dear cindym57,

Wow – we’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We love to upgrade when we can if we can and are particularly happy that you appreciated our design and personal touches throughout your experience. Thanks very much for sharing your re_view – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Detail’ Ambassadors
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012

The hotel was a little pricey but you can't beat the location! Across the street from the pier. Staff were very friendly and helpful with directions, suggestions for a jogging route, suggestions for dinner, storing luggage on our last day and refilling the depleted fruit selections. We stayed in the suites - less expensive rooms that consist of a private bedroom and bathroom that open up into a shared living space with a great view, dining tables and chairs, couches and kitchen. Kitchen had separate coffee makers and (lockable) mini fridges for each suite stocked with milk and oj. Also there was homemade granola, and a basket of fresh fruit (best peaches I've eaten this summer, cherries and strawberries). Amazing sheets but towels, while aesthetically pleasing were a bit scratchy. The only thing I'd change would be the price but it was adequately priced given the rates of surrounding hotels.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank DrSwest
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 9 August 2012
Hello DrSwest,

You’ve made our day! We’re completely ecstatic that you enjoyed your Euro experience and our Inn. There’s nothing better than fresh INN season fruit and we agree the granola is tops, too. We’re also really pleased that you enjoyed the Euro View Share space and, most of all, our style!

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Unbeatable’ Ambassadors
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Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2012

We felt really lucky to find this hotel in Friday Harbor! We were so pleased with the room! Do you want a classy room with a million dollar view. We had a blast people watching out the window! Amazing room with a wonderful bed a huge closet and just wait until you see the bathroom. You know how you never have a place to put your toiletries - you wont believe this bathroom! This is the nicest hotel in Friday Harbor! Only open a couple of weeks. If you need help up the stairs with luggage ask for help! Great People! We will be back as now there is a top notch place to stay right on the wharf.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank LisaLee2
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123Innkeeper, Guest Relations Manager at The Island Inn at 123 West, responded to this review, 26 July 2012
Hello LisaLee2,

We’re completely flattered by your kind words and are totally thrilled that you enjoyed your Sweet smack inn the middle of all the action!! We sincerely appreciate your visit and thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

All the best,

The Island Inn ‘Great People’ Ambassadors
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Property: The Island Inn at 123 West
Address: 123 West St, Check INN on Front Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8335
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Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Island Inn at 123 West 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ready, set, slow™ Our boutique hotel is the closest to the ferry and harbor, yet so far away from ordinary. The right pace at the right time; The Island Inn at 123 West is brand spanking new and as green as it gets. Dress us up or dress us down. You'll dig our contemporary style that nods to maritime gone by. Penthouses are fun for families, groups and splurges; Euros are best if you roll with less and Sweets are just like they sound. Make a splash in a floatplane, slip in on the ferry or chart your own course. Get here and go with the slow. Kick things up and paddle a sea kayak with our resident orcas, tool around the island on bicycle, stroll through quaint seaside shops and restaurants or just recombobulate. For your family: Relatives rejoice; hosting a family reunion at the Island Inn at 123 West is uber easy - we're Goldilocks approved. For your wedding: We vow to: bend over backwards for you and your guests; do our top secret rain dance on your special day; promise not to cry only if you don't. For your meeting: Ditch distraction and export your executives to the world's best spot to plan tomorrow's future.For your piggy bank: We're a partner of Stash Hotel rewards. That means you'll earn and redeem points at swanky places like the Island Inn and over 150 locations across the country. Reap while you sleep. Go with a different kind of Friday Harbor Hotel. ... more   less 
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