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“Clean and cute”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Discovery Inn

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Discovery Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Clean and cute”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Our party of 10 stayed in 3 rooms in the Discovery Inn. We had one room each on the first, second, and third floors. One thing to note is that the bedrooms for 2 are on the 3rd floor, and there's no elevator access. We didn't know this, and the grandparents were slightly inconvenienced having to walk up to the third floor on their aging knees.

The rooms were impeccably clean. The grounds were beautiful and our kids had a lot of fun letting off steam by running around the side yard. The staff was very friendly. Overall, a very comfortable place to stay for visiting Friday Harbor.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 28 June 2014
Thank you for staying at the Discovery Inn with your family. We also appreciate you taking the time to review the Inn on TripAdvisor. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the rooms, grounds and staff. Sorry to hear about the confusion over our Standard Queen rooms. We try to let everyone know that they are on the third floor with stair access only, which is why they are a lower price. We would have been happy to put the grandparents in one of our Deluxe Queen rooms on a lower level if one was available. Best wishes to you and hope your travels bring you back to the island.
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Saint Simons Island Georgia
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We picked Discovery Inn for our Friday Harbor stay last weekend based on price and TA reviews and were not disappointed. At check-in Libby, the desk clerk, told us about the community Summer Solstice calling of the whales event that evening which we attended and thoroughly enjoyed. The staff also made several dining recommendations and provided discount coupons.

You will need a car if you stay here, as it is a few miles from the center of town. However, the location is perfect if you are driving, as it is a bit away from the hubbub of the town center and offers a lovely hot tub and garden for relaxing.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 28 June 2014
Thank you for staying at the Discovery Inn during your visit to the island and for also taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are glad our staff was able to recommend the Orca Sing to you and some nice dining options. We hope your travels bring you back to us again.
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We spent the weekend at the Discovery Inn and were impressed by the friendly and welcoming staff, very clean and comfortable rooms and affordable rates. We took our car on the ferry and set off to Friday Harbor to explore the town and larger community. The recommendations we received from Discovery Inn staff on what to see and explore made for a truly lovely weekend! We will absolutely visit again!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thank you for staying at the Discovery Inn this past weekend, we are glad our staff helped make your weekend lovely. We also would like to thank you for taking the time to submit your kind review on TripAdvisor. Wishing you the best and looking forward to seeing you on your future visits to the island.
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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

This is an ordinary inn about a mile from town. You need a car because there is absolutely nothing nearby. The rooms are okay, a bit like a Super 8, but clean. The staff screwed up my reservation so make sure you bring your email confirmation with you. They fixed the problem and gave an appreciated discount.

The staff is friendly. This is an okay place for the value. Just don't expect five star.

  • Stayed June 2014
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Friday Harbor and for sharing the details of your experience. We apologize for any confusion regarding your reservation and are glad our wonderful staff was able to fix the problem and compensate you for any inconvenience.

Our hotel is an older establishment but we have recently renovated all the rooms. We strive to provide clean and comfortable accommodations at a great rate for the Island.

We agree that those staying with us should either bring a car or take a taxi, as we are about a mile from the ferry landing. We try to convey this information on the phone as well as in our confirmation letters. We are located on the edge of town, which is away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to enjoy all that it has to offer. Many of our guests enjoy the peacefulness of our grounds and have reported that they feel more relaxed when staying with us.
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

My wife and I stayed here two years ago. Since then there has been a complete face-lift. It is now a warmer, more inviting, and a better experience than two years ago, both inside and outside. Most all of the furniture has been replaced with new. The beds are WIDE queen sized beds. This is a three floor building without an elevator.

This is a privately owned motel and the improvements are appreciated.

Room Tip: To travel with luggage from ferry to motel, you'll need a car.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
We love to hear from guests that stayed at the Discovery Inn before we renovated the rooms. It is wonderful to hear that your experience was warmer and more inviting then before. We are continuing to improve our guests experiences while they stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to review Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor, we appreciate it. Best wishes to you and looking forward to your future visits to Friday Harbor.
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2014

I stayed here 5 days at the end of May. It is an older hotel which has recently been renvovated. It is clean, quiet and a good value. It has a lovely garden area where you can sit out, read, have a picnic etc. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet. It is a couple of blocks from the main downtown area, which is very nice, since you don't get the foot traffic nor car traffic noises. It is a restful place to stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Quiet room upstairs facing the parking lot, was quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences at Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. We are glad you stayed with us and had such a pleasant stay. We hope your travels bring you back our way again.
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Salem, Oregon
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

My wife and I stayed here as part of our belated honeymoon trip. We were impressed by the friendliness of the staff, and the great price of the room.

Our room was a bit older, but well maintained, and even came with an electric fireplace. The location of the motel is a mile out of town which was still reasonably close to restaurants, but away from congestion.

Although we had to schedule our plans around the occasional rain showers, staying in January meant we almost had the place to ourselves which was very nice.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you for staying with us on your honeymoon back in January. We are glad you had such a nice experience with our staff and enjoyed your room. Wishing you all the best and look forward to your future visits to the island.
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Property: Discovery Inn
Address: 1016 Guard St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9240
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Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#2 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just minutes from the Friday Harbor ferry landing, this hotel is the only lodging facility on San Juan Island that offers rooms in a park-like setting. Our recently renovated hotel rooms are decorated in restful colors. The handsomely appointed rooms are designed for relaxing. They feature air-conditioning, a private bath, one or two queen beds, an in-room coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. The Discovery Inn has been a family-owned and operated hotel for over 30 years. Enjoy an outdoor seasonal Jacuzzi, Adirondack-style chairs on the lawn, flowers, decks and barbecues. The hotel is known for providing its guests with friendly customer service, spacious clean rooms and a relaxing atmosphere. ... more   less 
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