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Discovery Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
“Comfortable hotel”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This hotel was great! We arrived to a warm and friendly reception with lots of information for the island and ways to make our stay as good as we wanted. The rooms were clean and modern with plenty of room. We had three people. The beds were comfortable. The hotel had charm mixed with the amenities you expect at any major hotel.

There was a cute hot tub that we didn't have time to use.

The hotel is about a mile out of town. We took a cab from the ferry to the hotel and walked back for dinner. The walk was pleasant but glad we didn't carry our bags and everything. That would have been hard. The cab was fast and super friendly. We did walk home after dinner, and wished we had called the cab again. :)

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Erica L
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
We think our hotel is great too! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others on TripAdvisor. We are glad you found the Inn charming and our rooms clean and comfortable. While we are located on the edge of town and out of the main downtown area, we do feel the Inn is close enough to enjoy all that the downtown has to offer. It is great to hear that the cab was fast and friendly - for visitors that don't have a car, we try to provide information on other forms of transportation available on the island. We hope you can come to visit us again and look forward to your next stay at the Discovery Inn!
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We stayed at Discovery Inn for three nights. This was our most pleasant stay of our three week trip. Nice room, beautiful surrounding ( garden) picknicktables, jaccuci. But most of all, very frendly staff. They give some great advises. They did more for usthan we asked. The weather was great also, so everything was even more beautiful than it allready was.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
We are glad you had such a pleasant stay with us on your trip to San Juan Island and thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed your room, the grounds and some of the amenities around the Inn. We are also delighted you found our staff friendly and helpful. Thank you for staying with us and we wish you the best in all of your future travels!
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We had planned a multi-day, multi-island getaway to the beautiful San Juans. The last night of our trip was in Friday Harbor. Since it was the busy summer season, we had made reservations several months in advance. However, at 10 pm on the Friday the week before our scheduled trip, I got a call from Heather at the Discovery Inn inquiring about our arrival time. I told Heather that surely there was a mistake on her end, as my reservation was for the following Friday. I later discovered that I had in fact made the reservation for the wrong date. Knowing how tight accommodations are on a summer weekend, I thought we would have to cut our trip short as there did not seem to be any rooms available in the area. Heather called the next day to tell me she had found a room for us on the night we wanted at a different hotel. Without asking her to do so, she had spent the morning calling around checking for openings for us to preserve our vacation plans. And on top of that, she told us that she was not going to charge us for the night we had booked at the Discovery Inn even though she was not able to rent it to other guests as she easily could have if we had discovered our mistake earlier. She simply told me that mistakes happen and it didn’t seem fair to penalize me for an honest mistake. Her efforts preserved our vacation and we had a great time on San Juan Island (although I’m sure not as nice as it would have been if we had stayed at the Discovery Inn ;). Heather and the Discovery Inn staff went way out their way to help us out and we greatly appreciate it. If they are this helpful to guests that don’t show up, I can only imagine how helpful they would be for those that do! Thanks Discovery Inn!

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Thank you so much for the review you posted to TripAdvisor even though you had not stayed with us. It was our pleasure to help you find another place to stay after the mixup with your reservation date. I think we have all had similar situations at sometime. Please come and stay with us on your next trip to Friday Harbor and San Juan Island, we would love to have you visit.
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This well appointed motel on the outskirts of Friday Harbor was most unexpected. It served us very we'll for our one night stay. Clean comfortable and great location. From booking to check out the staff were friendly, helpful and a delight to deal with.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Mark R
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Thank you for staying at the Discovery Inn during your visit to San Juan Island. We appreciate you taking the time to review the Inn on TripAdvisor. We are glad our staff was friendly and helpful to you during your stay, we want all of our guests to experience the best customer service. Please stay with us again on any future trips you take to the island.
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We picked this place becuase it was a an established hotel. When looking at other rentals Discovery Inn was the right choice. We walked from the ferry and rolled our luggage (55 &52 yrs. old).Nice size room, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot. It is an easy walk from the main street. Nice grounds to sit and relax great outdoor space. The staff were very nice. We had missed the last ferry and did not make it for our first night. I called immedialty--they were great and did not charge us for that night.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank lynn80314
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for staying at the Discovery Inn on your trip to San Juan Island. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences on TripAdvisor. We are glad you were able to walk to the Inn from the ferry. We usually advise people to take a taxi from the ferry landing since some individuals find the walk a little too much. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your room and the grounds around the inn. It is also good to hear that our staff were able to accommodate you when you were unable to make the last ferry. We wish you safe travels in the future and hope they bring you back to us again.
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Holladay, Utah
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2014

I'll be frank and say I picked this place because it was the cheapest I could find for staying over a week on the island. However, with all the rooms being recently remodeled, it is a great place to stay if you don't mind walking into town every day. (On their site they suggest taking a ferry from the wharf; do it! And preferably schedule your cab beforehand.)

The staff is extremely friendly: they led us to the best tasting salsa on the island, and let us use a printer when I found out I needed to print a confirmation. They were always there for suggestions and even shipped an item to me that I left in the room. They also even have a cleaning sheet you fill out if you don't want them touching or changing certain things. It was very welcoming and accommodating.

The rooms themselves are actually pretty spacious, and ours had a little table next to the bed. The room also had a microwave and mini fridge which was important to our stay. Since we bought a ton of groceries while we were there, it was nice not to eat on the floor or bed. Speaking of bed, it was very, very comfortable, and I never had an issue falling or staying asleep.

They don't have air conditioning, but they did hook a large fan up to place in the window. I was there during mid July and had no problems with this set up. Just make sure to turn it on before you leave for the day.

The bathroom is also super nice! But it's definitely contained. We used the bar area outside of the bathroom door to lay out most of our bathroom extras like lotion.

One thing to plan ahead on is they don't have DVD players with the TV. I would have brought my computer hook up cables if I knew that. It's a good thing they have wifi because my friend and I ended up watching Netflix every night.

P.S. I didn't think the hot tub would be that important, but after 4 hours of kayaking, you'll be thankful it's there too.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Ashley H
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Ashley - Thank you for staying with us during your visit to the island. We appreciate you taking the time to write such a nice review of the Inn on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that our staff was friendly and accommodating to your needs while you stayed with us - we strive to offer the best customer service. It sounds like you enjoyed many of the amenities at the Inn during your stay: your room, the grounds and our hot tub. We have talked about getting DVD players for our rooms, they may be a nice addition, we will defiantly revisit the idea. We wish you safe travels and hope they bring you back to us again.
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

This was a great place to stay while visiting San Juan Island in Washington. It was just up the road from downtown Friday Harbor, so it allowed us to get away from the crowds and sounds of the restaurants, shops, and ferry traffic when we wanted to rest but was close enough to give us easy access to town when we wanted it. The office staff was friendly and available for help in planning sightseeing drives or tours. The rooms were comfortable, and the fridge and microwave allowed us to keep refreshments in the room. Chairs and benches on the grounds provided nice spots for reading in the afternoon. When a ferry cancellation delayed our arrival by a day, we contacted them and they were able to rent out our room for that night, saving us the cost of the night we couldn't be there, even though it was late in the day when we contacted them. We will definitely stay there again if we are back in that area!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Robert M
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DiscoveryFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience of the Discovery Inn on TripAdvisor. We are delighted you enjoyed our staff, location, room, and the grounds. We strive to offer the best customer service possible and were happy to assist you when the ferry cancellation occurred. Wishing you safe and happy travels.
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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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