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Earthbox Inn & Spa
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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California
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65 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice place, good location...”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Stayed 3 nights, staff was friendly, room was clean, very quite at night. Spring street is right in town, so it is a very easy walk to the harbor and downtown area. We did not use the pool or spa. Parking was a little tight, but adequate. A very nice market right down the street. We would go back.

Room Tip: Center area, upstairs was good for us.
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Green Features: Yes, they recycled, and had the green bedding and towel service!
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank d123_12
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Hi d123-12,
Thank you so much for writing such a nice review about us. We are so happy, you had a great time and can't wait to have you come visit again soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

We started with #1 hotel and grew increasingly more disappointed as we found one after the other were booked to capacity.

With a bit of apprehension, we made reservation at literally last space on the island. 'Upscale motor inn' didn't sound so appealing.

What a NICE surprise! Clearly, they have done a lot of renovation. The grounds were simply beautiful and nicely lit at night.

Reception area was really trendy and had nice fireplace. The indoor pool/spa were awesome. And we especially enjoyed the on site barista who prepared our early morning beverages!!

The rooms are simple and comfortable and there was plenty of free parking. The location was convenient, we walked everywhere in town.

LOVED THE LAVENDER BATH PRODUCTS FROM NEARBY PALENDABA LAVENDER FARM!!

Only sorry we didn't stay long enough to try out the spa.

Staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Thank kimann3055
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Hi Kimann 3055,
To exceed our guests' expectations is our favorite. Thank you so much. A word about Trip Advisor, who we love, because you can't cheat. All hotels on our beautiful island average 4 stars or more, so you can't really go wrong. We were a little bummed though when we found ourselves #8 of 9 places on the island. Turns out, when you change ownership or corporate status, which was the case for 5 of our 9 island hotels, you can start your Trip Advisor reviews from scratch and all older reviews get erased. Just something to keep in mind the next time you check for places to stay.
We hope, you can come up and play again soon. We loved having you.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Albany, Oregon
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Earthbox Inn & Spa is nice little boutique hotel. Check in was as professional as it gets. The location was good. The rooms were clean and remodeled.

I was very impressed with the remodel. We stayed in SunPlace/ 2-queen beds, second level. This was not your typical remodel. The designer/contractor was very creative and has my highest appraisal. This property is its own little oasis in Friday Harbor.

A better view and screen doors for the balcony would have been nice, definitely no regrets with this stay.

Room Tip: Get second floor room with vaulted ceiling. Be aware!!! some of the rooms look out onto a auto salv...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Striker701
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Hi Striker 701,
Thank you so much for writing such a sweet review about us. Our Sun Places were our Winter project this year. Turned out nice, yes? No designer/contractor, just the flawless taste and grand vision of our lovely owner Laura. Thank you for your visit. Come back soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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San Francisco, California
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85 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

stayed in a water place the first night and glad for the air conditioning but it kept shutting itself off and would not cool the room. stayed in a skyplace the 2nd night and did not need A/C but it had a fan that worked better anyways, it was a larger and much nicer room. worth the upcharge if you were staying more than 1 night for sure. much more comfortable bed in skyplace than waterplace room.

Room Tip: pay the extra for a skyplace and ask to be in the building away from the tow company and post office...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank prooproo
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hi Prooproo,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay. Our Water Places are very small. I agree, for a multiple night stay our newly renovated and somewhat bigger Sky Places are much more comfortable. There is an "auto" setting on the A/C and if that is at a certain temperature, the A/C shuts off when that temp is reached. Sorry that wasn't obvious. Thank you for your visit. We can't wait to have you come up and play again soon.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Manalapan, New Jersey
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014

First stopover from Seattle to Victoria (BC). Very small Island but so beautiful, Lot of shopping for tourists on Spring Street (main street) and very good seafood restaurants. Place of vacation for many city dwellers - reached only by ferry - and for boating and other water sports.
There are no big resorts/hotels on the Island and the units are all ay street level. Rooms are small but sufficiently equipped. They have a covered swimming pool and a spa that sells their cosmetics.

Room Tip: Cannot tell as most units seem similar.
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Green Features: Environmentally conscious and very friendly - no smoking allowed - very clean and maintained.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Colette M
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hi Colette,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write about us and our little island. We have some units, our Sun Places (large double queens), our Sea Places (full kitchen, two queen beds, fold out couch) and our Wind Place (two bedroom house with kitchen, guest room and the most amazing steam shower), which are quite a bit larger than our standard rooms. Check them out the next time you are here. Thank you so much for your visit. We are so happy, you had a great time.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Federal Way, United States
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200 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Nice staff, willing to hold your luggage from ferry arrival to sign in and responsive housekeeping staff. Front desk staff able to make zip line tour reservations the day before - really nice. Exterior of buildings with rooms quite ugly - like the old asbestos shacks poor kids stayed in the south for college. Interior rooms set up just like a Best Western (off the highway, not plus), with significantly upgraded fixtures and a microwave and mini frig so you can shop at the grocery store or bring home leftovers since their cafe wasn't open during our stay. Would sincerely have given a 5/5 or a 9/10 had it not been for noise issue- people above us like a herd of elephants late into night and the poor internet quality. We were tired from our tour of the island and retired early. Nothing on TV and couldn't access netflix. Great for a romantic getaway, not so much for traveling with teens.

Really nice people, saw the camel named Mona and would consider a return - to a second floor unit. I'll take stairs over stampede.

Room Tip: Ask for a 300 room if you want to be near street, pool, ice and laundry. 200 building in between and...
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Green Features: Clearly marked this is an environmentally friendly place with cards everywhere to save the linen and where bath products can be purchased if you like them (full bottle each lavender soap and lotion at sink). No place to put paper or cardboard packaging
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Gail C
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Hi Gail,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay. Good thing we are in the middle of renovating our exterior. Our Spa and Wind Place are already finished and look gorgeous in blue and red. More beautiful colors to come soon:)
We are so sorry your neighbors were inconsiderate. We have quiet hours from 10:00PM to 8:00AM and we do enforce those, so please don't be shy to call our night manager.
Compared to the mainland some services are just not the same on our little island. Our free wifi is meant to check emails if you must (we want you to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind), but is not strong enough to stream movies and such. We love to live here and find the occasional power outage, fuzzy TV picture and delayed mail because of fog charming. I can absolutely understand how this might be hard to convey to a teenager in a "mood". I think though between our pool, the historic movie theater, the bowling alley and all the outdoor things you can do here, our place is awesome for teenagers and couples alike.
Thank you for your visit. Come back soon to see our exterior become just as lovely as our rooms.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting San Juan Island for a wedding this past weekend and our stay at Earthbox Inn & Spa was an unexpected pleasure from start to finish. The staff went out of their way to accommodate our every need and help us feel at home, from arranging taxi service to suggesting and booking reservations. The hotel is conveniently located near town and the waterfront, and the rooms had every amenity we could hope for. We even were picked up and dropped off at the nearby airport by a complimentary hotel shuttle which was a great added touch. Next time we visit hopefully we'll have time to enjoy the spa, but for now we'll appreciate the comfortable night's sleep and local flavor we enjoyed thanks to the lovely folks at Earthbox.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Bob K
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EarthboxLaura, Manager at Earthbox Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Hi BobK,
Thank you so much for your sweet review. You just made our day. We are so happy, you had a great time. Come back soon for some spa pampering and more island time.
Sincerely,
Steffi Wehner
Customer Service Manager
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Property: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Address: 410 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7230 (Formerly Elements Hotel & Spa)
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Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Friday Harbor
#5 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#6 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Earthbox Inn & Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Earthbox Inn & Spa is a delightful blend of cool resort motel and classic vintage motor inn with an indoor pool, full-service spa, stylishly renovated rooms, free wifi, free parking and complimentary bicycles. Centrally located in downtown Friday Harbor, only 4 blocks from the Washington State Ferry. Also enjoy the many outdoor area attractions including kayaking, biking, hiking, and wildlife/whale tours. ... more   less 
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