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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wayfarer's Rest

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Wayfarer's Rest
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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9 reviews
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“Perfect Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

When I first started doing research for our trip to Friday Harbor to go whale watching, I was disgusted at the rates some of the hotels in the area charge just for a one night stay. Wayfarer's Rest was a big relief and a perfect solution for a budget-minded couple who still wanted a clean and friendly place to stay. We stayed in one of the cabins for 3 nights and it was such a quaint, cozy little place that really matched the rustic nature of San Juan Island. They had a power strip for us to charge phones and computers and the mattresses/sheets were clean and comfortable. We even got a strong wifi signal in the back cabin! Obviously the bathrooms and kitchens were a high traffic area so they showed some wear and there was grass on the floor each morning before the daily cleaning where people had walked into the house to go to the bathroom from the cabins outside, but I always felt like I was staying in a clean and comfortable place. Being able to make breakfast each morning was a huge money saver and this hostel was a very short walk from town. Be sure to look at Google maps for the easiest way to walk into town--if you walk through the business park there is a trail through a field and then you are right down by the ferry landing which saves a lot of walking time.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013 via mobile

I stayed with my family in this adorable cabin in Friday harbor. Rooms were very clean and nicely decorated! Cheap rates and was an absolute pleasure! :) they also run a great breakfast and coffee house and hooked me up with free yummy dark roast coffee every morning. I will be back!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

My wife and I recently joined two of our close friends and their toddler. We had a great weekend in a comfortable hostel. I would recommend this place. Most of the major kitchen utensils we available. We brought our own towels though it wasn't necessary. The beds were a little squeaky so that's why I didn't give this an excellent rating. The management was very easy to work with.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights in one of the dorm rooms and couldn't have been happier. The rooms, bathrooms and ktichens were all clean & tidy, the beds were comfortable, showers were hot, it was only a short walk from town/ferry dock and I met some amazing people from all around the world. It was peaceful & quiet there (even though they were booked out!) and couldn't have asked for anything better on my budget.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012 via mobile

We stayed here the night before our camping trip in the San Juan Islands. It did the trick - was clean and spacious. The shared kitchen was nice both for dinner and also for prepping our meals before camping. The kitchen just has the basics but it does the trick. Fellow guests were all friendly and interesting - many doing outdoor pursuits as well. The location is a 10 minute walk or so from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, no need for a car. The staff were not present at arrival but had left instructions for check in so it all worked out in the end.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

Stayed here for one night while visiting San Juan - a good location only 10 minute walk from ferry. Clean, bright & spacious place. Good value for location.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

After a long day of bike riding over on Orcas, we arrived on late and were able to get right in. The beds were comfortable and we slept well. The grounds were lush and pretty. Two huge kitchen areas. Friendly people all just passing through

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Wayfarer's Rest

Property: Wayfarer's Rest
Address: 35 Malcom St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9594
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Friday Harbor
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thank you for finding the Wayfarer’s Rest, providing comfortable and convenient lodging for active travelers since 1999. Budget accommodations for individuals, couples, families and groups.Wayfarers rest is located just four blocks from the ferry terminal on Malcolm St., just two blocks off the main street of town. Parking is available for guests but we are an easy 10 minute walk from the boat if you are on foot. Town amenities include grocery stores, restaurants, boutiques, movie theater, bowling alley, museums and more, all within walking distance. Also, access on foot, the Port of Friday Harbor, with its float plane terminal, fresh fish market and passenger only ferry services.For those unfamiliar with Hostel travel you can equate it to a bed and breakfast minus the formal breakfast production. The advantages above and beyond the savings is your access and use of our two fully equipped kitchen facilities where you can prepare your own breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, saving you the costs of dining out. It is also interactive, if you choose, meet fellow travelers, and share different experiences, stories and traveling tips. ... more   less 
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Wayfarer's Rest Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands

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