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Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #8 of 17 Friday Harbor B&B and Inns
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Affordable, but look elsewhere first!”
Reviewed 9 September 2007

Hillside House- stayed here for a couple of non-consecutive nights in late August 2007. The place was full each night we were there, but frankly, I'm not sure why, other than that the price was affordable. The inn is outdated and far from the center of town. There were some bleached spots on the carpet and other carpeted areas looked worn. The bathroom ventilation fans were completely useless and the bathroom was still steamy after having let the fan run for 30 minutes! On one night we stayed in the Sherwood room, which was downstairs. The bed was comfortable, but it was very squeaky. There was some sort of air freshener smell there that I found to be too strong and bothersome. Those types of things always make me wonder what they're trying to mask…. However, I did not notice this smell when we stayed upstairs in a different room. The Picasso room upstairs was much like the Sherwood was downstairs except that the bed didn't squeak and the big disadvantage of being located right next to the kitchen and main public areas. As a result, it wasn't very quiet when people were moving around and talking. The breakfasts were good but not great (pretty standard breakfast items). On the plus side, this was the only B&B we stayed at where guests actually spent much time in the common areas- several groups found their way out to the deck, from which the harbor is visible in the distance. Recommended restaurants in Friday Harbor: Steps Wine Bar & Cafe and Rocky Bay Cafe. Downriggers was pretty good too and had a nice view of the harbor.

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  • Disliked — Cleanliness; Inn and rooms need updating!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Santa Ynez, CA
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2007

This is a wondeful friendly, clean B&B in a pretty setting. The breakfasts are very nice and sitting on the deck was very relaxing and pretty. The view to the water and harbor is a little more obscure than it used to be due to tree growth. The only negative comment would be that it would have been much better to take our car on the ferry as it is quite a walk mostly uphill nearly a mile to the B&B and also when you use the shuttle to see the island there is a lot of wasted time waiting for the next one. Plus after 7 pm there is no shuttle so we ended up spending a lot on taxis to do things like eat a Roche Harbor.

  • Liked — clean, friendly owners, outside deck
  • Disliked — distance from Friday Harbor
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2006

The Hillside House B&B at Friday Harbor was an excellent choice. Not only was the window seat a plus for our room, but the banana chocolate chip cookies were delicious. I had a running commentary with the host about the recipe. He was good natured about letting me guess the ingredients, but didn't give the recipe away. The location was fine, even though it's not directly at the harbor. Directions could be better, but once we found it, we enjoyed our room, the delicious breakfast, and the interaction with the other guests. Our bathroom was across the hall, which had caused some concern, but it was accessible and private. All in all, we were very glad we chose Hillside House for our stay at Friday Harbor.

  • Liked — cleanliness and host
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Muskegon, MI
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2005

We had a wonderful stay at Hillside House. Naoni and Greg are great hostesses. Greg is a wonderful cook; the breakfasts were wonderful. The rooms are beautiful. They really made us feel comfortable, and we hated to leave.

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Additional Information about Hillside House Bed and Breakfast

Property: Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 365 Carter Ave, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8055
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hillside House Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hillside House Bed and Breakfast, on San Juan Island, WA, is a 4,000 square foot contemporary inn, among an acre of fir trees, overlooking Mount Baker and the entrance to Friday Harbor. We feature spacious commons areas, wonderful views, quiet location, landscaped gardens, walking distance to shops, 7 guest rooms, each with a king or queen bed and private baths, and a 3 diamond rating from AAA ... more   less 
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Hillside House Bed And Breakfast Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands

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