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 The inn is outdated and far from the center of town.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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hillside House Bed And Breakfast Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands