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No drive today so we slept in a little bit today.
We went to a local bakery for breakfast and coffee. We both got a breakfast burrito and sat on the pier watching the sailboats and ferries. We then took a shuttle to the Whale Watching Park. We even got to be in the 4th of July parade, from the shuttle. We had reservations at the Spa for a …
Today we drove from Seattle to Anacortes and then took the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.
We drove a mere 80 miles today and decided to leave the car in Anacortes and just walk onto the ferry. We could see mountains to the north and mountains to the south, the entire ferry trip. The ferry ride cost us something like $25 for …
... Queen room - barely bigger than the bed it contained.
We went for a drive around the West, North and East sides of the island - checking out the whale watching beach - nothing spotted (apart from a porpoise) - but then again no-one has seen the whales for the last 2-3 days - so not surprising. Then up towards English Camp (Britain and ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
This was a small two story hotel that had very nice accommodations. We did not care for the spa/massage at all though. We would not suggest the spa.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEarthbox Inn & Spa Friday Harbor
Historical Traveler Reviews Earthbox Inn & Spa Friday Harbor
The Friday Harbor Inn is a wonderful surprise. The owners have a gift for transformation, for this once plain "motel" is now a delight. The newly decorated lobby announces the changes: low key, elegant, warm and friendly. The rooms reflect plain good taste and good sense in design that elevate this place well beyond the boring image of most "motels." Add tasteful landscaping, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor coffee shop - what more could you want?
This is a delightful place to stay. The wonderfully accomodating staff made us feel like we were right at home. The beds are comfortable, rooms nicely furnished and the swimming pool was an added bonus. We especially liked the central location that was close to shops and restaurants but far enough from the ferry landing so that we were not bothered by the boat whistle. We love the town.
Save Your Money
My husband and I spent 1 night at this hotel in the so-called "upgraded" room. There was no hot water and the telephone did not work. They claimed that they were having plumbing "issues" with the upgraded rooms...obviously we were one of the victims of it's process of renovation. They then upgraded us to another room which was in worse condition than the first. The toilet barely flushed and it seems it was on ultra-water saving mode. The air conditioning unit had a mind of it's own - at times it would not turn on - at times it would not turn off. It was dark, the bed was old, the TV remote was broken and we had a wonderful view of a a weed-filled auto part junkyard. San Juan is beautiful but don't stay at Friday Harbor Inn.
Rooms are great; Staff a delight
Popped in for a quick weekend getaway and what fun! The knowledgeable staff gave great recommendations for places to eat and things to see - even helped me get out and see some of the orca whales! I looked at the economy rooms and they are pretty old, but the standard and supreme (I think that's what they're called) rooms are beautiful. The pool and jaccuzzi were a big hit with the kids, too.
I would recommend this place to anyone!
Enjoyed the Friday Harbor Inn
The Friday Harbor Inn was overall a good place to stay. It was within walking distance, as are most hotels/inns, to the main Harbor area with lots of restaurants and shops. The free shuttle service, which we didn't know about before we got there, just happened to be waiting at the Ferry and helped us out a lot since we didn't have a car. It was great to get a free ride to and from the Ferry! The staff was friendly. The renovated rooms still had a mediocre bathroom area, but the beds and beddings were clean and extremely comfortable. Do check out the local bicycle rental place as they are very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun taking a tour of part of the Island. I would stay here again.
Great deal; great comfort; great people
We loved the Inn. It's not a luxury hotel, but incredibly comfortable (especially the renovated rooms). The pool was great, and the managment did everything they could to help us enjoy the island.
Poor quality rooms
We stayed at this hotel while visiting our son on the 2 masted schooner, Adventuress. We were not impressed with the price or the rooms. I agree with another reviewer. Avoid this if you can. Our room was not a remodeled one or it was remodeled circa 1950. Hideous green paint and small bath area. The trip and community around Friday Harbor was spectactular, but this place can put a damper on a vacation. We met a lot of nice, friendly people in Friday Harbor and enjoyed sailing and the ferry rides to and from the Island. Doing it again, I likely would not take me vehilce over as the town is manageable on foot.
Friday Harbor is a charming town with picturesque scenery. Sadly, Friday Harbor Inn has few positive qualities. The remodeled room was nice but small- the double queen beds were too close together. The view was of a pile of old tires and wood stacked about 5 feet from the front door. The hot tub was lukewarm at best. The first person we asked for a roll-away bed refused, the second person gave it to us without a problem. Inconsistent policies are fine, but what was the nail in the coffin was how rude and unhelpful another front desk person was. They tout friendly and helpful staff on the website, but the front desk person couldn't answer simple questions about the area and acted annoyed to even be bothered. People were waiting around in the lobby for assistance this busy Saturday morning and she came and went without any explanation other than "I'll be back in ten minutes." Pick another place, folks. Friday Harbor Inn is not worth your time.
Firday Harbor Inn--Loved It!
We just returned from a great 3-day stay at the Friday Harbor Inn on San Juan Island in Washington. This was a great find. We were hospitably treated, the rates were very reasonable and the location was ideal--close to everything, but quiet. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
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We would like to let you know we had a very pleasant experience at the Friday Harbor Inn this past weekend. Both of your staff personnel that we interacted with were great!!! They were very very friendly, knowledgeable and made you feel as if you were at home. When there was an inquiry regarding the property, they acted upon it immediately and with genuine concern. Our weekend experience will have us recommend you as well as want to come back to the island soon!!!
p.s. A huge factor in making our decision in where to stay was someplace willling to accomodate our dog as well us. Thank you for that option.