by Kaitlin Braun
At the Friday Harbor House, rooms are best designed for two. That said, children are welcome at the hotel (kids under 5 stay free), so if you’re bringing them along, plan to either tote along an air mattress, or, if the kids are old enough for a little independence, book adjoining rooms. Some units do feature a pull-out sofa, so call to inquire about that. All rooms include a mini-fridge and coffee maker (no microwave), a jetted tub for two, and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Even with the lack of family rooms, there’s plenty to make the hotel an attractive option: you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the harbor, friendly and helpful staff, a lovely garden area, and a free DVD library. Complimentary breakfast each morning features baked goods, house-made granola, eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice. Find upscale-leaning seasonal specialties at their onsite restaurant, where the three-course dinner menu makes a perfect date night (kids may not be as enthused about the wild salmon, arugula salad, or crispy Brussels sprouts). Nearby you’ll find bicycling, boating, whale watching, the Whale Museum, and more.
Our Editor Loves
- Whale museum nearby
- Excellent free breakfast
- Wonderful harbor views
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The views and food at Friday Harbor House are fantastic and the staff was nice. At $500 per night, the room was only average. Our shower didn't drain among other small things. We were not told at check-in that reservations are needed for breakfast. We went down to the dining room and were told we couldn't sit at an empty table on the terrace because others (who were not staying at the hotel) had made reservations. We were paying $500 a night to stay in the hotel yet we were seated at a small table inside with no view, meanwhile we noticed that the empty table on the terrace was never occupied while we were having breakfast. It's a shame that non-hotel customers were given priority. I was also disappointed that the hotel offers no shuttle service. The hotel is only a few blocks from the ferry but it's up a hill. We had quite a bit of luggage because we were on an extended vacation so we had to carry all the luggage up the hill. For $500 per night I expected more.
Room, restaurant and outdoor seats and tables have the most spectacular view of the harbor. The only drawback was our room was on the second floor so when there were people seated or standing outside we lost our privacy as we could see them and they could see us. Seems they should have used tinted glass. Get a room above the second floor.