by Kaitlin Braun
Friday Harbor Suites (not to be confused with Friday Harbor House) offers some of the most spacious and comfortable accommodations for families vacationing on San Juan Island. Located only half a mile from the ferry dock, the all-suite hotel is an incredibly convenient home base. Suites come in a choice of either one or two bedrooms. Families will love the freedom of having their own kitchenette, so stock up on groceries and plan a few non-restaurant meals. All suites feature cozy living room areas with TVs and sofa beds. Some add on gas fireplaces, which makes a perfect backdrop to family game night. Other suite amenities include private balconies or patios and complimentary high speed Internet. Families, consider booking the two bedroom and one and a half bathroom suite so nobody has to fight over bathroom access during the trip and everyone has space to spread out.
Wake up and enjoy the daily complimentary breakfast, which features hot foods such as scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, waffles, and biscuits, supplemented with standard continental choices like fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, and more. Then, when you’re ready to head out for the day, hop on the complimentary hotel shuttle, which goes to downtown, the ferry, the marina, and the airport. The concierge will be happy to recommend activities and help you arrange them.
Our Editor Loves
- Complimentary shuttle service
- Excellent complimentary breakfast
- Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We found the hotel to be specious and most important, very close by to so many things to do, eat, buy and see. It’s right up the hill from the harbor. No air conditioning but a box fan and open windows were fine even during the recent heat wave. After biking the island each day we loved the jacuzzi tub utilizing the nice robes in the room. The elevator was big enough for our tandem bike which was a FIRST. Breakfast was very nice and offered very early which we were thankful for. Riding the island was a lifetime thrill and very convenient from the Friday Harbor Suites
We loved the staff! Everyone was friendly, helpful, understanding. The on-demand shuttle service was extremely helpful as the hotel sits at the top of the Main Street, and it’s quite a hill to walk! But the shuttle will gladly pick you up at the ferry landing, and during your stay, take you anywhere you need to go. Shout out to those guys!
We were also very happy with our room. It does have an older, homier feel to it, but very appropriate for the casual island style. I would recommend it to both couples and families.
The weather was exceptionally warm one day, and the lack of air conditioning was an issue in the bedroom without a ceiling fan. As others have mention, air comes in only by leaving a sliding glass door open, and the screen for that door does not lock. That’s a bit unsafe. For safety’s sake I’d also like to see a grab bar in the shower/tub combo.
But otherwise, we loved our stay and would gladly stay here again!