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San Juan Suites
Ranked #10 of 17 Friday Harbor B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stayed a week in the Channel Room in May which was a bit off season. We arrived in Friday Harbor via the San Juan Clipper so we had no vehicle. The location was perfect. Everything in downtown was in walking distance. The room was clean and comfortable. If you have read the other reviews some mention the TV. Yes, the TV is kind of old-school not being a flat screen. We only watched it at night to catch the news and weather. To be honest - we didn't go to SJI to watch TV.

The most important thing to consider is your sensitivity to noise. The Channel room sits above the Bean Cafe which opens at 7:00 am. If you like to sleep with the windows open you will start hearing the town come alive in the morning. I actually didn't have a problem with it because I usually wake early and seemed like I was listening to the town waking up as well. Noise from the other rooms and downstairs businesses was pretty noticeable. But again, we were really only in the room in the evenings. If your neighbors are really noisy you may notice and hopefully they will be more considerate than our neighbors.

I have one minor suggestion for management. The guest information packet in the room suggests guests can store their luggage in the property management office if leaving the island sometime after checkout. This was a very nice perk but the address listed in the guest packet is wrong. This should be updated to avoid confusion.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in one of the suites facing the water. The room was beautiful and well appointed. We watched the comings and goings of the boats, planes, and ferries. There is a restaurant deck in view nearby but the noise wasn't bad. The only down side is that before checking out the owners expect you to take out the garbage, clean the grill, start the laundry, and basically clean up. At almost $300 a night and a $90 cleaning deposit we feel they should do those things.

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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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SanJuanSuites, Owner at San Juan Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary by visiting Friday Harbor and staying with us at San Juan Suites. I can appreciate how you might not feel like doing some “chores” on your special occasion.

These minor housekeeping items are only suggestions and not meant to be requirements of your stay. During our busy season especially our house keepers find that a little "extra help" can make their work load move faster.

Please accept my apology if you found this offensive or in any way distracted from your special anniversary celebration, and I hope you will consider returning in the future. Maybe your golden anniversary?

Lori Spoelstra, Owner San Juan Suites

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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

You can't go wrong here. Right in town. Walk to a different venue every night and each morning. Buy essentials at local store one block up. Quick drive to Roche Harbor, English Camp and American Camp, and anywhere else on the Island. Highly, highly recommend.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

THE GOOD: The High Seas suite is beautifully furnished, comfortable and roomy. The view is amazing, right in front of the ferry terminal and vista of the bay. Watching sea planes taking off and landing, the ferries arriving all day - this is great entertainment right out your own windows! There is also a small balcony with a propane grill. In the bedroom there is a very comfy king bed, the kitchen is large and there is a nice stackable laundry unit in a closet.

I didn't realize there is a long staircase to get to the suites. Not a problem for me but was a little tricky with my 75-year old parents and their luggage.

THE BAD: The sofa bed in this unit (High Seas) is absolutely horrid. I didn't realize it until bedtime when I unfolded the bed and found a 3" lumpy spring mattress with nothing between your body and the springs but a sheet. The trick is to find one spot between the pokiest springs and then not move during the night but I've still got sore, bruised spots on my body. I was able to make enough peace with this bed to get some rest but most people would not. Considering the overall excellent quality of the suite, I'm surprised at this horrible piece of furniture... It is worse than a camp cot and really must be replaced.

Bottom line: if you are traveling with 1-2 people who will be sleeping in the bedroom, I highly recommend this luxurious suite. If you have an extra family member or friend, definitely look elsewhere!

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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SanJuanSuites, Owner at San Juan Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2016

Thank you for the feedback regarding the sleeper sofa. I completely agree concerning the uncomfortable sleeping conditions of that sofa. The Queen Air Bed provided is recommended for an extra guest in the High Seas Suite.
I hope you return and enjoy the quality comfort of our King Beds provided in all five Suites.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

We stayed for 3 nights in the Channel Room...This property is in a fabulous location right in the middle of town. Easy walking distance from the ferry terminal and right above the lavender shop. The room was clean when we arrived and the lock box/key situation was easy to work. The air conditioner worked great. The room was very quite even though your were in the middle of town. There were a few negatives:
While there was shampoo and conditioner provided there was no soap for the shower. Additionally, we were there for 3 days and only one packet of coffee was left for the coffee maker. When we went to make the coffee we realized the coffee filter and grounds were left from the previous guest...so we had to clean the coffee pot and empty the grounds. While the bed was comfortable the pillows were not...they were very flat. The most disturbing thing during our stay was working the TV...I think the dish system is the same in at least one other room...we were constantly having to "battle" with the neighbor on what channel to watch...we literally could see them pull up the menu and change the channel we were watching...I am sure they were just as frustrated when we would change the channel back...luckily for us we only watched the TV later in the evening to try to catch the news. But it still was extremely frustrating.
So overall it was a decent place to stay for what we needed.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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SanJuanSuites, Owner at San Juan Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2015

Greetings, and thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience. I want to you know that I have taken your remarks seriously!
I have put housekeeping on notice regarding the coffee grounds in the coffee pot. We are researching a new vendor for the coffee supply. I am to look at the pillow situation.
I look forward to having you visit us again. Best to you, Lori.

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Address: 100A First Street, PO Box 1255, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #10 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Friday Harbor
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Juan Suites - Luxury Lodging - San Juan Suites Vacation Rentals are known for their amazing water views, downtown location and luxurious appointments. Two of the larger suites overlook the entire harbor in Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor is the main town on San Juan Island. These two suites see the comings and goings of the Washington State ferries, private boats, and commercial boats and shops. Two other suites overlook the town of Friday Harbor on First Street and the charming shops and restaurants. One additional vacation rental suite can be utilized by a larger suite, or by just itself These luxury vacation rental suites take up the entire upper floor one of the newest buildings in down town Friday Harbor. Rent a suite individually, rent two suites, three suites, and four or for a large family reunion - rent the entire floor to accommodate up to 17 guests •Suites sleep 2, 4, and 5 individuals. Rent them all and they sleep 17 people! •Northwest Passages sleeps 5 with a water view •High Seas sleeps 4 with a water view •Channel Room sleeps 2 and can be coupled with any of the other suites •Valley Farm sleeps 2 with a Friday Harbor Village view •Conservatory sleeps 4 with a Friday Harbor Village view •Pet-Friendly - Well-mannered dogs are welcome. There are two suites that are pet-friendly •Wi-Fi all rooms •Sleep Therapy Machine (for light sleepers) ... more   less 
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