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1016 Guard St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9240
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#2 of 11 hotels in Friday Harbor
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The Discovery Inn is known as the friendly hotel in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Located a mile from the ferry landing, our hotel features spacious and clean rooms in a relaxing atmosphere with a delightful park-like setting. Our recently renovated rooms feature air-conditioning, private bath, one or two queen beds, Keurig coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Please be our guest and enjoy our renowned customer service, lovely property with yard games and sitting areas and decks with flowers, barbecues and our seasonal outdoor Jacuzzi (May 1 - October 31). The Discovery Inn provides free trip planning and concierge services. The Discovery Inn has been a family-owned and operated hotel for almost 40 years.
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Erin S wrote a review Today
Penfield, New York4 contributions1 helpful vote
Very nice place! Clean, comfortable and very quiet. Far enough away from the bustle of the harbor to be peaceful and yet not too far to be inconvenient. Owners are friendly and helpful.. Would stay again!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Joseph G wrote a review Jun 2020
Lafayette, California12 contributions6 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Normally when I write a review of a place I stay at it is because they went above and beyond and are truly amazing or they have issues and it wasn't a good stay at all and I feel people should know about it. In this case I can say it is all good. First let me get my gripes out of the way... Absolutely nothing at all. Frankly I have never stayed at a place where I not only felt as though I was apart of the owners family but I really liked them a lot and want to stay and talk with them for hours on end. This place is exactly like that from the beginning. When we arrived Terri was truly amazing and spoke to us as though we are old friends coming for a visit after months away. We were greeted with water bottles and a small bag of chocolate which was a nice touch. Terri made sure we had anything we needed and even made sure we knew if we needed anything at all she would get it for us. My wife and I booked the hottub right away and she made sure it was open and ready for us to use it right when we wanted it. When done it was dinner time and decided to use their BBQ pit they have in the park like lawn area. Normally when you have a place have these type of pits you have to provide the charcoal and supplies needed but not at this place. Everything you could ever need is provided for you. When I say everything, I mean everything. You need a try they have it, you need silverware, its there. Need tin foil? got it. Everything you can possibly need is all provided for you which makes BBQing here so wonderful. The lighting makes it magical. It is inevitable that during a stay of longer than a night you will need something, at this place it is provided for you when asked and they do it with a smile and nice little notes wishing us a great day which just adds to the ambiance of the place. When out microwave stopped working and was giving us fits one call and within a minute Terri was there to help us with it and even had it fixed while we were out. When we got back she had left us a small note hoping we had a nice day and to let us know the microwave was fixed and if we needed anything to let her know. Terri and Roger are truly amazing at what they do and truly seem to care that their guests have a magical experience. When I come back I will stay here because it truly is magical.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from DiscoveryInnFH, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded 16 Jun 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. You made our day! We really do care about our guests and ensuring that their time with us is fabulous, so we are thrilled to hear that we hit the mark with you! Thanks, also, for pointing out to future guests that we provide everything necessary to enjoy the BBQs on our lawn. (who wants to have to go and buy charcoal?!), seeing our lawn filled with happy, BBQing guests is one of our favorite things about summer! We absolutely loved meeting and hosting you and your wife and we hope to see you again soon!
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peggy t wrote a review 8 Jun
Beaverton, Oregon3 contributions3 helpful votes
This is my 2nd stay at Discovery Inn and it will not be my last. The cleanliness and character of the rooms is top notch. Terri always makes me feel at home and is so welcoming to my son who comes to stay with me when I'm in town. She treats him as if he is the paying guest and makes him feel super special. The grounds are immaculate and offer BBQ pits with ALL THE NEEDED SUPPLIES. Also a ton of fun lawn games to play with in their park like atmosphere. The highlight for us is the hot tub though. Is HUGE, clean and currently done by reservation only. Makes us feel safe and able to relax! Can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded 6 days ago
We are always happy to see you and your son return and enjoy watching the 2 of you have such fun together. Our lawns are a great place to spend family time and we are glad you get to take full advantage of them. We can't wait to see you both again!
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wannabefolkie wrote a review 3 Jun
Seattle, Washington945 contributions179 helpful votes
What a great place to stay on San Juan Island, and at affordable rates! It’s a quick drive to the Friday Harbor shops and restaurants—walkable if you don’t have a vehicle. We stayed on the third floor since the single queen is most affordable. There is no elevator. We are not in the best shape and no spring chickens but managed the stairs fine. The room wasn’t fancy but had everything we needed and was spacious. There isn’t really a closet but there is a bar in the bathroom to hang clothes but no hangers. No iron. Due to the pandemic, housekeeping cannot enter the room once guests are checked in. They had a process in place for us to put our garbage out and place dirty linens/towels in a laundry bag to set out, and a slip of paper to list items we need replenished. They flexed well to the restrictions of the pandemic. Staff with whom we interacted were friendly. We’d stay here again!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There’s a hot tub if you want to pack swimsuits. During the pandemic, there’s a :30 limit.
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Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for writing such a detailed review for future guests! We are gratified to know that you appreciated our Covid inspired housekeeping routines. We hope to have found the balance between getting our guests everything they need for a comfortable staff while still being safety minded. We apologize for the lack of hangers in your room, that was an oversight that has been corrected. Irons, ironing boards, and most everything you may need is available in the office. Just let us know next time! (and we do hope there is a next time, we would love to see you again!)
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Bzbee1 wrote a review May 2021
Yuba City, California5 contributions
The Discovery Inn is a very pleasant and secluded inn that has a nice garden atmosphere. It is affordably priced and I would definitely recommend it to visitors of Friday Harbor. This is a great place to crash if you are hiking or biking on the island.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Terri and Roger, General Manager at Discovery Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
We love knowing that you enjoyed your stay with us! Our lawn and gardens are a wonderful place to unwind after a day exploring San Juan Island and we are happy to know you enjoyed it. Come back and see us soon.
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US$109 - US$208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesWashingtonSan Juan IslandsSan Juan IslandFriday Harbor
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Discovery Inn?
Nearby attractions include The Whale Museum (1.0 km), American Camp (1.0 km), and English Camp (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Discovery Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Discovery Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Discovery Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Discovery Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Discovery Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bakery San Juan, The Market Chef, and Mike's Cafe and Wine Bar.
Are there any historical sites close to Discovery Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shaw Island Library and Historical Society (6.6 km).
Is Discovery Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.