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The property was very well maintained, clean, and updated with nice furniture, carpet, etc. We felt safe around the property and we were typically gone during the day, so the lack of parking during the day wasn't a big issue. We didn't necessarily care for the shared bathrooms, especially since there wasn't one on the third floor; however they were clean, required a code to enter, and were kept private while in use. The street noise in the morning was very loud - traffic coming off the early ferry and trucks unloading at the grocery store next to the hotel property.

The front desk staff was especially delightful. They were so sweet in answering our questions and making sure everything was perfect. Our room was set up well for us as we were traveling with my parents. It had two bedrooms, a living room, a spacious bath with a jet tub and dual shower head, and a mini kitchen area. Very clean and comfy. It is in walking distance of the ferry, and centrally located downtown, so we never had to pay to get anywhere. They had homemade scones at breakfast and warm cookies for a snack in the afternoon.

This is the worst hotel we have ever stayed in - extremely expensive for what we got! - and very noisy! - no air conditioning, so we had to deal with stuffy room or noise - and even with windows closed, loud street noise occurred at all hours of night - and bar across street was very noisy until after midnight - they know about this inconvenience as they supply ear plugs, but they didn't help - and bath tub and wash basin were in bedroom - breakfast was very sparse - not what would be expected for price we paid!

The room was cozy and comfortable. Everything was in good condition. I also liked the location. Next time I would want a room on an upper floor, however. It seemed a little awkward for our room door to be close and visible to the receptionist. The scones and granola w/ berries were excellent. Again just a little awkward to eat in the small lobby so close to the receptionist.

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. If you don't bring a car to the island, the location is excellent, being just a short walk from either the ferry dock or the plane dock.

Lovely little spot, in what looks like an old house. Not what we expected but it was great. There were bathrobes and large towels. Breakfast included homemade scones.

Love this place! I’ve stayed three times at Friday’s Harbor- all three times at this hotel. The staff and the breakfast are wonderful. The rooms are cozy and clean. My only suggestion is the Lopez room shower is hard to get in/out of and could benefit from some hand rails.

We like the spaciousness of our room, its decor, and setting. There were some noise from outside of our room early in the morning, which is a little bothersome.

Besides lack of parking during the day it was a great experience. Great service, desk staff was very friendly.

First Street Friday Harbor WA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Spa
  • Free bike rentals
  • Concierge services

Bird Rock Hotel places you next to Whale Museum and a short drive from other popular attractions like American Camp Visitor Center. The 11 rooms at this hotel include coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, and Egyptian cotton linens.


Rooms

Bird Rock Hotel's 11 recently renovated rooms provide coffee makers and ceiling fans. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets.


Property features

Dating back to 1891, Bird Rock Hotel offers a full-service spa, free WiFi in public areas, and free use of bicycles. Free offsite parking is included with your stay. A multilingual staff is on hand to help with tours or tickets, and offer sightseeing advice. Other amenities at this spa hotel include express check-out, a terrace, and a picnic area.

Room options

Skipjack - Shared Bathroom

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Sucia - Shared Bathroom

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

Patos - Shared Bathroom

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

Cypress

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Bird Rock Hotel

Everyone (2) Couples (5) Family (3)
4
Family

The property was very well maintained, clean, and updated with nice furniture, carpet, etc. We felt safe around the property and we were typically gone during the day, so the lack of parking during the day wasn't a big issue. We didn't necessarily care for the shared bathrooms, especially since there wasn't one on the third floor; however they were clean, required a code to enter, and were kept private while in use. The street noise in the morning was very loud - traffic coming off the early ferry and trucks unloading at the grocery store next to the hotel property.

By on Sep 15, 2021

Review comment responded on Sep 15, 2021

Hi Dennis, Thank you so much for your visit and for taking the time to let us know about your stay. We are so happy you loved our place and felt safe. Please know that of our 15 unique rooms only four have a detached bathroom. Let's make sure we'll reserve a room with bathroom, two person jetted tub and walk-in shower for you next time, yes? We can't wait!

5
Family

The front desk staff was especially delightful. They were so sweet in answering our questions and making sure everything was perfect. Our room was set up well for us as we were traveling with my parents. It had two bedrooms, a living room, a spacious bath with a jet tub and dual shower head, and a mini kitchen area. Very clean and comfy. It is in walking distance of the ferry, and centrally located downtown, so we never had to pay to get anywhere. They had homemade scones at breakfast and warm cookies for a snack in the afternoon.

By on Sep 13, 2019

Review comment responded on Sep 13, 2019

Awww, thank you so much! Being delightful is our favorite! We are so happy we were right for you and your family. Thank you for your visit. Please come back soon!

1
Partner Couples

This is the worst hotel we have ever stayed in - extremely expensive for what we got! - and very noisy! - no air conditioning, so we had to deal with stuffy room or noise - and even with windows closed, loud street noise occurred at all hours of night - and bar across street was very noisy until after midnight - they know about this inconvenience as they supply ear plugs, but they didn't help - and bath tub and wash basin were in bedroom - breakfast was very sparse - not what would be expected for price we paid!

By on Aug 24, 2019

Review comment responded on Aug 26, 2019

Hi Anonymous, Thank you so much for your visit and your feedback I'm so sorry we didn't meet your expectations. We try so hard to be very clear about who we are and what we have to offer: a historic boutique hotel with renovated rooms in the heart of a bustling coastal town. We have not only detailed room descriptions (yes, not all our rooms have A/C), but also equally detailed floor plans on our website. We love the quirky lay-out (we were the first hotel to offer indoor plumbing on the entire island!) and amazing historic details (like the original tin ceiling), but understand it's not for everyone. I'm so sorry we weren't for you. Next time you visit, maybe check out our sister hotel, the Earthbox Inn & Spa? We have three room styles with A/C there (Sea, Water & Sun Places), plus it's a bit further from the core of town. We so much would love you to experience San Juan Island and be in awe and have fun. We hope we can help with that next time.

4
Partner Couples

The room was cozy and comfortable. Everything was in good condition. I also liked the location. Next time I would want a room on an upper floor, however. It seemed a little awkward for our room door to be close and visible to the receptionist. The scones and granola w/ berries were excellent. Again just a little awkward to eat in the small lobby so close to the receptionist.

By on Jul 22, 2019

Review comment responded on Jul 23, 2019

Hi, Thank you so much for your visit and your feedback! Our front desk staff are also your breakfast cooks (keeping an eye out for what needs to be replenished), your cookie baker, lemonade maker, concierge and trip planner, bringer of extra towels, trouble shooter and more. We want to be available to you and didn't mean to bother you. Give us a call next time and together we'll find the room perfect for you and yours. We can't wait!

5
Partner Couples

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. If you don't bring a car to the island, the location is excellent, being just a short walk from either the ferry dock or the plane dock.

By on Jun 13, 2019

Review comment responded on Jun 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your visit and your feedback! We are so happy you had a great time and can't wait for your next visit!

5
Partner Couples

Lovely little spot, in what looks like an old house. Not what we expected but it was great. There were bathrobes and large towels. Breakfast included homemade scones.

By on May 7, 2019

Review comment responded on May 8, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for your visit and for letting us know about your stay! Our Bird Rock Hotel is actually one of the oldest hotels on San Juan Island. We totally agree, it looks like the super comfy house of your old, rich aunt. We are so happy you liked it. We can't wait for you to come back soon!

5
Family Partner Couples

Love this place! I’ve stayed three times at Friday’s Harbor- all three times at this hotel. The staff and the breakfast are wonderful. The rooms are cozy and clean. My only suggestion is the Lopez room shower is hard to get in/out of and could benefit from some hand rails.

By on May 4, 2019

Review comment responded on May 6, 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your making us "your" place in Friday Harbor. We are so happy we are right for you. Thank you also for your feedback. We very much appreciate it! We can't wait to have you come visit us again soon!

4

nice hotel, convenient to ferry and town.

Everyone

We like the spaciousness of our room, its decor, and setting. There were some noise from outside of our room early in the morning, which is a little bothersome.

By on Jul 31, 2017

Review comment responded on Aug 3, 2017

Thank you so much for your visit and your feedback. We appreciate it very much and will take your suggestions into account. We hope, you come visit again soon.

5

right in the middle of where you want to be

Everyone

Besides lack of parking during the day it was a great experience. Great service, desk staff was very friendly.

By on Jul 29, 2016

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