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Review of Best Western
Inn & Suites Friday Harbor,
San Juan Island, Washington
The Best Western Inn & Suites Friday Harbor proved to be a great option for our family of five while visiting San Juan Island. While many lodgings right at the harbor offer smaller rooms, with few sleeping more than two or four people, many of the island's vacation rentals that would offer up more space for a group such as ours lie much farther out. At the Best Western Inn & Suites, just a stroll up the road from Friday Harbor itself, we had plenty of space to sprawl, plus our own kitchenette. From there, we had no problem walking to the Friday Harbor shops, our choice of restaurants, and the "Sunken Park" with our stroller. The staff was also armed with loads of useful information and tips concerning where to take the kids to eat and which sightseeing activities might be best- suited for us.
The hotel's complimentary breakfast can be quite helpful for a family of 4 or 5, not just in the savings over eating out but in also having so many options to suit individual tastes. Each morning we had options both hot and cold, and between the scrambled eggs eggs and breakfast meats, make-your-own waffles, cereals and yogurts, fresh fruit, bagels and toast, and baby-friendly instant oatmeal, we covered the bases. There is also a microwave available to you if you need it for warming any snacks you may have along for your tot (though you'll have one in your suite as well). You can enjoy your breakfast indoors or out on the patio, or try upstairs on the second story balcony.
Tip: Bring your travel mugs and load up with the complimentary coffee in the lobby before setting out to explore the island in the mornings.
We also really enjoyed the nice BIG Jacuzzi outside, which is 3 feet deep with a bench all the way around, and thought they don't widely advertise it as such, we found it to be perfect for kids. The setting for the Jacuzzi was also quite pleasant, out in the courtyard with lavenders, ruby hydrangeas, and benches for more seating. My advice? Bring your robes from the room and enjoy a little time both in and out of the Jacuzzi.
Did we enjoy our stay at the Best Western Inn & Suites Friday Harbor? Yes. Would we recommend it to a friend? Yes. Would we stay there again? Yes.
Content (c) 2013 by Shelly Rivoli.