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Anchorage, Alaska
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very clean, comfortable and affordable place to stay on San Juan Island. Bottled water and chocolates upon check-in. Nice touch. Free wi-fi, Keurig coffee maker and small refrigator. This motel is 1 mile from ferry landing and is in a very quiet area.

Thank radryan
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

We love having returning guests! Thank you so much for your kind review and we look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Discovery Inn for two nights and found it comfortable and quite adequate for our needs and budget. I took the advice of other commenters and asked for a second floor room in the rear. It is true that the walls are thin, so if your neighbors are making some noise, you are likely to hear it....

Thank Kate K
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Inn. It is good to hear that your room was comfortable and you enjoyed having the refrigerator and coffee in your room. We apologize for the noise you experienced during your stay. We do have quiet hours that we ask our guests to follow. We would love to have you return...

Keizer, Oregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The room was very clean and comfortable, the management staff are very welcoming and helpful with directions for getting around the island to see the points of interest. The grounds were beautiful and well kept.

Thank bmmcqu
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We look forward to having you stay with us again!

Westminster, Colorado
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great family owned hotel. Once we checked in we were greeted by the couple that runs the hotel who provided a map of the island and took the time to go over all of the "secret spots" on the island. The hotel was very clean and we will certainly return in the future!

Thank ngunsauls
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you stayed with us and we look forward to your future stays with us.

Longview, Washington
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old motel has been lovingly rennovated & very well maintained: The room was simple, but comfortable: good bed, spotless upkeep. Another shelf near bathroom sink would have been nice. Very pleasant staff. Recommend!

Thank ajoyce7
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Discovery Inn. It is nice to hear that you found your room comfortable. Thank you for your suggestion of another shelf near the bathroom sink. Best wishes for all your future travels.

San Diego, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last June my husband and I took our 2 young sons on a trip around the San Juan Islands (Whidbey, San Juan, Orcas, Lopez). The Discovery Inn was our favorite hotel. The room was a perfect size for our needs, clean and comfortable. The location was beautiful and peaceful. What really made the experience great, however, were the innkeepers. They...

Thank EnigmaKS
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Inn. We are truly flattered that the Discovery Inn was your favorite hotel on your trip through the San Juans! We strive to give our guests the best experience while staying with us and we love providing great customer service. We hope your travels will bring you back to us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was quite nice and the room was clean and perfectly adequate. However, for our family this was not a great fit. The first reason was the hot tub was "seasonal" and not working. I guess I don't understand what hot tub season is. Because it was Spring break time frame and in the high 40's to low 50's...

Thank KerryInAK
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Discovery Inn. Your input, and the feedback we receive from all of our guests is important to us. It is great to hear that you found our staff nice and that your room was to your satisfaction. Please know that our hot tub is open seasonally from May 26th (Memorial Day...

Yelm, Washington
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The owners here are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and comfortable. I enjoyed the gardens at the Inn especially at night when the lights are dancing through the trees! The owners had recommended that we check out Sculpture Park and hike into the woods to find a old graveyard and mausoleum, turned out to be my favorite...

Thank anderhla73
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your room. We are so glad that you had a fun adventure on the island. Roche Harbor is a great place to explore and the history is fascinating. May your travels bring you back our way for future exploration and adventures.

Reviewed 14 March 2017

We really enjoyed Dan and Missy. They made us feel like family! We got the best suggestions for food and seeing great places on the Island. The room was very clean and freshly remodeled. Looking forward to our next trip to the island.

Thank Lynn H
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Dan and Missy are wonderful! We are glad you enjoyed your room and we look forward to your next trip to the island too.

Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Rooms all seemed newly renovated and were very clean. Staff was extremely welcoming offering waters, chocolates and a post card with stamp to send out from the island upon arrival. Location is just outside of downtown area with all shops and restaurants. Really enjoyed our stay!

Thank Cara C
DiscoveryInnFH, Owner at Discovery Inn, responded to this review

We loved to hear that you really enjoyed your stay. It makes us feel like we have done our job. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We hope you will be back again.

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About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located just minutes from the Friday Harbor ferry landing, this hotel is the only lodging facility on San Juan Island that offers rooms in a park-like setting. Our recently renovated hotel rooms are decorated in restful colors. The handsomely appointed rooms are designed for relaxing. They feature air-conditioning, a private bath, one or two queen beds, an in-room coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. The Discovery Inn has been a family-owned and operated hotel for over 30 years. Enjoy an outdoor seasonal Jacuzzi, Adirondack-style chairs on the lawn, flowers, decks and barbecues. The hotel is known for providing its guests with friendly customer service, spacious clean rooms and a relaxing atmosphere. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Discovery Inn

Address: 1016 Guard St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9240
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Price Range: ₹ 8,038 - ₹ 13,484 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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Also Known As:
Discovery Inn Friday Harbor, WA - San Juan Island
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
#2 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
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“No tip other than you'll be happy you picked staying at the Discovery Inn!”
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“Our room was great! Road noise was minimal.”
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“Angled ceilings on top floor rooms with stairs only. All rooms newly remodeled.”
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