Land at The Bird Rock Hotel

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Products & Places, Reviews, USA, Washington | 0 comments

View of downtown Friday Harbor

Nestled in the heart of San Juan Island’s downtown is the Friday’s Historic Inn building. That’s where the Bird Rock Hotel lives, perfectly situated near the market and across the way from the ferry terminal that takes you to and from the mainland. It’s in the center of the walkable harbor district, close to the restaurants, shops and attractions. The structure is dramatically contradictory. Outside you see a warn-in, historic harbor town building. The moment you walk in the door you are greeted with a chic, urban boutique hotel.

The lobby

Communal office space loft for your use

We found the Bird Rock Hotel because it’s one of the top rated accommodations in Friday Harbor on Trip Advisor. There is a diverse offering of room types, ranging from deluxe suites with Jacuzzi tubs to European-style sleeping rooms with shared baths. Each room is named after one of the islands in the Puget Sound.

Well-appointed guest rooms

Our room had a private jacuzzi

The variety in rooms allows guests to have options to either splurge for a romantic weekend or have a reasonably-priced home base to explore the island. The property has been recently updated with beautiful cherrywood, posh furniture and lovely countertops.

Breakfast spread

We were pleasantly surprised to see the impressive spread offered at their “continental breakfast.” I got lost in the white chocolate, cranberry scones made in house by the Friday Harbor staff. In addition, we feasted on plentiful fresh-fruit including raspberries, strawberries, bananas, honeydew and grapes.

White chocolate and cranberry scones made at the hotel

The eggs and yogurt kept us full all morning long and the fruit juice was fresh and pulpy (just the way we like it.) Not only are the pastries made in house but they also have an on-site artist that does the floral arrangements.

View of the harbor from the 3rd floor

The mattress and linens at the Bird Rock are very high-end and plush. We ended up sleeping-in much later then originally planned because we really didn’t want to get out of bed. The hotel provides lovely, indulgent lavender bath products from the local Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

Complimentary cruiser bikes

Guests all have access to complimentary beach cruiser bicycles to go explore the town and island. If you wander into the lobby in the afternoon you’ll likely enjoy the scent of  the baked treats they offer for afternoon snack, along with ice cold lemonade. The Bird Rock hotel has a sister property located just a few blocks away called the Earth Box Inn & Spa. They share facilities so guests of both can utilize the day spa and the swimming pool.

If you’d like more information about the property check out their website here and follow them on Facebook here.

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