San Juan Islands Lodging Checklist

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You will need to find quality lodging in the San Juan Islands in order to properly enjoy your vacation here. There are several nearby hotels, inns and rental properties to choose from. There is also the option to lease a space from a local on airbnb.com or a similar type website.

There are some requirements or standards for the lodging in order to ensure it doesn’t deter from your enjoyment of the San Juan Islands or your vacation with friends or family.

Here are some things to consider before reserving lodging at a hotel or property in the San Juan Islands:

  1. Location

Few things are more important when it comes to lodging and hotels than the location of the property itself. You don’t want to be too far from the tourist attractions and all of the best restaurants in Roche Harbor.

You can ruin a vacation if you need to use a taxi for every venture out of the hotel or if there is too much travel time in-between each destination and excursion you want to visit during your vacation on the San Juan Islands.

  1. Ratings & Reviews

Be sure the hotel you decide to stay at in the San Juan Islands has received several of good reviews from previous guests.

You should read as many reviews as possible and make note of guests comments concerning the service from the staff of the hotel or the friendliness of the staff.

You will also want to know the conditions of the rooms. Do the rooms in the hotel offer nice views? Are the guest rooms clean from top to bottom with evidence of deep cleaning and routine professional carpet cleaning in the rooms?

  1. Hidden Fees

Be careful to avoid hidden fees from the hotel or lodging you choose. Not all hotels offer free Wi-Fi and the cost of internet will add up very fast if you use your mobile devices regularly when on vacation. You should call the hotel prior to reserving the rooms and ask any questions you might have beforehand.

  1. Concierge

Is there a concierge on staff at the hotel? If you have never been to the San Juan Islands before you will likely have several questions concerning directions or recommendations for local activities. A full-time concierge is a big help for vacationers and tourists that are searching for fun ideas and activities to enjoy during their trip.

  1. Amenities

Some hotels in Roche Harbor and the San Juan Islands will offer free breakfast in the morning for their guests or free Wi-Fi or premium TV channels. If these things are of interest to you you should ask the customer service desk of the hotel before you reserve rooms for your stay in the San Juan Islands.

You don’t want your lodging to deter from your relaxation and fun during your visit to the San Juan Islands. A little research before reserving rooms and lodging will help to ensure that the hotel you choose is the best one for you and your family during your vacation.

Let’s Improve Your Hotel Stay!

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This blog post will provide a few ideas on how to improve your lodging and hotel stay while visiting Roche Harbor & Marina. You want a hotel to be a home away from home and if you follow our tips you will feel very comfortable in your hotel room for the entire duration of your stay.

#1: Pack Prepared

You should pack a fresh change of clothes and all of your toiletries in your carry-on luggage. This ensures that if your luggage is lost or its arrival is delayed that when you arrive at the hotel you can change into fresh clothes and wash up if you want to. You won’t have to spend hours in the hotel waiting for your luggage to finally arrive.

#2: Portable Packing Shelves

You can purchase a closet organizer that will fold up like an accordion. Here is what you do. Place your clothing for your trip in each of the shelves of the organizer and then fold up the organizer into your luggage and pack the entire thing.

Then when you arrive at the hotel, pull the organizer out of your luggage and hang it in the closet in the hotel room and all of your clothes will be ready to access and wear and you won’t have to sort through your suitcase each day.

#3. Book Through the Hotel

Don’t use travel websites or directories to book your hotel room. You should visit the hotel website or call the hotel direct. This ensures that if your travel plans change or you need to cancel your hotel stay you can do so within 24 hours before your reservation. Travel sites often don’t allow the same flexibility.

#4. Don’t Pay for Wi-Fi

We recommend finding a hotel that includes free Wi-Fi. In 2017, you simply should not have to pay for internet access from a hotel. A hotel should feel like home and you don’t have to pay fees beyond your monthly bill for internet access at home. You’ve paid for your room. You shouldn’t have to pay for Wi-Fi too.

#5. Ask Housekeeping

You can ask housekeeping in a hotel in Roche Harbor for almost anything within reason. Don’t worry if you forgot toothpaste or shampoo or First Aid materials. The housekeeping service will bring almost anything you need to your room for you so you don’t have to scavenge the city looking for basic necessities.

These tips will help your hotel stay feel like a night at home!