This place is lovely and very spacious. There are two full kitchens, two dining rooms, a living room, four sleeping rooms and two bathrooms on the main floor of this big house. The owners live on the second floor. They have a two-year-old who runs back and forth and cries, loudly and often!! Anyway, the first kitchen has newer appliances but less cupboard space. The second, or "red" kitchen as they call it, has older appliances and much more cupboard and counter space. The stoves are electric. Neither kitchen has little cubbies for people's private food. I guess you just leave it on the counter. There was one tea kettle which made its way back and forth between kitchens. There were plates, cups, silverware, etc. However, the skillets and the pans in the first kitchen (I don't know about the "red" kitchen) have a lot of the non-stick coating scratched off. Not too healthy: those should be replaced. ______
This hostel has the potential to sleep I believe about fifteen, maybe seventeen people. Room #1 is a three-bed dorm--one twin bed and a set of bunk beds. Room #2 is private room with what looked like a double bed. There are two more dorm rooms off the "red" kitchen. One of those dorm rooms sleeps six, and I think the last dorm room sleeps three. There are also three or four private cabins in the back yard, which sleep one to two people each. The private cabins are for sleeping only; you have to come back into the big house to use the toilet and shower facilities. Do you see where I'm going with this? Fifteen people and two bathrooms?! They really, really need to add a couple more toilets: just toilets.
Also, the shower situation is strange. You know how you dry your clothes at a Laundromat? You put your quarter in, turn the knob and the dryer starts? Well, they have the same type of quarter set-up attached to the hot water in the showers. You are SUPPOSED to get one minute and 45 seconds of hot water for each quarter. I stayed in Room #1 right next to the bathroom and the first morning I woke up to someone POUNDING on this quarter machine because it wasn't working properly. Then the owner came downstairs and she pounded on it some more. I guess they finally got it working. The third morning I was awakened the same way. I did rent a towel--for $2--but I never used it. I didn't want to be in the shower and suddenly have the hot water turned off.
There is no Internet access, no TV or radio, and no clocks except for the ones on the stoves and microwave. There is a phone, and local calls are free. There was a Scrabble game and a deck of cards. There were lots of books and antiques, a pretty garden, friendly kitties roaming the property, and chickens. A lovely, mostly quiet setting. I would guess it to be about a five to six-block walk from the ferry landing, which is nice because Friday Harbor is a cute little place, and you can stop by King's well-stocked grocery store on the way up to the hostel, or the San Juan Brewery for a spicy Ale Diablo!
Would I stay here again? In the "off" season maybe. If they put in a couple more toilets, maybe. The price can't be beat. I paid $25 my first night (4th of July holiday) and $22 for my second and third nights. Plus you have the option of preparing your own food.