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“Great for soccer teams attending the Baker Blast” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Bellingham
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4160 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226   |  
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Richmond, Canada
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“Great for soccer teams attending the Baker Blast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in a large group - 16 soccer players aged 13 & 14 years old (boys) with 4 adults chaperoning. This worked out very well for us - they put all 6 rooms on the first floor which reduced the noise we might make thumping on any guests below us. It also gave easy access to the lobby, breakfast area and pool. The boys managed to use all the amenities in the short 24 hours we were there - the pool is well set up - bright with lots of windows and right beside the lobby/front desk for access to staff if necessary. The rooms are relatively new, clean, included a fridge which we always like to have on soccer tournament weekends for water, juice and snacks. The breakfast was really good - well stocked with breads, cereals, yogurt, fruit, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, biscuits and gravy, juices, coffee/tea and even a pancake machine! The staff were very helpful for example when the toilet was plugged in one of the rooms, or when one of the boys locked his key in the room. The billing procedure on check out was quick and accurate, even with the large group that we were. For our purposes, this hotel is very close the the Northwest Soccer Park - only about 10 - 15 minutes drive depending on the time of day. There are many fast food outlets and casual dining restaurants nearby that were suitable for our needs. We would recommend this hotel and will consider it again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a thorough review. We are glad you found so many things about us and our area to be so convenient and accommodating.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Battle Ground WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Was a quick trip into Bellingham, and only stayed at the Holiday Inn Express for 1 night. The man that checked us in (about 6pm on 6-7) was very friendly, and has great customer service. Hotel was very clean including the room! We were in a non smoking room, but we could smell that it use to be a "smoking" room. Not a big deal, but unfortunately you can't get rid of that smell of old smoke in the carpet. Not many choices in Bellingham to stay at, but I would stay at this property again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
I apologize you were able to smell smoke, thank you for bringing that to our attention. We will be beginning a complete renovation of all rooms, and we will then be a completely non smoking.
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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I've stayed at the HI Express many times when I was rotating out from the vessel. Usually I was a late arrival, but the front desk staff were always going out of their way to make sure I was checked in quickly (after 3-4 months at sea I get the burnout, tired and want to just relax, order a pizza and have a beer).

The room-Much better that a few of the other Express properties I've stayed in. Comfortable bed, clean bathroom, carpet and furnishings well maintained.

Lots of places to go to nearby-Meridian has a bunch of shops, restaurants etc. up and down the stretch so I had to flip a coin on what to eat.
Overall, a great place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Also thank you for your many return visits, we appreciate return guests! I am glad you find our staff so accomodating and our location so convenient!
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Vancouver, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We over-nighted here. The front-desk staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room was huge, on the 2nd floor overlooking a lovely patio so was also very quiet. The room was very clean with up-to-date furniture and linens. We couldn't ask for more.

The morning breakfast was good, with an excellent selection of coffee and various foods/fruits.

We are non-smokers and the only negative is that the entire 2nd floor corridor smelled of smoke since there were some smoking rooms on the floor.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review. I am very glad your first experience with us was so awesome. We look forward to seeing you again. Just so you know, we will be beginning a renovation in September, which will eliminate ALL smoking rooms!
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Victoria, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Firstly the front desk staff were real friendly and funny which can help to cheer up a drizzly Bellingham evening.The location is good with easy access. We found the Hotel to be quiet didn't notice any road noise or other guests. The breakfast was just O.K. The room was clean and good sized. The bed was good.Pet friendly.We found it to be a good value for price and would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
We are so glad to hear that you found our staff so friendly and funny. We do hope they made your drizzly Bellingham stay more fun. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we do appreciate being able to hear about all stays.
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Campbell River, Canada
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16 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

My husband and I flew out of Bellingham airport for the first time. We drove to Bellingham and stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express.

The Good:
This hotel is very well located being within walking distance to Bellis Fair Mall, Olive garden as well as other restaurants.
Our check in was fast and our room was comfortable and quiet. The breakfast in the morning offered plenty of choice and was quite good.
A taxi to and from the airport was included in the room rate.
We had paid for the park and fly rate as we were flying to Phoenix and it was great being able to leave our vehicle in a secure place til we returned.

The Bad:
We found large clumps of long black hair both in the bathtub and on the tub surround wall. This was not just a hair or two, we're talking CLUMPS!
We reported this to management upon checkout and they gave us 20.00 off of our bill. I think that compensation could have been better but it was better than nothing.Other than the hair, the room appeared clean.

In spite of the housekeeping problem I would recommend this hotel as there were many more pluses than minuses.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
We apologize that you found clumps of hair in your bathroom and that we did not meet yours or our expectations for cleanliness. I have spoke with the housekeeping manager about this incident, so we can be sure this doesn't happen again. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate all reviews!
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

I hate to write such a bad review, but it is true. This hotel is NOISY. You can hear every 'creak' as people walk around, and every noise from your neighbors and the hallway. VERY HARD TO SLEEP. I was on the top floor (3), and it sounded like i had neighbors upstairs. Really bad.

I noticed that every time i took a step in my own room, i made noise. In my many years of travel, i have never experienced a problem like this. In hindsight, i have noticed that others shared a similar experience here on TripAdvisor. There must be a serious problem with the construction.

Other that that, parts of the hotel are very tired. Hallway carpets are dirty and dark. Bathrooms are original, and very dated. That being said, everything is CLEAN.

THe breakfast offering was nice, but there was limited seating.

I probably wont be back to this property when i return for work...the noise was just too much!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
I am sorry to hear that you did not have a peaceful stay at our hotel. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such an honest review.
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Address: 4160 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Bellingham 2.5*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want convenience, affordability, and a name you can always depend on for quality service, come to our Holiday Inn Express Bellingham hotel. We are conveniently located and easy to find for all your shopping, entertainment and business needs. Located within walking distance of Bellis Fair Mall, we are a great location at which to stay when coming to Mount Baker Ski Area or San Juan Islands. We are also centrally located to three casinos: Silver Reef Casino, Nooksack Casino and Skagit Valley Casino Resort. We offer a heated, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a complimentary deluxe breakfast bar (now including hot items), free access to a full service health club adjacent to the hotel, complimentary taxi service to and from the local transportation depots, and local calls made at no charge to you. We also offer free high-speed Internet both wired and wireless in all rooms. New business center available in lobby area.Visit Bellingham, WA and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express hotel. ... more   less 
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