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“Convenient Location” 3 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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Ranked #12 of 23 Hotels in Bellingham
Kelowna, Canada
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31 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Convenient Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We traveled with friends for a bit of cross-border shopping. The Holiday Inn Express is convenient to the Bellis Fair Mall and a number of other stores.

Our room was on the third floor and it met our needs. The bed was comfortable and we appreciated the pillow selection. The breakfast included a number of choices and trays were constantly being replenished.

We look forward to the updated look when the renovations will be done.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Dear travlr,

Thank you for leaving us a review, we are pleased your found our location to be convenient to your Bellingham shopping agenda! We are glad you enjoyed our breakfast and pillows, and look forward to your return after the renovation!
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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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Port Townsend, Washington, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed here to attend a milestone birthday party. Even though we had a non-smoking room, the whole hotel smells of cigarettes, so it's a mute point. If you have problems with cigarette smoke, DO NOT STAY HERE. Our room was on the first floor which opens to the lobby and the laundry. When we walked in I could smell the smoke and when we passed the laundry it was coming from there. I wonder how they expect to have clean laundry when the employees are smoking in the laundry room? The breakfast was well stocked, VERY busy, good selection. Will not stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, October 22, 2013
Dear Darlene K,

We apologize you were able to smell cigarette smoke in your hallway, we do have smoking rooms, that were located directly above the room you were in, but I will guarantee we do not allow employees to smoke anywhere inside the building. Also, we will be a completely non-smoking hotel when the renovation is done. We are pleased to hear that you were fond of breakfast and the breakfast bar ladies.
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Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The hotel is a standard Holiday Inn Express. The front desk staff were very friendly and welcoming. The standard breakfast was good and the lady taking care of things at the buffet did a great job keeping everything in shape. The room we had was a bit on the worn side (and the carpet needed cleaning). The hotel is currently renovating it's rooms and should be nice once complete. My GPS was challenged finding the hotel. The address indicates that it is on the main drag, but it is off the main road. There is a Holiday Inn Express sign on the main road, but it is crowded in with many other signs - easy to see once you find it, but a bit challenging the first time around. The hotel has access to a wonderful gym 50 metres from the hotel. We were happy to use a full service gym, rather than the small gyms most hotels offer.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, October 22, 2013
Dear wbsCalgary,

Thank you for the review, we are pleased to hear that the majority of your stay was to your satisifaction. We apologize you had difficulty locating us, the turn does sneak up on you. We are glad you were able to utilize the gym! We hope you will be able to return once our renovations are complete!
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Washington State
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Husband is a priority club member due to constant business travel, so we usually choose Holiday Inns when we travel. We were frustrated that we were not able to use our points for a free stay because they had 30+ rooms closed off for renovations. The renovations are definitely needed - the age shows in the carpet and some of the decor, although we had no complaints about the cleanliness. The room was decently sized and the bed was comfortable. The wi-fi was very iffy, but was free, when it worked. The staff was helpful. We missed breakfast but it looked like a fairly standard Holiday Inn spread. Very close to all sorts of dining, shopping, and activities while still nestled back up off the main road.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, October 8, 2013
Dear Wife&Mom,

We apologize you were unable to use your IHG Rewards points to stay with us. We would like you to know, our Reward nights are not closed but there are a limited number of awards night available each day, so they had been previously reserved. We hope you will be able to return when our renovation is complete!
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NW Ohio
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our room was clean and nice, the breakfast standard HI Express, and the location was convenient. We stayed one night while waiting for the Alaska Ferry.

We were shuttled from the train station and then to the ferry terminal the following morning.

There are small places to dine within walking distance, as well as grocery and liquor stores to provision, should you need them.

We will stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, October 7, 2013
Dear NWOhioGuy,

Thank you for leaving us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and are planning on returning. We hope you enjoyed your ferry ride to Alaska!
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The sign in the elevator advised us to watch for the renovations that are on their way. So travelers in the future will undoubtedly enjoy better accommodations than we experienced. Nothing too outrageous, but the room definitely shows its age and the wear and tear on the furniture. It felt very cramped, too -- but on the other hand it's nice to have a refrigerator and microwave in the room.

There was an overwhelming and unpleasant smell of room deodorizer when we entered, and it didn't go away despite running the box A/C unit and opening the window.

We were awakened very late at night (1:00 or 2:00 a.m.) by both an overwhelming odor of cigarette smoke and a noisy bunch of guys who apparently had closed a nearby bar and were carrying on their party directly underneath our window (3rd floor) and smoking on the smoker's bench situated there. We had to call downstairs to have security shoo them away.

Breakfast was free, but it was also kind of skimpy and easy to pass up. Some fresh fruit I remember, maybe a few toast and cereal options?

There's no shuttle, but they will call a cab for you and give you a voucher. We used ours to get to the train station in Fairhaven (about $25 on the meter).

There is a sports bar adjacent to the hotel that was recommended to us as a good place for dinner. The meal was only fair (typical greasy bar food), but the servers were very friendly. It is down a fairly steep hill by foot from the hotel entrance.

All in all, this is a serviceable hotel for a stayover on a road trip, but not a destination by any means. The value pricing reflects that, so no disappointments there.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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, September 30, 2013
Dear ocnative1874,

We apologize your stay was not to your satisfaction. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the pre-renovation signs. We appreciate all comments and concerns and are thankful guests like you will speak their opinions, so that we may know how to improve our services.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

For the price we got what we needed.. Breakfast was ok. Great location with free parking.
I'm mostly unhappy about the service. Staff was not very attentive on greeting. Left an item behind and had called 10 hours later. I was told I would be contacted at 7am. Unfortunately I wasn't so I had called back and was told that they would get in touch with housekeeping and call back. An hour later I was told housekeeping did not find anything. Is there not a log where items left behind should be listed? I could not believe the dishonesty and am very unhappy. My personal belongings left behind should be returned. All in all not a great experience, will not be staying again.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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HIEBellingham, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Dear Mmen89,

Thank you for your review, we know time is valuable and appreciate you taking the time to let us know of your dissatisfaction with the service you received. First and foremost, I would like to help you further in figuring out the lost and found situation. If you would like to contact me personally so we can discuss this futher, please email me at dos@hiebellingham.com. I will be speaking with my front desk on proper procedure of lost and found phone calls.
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Bellingham

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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 23 Hotels 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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