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“Favorite seaside suite.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225   |  
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Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Bellingham
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“Favorite seaside suite.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The lighthouse suite at the Bellwether is one of our top favorites. Bellingham, Washington is already the most idyllic harbor town in the Pacific Northwest. The Bellwether takes full advantage of that quaintness by locating out at the tip of a projection of land between marinas brimming with sailboats, fishing trawlers and private motor-yachts.

Located at the point of the property, at the entrance of the marina, is the three-story lighthouse suite. It is capped by an all glass cupola that looks just like the top part of a lighthouse. The cozy, 360 degree vista view from the inside sitting area is completed by an outdoor walk-around. The harbor activity includes large ships, the frequent excursions by smaller boaters and the ever-present sea-birds that make this perch a satisfying experience throughout the day. The sunsets don't get any better.

The twenty-five foot diameter octagon gets very cozy as you descend. The middle floor is an inviting master bedroom with a king bed, down comforters and a large fireplace that makes you want to sleep in till as late as possible. Even this floor has a harbor facing deck to pull you into the full experience. The layout in this unusual space is clever to also accommodate staircases and bathrooms. The closets get a little pinched, but the rest is too overwhelming to care.

The bottom floor's living room, kitchenette, guest bath and large outside deck are perfect to entertain several friends who are always reluctant to leave.

We have stayed in this suite many times. Bellingham holds a warm place in our hearts, but the lighthouse suite makes us always comment to each other, "We love this place".

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Large room with a beautiful view of the bay, a gas fireplace, jetted soaker tub, and the most comfortable bed/bedding I've experienced on the road in a while. Breakfast not included, but the secure, underground parking is free. We usually stay in Fairhaven, but it was nice to explore downtown Bellingham this time. Although the train track are close by, we didn't hear any trains.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Beautiful room, comfy bed, fireplace, deep bathtub. A view I could live with for the rest of my life, herons, bald eagles, and south bound canadian geese. Wonderful helpful staff, underground parking. Can't wait to walk the harbor trail in the morning. Excited to be staying for a few days so much to explore in the area.

Room Tip: West side, overlooks the harbor, sunset views.
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Stayed at Hotel Bellwether for a business meeting. Rooms are very nice and comfortable. The view on the water side of the hotel is gorgeous. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. The breakfast in the hotel is great, they have a wonderful selection. If it is not raining it is a beautiful setting for a very nice northwest sunset.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

Friends recommended this hotel and they were right. It is the best Bellingham has to offer. Close to other restaurants. They have a friendly, comfortable bar and outside seating as well. The room was large and had all ammenities you could want. The service was great and the people at the front desk were friendly and helpful. There was great underground parking so the car was safe and there was great lighting there. No negatives on this one.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

This hotel is located on the water in Bellingham. From our room, we could see the quaint marina, plus get terrific water of the channel as boats came and went. There are a couple of nice restaurants located within 5 minutes of the hotel, one is actually right next door, and you are very close to downtown Bellingham. The hotel's lounge is small and intimate. The food in the lounge was interesting and good. Our balcony was a great place from which to watch a sunset while sipping some local Washington State wine. Oh, and the staff is attentive and friendly. We'll return to the hotel in the future.

Room Tip: Get a marina view room or the lighthouse room/suite.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

We liked the location of the hotel on the Marina, and the walking trail all around the hotel and down around the boats and park. Our room was very nice, bed was comfortable, and having a balcony for morning coffee was very nice. The hotel was quiet except that we were in a room above the conference room where a new floor was being installed. The first 3 days of our 5 day stay we were serenaded by pounding hammers, and loud skill saw construction work that continued throughout the day. The weekend was quiet. The restaurant had very good food, but the kitchen was slow with getting the order ready. We were very fortunate to have chosen a week with temperatures in the 80's, and no clouds or rain. This is very unusual for Western Washington, and overall it was a very good vacation. Next time we plan to stay at the hotel, we will ask about any construction going on during that period of time.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Bellingham
#5 Family Hotel in Bellingham
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bellwether is Western Washington’s premier upscale waterfront hotel, providing luxurious accommodations, attentive service, and personalized amenities that pamper the leisure traveler, support the corporate traveler, and facilitate hassle-free meetings and outstanding weddings and events. ... more   less 
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