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Hotel Bellwether
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225   |  
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Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Bellingham
Stanwood, Washington
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“Join outstanding view, service and fun events Thursdays!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Ohhhh, what a pure joy it is to spend time at this enchanted hotel where customer service is absolutely their first and foremost job!!! Each Thursday from 4:30 - 8:30 (get there early if you want the best seats) these amazing people have "brews and blues" where they bring in amazingly fantastic talent and they set up comfy sofas, tables and stuffed chairs along with the other outside furniture and set up this stage and food/beverage tables on their balcony, over looking Bellingham Bay and the marina........and every Thursday afternoon, there are sailboat races, which act as back drop to the great line of entertainers, areas for dancing and covered/uncovered areas to take in this amazing combination spearheaded by Jim and his outstanding staff at the Hotel Bellwether. The hotel, itself, is a jewel reminiscent of the charms from European hotels of the past. Outstanding service, elegance, amazingly appointed luxury rooms designed to spoil each guest and lull the guests into deluxe relaxation with oversized jetted tubs, huge showers, to-die-for king deluxe mattresses, comfy reading area with a romantic fireplace.....and top all this off with a VIEW THAT CANNOT BE TOPPED--OVERLOOKING BELLINGHAM BAY, THE MARINA, FANTASTIC SUNSETS.......IT DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!!!! We have had the honor of staying at the Hotel Bellwether numerous times for special romantic events....AND WE WILL NEVER STAY AT ANOTHER HOTEL FOR A SPECIAL EVENT AGAIN!!! Jim and each one of his staff make it their personal goal to make each and every person staying at the hotel...or visiting their multi-star Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar or the cozy lounge.....feel like a king or queen!!!!!!! They will do everything they can to make your stay absolutely perfect and memorable!!!! And these events on Thursdays run through Sept 26th.....so PLEASSEEEEEE, DO YOURSELF A WONDERFUL FAVOR AND GET SPOILED ON THE BALCONY, LISTENING TO GREAT MUSIC, WINING AND DINING AND DANCING WITH THE BACKDROP OF BEAUTIFUL BELLINGHAM BAY---A TRULY WINNING COMBINATION!!!!!!! You will NOT be disappointed!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Jim H, General Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Mr & Mrs O, thank you for your kind words. It always a pleasure to serve you, and on behalf of the the entire Hotel Bellwether staff we look forward to your return soon!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

It's a wonderful hotel and staff...Read the review of missing Ipad and Iphone and didn't quite understand how it could not be located...both have the gps trackers in them...you can easily locate either item...have only the highest compliments for the staff..

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
To xenacsmith,

Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts on our property and staff. We try our best to provide excellent customer service and it seems you received that when you stayed. We would love to welcome you back! Please call me directly and I will make sure you are getting the best available rate for the best available room.

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
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Juneau, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I have eaten there twice now and both times the Eggs Benedict was fantastic and frankly in-expensive. Those with me had the ham omelette and the Dungeness omelette, and everyone throughly enjoyed their breakfast. Great atmosphere over looking the harbor and watching boats in the morning. The service is friendly and prompt. I stay with my sister but will always have at least one breakfast at the Bellwether when visiting Bellingham, WA.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
To Brad F,

Thank you for reviewing our in house restaurant, the Lighthouse Bar & Grill. Those two items you mentioned are definitely crowd favorites. I'm glad we can welcome you back to eat time and time again. We are looking forward to your next visit!

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was our family's second stay at the Bellwether, and, once again, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There was a mix up with our reservation and we ended up being booked in a room that could not accommodate our whole family. The kind, helpful and resourceful front desk staff bent over backwards and found the ideal solution for us, even though it was a busy time for the hotel and they were quite booked up. We couldn't have been more impressed and satisfied with how well we were attended to. The hotel is beautiful! The rooms are spacious, very clean, and have comfortable beds. The restaurants in and around the hotel are wonderful. The location is breathtaking. We highly recommend this great venue and tip our hats, with gratitude, to the gracious and helpful staff. We will most definitely be back!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
To Angiola D,

Thank you for reviewing your most recent stay at the Hotel Bellwether. I am so glad to learn that my staff was able to make your stay that much more enjoyable! It is reviews like this that make me proud of my team. We constantly strive to go above and beyond for our guests. We would love to welcome you and your family back again. Please give me a call directly and I will make sure you and your family get a great room at a special rate.

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
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Spokane, Washington
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This hotel is not especially pricy but it sure delivers on quality, service, and food. Easy access to waterfront path that takes you for miles. I saw a shark in the water. Good access to excellent restaurants also. Food at hotel is also excellent - so is the "vibe". Very relaxed and festive. Good service all around. Very, very comfortable bed. Plan to come back next month for another stay!

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
To Mrs. Zebra,

Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to write us the fantastic review! I am glad to learn you were pleased with our service and our restaurant. You saw a shark in the water!? There was an article in the Bellingham Herald about this. Sadly, the shark did not survive, he was far from home. Check out this link for more info: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/08/20/3157617/shark-stranded-in-bellinghams.html. If you are planning on coming back to visit us soon, call me directly and I will see if I can get you into a great room at a special price.

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
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Seattle
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I have had the privilege to stay at the Bellwether at least a half dozen times in the last year or so. I've stayed in every room type on both "sides' of the hotel (water view and plaza view). The accommodations are superior. The restaurant and lounge are good values and convenient - and offer live music regularly. In addition to the hotel dining there are at least 3 quality restaurants within an easy walk of the hotel. Sometimes little things create flies in the ointment (like so much frost in the in-room freezer it is unusable); but overall this is probably the best place to stay in Bellingham proper. I highly commend it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
To ild,

Thank you for writing us this review! It sounds like you visit us often, and we are glad to have you back again and again. We strive to provide consistent quality and I am pleased that we have return visitors such as yourself. Next time you visit, please phone me directly and I will see if we can provide you with a great room at a special discounted price.

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
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Larkspur, California
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26 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We arrived for a two night stay in Bellingham to the wonderful jazz band playing in the bar. What a relaxing afternoon enjoying the music and the water setting of the hotel. Our room was quiet, we had a perfect view of the marina and the beds excellent. We had breakfast each morning at the hotel and took a whale watching trip at the suggestion of the hotel staff which was outstanding. My 11 yr old son enjoyed his "parkour" activities around the hotel so we were happy he was so engaged outside.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
To Carrie_clb_111,

Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to write us this fantastic review! I am pleased that you enjoyed our Sunday Jazz night. Sunday is also the one day of the week where we have Happy Hour all day in the Lighthouse Bar and Grill! I hope we can welcome you back soon to our comfy beds and beautiful scenery. Call me directly and I can make sure you get a great room at a great rate.

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
360.392.3178
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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): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Bellwether 3.5*
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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