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“Bellwether, Bellinghams Best” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225   |  
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Ranked #7 of 23 hotels in Bellingham
seattle, wa
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“Bellwether, Bellinghams Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Ours was a last minute trip to Bellingham, via the Edison Bakery and Chuckanut Drive. Living in Seattle we decided to take a quick trip, of course it WAS Labor Day weekend, but we figured we would give it a shot. Found the hotel was well reviewed on Trip-advisor so I check the hotel website and bingo they had a room so I booked it and off we went. What a lovely hotel! We check in and I just happen to inquire about an upgrade and the very courteous clerk said, well in fact they had just had a cancellation and they would be happy to accommodate :) so we did. The room was terrrific, corner overlooking the REALLY active marina and the bay. Watching the sail boats come and go.....I could have stayed all month. Just the two of us and we just loved it. They did a terrific job. The Italian restaurant on the pier was fantastic as well.

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  • Stayed September 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, October 2, 2013
To rgjreagent,

Thank you for writing us this amazing review! We often run special promotions on rooms for those last minute travelers, I am glad you were able to take advantage. Thank you for the kind words and voicing your opinions on our great views! If you are planning on visiting us again in the future, please contact me directly and I would love to set you up in a great room at a great rate.

Nicolette Dixon
360.392.3178
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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West Linn, Oregon
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115 reviews 115 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Lovely lodging right above the bay & marina. Quiet, large rooms with all the amenities. Pedestrian path takes you around the marina and to a public park on the point. Also a great location to bike to the historic Fairhaven District. Free parking in a secured location under the hotel. Free internet access and nice business office for guests to use. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Be sure to reserve a room overlooking the bay...it's worth the view!
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  • Stayed September 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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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
To Sherry P,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and tips on our beautiful property. I hope we can welcome you back soon. Please call me any time and I will try to book the best available suite at the best available rate.

Nicolette Dixon
360.392.3178
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10 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Just enjoyed a four night stay. Well appointed room and worth the upgrade for water view. Sitting out on the patio and enjoying the sunset (and band on Thursday night) was a treat. Great area for walking along the harbor. Bar was average -- saved by the view. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1Bellwether, Front Office Manager at Hotel Bellwether, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
To CK_Kate,

Thank you for writing us this fantastic review! I love the picture that you took! Our views are unbeatable, and definitely worth the small extra cost. With summer coming to a close, I am pleased that you enjoyed our Thursday event, "Blues, Brews, and BBQ" since we will only be having a couple more of them before it gets too cold and rainy. We will be having other events too so if you are planning on visiting us again, please contact me directly. I will book you in a great room at a special price.

Sincerely,
Nicolette Dixon
360.392.3178
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Stanwood, Washington
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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!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a room on the water side...and the higher up you go, the better overview of th...
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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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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
360.392.3178
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Juneau, Alaska, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
360.392.3178
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 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!

Room Tip: The entire hotel is very quiet, even the ones next to the elevators (you cannot hear the elevators a...
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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
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:
#1 Business Hotel in Bellingham
#5 Family Hotel in Bellingham
#7 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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