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“Terrific with a Twist” 4 of 5 stars
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The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
804 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225   |  
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Ranked #10 of 23 hotels in Bellingham
Stuart, Florida
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Terrific with a Twist”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We are just back from seven nights at the lovely Chrysalis Inn & Spa. The hotel is ideally located mid-way between downtown Bellingham and the historic Fairhaven district. The lobby is a welcoming place with a "living room" and sun deck directly behind it. Just outside the property is the walking trail that goes in both directions. It is an easy stroll to the delicious Wood's coffee house (great views) and all the restaurants in Fairhaven.

The Chrysallis has an onsite restaurant, Fino's, which serves breakfast and dinner. As others have noted, it is five dollars per person per day for the breakfast buffet. The hotel will remove the charge if you don't take part. We found the breakfast great on the weekend, less so during the week when the choices were more limited. Still for five dollars, the coffee was good and the views lovely. We also had dinner there twice which was very nice although I was surprised that no Washington State wines were on the extensive list.

Our room was a direct bay view with a king sized bed, soaking tub, and a comfy window seat. There is also a gas fireplace, however, the noisy timer made it less appealing to use. Our room was well attended to with no intrusion from the competent staff.

While in Bellingham, we enjoyed the area immensely. The drive to the top of Mt. Baker, Whatcom Falls Park, and the Big Rock Garden made us jealous of the people that live there. We also witnessed the Ski to Sea race which gave us great access to a local event that draws athletes from all over.

Restaurants we enjoyed were the Oyster Bar, Cliff House, Guiseppe's, and most of all Mambo Italiano with its great vibe, good food, and friendly staff. We also had a drink at the Bellweather Hotel on the marina which was friendly and a had a great view.

Now for the twist...Many other reviews mention the train noise and we knew about it going in. It is not an exaggeration that the trains are frequent and loud throughout the night. If you are a light sleeper or have trouble falling back asleep, this may not be the place to stay. We tried to ignore the noise and some nights were worse than others. Still, restful sleep is hard to get in this otherwise beautiful location.

Room Tip: Non-view rooms are quieter
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The Chrysalis Inn and Spa is an unforgetable experience - in a very good way. The rooms are lovely, large soaking tubs, stone floors, very comfortable beds and most of all, the place smells incredible (if you like spas). The views of the bay are spectacular. I've had 6 spa treatments (mostly massages) and they are some of the best I've ever had. Love the showering area with the steam room. If you are staying there, you can just wear your robe to your room. Stay here - you won't regret it.

Room Tip: Side rooms facing North are better at night - less sound from the train that runs South to North. Y...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

This is a nice hotel with a beautiful view of the bay. But literally 20 yards from the front door are the train tracks. And these are not little tourist trains.......this is the 200 car, heavy duty industrial variety, which barrels through town, blowing its whistle at 2:30 a.m.

I was also disappointed that the wireless didn't work in my room. They told me it worked better if you sat in the lobby, which didn't thrill me.

Fairhaven is a beautiful town with nice shops and good food.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

First, if you have decided you are going to stay at this hotel DO NOT let them put you in room 106. Room 106 is directly above the Parking Garage, and the door will be going up and down all day and all night, about every 15 to 20 minutes until after 2am, and it will sound as if it is in your room. It is loud enough to interrupt your conversations or your sleep. I don't mind the trains, and I'm not generally sensitive about the regular noise of a hotel - but this was crazy. When we talked with friends later they knew exactly what room we were talking about and had other friends complain about the same experience.

I've visited Bellingham many many times over the years and in the past the Chrysalis was my favorite getaway. The location and view are fantastic, and the hotel is well designed and used to feel like the perfect Pacific NW Spa Boutique hotel. I loved staying there and recommended it to friends and family many times.
Sadly, I went back for the first time in years recently and found that everything has gone downhill except for the price.
I think there must be a new manager without a clue about customer service or luxury hotels. The lobby looks like it's been taken over by a tacky hospital giftshop, where it used to be stocked with lovely and fitting spa items.
When we called down to the front desk because we realized we had forgotten toothpaste they told us to come down and get it ourselves - and then they didn't have it. At the front desk and the spa desk there were always young dudes hanging around with the girls working. The staff seemed completely disinterested in the guests and generally unhelpful.
After listening to the garage door noise all night long, no one even asked us how our stay was when we were checking out.

I did email the manager of the hotel to let them know about the issues we experienced, and didn't get any reply.

Room Tip: 106 is above the garage and very noisy
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is quiet, peaceful and relaxing. I had read other people's reviews about railroad noise and was a little concerned but it was minimal and frankly, the view of the water and the close access to Fairhaven as well as Bellingham made it well worth it. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and lovely and I enjoyed my time there as a getaway.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

My sister and I spent two nights, they were very kind to us even though we were travelling with a young child, who was not on best behaviour. Rooms were impeccably clean. No bad smells or "air freshener" types of smells.The bath was amazing (huge and relaxing) The surroundings were tranquil and we all had a great sleep. The rooms were nicely decorated. The trains aren't that bad, and there are ear plugs after all. Breakfast was much nicer than expected included eggs, sausage,breads a good fruit salad etc. Great location very walkable. Overall a very relaxing trip, looking forward to staying again. I think the price is good, after all, you get what you pay for!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

The rooms were great, the service was great, the view was great, the breakfast was good. The only problem was the fact that the train travels about 6 feet away from the hotel.

Room Tip: I've heard higher floors have less train noise
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 804 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#7 Family Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chrysalis is a beautifully designed, award winning hotel and spa in a stunning waterfront setting. Luxurious guestrooms and suites offer comfortable hospitality with luxurious amenities, designed to enable guests to work or unwind with every comfort and convenience. Cuddle up in a bay view room or suite with cozy window seats, fireplaces and double soaking or whirlpool tubs. Watch the sunset from our restaurant and wine bar, or stroll the boardwalk over the water. ... more   less 
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