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“Warm, friendly, cozy. Excellent value.” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairhaven Village Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1200 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Warm, friendly, cozy. Excellent value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

I've stayed at the Fairhaven Villiage Inn many times over the past five years and continue to enjoy the warmth and cozy atmosphere. Excellent service, clean and comfy rooms with great beds and linens, tasty waffles in a casual breakfast room and a sweet little library with a fireplace. Within just a few blocks there's a fine selection of restaurants, bookstores, cafes and bars. A great place to enjoy a down-time weekend, a stop between Seattle and Vancouver or as a base for skiing Mt. Baker. The train station is just a few blocks away. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We've stayed at the Village Inn for 15 or so years now, as Fairhaven is our favorite home-away-from-home local vacation spot. The Shannons (owners) and all their staff are absolutely wonderful folks who always make us feel at home upon arrival. Needless to say, the proximity to the village green and "downtown" Fairhaven is second-to-none and their biggest appeal to us.

However in the past 2-3 years we feel the Village Inn is losing its competitive value, as their rooms, amenities and decor remain the same, and offer very limited incentives in the off-season periods. In 2011 we branched out and stayed at The Chrysalis just a few blocks away (paid lower off-season rates than Village Inn) and found them to be a delight. The *only* drawback of Chrysalis is their close proximity to the BNSF/Amtrak rail track and the 2 or 3 trains that go by at night can really wake you up (ear plugs on bedside table was an interesting if subtle hint). Like the previous reviewer said, The Chrysalis' $5 breakfast is also a better deal price and quality-wise than Village Inn.

We've also stayed at Hotel Bellwether on the waterfront of downtown Bellingham and they are great too and equally competitive price-wise believe it or not. And they are great if the waterfront and downtown are your preferred stomping grounds.

All in all we love Village Inn and their people and would continue to be loyal customers, but unless things change, we won't be their customers each and every time we go down to Fairhaven.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

When my husband and I visited Bellingham, I wanted to try the Fairhaven Village Inn because of the high recommendations it has been given. As a result, we stayed first at a place that appeared to me to have the best view, best rooms, etc.--the Chrysalis. After a couple of days, we moved to the Fairhaven Village Inn to stay at the hotel rated "best" in the area. It is in a wonderful location and the hotel is clean and comfortable; the staff is kind and shares fresh cookies daily! However, if you truly want the best hotel in the area, this is not it. It may be the best hotel for the money, and obviously the price is a factor for most of us. But what a disappointment to start out at the Chrysalis and move to the Fairhaven. What I missed most when we moved: (1) the Fairhaven's view of the harbor is actually just a view of an industrial area with water in the distance as opposed to the beautiful harbor view we previously enjoyed; (2) Fairhaven is furnished in pleasant but ordinary manner; (3) Fairhaven's breakfast PALES in comparison to the gourmet feast at the Chrysalis which is $5 a day; and (4) Fairhaven's architecture is historic, but very ordinary. If price is a prime concern, the Fairhaven may be the best hotel in the area. But if you truly want the best hotel in the area, stay at the Chrysalis and walk the short distance to the location which, now that I re-read the reviews, I realize is a big part of the reason reviewers rave about the Fairhaven.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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InnkeeperFVI, Owner at Fairhaven Village Inn, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
Indeed, the working Fairhaven Harbor on Bellingham Bay serves as a gateway to the quaint and welcoming Fairhaven District and Fairhaven Village Inn. While it not a resort, guests often express how they love to park the car at the hotel and stroll our lighted historic district to the vibrant restaurants, unique shops and bayside walking trails.
Primarily, we appreciate the reviewer’s recognition of a key quality of all our employees, kindness. All the panoramic view and amenities in the world cannot replace the dedication of our staff. For those whom location, service, comfort, and value is a prime concern – we could not agree more- any single one is a great reason to stay at the Fairhaven Village Inn.
Our simple breakfast, complimentary to guests, features local artisan breads for toasting, fruits, yogurts, cereals, eggs and freshly baked waffles. Because of the Inn’s great location, our neighborhood restaurants just steps away can fulfill any special breakfast desires a guest may have.
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San Marcos, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

I just spent six days at the Fairhaven Village Inn, and had the BEST stay there. it is located right in the heart of the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Across the street is the Village Green where they show movies outdoors in the summer. Alongside the Village Green is Village Books, one of the best bookstores I have ever been in. The Colophon Cafe is next door--great food all locally sourced, beautifully prepared and served by very friendly staff. From the hotel it's an easy walk to Bellingham Bay, the cruise terminal, Amtrak station, all sorts of excellent restaurants and boutique shops. I loved not having to get my car out of the parking lot the whole time I was there.

The breakfast room is so bright and cheerful, and the food was great. The staff will make fresh Belgian waffles for you. There was always a beautiful big bowl of fresh berries on the table, and of course juices and cereals and toast.

In the afternoons when I would walk back to the hotel, it was wonderful to get warmed up by the cheerful fireplace. There were always fresh chocolate chip cookies ready for us in the afternoon. The staff at the desk were so friendly. Adjacent to the cozy lobby--more like a living room than a lobby--is the library with coffee, tea and hot chocolate always available. The library has big comfy chairs beside the fireplace, and shelves thoughtfully stocked with interesting reading material. There were books about that area of Washington State, as well as novels and reference books. The library table had today's editions of the Wall Street Journal, as well as the Bellingham newspaper and several others.

The room was so comfortable and well appointed. In addition to a very comfortable bed, it was furnished with a big easy chair, a sofa, desk and chair--free wi-fi as well. I could hardly believe how super soft the sheets were. The housekeeping staff were excellent and so friendly and helpful.

This is simply a fabulous place to stay in Bellingham. i can't wait to go back!!!

Room Tip: I stayed in room 210 which faces the Village Square and was so quiet. They charge a premium for roo...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Be sure and ask for the discount for Canadian travellers or parents of university students. The breakfast of waffles with fresh fruit topping was lovely and beds were so soft and comfy. Book store across the street is great. Our only surprise was that we were on the street side and could hear people talking outside when we were in our room with windows shut. But it is such a quiet little town that this really wasn't a problem. Good restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Pacific NW
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Fairhaven Village Inn. The staff was polite, professional and welcoming. We stayed in a park side (the side of the property facing Fairhaven, not the water) king room on the top (third) floor of the property. The room was nice and quiet (there were folks staying in the room next to use with kids and we never heard them). As advertised, our room did not have a fireplace, but we enjoyed a late evening gelato from a nearby place in the library next to the fireplace; there was no one else present. The library is also where the Fairhaven Village Inn has their all day complimentary coffee service. All in all, we were happy with our stay. A few notes for your consideration. The bed covering was quite askew on the bed, giving the room a bit of a disheveled appearance. Our room, while superficially clean, had quite a few food crumbs underneath the bed. The tub/shower combination drained very slowly. A number of other reviews noted train noise. Through closed windows, we heard two faint train whistles on the Sunday morning of our departure. Also, there was some street noise (revelers, loud motorcycles, etc.) later in the evening on Saturday. Again, with closed windows, this was not an issue. The Inn has menus for nearby restaurants in their library. They may or may not be up to date. Our restaurant choice for dinner on Saturday evening was based partly on the establishment’s menu. After our arrival and being seated, we found the current menu and pricing were quite a bit different (more on that in my review of the restaurant). One huge positive, the Inn does a great job keeping its door closing mechanisms in top shape so the room doors do not slam shut when they close.

Room Tip: Hotel itself is very quiet. Any street facing room will have some street type noise.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maple Ridge, British Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

We just returned home after spending three days at the Fairhaven Village Inn, and frankly we can't wait to go for our second visit. It is as good as the reviews on here say. I won't go on and on because if you have read the reports you get the idea.

A wonderful stay. The staff are brilliant, and they even keep smiling when an idiot...me!...managed to spill a coffee in the elevator. Getting the woman to accept the "I'm sorry tip.", was the hardest part of our trip!

If you want a loud bar experience, this place isn't for you. We're going back in the spring.

Room Tip: The bay side view really isn't very special, but you do get a balcony and we will ask for the ba...
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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Additional Information about Fairhaven Village Inn

Address: 1200 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bellingham
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#5 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Fairhaven Village Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairhaven Village Inn, the hotel in heart of the Historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham, is footsteps from fabulous dining, trails on the Bay, live entertainment, an outdoor market and unique shops. The hotel has 22 spacious guest rooms with fireplace and bay side options. The Inn’s porch, library and Village Green Park makes this an excellent spot for a getaway or families. Enjoy free parking, high-speed Internet access, continental breakfasts and sunsets. ... more   less 
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