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“Extremely comfortable and quiet small hotel in an ideal Fairhaven location” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairhaven Village Inn
1200 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225   |  
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Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Bellingham
Lake Forest Park, Washington
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“Extremely comfortable and quiet small hotel in an ideal Fairhaven location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Usually my wife and I seek out more distant locations for our getaways from the Seattle area, but for this trip we decided to minimize travel time and hassle (i.e., no ferries, no lengthy freeway drives). We've also wanted to explore the Bellingham area for some time, and after reading Trip Advisor reviews, we decided to stay in the historic Fairhaven district at the Fairhaven Village Inn for two mid-week nights. It was a great choice. Our 3rd floor bay-view room was the quietest hotel room I've stayed in for years, a particularly impressive achievement given that every room in the inn was occupied during our stay. Our room was spacious, light, airy, clean, and included a very comfortable bed, gas fireplace, desk, and sitting area. The view of Bellingham bay was lovely, if a bit distant, the price to be paid for good separation from the noisy train tracks that follow the water's edge in this part of Washington.

The inn's location right on the Village Green was ideal. We were able to leave the car parked and walk to a wide variety of restaurants and interesting shops within two or three blocks of the inn. Fairhaven is only about 15 minutes away from The Oyster Creek Inn on Chuckanut Drive, an absolutely fabulous restaurant in an uncommonly picturesque setting where we enjoyed a lunch and a dinner on this trip.

Rather than taking advantage of the inn’s included breakfast, we chose to indulge in brunch at Magdalena’s Creperie immediately next door to the inn on both mornings we were there. Magdalena’s serves scrumptious and very original crepes as well as great lattes. Dinner at Chat Noir was quite good as well. During our stay we especially enjoyed a three-mile walk along (and over) the waters of Bellingham Bay on the South Bay Trail, a well maintained trail that goes all the way to downtown Bellingham.

The Fairhaven Village Inn turned out to be a wonderful choice of hotels in an ideal location. We drove to and from Fairhaven on Chuckanut Drive, and on the trip home we drove through miles of daffodil fields just starting to bloom in the Mt. Vernon, Washington, area. We’ll certainly repeat this trip.

Room Tip: We liked our king-bed, bay-view room on the 3rd floor both for the view and the lack of noise, but o...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

If you want to go back to the "good old days" when rooms were well made and no hint
of loud ice machines and banging door then your in luck. The staff was as charming as the hotel. I am already looking forward to the next time we get to stay there.

Room Tip: We really liked our room that over looked the brick plaza across the street. I loved the sound of s...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Had a terrific one night stay at this outstanding hotel in the Fairhaven section of Bellingham. The staff was extra friendly and helpful, and our room had a wonderful view of the harbor and a cozy gas fireplace. The location is perfect-just walk out thedoorto great restaurants and an outstanding independent bookstore.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We had a great time at this hotel. It was excellent. Rooms better than expected. Breakfast was good, daughters loved the waffles. The location can't be beat.
There only two small reasons I did not give it a five star.
Fruit on the breakfast bar would be nice - apples or oranges would have been great.
I could not sit on the chairs in the room (they were great) Someone had a cat in the room and I am deathly allergic t them, No place else in the room was a problem, just the chairs. I am
thinking someone probably snuck a cat into the room.
This is an excellent hotel. Stay here if you get the chance.

  • Stayed March 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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InnkeeperFVI, Owner at Fairhaven Village Inn, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us at the Fairhaven Village Inn.
The "stars" you awarded us are greatly appreciated!
Our simple continental breakfast, while it does not include apples and oranges, as you pointed out, does include a berry medley of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries which guests add to their cereal, yogurt or atop fresh waffles. Did you know that Whatcom County produces over 60% of the nation's raspberries?
The Fairhaven Village Inn has been pet free for years and we monitor it carefully. However, we hope when you return to stay with us, you will immediate alert us to any concerns regarding your room. We are happy to do everything possible to make you stay worth every "Star" you award us!

Best Wishes and Happy Travels,

Connie Shannon
Owner and Manager
Fairhaven Village Inn
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Vancouver, Canada
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

This fabulously sparkling clean property is supremely located....after you park your vehicle, you will want to stroll through the village on foot. The charming area of Fairhaven has lots of cute boutiques and good selection of restaurants. The Inn is pure charm. A quaint library with a large fireplace, books and games await you. Our standard, bay view room had a fireplace, too, The fireplace is the kind that is gas but runs on electricity, so you just turn it on and off. It really adds a special touch to the room. Our sheets and linens were supreme. The complimentary breakfast is just perfect for me: yogurt, bagels with cream cheese, toast, waffles and berries.I have read reviews that claimed the train noise can be problematic, but it wasn't for me and I am a light sleeper. I did hear a train at 4 am, but only because I had been awake. My husband slept right through it. I definitely would not let that stop me from staying here. What a lovely property. We'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Granite Bay, CA
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We greatly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. We had a double Queen on the 3rd floor on the water side. The room was large with a view and a fireplace. Every staff member we talked to was wonderful. Breakfast was simple with cereal, waffles, toast/bagels, & yogurt. The sitting room has a fireplace and comfy chairs and was a great place to sit in the morning. The Fairhaven District was quite fun and we spent a nice day shopping. My only complaints are that my comforter cover was torn and the shower curtain was oddly stained. It's this attention to detail that for me separates a 4 from a 5.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Vancouver, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Stayed at the Fairhaven Village Inn with girl friends on a getaway weekend. The Inn was very comfortable and welcoming and will definately return

Room Tip: We had a room in the front but it was very quiet even with the windows open!
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#4 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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