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“Charming non-traditional hotel” 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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Prince George, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Charming non-traditional hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Working our way back to Canada, drove along the Chuckanut Drive for the view. We had booked this place vs. going to a typical motel chain, and glad we did! Rooms are very large and open with a very comfortable king size bed, balcony with a view to the bay, elevator, breakfast room, wifi and parking included. They give a 10% AAA discount. All good. The place was very clean, and all fixtures and fittings worked.

Our only struggle was with the booking process itself - booked on line, got a date incorrect, when back to the website to correct (there was a edit/modify button) and thought I had it fixed. But, get a phone message on cell late at night saying 'if we are coming after 10 pm to ring the buzzer" ok, that is weird, but we are not due in until Thursday, so no problem. Then get message next morning saying we have been charged for the missed reservation of last night! Umm, No! we are not due in until Thursday.... Called, explained - ok, no problem, our room is available on Thursday, charge is transferred to that booking - good to go! Phew! Moral of the story - if you make any error on your original booking - phone the hotel directly to get the details right. The edit/modify button on their website doesn't actually seem to work....

Otherwise, it was a lovely place - I really enjoyed listening to the trains (others have complained about this on this page). I like trains and train sounds - hubby didn't even notice them! This morning I was up in time to watch the Alaska ferry arrive and back into their dock, as I noted the Amtrak train from Vancouver came in, along with the Greyhound bus that met the boat. There are some buildings along the shore in between this hotel and the actual bay, but they are not active in the night. I had NO issues with the building, or the services or staff at all. Will come here again, if the opportunity arises.

Room Tip: As long as the sound of trains doesn't bother you, Bayside is lovely. Watched a nice sunset and...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Victoria, BC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We stayed at the Fairhaven Village Inn for two nights this week. The Inn appears old but it is relatively new....looking at their library you would think it was a heritage building.

The Inn is located in the centre of Fairhaven...we parked our car and walked...you are right in the centre of town.

A few people commented about the trains...yes we did hear them but it was fine. It appears that the trains (which are far enough away) have to toot their horns as they approach a crossing....some engineers were gentle with the horn in the middle of the nights...others may have taken delight in being loud..or they were just being careful that a car did not see and hear them. We are both sensitive and this was not a problem for either of us.

The staff, every one of them...went above and beyond to help us...and as they said...."I had many unusual requests"...each of the staff came through with flying colours in getting answers to my questions...they could not have been more helpful and informed....and I did give them difficult questions.

Oh and I almost forgot....breakfast is included...our fav. was the mixed berries and yoghurt . They offered waffles, toast, OJ, coffee tea etc....hard boiled eggsand I also appreciated that 24 hr. a day they have coffee and tea available in the library.

As others have suggested...not sure it is worth paying extra for the sea view but we did take the sea view room as we wanted the king bed.

Room Tip: Rooms on the town side may be quieter if you think the trains may bother you. We LOVED being able t...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prince George, BC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had our second lovely visit to this hotel/inn last week. It is small compared to the alternatives but more than makes up for it in the lovely furnishings that redole of the past yet have most of the modern conveniences and then some. What most stood out this time and last was the flawless genuine friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Because of bad driving conditions to the north the day we were arriving, we didn't get in until midnight, way past the usual front desk hours. But the nighttime staff person went way out of his way to make sure we were in and comfortable. The breakfast is limited but excellent and they actually make good coffee. We stayed in a beautiful suite overlooking the Fairhaven Square, across which is a super non-chain bookstore -- and you even get a $5 coupon from the Inn for that store. Our suite was quiet and perfect in almost every way...except I would have thought that a suite might have some for-sale drinks and goodies in -room, perhaps a mini-fridge. Maybe that just creates a lot of extra work? Anyway, no complaints: we'll be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you are visiting Fairhaven this is the perfect hotel to stay in. We found it very convenient to enjoy the shops and restaurants in the area and walk right back to our room. We had room 303 on the bayside and it was very nice. We loved the marble fireplace and cozy chairs. The bathroom shower could use one of those curved shower rods so the cold shower curtain does'nt touch you since its a small tub. The bathroom mirror is huge and the makeup mirror is very handy. We had never heard of Comphy sheets but I tell you I am already online to buy them, scrumptious sheets and comfortable bed. The train is about 1/4 of a mile away from the hotel and yes you can hear the whistle a few times late at night. I only know that since I had insomnia the first night we stayed, the second night I slept right thru them. The area behind the hotel is industrial with the water at the top of the horizon. The hotel staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clermont, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Just happened to drop in and get a water view. Room was very clean and breakfast and cookies excellent w/price of room. Easy walking to downtown stores. Staff very friendly. Off street parking. Worth the price of the rooms.

Room Tip: Not very large, so it fills up quick.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Seattle, WA
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

1. Elegant rooms that would please even Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. Graciously sized with high ceilings, wide baseboards and trim, expensive drapes. Two comty overstuffed chairs in front of the fireplace, walnut desk, chair, TV cabinet and drawers, lovely art work on the walls. Expensive border paper along the ceiling.

2. Luxe "Lady Mary" touches: down comforter and pillows, white matelasse coverlet, soft woven cotton throw, silky linens, deluxe products in the bathroom, plenty of drawer space. Robes!

3. Surgically clean. The bathroom floor was clean enough to give birth upon. I moved one of the big chairs and the carpet beneath was as clean and dust free as the rest of the carpet. Someone has been cleaning "under -- not around". My mother would approve.

4. A Library fit for Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock. The large, cozy oak paneled library has a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, books of all kinds, from useful travel and trail guides to NYT Best Sellers to Nancy Drew. Board games and puzzles for all ages. Settle back with coffee, tea or cocoa from the service set out for you and spend a pleasant evening or rainy afternoon.

5. Breakfast. Continental and satisfying. Fresh berry compote to eat with yogurt or spoon over waffles, artisan breads to toast, muffins, English and otherwise, hard-boiled eggs. Eat in the bright breakfast area or carry upstairs on a tray and eat "fireside".

6. Guest means Guest: Warm cookies in the evening set out in the lobby with a tray of dark chocolate, 24 hour hot beverage service in the library, private (free) parking area, staff eager to help with directions, restaurant suggestions, etc., $5 gift certificate to the bookstore

7. Fine location. Across the "green" from the big bookstore, right on the walking path that goes along the water, view of Bellingham's "working waterfront:, centrally located in the historical district of Farihaven. The building, by the way, is of recent vintage which is why it is so immaculate, yet in the historical style absent all the Victorian kitch or that exhausted look and smell that older buildings sometime get.

Room Tip: I liked the little balcony on the third floor water side, where I could see the train and hear the c...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Nicely appointed and spacious rooms, immaculately clean, comfortable bed, quiet, charming breakfast area, helpful and friendly staff, free parking, centrally located, reasonable prices--what's not to like? We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

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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 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#1 Family 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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