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“Surprisingly exceeding expectations!” 4 of 5 stars
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Bellingham GuestHouse Inn
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   805 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229 (Formerly Val-U Inn Motel)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 23 hotels in Bellingham
Vancouver, Washington
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8 hotel reviews
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“Surprisingly exceeding expectations!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This was our first visit to a GuestHouse Inn. Given the more economy price, we were anticipating a stay of like quality. We were pleasantly surprised that the room was very clean & comfortable, the service was pleasant & the continental breakfast was above average.

A few concerns: bathroom sink would drain painfully slow, the toilet required multiple flushes, and as others have mentioned the I-5 freeway road noise throughout the night was echoing through the room making sleep a challenge (but given the location, that seemed like an unavoidable side-effort of convenience to WWU.)

Stayed April 2014
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bellinghammgmt, General Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and thank you for your kind words! I am thrilled that we exceeded your expectations! Please do visit us again! We look forward to providing you a great rest, a hot shower and a tasty breakfast to start your day.

Thank you,
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Olympia, Washington
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

There are good things about this hotel. It's usually where we stay in Bellingham because it's the best "value" hotel we are aware of in Bellingham. It seems to be generally well run. We've always found the front desk staff pleasant and attentive. The hotel put in new mattresses several years ago, and they are reasonably firm and pretty comfortable. Although the hotel gets a lot of use, you can see the effort made on general upkeep. On our most recent visit the linens were reasonably good, which was not always the case. There are some drawbacks. The daily housekeeping for guests staying multiple days is rather spotty. Our first morning we used the in-room coffee-making supplies and cups. They were not replaced, which we didn't actually notice until the next morning. Inconvenient. Both days we were there, housekeeping did not clean the coffeemaker--maybe that's standard in a hotel of this category. I'm used to more care being given to housekeeping. Although the Guesthouse has been all non-smoking for at least two years, the carpet in our room had numerous cigarette burns. The carpets in the hallways and stairs also need replacing. We have never tried the complimentary breakfast; we use the in-room refrigerator and eat our own food. This hotel is okay if your expectations match what they offer. The rates fluctuate based on (I guess) demand, so you may or may not get what you pay for, depending on when you stay. Our AAA rate of $75 for a single queen was reasonable. We have paid more here in the past, and did not feel like we got value for our money. Room tip: All 2 queen and king bed rooms are on the freeway side of the hotel. My husband cannot sleep in those rooms. The "quiet side" rooms all have just one queen bed.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bellinghammgmt, General Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I am glad we were able to provide you with a clean and comfortable stay. Do keep us in mind when you visit the Bellingham area again. It will be our pleasure to see you again.

Thank you!
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I stayed recently for two nights at this hotel. My room was very clean, decently-sized, and the hotel was quiet (ask for a room on the non-freeway side). An ample breakfast was included w/the room rate. The front desk staff were enormously helpful and friendly. Great location -- only minutes away from Whatcom Falls, downtown, the WWU campus, and Fairhaven.

I'm now on a campaign to convince family members to join me on my next overnight visit to beautiful Bellingham -- and we'll be staying here!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bellinghammgmt, General Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Thank you for your great review! I appreciate your kind words and will share this with our crew. We hope that you will visit us again when you are in the area! I am glad that your stay went so well and look forward to seeing you again!

Thank you!
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Victoria, BC Canada
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is the 3rd time we have stayed at this hotel and the service and facility keeps getting better. The beds have been updated and were so comfortable! We had a basic room with 2 beds. The second night we returned to our room to find a major leak going on with the sink. The woman ( Sonja) at the desk was terrific. She got us into a better room ( the suite) which was really lovely. 2 beds, plus a sitting area with couch and chairs, a desk, 6 foot vanity sink area. It was great. Sadly, the TV did not work, and after many attempts to fix it, we moved rooms again. We were back to our basic room, but it was very comfortable. They did discount our room for our trouble.
The breakfast continues to be delicious and offers eggs, toast, bagels, muffins, belgian waffles ( with strawberries and whip cream), and the usual cereals, coffee, tea, juice, milk. A great start to a full day of shopping!
We really do recommend this hotel. Yes, it is a fairly basic hotel, there is coin operated laundry, and fitness area, but we did not use these. There is free WiFi and a computer to use in the lobby. We will definitely stay here again. We were impressed with their attention to detail and the way they tried to make our stay a good one. They did not hesitate to do all they could to solve the issues promptly. Thanks GuestHouse Inn!! See you again!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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bellinghammgmt, General Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Hello Ms.GosHawks!

Thank you for taking the time to share your stay with us. I also want to thank you for returning to visit us once again. I am happy that you found your stay friendly and comfortable. We look forward to seeing you again when you return to the Bellingham area. We do appreciate your kind words and your candor!

Hope to see you soon!
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Delta, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed for three nights, room was very clean and much better than the reviews that we had read, My son and family have stayed a couple of time's before and were pleased with the accommodation's The room we had faced the highway the noise from the traffic even thou it was raining heavily was not bad at all, We had a housekeeping problem both night's nothing major, We complained to the front desk and it was taken care of quickly (more than we expected) We will stay at this hotel again

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bellinghammgmt, General Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us! I appreciate your kind words and hope that you will be visiting again very soon!
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

I picked this hotel for value for an early morning flight while the location was not as near to the airport as I wanted, it was good enough, theprice was good, the room was clean and comfortable and i came back for a second night as my flight was cancelled due to weather. While this is not a high class hotel, it is good enough, and I would go back again as need arise.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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bellinghammgmt, Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you your email and thanks very much for your stay! I am happy that we were able to accommodate you and your fellow travelers when the ice and snow hit. That was quite the challenge for travelers. Thanks again for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon!
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by this property for the price. The room was clean and comfortable, with no noise as we were on the other side from the highway. It is easy walking distance to the old part of Bellingham. The room had a fridge, microwave and coffee maker which were all clean and in good condition. It also had free wifi. We did not have breakfast so can't comment but I would recommend this place as good value if you are not looking for frills.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor room on the other side from the highway for a quiet night.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bellinghammgmt, Manager at Bellingham GuestHouse Inn, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Lozza! Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us! I am happy that we were able to make you comfortable during your visit! It is our goal to provide a comfy sleep, a hot shower and a tasty breakfast to start the day. A good rest and stay is paramount when traveling. It can make or break the start of the day! Please visit us again the next time you are in the area and again, thank you for your review!
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Additional Information about Bellingham GuestHouse Inn

Address: 805 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229 (Formerly Val-U Inn Motel)
Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 23 hotels in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bellingham GuestHouse Inn 2.5*
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