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BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226   |  
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Ranked #10 of 23 hotels in Bellingham
Eatonville, Washington
2 reviews
“Weekly business trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Even with the construction going on i have enjoyed my stay. It is the people there that makes the difference, as i could stay any where. however you do get a lot of people off the street that walk in an make a mess of the bathrooms by the bar.

I would hire security, and there are some strange folks walking around outside,

Room Tip: I would stay on the east side of hotel, as there is a bit freeway noise on the west side.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Monty H-

Thank you for the kind comments regarding your recent stay with us. We are upgrading our Security regarding the transients. We also have had the Bellingham Police do a sweep through. With the development of the adjacent property, this should subside as well.

We look forward to seeing you again real soon!

Best,

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Booked our room through corporate called the hotel to make sure reservations were correct. Confirmed we need a fridge and had a pet. Check in and no King Suite as we booked and had confirmed was available. We were given a standard room with 2 double beds. How does this happen? I will never stay in a Best Western again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service

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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
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On behalf of our entire team, we apologize for the room situation you received. Although we didn't have any king pet rooms available that night, we should have better alternate accommodations for you. We can understand how frustrating this must have been.

This will be discussed with our entire front end team and corrected. In addition, we will be discussing with Best Western where our pet rooms are located and to look for them when making reservations.

We appreciate your comments and we will correct this.

Best,

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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Vail, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We stayed at Lakeway for two nights over a recent weekend. The price was great and the location off of 1-5 and next to Fred Meyer can not be matched. The staff was very attentive and helped us find our way around Bellingham and recommended great places to eat. Overall a great stay.

  • Stayed April 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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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Lindsey T-

Thank you for the kind words regarding your recent stay with us. We appreciate it! We are located close to many of Bellingham's major attractions, and if you need a lift, our shuttle can take you too!

We look forward to seeing you again real soon!

Best,

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Lakeway this weekend after a charity event for Blue Skies for Children Saturday night. We loved the location of the hotel and the staff at the event were excellent. We also dinned at Poppe's and the server Michelle went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. The room was very large and the bed was comfortable. I am extremely sensitive to hard beds and was so thankful that the bed was comfortable and that we were able to get a wonderful nights rest. We had left over food from the event and it was great to have the small fridge to store everything. We definitely will stay again!

  • Stayed May 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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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay with us. We appreciate the feedback and we are glad you enjoyed it! Also, thank you for the kind words regarding Michelle. We will make sure everyone gets a chance to see them!

We look forward to seeing you again real soon!

Best,

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Coming in with our son for model UN, Lakeway is closeby the activities and on "the list". After getting the last two rooms online we headed up for our weekend in Bellingham. Right off 5 on Lakeway Drive, what is missing in a lake, is made up for by a great check in team and obsessive cleanliness. When we checked in, we asked about ratings for the group which we didn't receive online. While we were happy with the rate - what is the worst that could happen by asking, right? Well without hesitation, the manager said, absolutely - and lowered our room rate by $50 per night per room. Wow! Way to go Lakeway. Everyone from the restaurant team to workers we see in the hall are very friendly and always ask how we are doing. There is always a lift when people appear to genuinely care. What a difference!

The beds are the perfect mix of firm and dreamy (I travel all the time, and I slept on these beds better than at the Montage), and the room is very functional with microwave, fridge and abundant free wifi that had no problems with video (sadly, can't get that everywhere). Sure you don't have an ocean view, but walking trails and quaint Fairhaven are a skip and a jump away.

So while some would consider the Lakeway your regular freeway rest stop for the night - the experience in service and consideration elevates it beyond. Thanks to the team at Lakeway for making our weekend.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
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Thank you for staying with us and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. We are humbled by the kind words you had for us during your stay. I will make sure everyone on staff gets a chance to see this review.

And get ready for all the improvements coming to our property over the next year. We are beginning our lobby and restaurant renovation now and will finish up in the guest rooms in the 4th quarter. And don't worry, we will be going with the same mattresses!

Thanks again for staying with us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Best,

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Just a comment, but if you are arriving by Amtrak before check-in time, don't have the expectation that you will be able to check in early. We were a family of four that was basically too tired to experience Bellingham just yet, so we took breakfast in the hotel cafe and camped out for a couple of hours in the lobby, within clear view of the front desk. I guess I thought hotel staff would pick up on our situation--that my son was napping on the couch--and would have sought to prepare a room for us? I am speaking from past experiences where hotels have provided exceptional (i.e. service that you never even saw coming and left you with a big ol' smile on your face) customer service and I guess I had too high hopes here. Thirty minutes to check-in time (3pm), a family member approached the front desk again checking to see if a room had become available and one had. It would have been nice if someone from the front desk had initiated this update rather than us seeking it out. Overall, not a great first impression.

As for the room, it's what you expect it to be--as it should always be.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, April 25, 2014
msamych-

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your most recent stay with us. We are sorry to hear about your delay in getting a room. We can understand after a long travel day how this can be frustrating not to get in to a room and just take the shoes off and relax. With that said, although we do not guarantee check in until 3pm, we should be able to get you in early whenever possible. I will say, unfortunately, we had 2 floors closed due to a sprinkler install project which unfortunately left us with limited rooms to access to clean early. I will remind my team that this should be made aware of and if rooms won't be ready till later, for the team to help you to make your wait a comfortable one.

In addition, this is just the beginning of multiple projects throughout our building over the next year. Next we will be doing a full lobby remodel and restaurant remodel. Then, this winter, we will be redoing all of our rooms. Exciting times are coming to the Lakeway Inn and I hope you get a chance to experience them!

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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Monroe, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great place for a weekend getaway. The staff was great. Room was very large and comfortable. The indoor swimming pool and hot tub were wonderful. Nice to have an onsite restaurant with good food and quick service.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Dana W, Assistant General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Patti G-

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed it! Look for some exciting changes coming to our hotel in the coming months. We will also be doing some awesome patio barbeques coming up here this summer.

We look forward to hosting you again here real soon!

Best,

Mr. Dana Weber
Assistant General Manager
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Address: 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Bellingham
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn 3*
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