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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 #11 of 26 Hotels in Bellingham
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
“Great hotel Bellingham, WA”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

Full-service hotel with amazing central atrium with indoor pool+hot tub just off I-5 in Bellingham. Super convenient location near Western Washington University and Bellis Fair Mall. Odd site, just behind a Fred Meyer at a little strip mall, but that turned out to be perfect--just walked to Freddie's for medicines as I got ill during my stay. For being just off I-5 with the pool open to all rooms, you'd think it would be hideously noisy--but not so! Extremely quiet and wonderfully serene. Ordered breakfast off the room-service menu; coffee, eggs and potatoes were hot and cooked perfectly, juices were on ice. Atrium pool is both a plus and a minus, but overall a nice feature. (Plus: spacious atrium setting for pool instead of the usual low-ceiling box off the lobby. Can just step out of room to see who's in pool or hot tub. Minus: acoustics very echo-y, but solved as soon as you close your room door. Chlorine smell permeates the common areas of the hotel, but again this is solved by closing your room door.) No Wi-Fi, but free ethernet provided; fast connection and worked fine. Friendly staff, even the housekeepers were smiling. Will stay there again definitely.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

We've stayed at the Lakeway many times. It's always the same - and that's a good thing! That's why we keep coming back. The rooms are nice, the staff are friendly, the location is convenient to visiting downtonw/Fairhaven/our kid at Western, and it' s affordable. Our tip: don't try to turn left out of the main entrance - instead, sneak through the Fred Meyer parking lot to the light.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethany, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

Besides the Inn being wonderfully located to everywhere we wanted to go, the rooms were spacious, clean and extremely comfortable! The bed, linens and pillows are worth trying to figure out how one can get them in one's own home!
I intereacted with several members of the staff and was never once disappointed; I felt they were all just there to assist me. They did a great job!
The area is beautiful and worth more than one more trip! Next time we need to have more than one free day!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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vancouver, BC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

we got the room on priceline for one night at a rate $40 less than the website price so we were happy. our flt departed at 5:30am from bellingham so we chose the best western and parked the car there for one week. no incidences and no troubles at all. everything went smoothly. the only thing is that the room they gave us were 2 doubles so it is not comfortable for 2 adults to share a bed. they claim they were full so they couldn't upgrade us to 2 queens but i think they didn't want to upgrade as we booked through priceline. it was fine for the 1 night but any longer i would not sleep in the double bed with my husband.
hotel location quite convenient because it was right beside the fred meyers so you can always pick up a few things.
all in all, i would not pay more than $90 night for the 2 doubles !!!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LakewayInnFOM, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, April 2, 2010
Thank you so much for the nice review. I do apologize you could not be upgraded into a room with two queens. We have been upgrading all of our mattresses and recently all of our rooms with two queens were closed because of it. In addition, I will have you know, we do not discriminate against anyone simply because they booked on Priceline. We value all of our guests equally and strive to make sure their stay is an enjoyable one.
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whidbey island
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

nice hotel i liked it i liked the swimming pool they have inside the hotel

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

We stayed here in December to do some Christmas shopping at the nearby mall.

The Good-

The hotel was bigger than we expected with a very nice lobby area and an indoor pool that would be ideal for those with kids.

The room was very nice, clean and spacious.

The bar area was good (although incredibly cold for some reason).

The Bad-

The restaurants within walking distance of the hotel were very poor. We went to Sadighi's, which was just over the road, and spent our time listening to the sound of a microwave pinging. Possibly the worst meal I've had in America.

Shuttle- We were hoping that the advertised shuttle would run us to the mall (only about 5 mins away) but were told that it was "for transportation" only (meaning the airport I guess). As the shuttle never moved all day this didn't really make much sense.

Staff- the staff are not bad but are mostly local students so tend to be half asleep most of the time. Not a big issue but don't expect top rate customer service.

All in all it's a good stopover hotel on the I-5 and I would stay here again but probably for one night only.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LakewayInnFOM, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn, responded to this review, February 6, 2010
Thank you so much for the review. I am glad to hear you, for the most part, had a great time. Unfortunately the shuttle is strictly for the Transportation hubs only due to the fact the Front Desk are the only ones authorized to run the shuttle. So unfortunately if we do not have the staff on we can not run it. However, if there was proper staffing, if it is available we would be glad to take anyone to the mall. As for the service, although most are college kids, half asleep service is definitely not what they are trained for. I will make sure all are aware of this at our next front desk meeting. Thank you so much for the comments and we look forward to taking care of you next time!
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British Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

The service from reception to room service to the restaurents were all very friendly, cheerful and helpful. Our room was spacious and all we ever need was in there.
The hotel is easy to find once you leave the Interstate and very close-by.
Overall, this was a wonderful stopover, the hotel was nicely decorated for Christmas and the location of the swimmingpool in the center under the roofed top is an excellent idea.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#4 Family Hotel in Bellingham
#5 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 132
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