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Hotel Bellwether
Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, BC
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42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“we would stay here again”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed (with our dog) for two nights at the hotel. The staff went our of their way to help us...everything from where to eat and shop to how to "not get lost"...and Andrew's help was appreciated.....helping me to get the internet working on my cell phone. Teri made us feel welcome when we arrived...she went out of her way to find a NY Times for my husband....that really was appreciated. Secure underground parking is free. The room and hotel were quiet...the only sound we heard from a faint but lovely sound of the passing train (blowing the whistle)...we only heard this twice in three days..
One of the best things is the free (organic) local coffee available in the lobby from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM. It is very good.
The two disappointments...were, as one guest has referred to is that the rooms could be updated...we are suggesting, begin with the bathroom.
The second disappointment was the restaurant...we attempted "take out"...it was expensive and the food not very good.

Room Tip: ask for a partial or full sea view if that is important to you.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington USA
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

The physical premises are very nice and the rooms are first rate while somewhat expensive. The problem with this establishment is the food - its fair to poor. The service personnel try hard but the kitchen needs help - they just don't seem to care.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The management went out of their way to find us two rooms on the same floor with a minifrig. Not all of their rooms currently have them. Our son was traveling with his baby and wife and so this was important.
The rooms are large and very comfortable. The views of the harbor are awesome. There are 4-5 restaurants within a two minute walk and that was nice. The walk around the harbor is great. We really enjoyed our stay. Every staff member was friendly and helpful. Underground parking garage easy to access. No pool. Did not see or use the hotel restaurant or bar. Would stay again--only for longer than one night.

Room Tip: Be sure you get a room with a view of the harbor. It looked as if all of the floors would be fine. W...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Was there for a wedding, had a room with a balcony, and the view was amazing. Hotel room decor is a little outdated (for the price) but the rooms and bathrooms were nice and big. The front desk staff at the hotel was always very helpful and seemed genuinely concerned about our stay. Great bar and happy hour

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dixon, CA
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The views from this hotel are fabulous. The staff are courteous and helpful. Our room was on the 3rd floor with a great view of the bay and marina. The bedding was crisp, clean and soooo comfortable. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely retu.rn

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2012

The Bellwether is a pleasant hotel, quite new and fresh, with an excellent location. The lobby, rooms and restaurant are well appointed. My room, No. 120, facing the parking lot, was very quiet and dark at night, allowing a good night's sleep. The bathroom was very clean with a well made tile shower. The hotel is located on the water and is close to a pleasure boat marina, with lovely views. I had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant, and the food was well prepared. The service at dinner was good, but at breakfast it was spotty. The front desk service was prompt, efficient, helpful and cordial. This is not a luxury hotel, but is a good place to stay for business or with a family. I recommend it.

Room Tip: Request a room on the water view side of the hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Kenmore, WA
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I want to extend a big thank you to Hotel Bellwether's staff for their efforts to help make my son and daughter-in-law's wedding the success it was. On a very busy weekend in Bellingham the rooming coordinator, Erin, managed to find 25 rooms for everyone in the bridal party, family and friends who needed rooms. Working together, she was able to accomodate all my requests to match room types with specific guest needs which was quite an accomplishment.

The front desk staff was friendly, understanding and responsive and tried to get everyone checked in as early as possible on rehearsal and wedding days so the guests could prepare for the different festivities.

The rooms were all very nicely appointed, with very comfortable beds and linens and the bathrooms had nice soft fluffy towels. I heard multiple comments on how beautiful the views were from the waterfront rooms.

All the food - from the restaurant meals, reception dinner and catered breakfast was delicious and beautifully presented.

The event coordinators, Annika, Chris and Hollie, were very attentive and did what they could to assure that things went well, even if it meant having to move our cocktail reception at the last minute inside due to weather conditions.

The banquet captain, Jack, head bartender, Braeden, as well as the set-up and take-down staff were well organized and efficient and did their part to make the wedding ceremony, reception and dinner run smoothly and therefore a fun event.

Room Tip: The Bellwether Suite works wonderfully as a hospitality room. It has a separate bedroom and a large...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Bellwether
Address: 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225-2954
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Bellingham
#4 Family Hotel in Bellingham
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Bellwether 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bellwether is Western Washington’s premier upscale waterfront hotel, providing luxurious accommodations, attentive service, and personalized amenities that pamper the leisure traveler, support the corporate traveler, and facilitate hassle-free meetings and outstanding weddings and events. ... more   less 
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