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“A perfect getaway, 100% satisfied w/ everything”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Bellwether

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Hotel Bellwether
Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, Virginia
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A perfect getaway, 100% satisfied w/ everything”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2009

This hotel was a perfect overnight getaway for us during the busy last month before my military deployment. The hotel is located close to downtown Bellingham on the waterfront. The hotel and the grounds are beautiful, and the rooms are great. Service is exceptional. The value for the price is excellent. Although the hotel restaurant seemed great, we chose to eat at the nearby sushi-go-round that was as great as any we enjoyed while living in Japan. There are two other restaurants located in the same village area (Anthony's and Hearthfire) that enable you to avoid driving for dinner, which suited our relaxation needs perfectly. We found this hotel perfect for relaxing in our wonderful room with waterfront-view patio, and we enjoyed walking our dog on the trails by the water and the sailboats. We also appreciated the fact that the hotel was so quiet! Additionally, we appreciated that this hotel charges you for the room and does not 'nickel-and-dime' you for parking fees, etc. For anyone living in or traveling through the Skagit / Whatcom counties area, this is a great place to stay. We'll be back when we need a romantic weekend or just a plain escape.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Everett,WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2009

We chose this hotel for the spa package and it was a very quiet hotel which we enjoyed. The room was great with a fireplace and a balcony facing the marina. The bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed the whirlpool tub.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, Ca.
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2009

Hotel Bellwether's location is superb as well as having very friendly and helpful staff like Teri (front desk) and James and Susan. It is a great hotel to stay if you have dogs! !Outside the hotel are long walking areas that give breathtaking views of the bay and mountains.

Parking is convenient and safe. Rooms are spacious and beds are extremely comfortable. Contact the front desk and if Teri is working ask her to help you pick the room that will best suit your needs. She is very friendly and goes out of her way to make your stay superb. Hotel Bellwether is a wonderful place to stay and you won't be disappointed.

Stayed January 2009
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Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2009

We spent a romantic weekend here recently and were very pleased. Our room with a view of the harbour and a gas fireplace was perfect for a sunny but cool winter weekend. The bedding was first-rate and the room spacious and well-appointed.

While we both enjoyed the whirlpool tub, I would have to say that is the best shower I have had in a while.

There are a few missing touches, more so around the hotel than in the room, which is why I would not give it 5 stars.

Still the location is great, with a great view, lots of places to walk either around the harbour or a short drive away. It was our first visit to Bellingham in a 15 years and they have done a good job revitalizing older parts of town.

The restaurant is good but pricey. There are a couple of other restaurants right next door.

I can't really comment on the value as the weekend room was a gift.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Medina, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2008

I was very disappointed with my stay. Apparently there was some "party animals" who decided to party next door on their balcony, in addition to loud yelling and loud conversations in the hallways all night long. Of course this can happen at any hotel and my opinion is not of the hotel but how the staff handled my complaint. When I called the front desk to advise of this loud obnoxious party that continued until 3:00 am, the gentlemen on the phone acted as if I WAS THE ONE WITH THE PROBLEM and never even had the decency to apologize. He mumble something like "mm, okay" and hung up on me. Needless to say, the party continued for another half an hour and it was a total sleepless night for me and my husband. For over $200 a night, that is a disgrace. Hotels of this caliber should not tolerate parties and the management really need to get a grip and put a stop to this with warnings in advance. A hotel is as good as the management running it. The hotel itself was nice but I would recommend the Chrysalis over the Bellwether any day which is in a much better location. I would rather hear the train once or twice during the night at the Chrysalis, rather than party animals all night long. I would not recommend staying at the Bellwether until the management changes how they run this establishment.

  • Liked — Clean room
  • Disliked — Management
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank jerseygirl80
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Spokane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2008

I have never been more disappointed in a hotel! The staff was absolutely AWFUL! We attended a wedding there and they treated the bride so badly she was in tears on her wedding day. I could not believe how rude and inconsiderate the Management was to this couple. I would never waste the money to stay here again. The hotel itself is beautiful but the bed is no more comfortable than the Motel 8 for half the price down the road. Save your money and your vacation and stay elsewhere!!!

  • Liked — Beautiful views
  • Disliked — Management and Staff
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Kihei, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2008

We were in town in Bellingham on a spur of the moment stop here in July.

What a great property. It's right by the water and is just beautiful, small, boutiquey and the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful.

This is the best there is in Bellingham. It costs a touch more than some, but you won't be disappointed.

The rooms are really nicely appointed.

  • Liked — The quality of the rooms.
  • Disliked — Nothing. It was wonderful!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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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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