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The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Just got back from two nights at the Chrysalis Inn...what a wonderful property! The room was great, nice size and nice touches. Love the gas fire place. Love the window seat overlooking Bellingham Bay and the train tracks. We noted all the comments on the trains and really didn't notice them much and never was awakened by one. They are fun to watch go by. Walking distance to Fairhaven district with great shops and restaurants. We would definately come back!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Scott G
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I spent a relaxing weekend at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa. The room was spacious and comfortable. Even though our room did not directly face the bay, the window on the window seat did offer us a view of the water. The large soaking tub and fireplace were a nice touch. The window seat was actually the size of a twin bed and large enough to sleep an adult if needed. The walkway provided nice access to the water and to Boulevard Park. The patio was also a lovely place to enjoy a view of Bellingham Bay. Breakfast was good. There were pancakes one morning and french toast the other, along with cereal, bagels, english muffins and other typical breakfast fare. It was well worth the extra $6/person charge.

We knew when we saw packaged earplugs on the nightstand when we checked in that noise would likely be an issue, and it was. Not only was there train noise, but the walls were somewhat thin. We heard other hotel guests either in their rooms or in the hallway, and when one of our neighbors decided to take advantage of the jetted tub early Saturday morning, we heard that too. Still we did get a good night's sleep and didn't find the noise too terribly disruptive.

Despite the train whistles and general noise, it was still a lovely visit and I wouldn't hesitate to book another stay at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Karen N
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

We are just back from seven nights at the lovely Chrysalis Inn & Spa. The hotel is ideally located mid-way between downtown Bellingham and the historic Fairhaven district. The lobby is a welcoming place with a "living room" and sun deck directly behind it. Just outside the property is the walking trail that goes in both directions. It is an easy stroll to the delicious Wood's coffee house (great views) and all the restaurants in Fairhaven.

The Chrysallis has an onsite restaurant, Fino's, which serves breakfast and dinner. As others have noted, it is five dollars per person per day for the breakfast buffet. The hotel will remove the charge if you don't take part. We found the breakfast great on the weekend, less so during the week when the choices were more limited. Still for five dollars, the coffee was good and the views lovely. We also had dinner there twice which was very nice although I was surprised that no Washington State wines were on the extensive list.

Our room was a direct bay view with a king sized bed, soaking tub, and a comfy window seat. There is also a gas fireplace, however, the noisy timer made it less appealing to use. Our room was well attended to with no intrusion from the competent staff.

While in Bellingham, we enjoyed the area immensely. The drive to the top of Mt. Baker, Whatcom Falls Park, and the Big Rock Garden made us jealous of the people that live there. We also witnessed the Ski to Sea race which gave us great access to a local event that draws athletes from all over.

Restaurants we enjoyed were the Oyster Bar, Cliff House, Guiseppe's, and most of all Mambo Italiano with its great vibe, good food, and friendly staff. We also had a drink at the Bellweather Hotel on the marina which was friendly and a had a great view.

Now for the twist...Many other reviews mention the train noise and we knew about it going in. It is not an exaggeration that the trains are frequent and loud throughout the night. If you are a light sleeper or have trouble falling back asleep, this may not be the place to stay. We tried to ignore the noise and some nights were worse than others. Still, restful sleep is hard to get in this otherwise beautiful location.

Room Tip: Non-view rooms are quieter
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jkadventures11
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

The Chrysalis Inn and Spa is an unforgetable experience - in a very good way. The rooms are lovely, large soaking tubs, stone floors, very comfortable beds and most of all, the place smells incredible (if you like spas). The views of the bay are spectacular. I've had 6 spa treatments (mostly massages) and they are some of the best I've ever had. Love the showering area with the steam room. If you are staying there, you can just wear your robe to your room. Stay here - you won't regret it.

Room Tip: Side rooms facing North are better at night - less sound from the train that runs South to North. You get less of a view BUT a better sleep experience.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Kristy S
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

This is a nice hotel with a beautiful view of the bay. But literally 20 yards from the front door are the train tracks. And these are not little tourist trains.......this is the 200 car, heavy duty industrial variety, which barrels through town, blowing its whistle at 2:30 a.m.

I was also disappointed that the wireless didn't work in my room. They told me it worked better if you sat in the lobby, which didn't thrill me.

Fairhaven is a beautiful town with nice shops and good food.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank bobcat123
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