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The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Ranked #15 of 26 Hotels in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Laguna Niguel, California
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great if you are hard of hearing!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Beautiful Inn with great sunset views unfortunately it's located right next to the train tracks. We popped for a corner suite on the top floor (#305) and even with the earplugs they provided and the sound machine we purchased for our stay we found it difficult to sleep. They had a small sign at the check in counter that read "Occasional brief train noise"... however, that was not the case. At night the train traffic was pretty heavy with passenger, freight and coal trains (100 cars or more) passing thru sometimes hourly (some honking some not). The room/suite was tired and in need of updating (painting, furniture, blinds, etc). Carpets in the bedroom were soiled with either red wine or blood and should have really been replaced or cleaned properly. Our stay was disappointing and definitely not what we expected for the price.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed two nights in a side room, which minimized any train noise, and had a delightful time. The staff was flexible and attentive. The happy hour snack in the bar was a taste explosion with interesting, inexpensive drink choices available. Our dinner at Fino was among the best eating experiences in our 43 years of marriage! Our waiter (Sam) was knowledgeable, engaging and watchful without hovering. The massages (Thanks Rainy and Steven) were well worth the price and completely relaxing. We added a golf package at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club ( a private course) and were treated like full members. However, it is a tough course. Make sure you spend time in Fairhaven and eat at least one meal at the Asian Bistro. Go to Chrysalis, ignore the cost for this lifetime treat!

Room Tip: Side room, not rooms fronting the bay. That avoids some of the train noise.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lynden, Washington
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is my favorite place to relax and unwind. Every treatment from the pedicures, facials, or massages have been heavenly. The steam room is perfect way to prepare for your treatment. Go early and spend some time relaxing prior to your appointment.

  • Stayed May 2012
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 5 days. Our room was great! We had a side room with a window seat and could look out on the water. It was so nice to be able to walk the boardwalk to the park at the end and get coffee in the cafe there. We had use of the parking garage and just had to step in the elevator to go down to our car. The train did not bother us at all. The $6 breakfast buffet was well worth it. We came away stuffed. We did not eat lunch or dinner there only because it was a little fancy for our limited diets. Instead we went into town. Our king bed was comfy. The staff was friendly and helpful. We used this as a base for a trip to Mt. Baker, whale watching and Vancouver, B.C. The town of Fairhaven had some nice restaurants. Also the main town of Bellingham. We did not use the spa as we were too busy seeing the sights. I would recommend this place and would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: South side, room 317.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Independence, Missouri
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

There is so much nice words to write about the staff, the steam rooms, the restaurant, the $6 breakfast buffet, the firm bed. Would definitely stay here again, BUT not on the bay--which is the railroad--side! I would stay on the street side. Sadly for the facility they have no control of the trains that seem for some reason to mostly travel in the dark when sleeping might be done. So, if you stay here, be warned. Bring honest to God audiologist earplugs not the tiny foam things if you wish a bay side room. As for us, we plan to stay street-side and enjoy the bay with a drink after dinner and the dinner!

Room Tip: Rated the sleep quality as poor due to the train and our failure to bring our "official" e...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Sadly, we only spent one night. It was a delight. Great location. Beautiful views. Delicious breakfast. We walked the Boardwalk behind the Hotel to a delightful park.
The window seat is a nice touch. Beautiful sunset vistas. We even picked Blackberries on thr grounds. We are eager to return for an extended stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Metamora, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We loved the beautiful setting overlooking the water. The staff was courteous and pleasant. The food was excellent. Fairhaven is only a short walk with lots of shops and restaurants. There are lots of hiking opportunities nearby. I must have hit the spa on an off day. I paid for a 90minute deep tissue massage, what I got was a "spot massage". I would go back to the hotel, but never for their spa!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms facing the water. The "side view rooms" are disappointing.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Address: 804 10th St, Bellingham, WA 98225-6245
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#7 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Chrysalis Inn & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chrysalis is a beautifully designed, award winning hotel and spa in a stunning waterfront setting. Luxurious guestrooms and suites offer comfortable hospitality with luxurious amenities, designed to enable guests to work or unwind with every comfort and convenience. Cuddle up in a bay view room or suite with cozy window seats, fireplaces and double soaking or whirlpool tubs. Watch the sunset from the restaurant and bar, or stroll the boardwalk over the water. ... more   less 
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