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The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Ranked #16 of 26 Hotels in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Washingrton DC
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We were in Bellingham for a wedding. The hotel is on the water. There is a very nice walkway along the water right behind the hotel. That was a really pleasant stroll. The breakfast at the hotel was really good as well. Our room was waterfront, too a nap on the window seat !
However, there were a few problems. If you want a drink after 9 p.m., good luck. The bar closes really early so if you want to hang out outside by the fire with a glass of good wine...no options.
The train also runs all night ! The room will vibrate, an upgrade not mentioned on the brochures.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

After the last time my husband and I spent a few days here I thought this was the perfect winter vacation spot! After last night, it was proven that its great in the summer too! We had the Oceanside Oasis package which includes 1 night accommodation, 2 in room Swedish massages and a $100 restaurant credit. It was my husband's 40th birthday and I'm so glad I got this package. We tend to dine on the cheap but the $100 restaurant credit allowed us to splurge without guilt. We each had burgers and 2 beer for dinner and a full breakfast in the morning and it fit into the $100. The in room massage was extremely professional and relaxing and we didn't have to even leave the room after that. We spent the night in the window seat watching all the comings and goings of everyone on the pier. We had a full view king room. We took advantage of the underground parking and the explored Fairhaven after checkout. I love this place. If you can get into relaxation mode, it's an amazing way to spend that time. We will definitely return in the future! Oh and the bed, pillows and sheets were so comfortable!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Parker, CO
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a beautiful property BUT the train tracks are only about 50 ft from the back of the property . They have a small sign on the registration desk advising that there may be some train noise. Well, there definitely is that! We had made a reservation here for the last night of a fantastic cruise vacation. We had flight reservations thru Frontier and since they don't fly out of Vancouver, we decided to spend our last night in Bellingham. The Chrysalis Inn looked very nice and was located on the water. However for the $200+ that we were charged, I certainly did not expect to hear trains coming past frequently! Our room was on the back of the hotel on the first floor. The more frequent trains were northbound and started blowing the whistle before they got to the property, but always managed to blow one more time as they were passing our location. There were a number of trains on Sunday night, but the most irritating was on Monday morning starting a 6 am. One train every 15-20 minutes!

Room Tip: Unless you like trains, I would suggest you stay elsewhere. Had I known about them, I would defini...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Get the room(s) facing the water. Nice view. Yes, the trains do come by. We stayed here our last night after visiting Vancouver and Victoria due to flying in and out of Bellingham. If I had to do it over again, I would have stayed in Bellingham and at the Chrysalis another night. Loved the small restaurant, the bar and walking into town along the path. Pricey but very nice.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Winnipeg,Canada
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Gorgeous hotel on beautiful setting , near to Fairhaven but forget staying there!! You will never fall asleep. I counted 5-6 trains with blasting noise as they passed by the window. Can't believe any developer would build on the tracks.. Yes, the lake view is great but the headaches aren't worth it

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

What a wonderful time we have at the Chrysalis. We've been there over night twice and each time has just been lovely. The rooms are so pretty and comfortable and the views enchanting, especially if you love the NW. We had a wonderful dinner in the restaurant and great breakfast as well. Location is wonderful for shopping in Fairhaven. We will definitely go again.

Room Tip: Be prepared to use the ear plugs if you are on the water side, due to the train. But I think it'...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you are looking for a place to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway, the Chrysalis Inn and Spa is the place to visit. Our room had a beautiful view of the waterfront. The rooms are spacious and include a two person bathtub, fireplace (gas with a switch), and plush bedding. There are also many amenities. Some are not included in the room (e.g. mini bar, aromatherapy bath products), but they have wine glasses and an opener if you want to bring your own bottle of wine or keep food in the minibar refrigerator instead of ordering the romance package add on to the room rate. The location is perfect for an evening sunset stroll or a short five to ten minutes walk to Fairhaven for dinner. We also saw an outdoor movie in Fairhaven Saturday evening. The staff are wonderful and accommodating. We look forward to returning in the future.

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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, spa, and restaurant 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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