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“Romantic Retreat on the Bay” 5 of 5 stars
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The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
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298 reviews
138 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Romantic Retreat on the Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

While I happened to be at this hotel due to business in the area, I would definitely say that this is a truly romantic hotel on the bay.

I had a room on the third floor with an absolutely gorgeous view of the bay. Sunsets are absolutely amazing and something that you would want to share with that someone special.

The rooms are very comfortable, furnished with luxurious amenities. The whirlpool and fireplace just add to the overall warm feeling that you get in this hotel.

The trains do run pretty much right outside the hotel, but I must say that even with their close proximity, you really do not notice them much. Once in a while you get a toot of the horn, but it is not like it is right outside your window when this happens. As others have said, it adds to the ambiance and romance of the place.

The staff is warm and inviting. I did not get an opportunity to partake of the spa offerings, but they appear to have a wide array of offerings.

The restaurant is very good and a nice place to spend the evening. I would recommend the patio seating. Go for happy hour and stay for the sunset. You will not regret it.

Room Tip: Full bay view rooms have excellent views. I had the third floor.. Definitely one of the best views...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Ask for a full bay view, plan on spending some time here looking at the view of the bay, lounging at the bayside restaurant, or walking the boardwalk. Clean, spacious, beautifully furnished-and a soaking tub. If we had known how nice it was, we would have planned to stay longer. Yes, there are trains at night, I think they stopped around midnight. We counted 5 total and they just added to the romance. You can't hear them very much if you simply close the window.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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North Bend, Washington
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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The wife and I stopped by for lunch on a beautiful July day. We decided to get a table on the veranda and happily they had overhead heaters since the temperature was on the cool side. The wife had the special soup and salad of the day and loved it. I had the fish and chips with the cold slaw and really liked the fish and slaw but not to crazy about the fries. There are probably a dozen restaurants in the area but probably none of them have the view we had from our exclusive table on the veranda. So if you're looking for something with a view and decent food you should definitely give this place a try.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Richland, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The room was lovely and big with great view of the sound. However the train tracks and trains go by often during the early morning hours. The resturant and bar are very good with great outdoor seating.

Room Tip: Not all rooms face the sound, but they Re lovely!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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La Quinta, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

From the moment I walked in and smelled the lavender exhaling from the spa next to the check-in desk, I knew I would love this hotel. I have stayed several times, typically several times a year visiting my son who attends WWU. The rooms have lovely bay views, cozy window benches for reading, fireplaces and well appointed bathrooms and oversized tubs. I have never been disappointed with my room choice or visit. Stroll the over the bay boardwalk to Woods Coffee or take the path all the way to Bellingham and the Farmer's Market.
FOREWARNING, know that Bellingham is not only a hipster (sorry son) college town, its built around train commerce and the trains including coal run frequently and throughout the night. Anywhere and everywhere especially west of I5 you will hear trains.
Ear plugs are provided and the down pillows help muffle the train horns as it passes the intersections. Consider it part of Bellingham's charm, have a glass of wine and get a massage to relax!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

First time I have ever stayed at a hotel in my hometown, but we received a gift certificate and decided to spend the night as dinner looked a little too trendy. Thought the fourth would be fun as it is a quick walk down the dock to watch the fireworks. Everything was great until it was time to sleep. It was not hot but the room was and I turned the A/C down to 62. By morning, I think the room must have been 82 and stifling. I should have got up turned and turned it off and just opened the window. It made for a terrible night sleep.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Freeland, Washington
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42 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Chrysalis inn and spa has lovely rooms, soaking tubs, views of the water, a gas fireplace (wish it was wood fired) and a very nice happy hour in the restaurant/deck. This is our 2nd stay here and it has been very enjoyable both times. We were upgraded to a king room water view which was just lovely. Be sure to bring your own snacks, scented candle, bubble bath etc. They do charge a high price for these amenities if you use the ones provided in the room. It is right next to the beach walk and lots of good restaurants. Spa services are very expensive - we tried massages on our previous visit - but if you want to indulge, you may want to try the spa.

Room Tip: Choose a side room with partial view. If there is a better room available when you arrive, you may...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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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 Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#7 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Chrysalis Inn & Spa 3.5*
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 our restaurant and wine bar, or stroll the boardwalk over the water. ... more   less 
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