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“Great Room and View for the price” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairhaven Village Inn
Ranked #6 of 28 Hotels in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Clermont, Iowa
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8 reviews
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“Great Room and View for the price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Just happened to drop in and get a water view. Room was very clean and breakfast and cookies excellent w/price of room. Easy walking to downtown stores. Staff very friendly. Off street parking. Worth the price of the rooms.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

1. Elegant rooms that would please even Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. Graciously sized with high ceilings, wide baseboards and trim, expensive drapes. Two comty overstuffed chairs in front of the fireplace, walnut desk, chair, TV cabinet and drawers, lovely art work on the walls. Expensive border paper along the ceiling.

2. Luxe "Lady Mary" touches: down comforter and pillows, white matelasse coverlet, soft woven cotton throw, silky linens, deluxe products in the bathroom, plenty of drawer space. Robes!

3. Surgically clean. The bathroom floor was clean enough to give birth upon. I moved one of the big chairs and the carpet beneath was as clean and dust free as the rest of the carpet. Someone has been cleaning "under -- not around". My mother would approve.

4. A Library fit for Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock. The large, cozy oak paneled library has a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, books of all kinds, from useful travel and trail guides to NYT Best Sellers to Nancy Drew. Board games and puzzles for all ages. Settle back with coffee, tea or cocoa from the service set out for you and spend a pleasant evening or rainy afternoon.

5. Breakfast. Continental and satisfying. Fresh berry compote to eat with yogurt or spoon over waffles, artisan breads to toast, muffins, English and otherwise, hard-boiled eggs. Eat in the bright breakfast area or carry upstairs on a tray and eat "fireside".

6. Guest means Guest: Warm cookies in the evening set out in the lobby with a tray of dark chocolate, 24 hour hot beverage service in the library, private (free) parking area, staff eager to help with directions, restaurant suggestions, etc., $5 gift certificate to the bookstore

7. Fine location. Across the "green" from the big bookstore, right on the walking path that goes along the water, view of Bellingham's "working waterfront:, centrally located in the historical district of Farihaven. The building, by the way, is of recent vintage which is why it is so immaculate, yet in the historical style absent all the Victorian kitch or that exhausted look and smell that older buildings sometime get.

Room Tip: I liked the little balcony on the third floor water side, where I could see the train and hear the c...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Nicely appointed and spacious rooms, immaculately clean, comfortable bed, quiet, charming breakfast area, helpful and friendly staff, free parking, centrally located, reasonable prices--what's not to like? We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bedford, New York
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103 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Form the moment I arrived, which was a late check in (arranged without any fuss) to the offered fresh breakfast, my stay couldn't have been more comfortable. The room was well appointed, pretty and with gas fireplace. Nice amenities, fluffy towels and a make-up magnifying mirror( which I love and believe be should be in all 3* properties or better ). I booked a water view, which by the way is not worth the additional price as you overlook a parking lot and industrial buildings before you see the "water view", and should have saved the bucks - this was the only negative. Staff was terrific, esp. The late night manager Luke and the breakfast helper. Location is perfect and you get a $5 village books discount !

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Bowen Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I stayed here for a night in January. Lovely old building but spacious, modern rooms. Fresh baked cookies at the desk when we arrived were most welcome. Charming library sitting room with coffee, and although I slept through breakfast, my mum said the waffles were great.

I was also very impressed with their customer service after we left -- of course I left my phone charger in the room after telling myself I wouldn't. I contacted them and they mailed it back to me, and they were great communicators about how much it would cost to mail back, and whose card to put it on etc. That was much appreciated, as it would have cost more to buy a new charger and cable.

Fairhaven is a lovely little town, and if you find yourself needing lodging here, I highly recommend this nice hotel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Seattle
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is a charming, friendly hotel: very nice rooms, wonderful bed, excellent breakfast. But . . . the trains! All night long, constant screaming whistles and brakes. It was impossible to sleep. I've never had such an exhausting night in a hotel. I was on the bay view side, and apparently that is where the trains scream past just a few blocks away. If you want to sleep, ask for the street side. Also, there was a very loud air conditioner outside.

Room Tip: Ask for the street side. I moved to a regular motel on Guide Meridian in order to be able to sleep!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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InnkeeperFVI, Owner at Fairhaven Village Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Allison T,

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed many elements of your stay with us. We make great efforts to provide the charming and friendly ambience you enjoyed. Our guest rooms, amenities and atmosphere are all essential parts of the experience.

We strive to present an accurate description of the Inn’s location: in the heart of Historic Fairhaven, near a working harbor, with convenient access to unique shops, restaurants and Bayside trails. I understand that the trains, a fact of life in the Pacific Northwest, can be noisy and I am sorry for the disturbance you experienced. I sincerely hope you will return and reserve a Parkside room, which faces away from the tracks and, therefore, may be a more suitable option for noise sensitivity.

Sincerely,
Connie Shannon
Owner and Manager
Fairhaven Village Inn
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San Diego
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Great hotel ! We were visiting our daughter who attends Western University over the holidays.
Everyone was warm and friendly. It is located near all the unique boutiques and book stores.
Very private. They offer a lovely free breakfast with delicious waffles and fresh berries.
There is a walking path by the hotel (about 2 miles) with beautiful views and leads right into
the town of Bellingham . Perfect!

Room Tip: The water view rooms are available, however, there are may warehouses that blocked a part of the vie...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Fairhaven Village Inn
Address: 1200 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
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Location: United States > Washington > Bellingham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bellingham
#1 Family Hotel in Bellingham
#4 Business Hotel in Bellingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairhaven Village Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairhaven Village Inn, the hotel in heart of the Historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham, is footsteps from fabulous dining, trails on the Bay, live entertainment, an outdoor market and unique shops. The hotel has 22 spacious guest rooms with fireplace and bay side options. The Inn’s porch, library and Village Green Park makes this an excellent spot for a getaway or families. Enjoy free parking, high-speed Internet access, continental breakfasts and sunsets. ... more   less 
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