Location = Fantastic! My husband and I loved the scenery and convenience of being right downtown with all of the great shops and restaurants.
Ambiance = very tastefully decorated room, charming lobby. However, train noise several times both nights was frustrating as we were traveling with a small child, and were hoping for more restful sleep.
Breakfast = overall a nice selection and cute set-up. Unfortunately, I was extremely turned off when I reached for a bagel which turned out to have green spots of mold. It really made me question the rest of the food items, and our family quietly opted to have breakfast at a nearby cafe one morning, and then traveled to IHOP the second day.
Staff = I found the desk clerk(s) to be very cordial and accomodating, especially when taking into consideration the hours they must be putting in! I only ever remember seeing two staff members during our two-night stay, each worked very dilligently to deliver things to our room while simultaneously manning the continental breakfst, AND checking people in/out. They must work 24 hour shifts at the least, which is also puzzling since the hotel is closed from 10pm-7am... I was going to see about a toothbrush the first night, but realized it was after closing. I honestly didn't know if anyone would be there to help me or not! Not the warm feeling I would expect from a small inn or B&B.
I also have to question some of the working conditions I encountered with the housekeeping staff. Those girls (And I believe a gentleman) never seemed to take a break, though they were always very plesant and accomodating. I also mistakenly wandered into a laundry room the 1st night while I was looking for a restroom. At least I think it was a laundry room... there was garbage and cardboard spilling out the entrance, and from what I could tell in the dark, the room was stuffed with carts and dirty linins. Again, not something I wanted to see while getting away at a small inn.
value for money = about what I would expect for a hotel so close to the water ($162/night) Very dissapointed about the breakfast though, as that was one of the deciding factors when I booked the room.
Overall experience = I would not visit this hotel on another trip to the area, as I could have had a more predictible experience at a chain hotel for less money. My business takes me all over the world, and I have never stayed at such an "interesting" establishment.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fairhaven Village Hotel Bellingham
- Fairhaven Village Bellingham