The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
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Slept in again and drove to the Semiahmoo Resort near Blaine just to explore the area. It was amazing how the huge boulders in the bay seemed to float on top of the water. The day was a bit cloudier, which kept it nice and cool for the drive. We stopped back at Mi Mexico for a quick lunch on our way back to the hotel, then just relaxed and did some …
Slept in and made it back to Taqueria El Gallito for breakfast/lunch. Drove the countryside looking for a farmer's market or roadside stand but ended up in the Dutch town of Lynden for their annual raspberry festival instead. It was such fun! It appeared that the entire town had turned out to view the antique car show, watch the kids compete in 3- …
Woke to another beautiful day on the Puget Sound. The local blueberries I bought yesterday were a perfect start to the day.
I started a 4-mile walk to downtown Bellingham and halfway through received a text from Mom saying they had just arrived in Ketchikan and were getting ready to leave on an excursion. I hurriedly called and spoke to …
Chris was up before 6:00 for a conference call so I followed soon after. Had a light breakfast (included with the room) in the Fino Restaurant which overlooks the Sound. Pulled on my workout togs and walked to downtown historic Fairhaven. Wandered a few shops but ended up spending the most time in a paper store where they had all sorts of unique …
Awoke early to pack and then take Kassidy and Tammy to Gastown to buy a few souvenirs. Kassidy didn't get anything for herself, just some coffee and a jade figurine for a friend. Tammy got a necklace for her friend Shelley's birthday, a spoon for her mom, and a t-shirt for herself (she had wanted to find one that had both French and English for the …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham
Nice but NOISY!!
A lovely hotel that would be 5+ stars if not for the train that blows by on tracks only about 50 feet from all rooms, every two hours. So lack of sleep really dimmed my opinion of the hotel.
Management seemed stunned by my comment on the trains, but once I knew to look for warnings about them, they were there. Almost subliminal but there.
I'll not recommend.
Train Noise Was Horrible!
Lovely place. Miserable experience. This Inn is not just near the train tracks, it's right next to them! We had one of the most miserable nights of our lives there. Trains came by about every 30 minutes all night long--it felt like they were coming into our room it was so loud! Judging from the other reviews, it appears that the train schedules can vary quite a bit. So maybe we were just unlucky that there were so many at night and so often, but in my opinion, there are too many other nice, QUIET places to stay. Don't chance it with this one.
The worst experience at a hotel
Yes, the hotel is beautiful and the rooms luxurious.
However, they sit right on top of railroad tracks which run day and night including weekends. Even with the windows closed (this is not the hotel for you if you need to keep windows open for fresh air!) you can still hear the train.
Also, the management went into our room without our permission while we were out and moved all our personal belongings to another room of lessor quality because they promised the room to someone else in the middle of our stay. They didn't tell us about this until we realized our keys didn't work. Never heard of this before in 20 years of travel.
Spread the word - this hotel has no respect for privacy and does not disclose the RR noise.
I discovered the Chrysalis Inn on the Trip Advisor and it was a great find. It's just a short drive from Seattle, yet you feel like you are miles away. The Inn itself is beautiful. Not your typical hotel architecture. The rooms are fantastic. A Japanese style shojii screen slides back from the soaking tub so you can enjoy the beautiful water view and the fireplace. There's also a cozy window seat. The only downside is that, being next to the shoreline, the Inn is also next to active train tracks. They provide earplugs on the nightstand. Still it feels like a 747 is landing in your room when the trains go by. Do take advantage of the wonderful spa. But be sure and make reservations in advance. And the wine restaurant in the Inn is excellent, but pricey.
Best hotel I've seen
I've stayed here three times now over the last couple of years and it's been awesome each time. The room is beautiful with hardwood floors, gas fireplace, windowseats, and gorgeous tile in the bathroom. My wife loves the huge tub. The service at this hotel is always top notch. We once arrived there late after the reception had closed and they left the keys out front for us. I've been to five star hotels that cost twice as much and was no where near as nice as this place. It's my favorite hotel in the world!
Relaxing and Elegant
As soon as we stepped foot into the hotel, we felt completely relaxed and pampered. We had a waterfront suite with beautiful window seat, luxurious tub, and the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept on!
The rooms are simple, but elegant with slate floors and granite countertops in the bathroom and offer a great view of Bellingham Bay.
It is a perfect weekend getaway for Seattlites, being only an hour or so drive. Not only will we go back, but I am giving a weekend getaway trip as a thank you/holiday present this year to some friends.
We found this inn listed in the Select Registry book. It was a beautiful, clean room with a full view of the waterfront Food was excellent at the Inn restaurant! Very cozy spacious room. Inn employees were helpful and kind. Note:There is a train that runs close by the inn but trains ran before bedtime and in the morning, not really a problem.
Highly recommend this inn! Better than the 5 star hotel rooms I have stayed in.
We have stayed at the Chrysalis Inn on three occasions, and it is one of the nicest inns or hotels we have stayed in anywhere in the world... beautiful, Northwestern-modern decor, comfortable, spacious rooms, and the best beds and bedding ever. Ask for a bay view room, as the views are amazing. Really nice, helpful, informal staff. While it is not cheap, it is excellent value for your money. Gorgeous, spacious, bathroom too... makes you want to go home and remodel the bath.
This Inn has it all. It is by far the most comfortable away from home place we have ever stayed. We utilized a weekend package called the Bellingham getaway weekend including two nights in a deluxe, side view room, two, 30 minute spa treatments, spa gift, and breakfast at Finos both mornings. Check in is at 3 and check out is a wonderfully late noon!Upon entering the room, one feels right at home. The décor is contemporary, simple, tasteful and easy on the eyes with soft earth tones. On the opposite wall a large window including a partially screened rollout window with an outsized cushioned window seat overlooks Bellingham bay and park. The view was fantastic, even thought we had a side view room. The gas fireplace was situated between the king bed and window seat on a diagonal wall. All amenities are provided including a well-stocked fridge of a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a basket of snacks (a bit overpriced, but there if you like). The bathroom is beautiful, with slate tiled floors and shower. Two people can easily shower together and THE TUB, the tub, the tub! What a treat! A large, two person soaking tub is an added bonus. The suites have a jacuzzi tub, but for the added cost, I couldnt justify the jets! Also, the Chrysalis provides several of their luxurious spa products for use in the bathroom. Dont forget the bubble bath (and candles)!!The bed is wonderful! The Frette sheets are the softest I have ever felt and the down comforter and pillows made the experience cozy and comfortable.The room has a CD player, VCR, TV, iron and board, hairdryer and coffeemaker (4 cup, with coffee included). The Inn is situated adjacent to (within feet) a railroad track. The train was not a problem and never woke either one of us up (even without the ear plugs they provided). In fact, the train added to the ambiance of the package!Our package included two, 30 minute spa treatments of either a hydrotherapy bath or Swedish massage per person. I took the hydrotherapy bath and my husband enl and very spoiling! I have been to the Chrysalis spa several times and all of their treatments are first class, performed by an exceptionally professional staff! I recommend adding time or treatments if you are planning on staying for the weekend.The breakfast at Finos is wonderful. It is served buffet style including eggs presented several ways, a variety of breads, incredible jellies, bagels, home-made granola, yogurt, fruit and cereals. While sipping on your fresh squeezed orange juice one can enjoy a panoramic view of the bay.There is MUCH to do in the area while you are in Bellingham. For example, the hiking in Larabee State Park is just a short drive up beautiful Chuckanut Dr., and within walking distance of the Inn, historic Fairhaven provides shopping and dinning pleasures. I would recommend Stanellos for Italian and the local Mexican cantina for delicious, casual dinning.The staff at the Inn, Spa and Finos are accommodating, friendly, helpful and will make sure your needs are met to make your stay the most comfortable it can be.My recommendation: YES, YES, YES. The Inn is a bit pricey, but for the couple that is looking to get away for a weekend, or for that special occasion this Inn is spectacular and spoiling!