BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn Bellingham
I'm suprised no one else has mentioned the horrible design of the hotel. Right in the middle of the hotel is an indoor swimming pool. Seems like a good idea in the rainy northwest until you realize that you can hear every child's scream, laugh, splash, etc. from inside your room. The hotel is a big square with a large indoor "courtyard" in the middle where the pool is located. You can look down on the pool from every floor. And almost every room door faces this courtyard. (I hope this makes sense). Regardless of this poor description, know that if you want to be in your room during the pool open hours then you will be listening to other people's children scream. On the upside, the hotel bar has really great martinis.
If you are looking for a quick overnighter, it should be fine but it is too close to I5 and wasn't in the greatest of neighborhoods traveling with a family. The hotel room was fair, however, the pictures on the web make it look nicer than what it really is. The small indoor pool was packed with teenagers which made it really difficult for my kids to enjoy the pool since they basically took it over playing ball. I actually couldn't wait to check out as soon as I checked in. If I travel again to the area, I will only stay in the Fairhaven which is the historic section of Bellingham with many quaint shops and cafes which is really nice to stroll around.
Not the Best
Hotel lost our reservation and another couples reservation. Have stayed there 2 years prior and they have had issues in the past with reservations. We keep coming here because they have a fabulous bar, Poppes, but for 1/2 the price and a $12 cab ride, we will stay at the Comfort Inn on Meridian again next year.
A fine hotel
Stayed 2 nights; clean, modern and the staff were friendly and helpful. If you want to visit Bellingham, this location is convenient to the center of town or the Fairhaven district. I'd definitely stay again.
Superb hotel for the price
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights after a long trip driving up from the L.A. area and waiting to sign papers to purchase our new home here. The prices were great, the rooms were very nice, classy hotel, has a lounge inside, and an indoor pool and jacuzzi. Good location, just off the freeway and close to food and grocery store. Really enjoyed ourselves. Would highly recommend it to visitors to the area.
The Lakeway Inn was a pleasant surprise. Our travels to to the Northwest took us right up I-5 and The Lakeway was in a conveinient spot to stop for the night. The food was really great and so was the martini bar. Much nicer than the your average Best Western.
Great food, clean rooms, pleasant staff
I live in Bellingham and this is the hotel of choice for my parents when they visit. I have stayed here as well for anniversaries. The rooms are nice and clean. We always seem to get large rooms. The pool and hot tub area is clean and well maintained. Great location for visiting the WWU campus and downtown is just down the hill. Fred Meyers is right next door. Poppe's martini bar is downstairs - excellent - nice place to meet someone for a drink (you can actually hear each other). Sadly, they no longer have a Sunday brunch buffet but that was included in the rooms if you were staying over the weekend.
The staff is always very pleasant to me and my folks. They let me leave flowers or wine pre-check in for my folks and always have them in their room before my parents get there.
The hotel has gone entirely non smoking in both the rooms and the restaurants.
I've attended a lot of meetings at this hotel. The hotel's catered food is excellent and kept well stocked.
Nice Place, Remote Location
Tucked away in the woods between I-5 and a large Fred Meyer store. You must have a car if you want to venture away from the hotel.
Restaurant/bar is nice but on the pricey side. No free breakfast.
Next time I will continue to Vancouver instead of stopping in the middle.
Nice Place--Terrible Staff
The facilities are very nice, but the motel management and treatment of guests leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, we found it surprisingly rude, when everyone else in the Pacific Northwest had been very friendly. I would certainly not stay there again. If you like "big city rudeness" in a small town environment, then this is the place to stay!
Good location, good service
Location is ideal... close to shopping, food, and things to do. Owner takes a personal interest in the guests and is often seen helping out.
Guest appreciation reception with food and wine on Wednesday. It's an older motel but has been nicely remodeled. Parking lot entry can be missed until you learn to enter through the adjoining shopping center lot. A complimentary business office is available with fax, copy machine, and internet access.
TripAdvisor Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn Bellingham
Travel Blogs from Bellingham
I am on the Amtrak Cascades train, en route to Seattle, and then to Tacoma for the conference. I wanted to share some final thoughts while I am on the train and have a) free wi-fi and b) time.
1. Vancouver is expensive: I was told by Mai at the house that hotels in her area (Mount Pleasant) would run at least $100 a night, and you can expect to pay $200-$300 a night if you are staying downtown. My car rental was high at $75, and I definitely ...
... and certain cultures (such as the Dutch, but also the American!) could be erased from our planet because the death rate is higher than birthrate. His theory was a bit far sought, but interesting to listen to. Mr. Watters teaches Logic and some fellow students were very interested in this subject. I wasn't though, I had better things to do here.
The 2nd class was the Local Geology lesson by Mr. Doug McKeever. A nice older man ...
... earplugs. Fortunately we didn't spend too much time in this lounge during the day. The weather was fantastic and it was too pretty outside on the sides and back of the ship. There was a really cool indoor observation deck on the front top level of the boat where you could hang when it was too windy outside.
The travelers aboard the Columbia were friendly and adventurous! We met Jan and Dwayne from Seattle (1st time to ...
... for everyone and what is not working. This will keep the lines clear and make the trip a positive experience.
We still need to get badges made. George suggested that we have two badges. One we can keep on our wind-proof jackets at all times and have a back up to wear on our blazers and shirts. We came to an agreement that it would be best to have the badges that are pinned and not magnetic.
Julie has emailed Linda Murray to use a template. ...
... being so 'nice' about it or whether it is to do with the distance between us and it is making me feel insecure about when I am going to be back in NZ. I know my boyfriend is a catch and a half and of course women are going to find him attractive but I am not sure that I am going to deal with situations like this when on a different continent. Karma is teaching me a lesson and a half and I am now walking many miles in Shane's shoes. I could ...