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Hi Paul, Annette, Jane and Julie, Thanks for letting me know that Paul was not getting our blogs. Andrew had stuffed up the email address. Sorry guys. I have resent all our blogs to you. Have fun reading them. Hope all is well there. Can we skype you tomorrow at about 1pm tomorrow to wish everyone a merry Christmas and someone a happy birthday? Hope that is ok. Love from Judi xxx
Hi All, This is our last night in US for a few weeks anyway. Had a restful day today. Slept in after we decided not to go to the snow. A piece of info - Mt baker last season had 800 inches of snow!!!! And we only had a foot and a half yesterday! Went up to Mosquito Lake today. Was recommended to us to see the salmon going up river. A little sad …
Hi All, Yesterday we spent travelling from Anaheim to Seattle. Jumped on a shuttle to LAX and then Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. Was a little late leaving but good flight and 2.5 hrs went quickly. Slept a little at the beginning as we were still trying to catch up. Arrived Seattle at 4.50 pm. Had to catch a bus to the rental car terminal. Hey …
We had a very nice ride to Bellingham. We visited Randy's friends from Ft Lauderdale and had a wonderful evening. They cooked ribs and a lot of sides. We had a wonderful evening where Randy got to remember a lot of the wonderful things he did when he was in school. I got to meet more wonderful people who made us feel like home.
Our dogs …
... ready for our mid-night cruse to Juneau.
Four hours to Juneau; unfortunately, we arrived in port about mid-night. Nice timing, Ferry. We were asleep in our luxury cabin, on our bunk beds, rocking and rolling with the waves. Can't tell you anything about Juneau -- never saw it. It was only a ferry tale. So much for the first stop on our luxury cruise down the inner-passage.
Our second stop was Sitka and what a great ...
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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.
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.
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.