BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn
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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.
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.
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I have had a series of 'one thing leads to another' discoveries.
The first happened because I picked up the local paper on a whim and came across the ad for the Neil Diamond tribute concert referred to in one of my previous posts.
Out of the decision to go to that show I found the Mt Baker Theatre, a beautiful theatre (circa 1927) in a Moorish-Spanish style, and by chance overheard a conversation concerning individual tours of the building.
... only two weeks left in the condo. Minakshi came by today to select some large framed pictures for the Employment Centre in White Rock, so we had a chance for a little visit. After that I took the rest of the framed pieces to Value Village and returned to clean the Coleman BBQ that our friend Valerie is taking off our hands. When all the packing is done and we are ready to leave, I'll post some before and after ...
... business of cocktailing, interrupted by a harbor side dinner at one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood. Back to the boat and a blurry game of yahtzee before we call it a night.
The next morning dawns overcast, but, Captain Gary insists, “It will burn off….” We take strolls along the harbor front, absorbing the history of the area, ingesting the Starbucks brand coffee and slowly shaking off the mental cobwebs related to the previous evenings ...
... you get to Fairbanks - yes, we drove past Santa's house. We got into Fairbanks early - what we thought was going to be a quiet walk through the park along the Chelan River ended up dodging vendor stall as we happened upon the "Golden Days Celebration" - everybody was out and about - so glad I didn't book the hotel I was going to book downtown Fairbanks - couldn't get in as the whole street was closed - not to bad if you are in ...
... this area! Tom was just getting back from a trip to Florida and when he saw my post, he thought I was also at the Airport heading out. I told him I was actually at the Executel (I do like that word) and so he and Katrin came over and we went to dinner. Such FUN! talking about old times at Spangdahelm. What an amazing time we had there!! What amazing people the Air Force has allowed me to get to know!!
.....and so goes Day #7.