by Joanna Nesbit
Situated close to downtown, Best Western’s Lakeway Inn offers the best proximity to the Saturday Farmers Market and Cultural Arts District, as well easy access to Fairhaven. Conveniently adjacent to grocery shopping, it’s Bellingham’s only full-service hotel with 132 updated suites, an onsite Northwest-themed restaurant with room service, a bar, indoor pool and fitness center. Guestrooms and suites come with double, queen or king bed configurations, with flat-screen TV’s and coffee makers. Complimentary features include an airport shuttle, Wi-Fi and parking, and it is a pet-friendly hotel.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor pool
- Onsite restaurant with kids menu
- Close proximity to downtown area
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
We booked our room through a hotel booking site. No breakfast was included. Our window looked out over the ventilation ducts and a wall. They couldn't offer us a better room even though the price we paid was the same price as those posted on their website. The hotel is organized around an interior closed courtyard with swimming pool, so many of the rooms face the interior courtyard. The hotel lobby was very dark, and pool area smelled of chlorine, so there weren't any common areas that would provide a more pleasant area for simply relaxing. The weather was mild so we didn't need to use the A/C or heating, which were noisy. Bed was comfortable and the room included basic amenities. That said, given the price and the less-than attractive rooms, I probably wouldn't return.
Overall, I had a good stay. I was upgraded as an elite member and room was comfortable and clean even though it’s older. Parking is easy. Service was very good. Breakfast was simple but fresh. Overall, I would stay again.