by Kaitlin Braun
This inn is a nice, inexpensive place to stay for families visiting Bellingham on a budget. There are 81 standard rooms, two one-room suites, and one two-room suite, so families can choose whichever option gives them the most space to breathe and not step on one another’s toes. One unit includes a kitchenette, while the others have refrigerators and coffee makers, so you’ll have a little independence as far as food and beverages go. You do have plenty of other food options though, starting with a free continental breakfast; lunch and dinner are easy thanks to the proximity to restaurants, shops, and cafes. The hotel also features in-room Internet access.
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- Complimentary breakfast
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- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
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by James P
I stayed here in order to be close to the SEATAC airport shuttle stop across the street at the Sheraton. (Unforunatley, it takes 5-10 minutes to "cross" over there since there's no direct route -- you have to walk across a major intersection to do so.). The room was average size but clean, as was the bathroom. Internet service was fine, and I didn't realize they serve a free, very basic breakfast as well. Nothing amazing about the place, but the value for dollar is good compared to other places in the area. Would stay again, despite someone pulling the fire alarm at 3 a.m. (Not management's fault.)
This hotel/motel is right off the freeway. Be sure to ask for a room on the other side of the building if you don’t care for freeway noise. The front desk was very efficient and check in was quick. We arrived after 9 PM so there wasn’t much traffic. I asked, “Is there a place to get something to eat?” “No not really”....I said “oh Fred Meyer is across the street”. No comment. And no mention of Whole Foods, a few other restaurants and that the coffee shop next door was still open. When I then asked for a room that didn’t face the freeway, I was very nicely informed that all rooms with queen doubles face the freeway and I would hardly hear the noise. Yeah not so much.
I was here with my 17 year old daughter for a college tour the next morning, so it couldn’t be bad right?? After all this is a Red Lion affiliated hotel now.
Room - clean, always like the blankets wrapped in white sheets. Nice soap and shampoo, even make-up wipes. Noise very loud freeway noise. TV none. Called to ask if there was a card of instructions to use the TV. “Well sometimes housekeeping pulls the cords out so check the back of the TV, all the TVs in the rooms are different so we can’t tell you how to use them”. Ok there is no cable service. “Oh yeah my computer isn’t working so likely there isn’t any service. It normally comes back on soon”. Funny..WiFi is working.
Would I stay here again, no. I’ll pay an
Extra 20 or 30 bucks to stay at a franchise with a better reputation. Typing this I remember staying at the same brand hotel in Olympia a month or so ago. (Again to save $30.00 over the rate at the RedLion) same issues, freeway noise and issues with TV feed to the room. The TV doesn’t rule my world but it does drown out freeway noise so I can sleep.