by Kaitlin Braun
This luxurious waterfront hotel offers upscale accommodations for couples and families with a higher budget. They have a variety of suites (including a multi-story couples suite themed as a lighthouse), but the best one for families is probably the Studio Waterview, which features a king bed in the bedroom, and a sofa bed in the separate living room. It also includes two bathrooms, two balconies, and two flat-screen TVs — so any vacation bickering will be kept to a minimum — as well as a mini-fridge, jetted bathtubs, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
In and around the hotel, you’ll find a salon and spa, full-service restaurant, sundries shop, and paved trail for walking and jogging.
Our Editor Loves
- Luxurious, elegant hotel
- Family suite
- Jetted tubs and bath products
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
I was hoping for a peaceful and relaxing weekend. This property has certainly great views and has the appearance of a peaceful location however I have learned that it is a hotspot for events including weddings. We spent 2 days and paid extra dollars to get views of the bay and sunset only to be disappointed by 2 weddings back to back (Saturday and Sunday). Needless to say Saturday night was long and noisy only to do it again on Sunday. Frustrating.
My suggestion to the Bellwether management is to let potential guests know when booking hotel rooms of a future party/wedding so that customer have a choice to book or go elsewhere. I would have gone elsewhere for the views avoiding paying $340.00 per night for the noise.
We had a 1-star experience at Hotel Bellwether turn into a 5-star experience due to the team’s thoughtful service recovery and understanding of our situation. We unfortunately couldn’t stay at the hotel but during our limited time on the grounds, it lived up to its reputation for being beautiful, accommodating, and extremely pet-friendly.
We booked a special Labor Day honeymoon + babymoon getaway via phone with the night manager. We arrived at the hotel and learned that and through a series of miscommunications on both ends, our reservation was actually for the following month (September not August), on the same date. After having driven for hours to reach the hotel, and anticipating a relaxing and celebratory weekend, we were extremely disappointed to learn that we didn’t have a reservation and that the hotel was sold out. The team did their best to accommodate us at a nearby hotel, but given we have a dog, and specifically chose the Bellwether for their pet-friendly policies, this wasn’t a possibility (and all the nearby hotels were also sold out for the long weekend anyway).
The manager was very apologetic and ultimately gave us some petty cash for gas money for our troubles, but as we left the hotel, we still had a disappointed feeling because it felt like a halfhearted gesture given the fact that our entire Labor Day weekend was ruined. We then walked our dog around the property, used the restrooms, and grabbed some water for the long ride back. (Sidenote – the hotel’s complimentary lobby water station has the best flavored fruit water we’ve ever tasted – you have to try it!)
We followed up with the General Manager to express our continued disappointment. He invited us back to visit another weekend, but to complicate matters more, we were in the process of moving across the country so this wasn’t even something we could do. We appreciated that the General Manager took the time to understand our unique situation (yes, we should have 100% read the confirmation e-mails that indicated the wrong booking date, but ultimately we missed that and were still disappointed). After a bit of back and forth, he was able to come up with a creative solution to help set up an analogous stay for us at a hotel in the city we are moving to. That took great patience and out of the box thinking, and made us ultimately feel like the hotel truly values its guests and broader community!