BELLINGHAM - The first of several planned hotels in the north part of Bellingham is now open.
The 122-unit SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened over the weekend, at 4040 Northwest Ave., near the West Bakerview Road intersection.
It has a variety of amenities, including a full-size indoor pool, fitness center, full-service bar with dinner menu, 1,700 square feet of meeting space, underground parking and a charging station for electric cars. Rates start at $127 a night, according to its website.
The Marriott brand is popular for corporate and business clients. Given the location, this hotel also should be popular with leisure travelers, particularly Canadians, said Keith Coleman, general manager at the facility.
He said the hotel will add some Whatcom County flavor by displaying the work of local artists, as well as hosting community art nights. It also will carry local products when possible and work with local charities.
Hundreds more hotel rooms are expected to be built in this area in the next few years:
- Early next year, Marriott will break ground on an 83-unit TownePlace Suites, which will be next to SpringHill and offer an extended-stay format.
- LaQuinta is finishing construction on an 81-room hotel on West Bakerview Road.
- Hilton has submitted building permits to build a 106-room extended-stay hotel near SpringHill Suites.
- Holiday Inn is expected to begin construction next spring on a 150-room hotel near Bellingham International Airport.
MAP OF HOTEL PROJECTS
Click on the list at left or on the individual projects for more information on each one.
The Bellingham Herald