BELLINGHAM - A longtime Bellingham hotel soon will begin a multimillion-dollar renovation that should give it more of a Northwest look.
The first phase of the remodeling project at the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center is scheduled to begin in May and run through mid-July. In a news release, General Manager Larry MacDonald said the projects will emphasize Northwest colors while providing a series of technology upgrades.
The renovation comes as Bellingham is going through a hotel boom, with several new places already open and more under construction.
The first phase of the remodel will include the lobby and The Oboe Café, a three-meal restaurant. A series of communal tables will have access ports for charging laptops and cellphones. The property itself will also get a wireless upgrade, while a fireplace will be added to the lobby. Both areas will remain open during the remodel.
The second and third phases that follow will focus on the meeting and guest rooms.
"We want to create an environment that is representative of our geographic and regional community," said MacDonald in the news release. "The first impression for local residents and out-of-town guests should be that the Lakeway Inn is a warm and inviting location."
The Lakeway Inn on 714 Lakeway Drive has 132 rooms, two restaurants (Poppe's 360 and The Oboe Café) and 11,000 square feet of meeting room space.
The remodel of the Lakeway continues a busy year for the Whatcom County hotel industry. Recent activity includes the opening of the La Quinta and Marriott SpringHill Suites near the Bakerview Fred Meyer retail center, construction of a new hotel tower at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa and the reopening of Semiahmoo Resort.
New construction has started or is expected to get started soon on a variety of projects, including the Marriott TownPlace Suites, the Holiday Inn near the airport, the Oxford Suites near Barnes & Noble and the Hilton's extended-stay hotel on Northwest Avenue.