The facade of this elegant downtown boutique hotel, which rises above the waterfront, is gray and stark, but in the lobby warm wood predominates and rooms are comfortable and contemporary. On sunny days you can see far across Bellingham Bay; on cloudy days, you can stare into the blaze of the big main fireplace. Rooms also have fireplaces, as well as plush down comforters, double baths, window seats, and such amenities as coffeemakers, DVD players, and iPod docks. Artwork
enlivens the walls of the stellar restaurant, Keenan's at the Pier, and picture windows frame the bay. You can sample European and Pacific Northwest wines at the long back bar or dine on Mediterranean-inspired fare at white linen–clad tables.