Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood a mile from Downtown, this classic B&B in a light-filled home built in 1906 is tastefully decorated with antiques and oriental rugs. Rooms with private baths are modest but comfortable, while lovely shared spaces invite lingering, including an elegant dining room where a full breakfast is served daily.
Free on-site parking is a bonus at this B&B since Downtown hotels charge upwards of $70 a day, but a car isn't necessary. The inn is mere blocks from stops for light rail and the streetcar.
Cozy rooms, which have private baths, feature original wood floors, antique furniture, and Oriental rugs. Options include double or queen beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The upper floors are only accessible by stairs; the stairway to the third floor is steep and narrow.
Bathrooms are clean, small, and simple, with traditional pedestal sinks and a shower or shower/tub combo.
The owner has impeccable taste in traditional decor. The sitting room includes a velvet fainting couch and a beautiful antique Oriental rug. Even the small den that holds two public computers and stacks of travel guides, brochures, and laminated menus from the best local restaurants is thoughtfully arranged and decorated.
A hot breakfast is served from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Typical dishes include savory omelets, fruit-filled crepes, and homemade French toast along with juice, fruit, granola, yogurt, and coffee and tea. The inn will try to accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice.
Seattle's hills are notoriously steep and Capitol Hill has some of the steepest. It's a pleasant 20-minute walk down the hill to Downtown but you might want to cab it on the way back. The Capitol Hill Link light rail station is two blocks from the inn; it has several stops Downtown and also services the University of Washington and Sea-Tac. At Westlake Station, you'll find the Monorail, which goes to Seattle Center, and the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar. The inn is three blocks from the First Hill Streetcar, which goes to Pioneer Square and the International District. There are also several useful bus lines.
There are some 50 restaurants within a half-mile radius of the hotel. The popular Poppy Seattle (10-minute walk) serves Indian-inflected New American cuisine in chic modern digs. The Thali-style platters of seasonal small plates encourage lots of sampling. A contemporary steakhouse from James Beard award-winning chef Renee Erickson, Bateau (10-minute walk) impresses with sustainable cuts of meat from a local farm. Burger fiends: It's not on the menu, but the burger here is to-die-for. The inn's staff seems to know every restaurant around if you need suggestions. t
The owner seems to know about them all, so feel free to ask for suggestions.
When it comes to bars and nightlife, Capitol Hill has something for everybody, from chill lounges to gay clubs (it's Seattle's LGBT-friendly neighborhood). Oddfellows Cafe and Bar is a hipster favorite for its classic and craft cocktails and stylish vintage decor. It's also a cafe, a French eatery, and a grocery store. EuroPub (5-minute walk) has an excellent selection of European suds and live jazz on Thursday evenings. Or indulge your inner child at Unicorn (10-minute walk), which has arcades and corn dogs to pair with cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Removed from Seattle's hotel district yet close to transit and dozens of restaurants and bars, this classic B&B in Capitol Hill has a lot to offer. Featuring traditional decor, the humble guestrooms include a private bath, while shared spaces are filled with attractive antiques and comfortable seating. The inn's hot breakfast also makes a fine start to the day.