Framed by elegant landscaping, this stunner of a B&B has landmark status in Seattle. Built in 1907, the three-story, 7,700-square-foot home is located in a residential part of Capitol Hill that's close to the thoroughfare. All but two of the rooms have private baths and common areas include a classic Arts & Crafts living room and a backyard replete with a koi pond and swimming pool. Breakfast, naturally, is included.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If being close to the tourist core matters, note that Gaslight Inn is a 15-minute drive from Downtown. If you're traveling sans car, there's a light rail stop just blocks from the B&B.
Rooms here range from a crow's nest with peeled-log furniture and Navajo-print fabrics to a more traditional suite with Arts and Crafts–style furnishings, a fireplace, and stained-glass windows. All but two have private baths and the inn has two rooms designed for single travelers.
Some rooms have more space or better views so it's worth taking a look at them all before booking.
Bathrooms vary from room to room, but all feature classic elements like wood molding and pedestal sinks.
The spacious common areas, which include a living room and library, evoke a gentlemen's club, with deer mounts, dark green walls, oak wainscoting, leather chairs, and a large fireplace. The elegantly landscaped private backyard features an in-ground pool, a koi pond, and two decks with fabulous views.
A real rarity at B&Bs, the heated backyard pool (open seasonally) is lined with chaise lounges.
The Gaslight Inn is a few blocks from the Broadway and E. Denny Link light rail station, which connects to the University of Washington, Downtown, Pioneer Square, and Sea-Tac. To visit Seattle Center, take the light rail to Westlake Station and transfer to the Monorail. The terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar is also at Westlake, as well as buses that service every corner of the city.
A short stroll from the B&B, on the edge of Cal Andersen Park, Cure Seattle (10-minute walk) is a haven for carnivores and aficionados of charcuterie and cheese. The rustic-chic spot also features craft cocktails. Closer to the Gaslight Inn on the opposite side the park, Octo Sushi (5-minute walk) is a hip spot with sleek furniture, exposed brick walls, and a full bar. It lures locals with sushi as well as hot Japanese and Thai dishes. Capitol Hill is packed with eateries from end to end, so your choices are many.
Capitol Hill has no shortage of nightlife options, from chill lounges to gay clubs (Capitol Hill has historically been Seattle's LGBTQ area). The Western-themed Linda's Tavern (10-minute walk) has been a popular spot for shots and pitchers of beer for more than two decades--a good jukebox and a pool table add to the allure. Stout (5-minute walk) is a pub for craft beer enthusiasts, while Bar Ferdinand is known for its wine list. Also nearby: Pony (5-minute walk), a hip gay bar, and Madison Pub (5-minute walk), an LGBT-friendly sports bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
B&B lovers will swoon over the Gaslight Inn, from the attractive architecture and decor to the prime Capitol Hill location. Rooms are comfortable and well-appointed, most with private baths, while the handsome common areas invite lounging. The backyard also beckons with a pond, a pool, and two patios with views.