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Fodor's Expert Review Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast

907 14th Ave. E, Seattle, Washington, 98112, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

One of the grandest homes on Capitol Hill’s tree-lined Millionaire’s Row, the historic Shafer Baillie Mansion offers the opulence of a bygone era with the comforts of a traditional B&B. The 14,000-square-foot Tudor Revival, built in 1914, is close to Volunteer Park, one of Seattle’s finest parks, and just steps from the bustling Capitol Hill business district.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Guest rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors and there's no elevator.

room

Each uniquely elegant guest room and suite features an eclectic assortment antique wood furnishings, Oriental rugs, and period lighting. The large third-floor rooms, once the home’s ballroom, feature many original architectural details. Views include the neighborhood and Queen Anne Hill.

Be sure to check out the different rooms online. Each has its own charms.

bathroom

Renovated private bathrooms are each unique, featuring original elements as well as period-style tile and fixtures. Some rooms include bathtubs; others have walk-in showers.

lobby

Quarter-sawn oak paneling with ornate details in the entry hall makes quite the first impression. A stately staircase leads to the rooms. There’s also a library with leather furniture, an airy sunroom, and a mahogany-clad grand salon with a grand piano.

dining

An expanded continental breakfast served in an oak-paneled dining room includes rolls and pastries, cereal, yogurt, cheeses, smoked salmon, prosciutto, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. The spread is available for extended hours for extra convenience.

LOCATION

Getting Around

To ride the light rail, which services University of Washington, Downtown Seattle, and Sea-Tac, take King County Metro Bus #10 to the Capitol Hill station at E John St & Broadway E. streets.

Restaurants

Volunteer Park Café (10-minute walk) is a lovely spot in the park that locals flock to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many of the ingredients for the Pacific Northwest fare can come from the restaurant’s garden. Altura (8-minute walk) serves elevated Italian fare with handmade pastas and wine pairings in a cozy dining room.

Bars

If you’re feeling brave, Julia’s on Broadway (10-minute walk) is a quintessentially Capitol Hill spot for a boozy brunch with a drag show. The neighborhood has tons of options for drinks and nightlife that cater to every interest. At the lumberjack-chic Smith Bar serves up craft cocktails against a backdrop of taxidermy.

WHY WE LIKE IT

On a tree-lined street known as Millionaire's Row, Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast features fancy antique-packed guest rooms with private bathrooms. The lovely Tudor Revival home, built in 1914, is in a residential neighborhood that's close to the serene Volunteer Park and the business district in Capitol Hill.

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 800-985–4654

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