One of the best bets for staying in the coveted Capitol Hill neighborhood, this B&B near Volunteer Park and bustling Broadway offers all the comforts of home in a beautiful Tudor mansion. Most of the guest rooms feature private baths, and two of the suites welcome kids and pets, a rarity at B&Bs. Daily breakfast is a bonus.
If you're traveling without a car, Downtown is a quick ride away on Seattle's Link light rail. The B&B has limited on-site parking; if those spots are full, ask about the rules for street parking.
Homey rooms are uniquely appointed with collectibles old and new. Some have views; some have hideaway beds in addition to the queen-size beds. Most feature a private en-suite bath, though two cozy third-floor dormer rooms share a bath. If a flatscreen is a must-have amenity, keep in mind that the TVs here are outdated, though they do feature digital cable. Two of the suites include fireplaces. One is handicap-accessible, with no stairs and a patio right outside the door (there are two steps to access the main house, however).
YOU SHOULD KNOW The heavy-on-the-chintz decor might be a bit old-fashioned for some guests.
Private bathrooms, with decor that matches the room's style, feature a shower or a tub-shower combo. The Emerald Suite includes a shower and a clawfoot tub. All include plush towels and cotton waffle bathrobes.
The first-floor living room is filled with comfortable furniture and lots of natural light; it also has a grand piano. Windows frame views of the B&B's lovely landscaping, which includes Japanese maples and hydrangeas. Spacious day rooms also include a library, with original leaded glass and a tiled gas fireplace. A spacious back patio is a popular spot to unwind during the summer.
Guests, many of whom return year after year, rave about the service here, so don't be shy about asking for personalized tips on exploring the city.
Bacon Mansion serves a daily breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30am.
Capitol Hill's Link light rail is seven blocks from Bacon Mansion (at Broadway and E. John), which connects to Downtown, University of Washington, and Sea-Tac. The bus stop for 49 local, which goes to Pike Place Market, is a block from the B&B. It's a 15-minute walk to the First Hill Steetcar stop at Broadway and Denny; the streetcar makes 10 stops on its way to Pioneer Square.
Possibly the best neighborhood in Seattle for food, Capitol Hill offers everything from cheap eats to fine dining. A local favorite, Volunteer Park Cafe (15-minute walk) is a cozy spot in a former storefront that serves American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two blocks from Bacon Mansion, the Broadway business district has many offerings, including Lionhead (5-minute walk), which focuses on authentic Sichuan fare, and Deluxe Bar & Grill, a neighborhood tavern that's been serving American comfort food for more than 50 years. Further out, you'll find some of the best restaurants in the city, including Sitka and Spruce (5-minute drive or 20-minute walk), a Seattle classic that showcases Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Capitol Hill is a nightlife nirvana where you'll find noisy dive bars, chic cocktail lounges, and plenty of LGBT options (Capitol Hill is historically Seattle's LGBT district). Witness (10-minute walk) is a Southern-influenced craft cocktail bar with libations like Son of a Preacher Man and I'm Your Huckleberry. At EuroPub Hall (15-minute walk), which includes a bottle shop, European suds are the specialty; the pub features a weekly Thursday jazz night. Whatever your pleasure, you'll find it within walking distance of Bacon Mansion.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Situated in the coveted Capitol Hill residential neighborhood, the hospitable Bacon Mansion Bed & Breakfast offers a comfortable alternative to Seattle's hotels. The historic mansion, which includes rooms with private baths, is on the edge of pretty Volunteer Park and close to the bustling business district and public transit.