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“Beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Olympia.”
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Swantown Inn & Spa
Ranked #2 of 8 Olympia B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

My husband and I got married at the Swantown Inn a year ago and recently returned for our first anniversary. Their small wedding package was a great value and perfect for our needs. We really enjoyed the property and Nathan and Casey made our special day just what we hoped for. We stayed in the Astoria Room both times. The room itself is beautiful. Also, the bathroom with the heated floor, jetted tub and comfy terrycloth bathrobes was wonderful. The breakfast in the morning was homemade and delicous! We made wonderful memories during both of our stays and plan to return to try out their massage services. Highly recommend, especially for couples who want a romantic getaway.

Room Tip: Love the Astoria Room. It has a great private bathroom attached to it.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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NetBloke, Owner at Swantown Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2012

Sara,
It is always a pleasure to have repeat guests and you are no exception! We are flattered you chose us for the location of your wedding and chose to come back to celebrate your anniversary. We wish you both every happiness in your future together and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 1 June 2012

My sister and I wanted to find a place midway between our two cities to have a weekend together. The Swantown Inn was perfect! Nathan and Casey are impeccable hosts, with great suggestions for outings and meals. Each room we've stayed in has been great, with amazing showers I could have lived in. The beds are fabulous!! We both received spa treatments from The Attic Day Spa which were superb! The next morning we came down to a lovely breakfast of hot coffee and scones, followed by a french toast I have successfully made myself after Casey was gracious enough to give me the recipe. An added bonus was meeting the kids! They are lovely and lively and so much fun! Writing this review reminds me that it's time to schedule another weekend with my sister at the Swantown Inn!

The Wife

Room Tip: The beds are crazy comfy with AMAZING linens!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

It was supposed to be a nice getaway and they claim to "soundproof" their own living quarters but the shrill screams of children was fairly constant! Even in the attic getting massages over the music and with the door closed. We were trying to get away from that. The massages were great but ruined by the kids. The bathroom was a bit dirty for me.I would not choose to stay here again.

Room Tip: Choose somewhere else
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Cordelia R
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NetBloke, Owner at Swantown Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2012

We are so sorry your experience at our Inn was not a pleasant one. We would like to try and rectify that somehow. Also can you tell us what room you stayed in and when? We have no record of Cordelia as a guest.

We realize that sometimes our kids can be a little loud, for massages we have told the therapists they need to keep the spa door closed as the sound travels straight up the back stairs. We are also working on finding an antique door to replace the missing one at the bottom of the back stairs.

As for "added costs" I have no idea what you mean. We give you a printed estimate of all costs including the day spa services when you book via email and again when you check in.

Please feel free to give us a call and I will see what I can do to change your opinion of us.

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Reviewed 30 May 2012

I have stayed here many times and never get enough. They have beds that make you want to stay or figure out how to load them in your car to take home, yes beds are that amazing! Casey and Nathan are wonderful. Casey will change things around to meet dietary needs and as long as time is not an issue will let you choose what time you would like to eat. I've been to some where breakfast is waiting for you. Not here they service as You are ready to eat. The common room is wonderful too and they encourage you to relax and enjoy it. So you are not only renting a "room" you are buying an experience. Oh and can't forget about the onsite spa services that are offered. Talk about luxury. You will not be disappointed by staying here!!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

The Swantown Inn boasts great beds -- and it is very true that they are. Casey is a great cook and the food is wonderful, if you like cold scones. If only they would keep them warm and serve them with butter and jam. The entrees were very good. The railing going up the stairs to the rooms needed some good elbow grease and soap, but the room itself was quite clean. A look under the bed revealed left over paper that should have been spotted by housekeeping. There was no extra toilet paper in the room either. The selection of CDs was a nice addition to the room. I appreciated the ceiling fan and the linens were wonderful. If you want breakfast at a different time than they select, forget it. Nathan is friendly but unbending on many things. Watch out also for the prices on their website. The price listed is for one occupant only. If you have a couple, the price increases. Be forewarned. It is in a nice residential area of Olympia and Nathan is eager to tell you about the area.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Gdalelovers
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NetBloke, Owner at Swantown Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

I am sorry our scones are not what you were expecting. We bake our scones fresh every morning, but they are always flavored scones, not a traditional English scone that we would serve cream (or butter) and jam with. As for their warmth, we do bake them from scratch every morning, they are usually ready about 20 minutes or so before breakfast for early guests to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea if they wish. If we were to keep them warm in the oven, in the kitchen, they wouldn't be nearly as moist as they are or available for our early risers. From looking at your booking I would say that the scones you had during your stay were probably our maple pecan and on the second morning either our blueberry or cranberry walnut scones, all of which are frequently requested by return guests and raved about by others.

The front railing does have quite a few years of wax and polish on it, as it is original to the house, but does regularly get cleaned as well as the door handles, light switches and other items that are frequently touched.

As for the pricing, I am not sure what pricing you saw. I checked our website, which was recently updated, and it lists the price of the Percival room (the room you stayed in) as $129 per night, which is the rate for two people, although the rate for one person is less at $119, which may have shown up if you started the reservation process online before you called to make the reservation.

It is true that on the weekend (Sat, Sun and holidays) we serve breakfast at 9am. There are a few reasons behind that. We work at the inn full time, we don't get weekends off, and during this time period we are gearing up for our busiest time of year and often go months without a break or day off. The weekends are a chance for us to have an opportunity to sleep in. Many of our guests are also taking a break and welcome the chance to sleep in plus if we have guests eating all at the same time we can prepare breakfasts that we are unable to prepare for guests when they are eating at all different times (during the week we serve breakfast typically as early as 8am and as late as 9am, but for some business travelers, guests departing for the airport, etc will do breakfast at 7:30am). Some examples of those recipes are our savory herb bread pudding and savory thyme egg bake which are baked in one dish and then portioned out eight ways.

All of our guest rooms are stocked with an extra roll of toilet paper, in the Percival room it is located under the sink. Also we do not enter their room to service it unless the hang tag is out saying it needs servicing. We want our guests to think of their room as a sanctuary, knowing that no one is going to enter unless permission is given. During your stay the tag was not put out, otherwise we would have noticed the roll of toilet paper and swapped it out for you. You are correct that the paper under the bed should have been rectified before your arrival.

We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Olympia and that your next search for lodging provides you with something that better suits your needs.

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Reviewed 26 May 2012

At first glace this place looks amazing, walking in your greeted by Nathan in such a welcoming manner. The rooms : ) oh my goodness the rooms are amazing, Jeff and I stayed in the Percival room and it was perfect. The room was gorgeous and very romantic, and spacious. Casey's breakfast's are fantastic.. I dont usually like berries and the decadent french toast was so delicious that I did not even care, not to mention that their two children are they cutest little things. This was our first bed and breakfast and because of this experience we will stay in them again!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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NetBloke, Owner at Swantown Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Hi Judee,

We are so glad you and Jeff enjoyed your getaway here during your anniversary and that we were able to introduce you to the bed and breakfast experience. May your many years ahead of you in married life take you to other great experiences! Thank you again for your high praises.

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Generally I'm not keen on B&B's for many reasons including most of the time queen size beds vs. big people beds. As I looked at hotels/Inns in the area they all seemed to have average ratings, while the Swantown Inn had 5's across the board. We stayed in the Columbia Room for two nights. While I'm not big on walking across the hallway to a private bathroom, we were rewarded in that it is large and very workable.

Columbia has a very nice king size bed and our entire experience was excellent. What really makes this B&B a delight--is not the brick and mortar---but the inn-keepers. Both are gregarious and interesting people who are also interested in you and your experiences----even though they've been doing this for 7 years.

The B'fasts were excellent and the location quiet, yet we were close to everything. Nice place---nice people.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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NetBloke, Owner at Swantown Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Thank you for your compliments. We do think that we offer something above and beyond our local hotel counterparts! The Columbia room is our only guest room with the bathroom not attached to the room, but you are correct that it makes up for that fact by being a larger bathroom. And as a bonus all of our rooms feature the same comfortable king size mattresses! We hope if your travels bring you back this way you choose to stay with us again.

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Additional Information about Swantown Inn & Spa

Address: 1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501-2411
Region: United States > Washington > Olympia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Olympia
Price Range: £116 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Swantown Inn & Spa, is a Bed & Breakfast Retreat, featuring four guest rooms, each with a private bathroom and a three course gourmet breakfast provided each morning. The Innkeepers have an in depth knowledge of local restaurants and attractions, which will help make your stay even more memorable. WIFI is available at no cost and guests have access to a computer with a laser printer. We also feature an on site day spa, staffed by Licensed Massage Therapists. ... more   less 
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