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University Inn - A Staypineapple Hotel
Ranked #28 of 102 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 September 2008

The University Inn is set in the relative peace of the University District (U of Washington.) It is a great place to come home to after seeing the sights of Seattle. Their free shuttle makes it very easy to get to the major sights of Seattle. The shuttle drivers are exceptionally friendly and make good tour guides. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Also, a great complimentary breakfast is provided. It is easy to come back to the hotel after a day of sightseeing, relax for awhile and then walk up the street to the restaurant area and have a choice of a variety of menus. The UWashington campus is a short walk away with its very good Burke Museum and lovely campus. We had a very pleasant stay here and we highly recommend staying here. We definitely will stay at the University Inn if we visit Seattle again.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2008

We stayed 2 nights at the University Inn while vacationing in Seattle. We've stayed at many different hotels in Seattle over a number of years and chose the University Inn this time for its price and high rating on tripadvisor.

Overall, our stay was positive. I wasn't wowed by the UI, but it has a nice location in the University District, a free continental breakfast, and the price is excellent compared to other Seattle hotels. Our room had a nice view of downtown (in the distance) which was a bonus. We also took advantage of the free shuttle service the hotel provides and spent a morning downtown shopping. We were the only ones in the shuttle both ways and the driver was on-time and friendly. The continental breakfast was fine, better (more options) if you actually go downstairs rather than fill out the form for them to deliver it to your door in the morning.

Our only complaint was that despite being gone from 9am to 2pm one day our room was not cleaned until we made a request at 3:30. We ducked out for a walk and when we returned it was cleaned, but it feels like a hassle to have to do so. Strangely enough the following morning a housekeeping staff member knocked on our door at 9am wanting to clean our room when we were just getting out of bed.

We've stayed in nicer hotels in the Seattle area, but also paid considerably more. We've stayed at their sister property just up the block, the Watertown, and I think I prefer it because it has a larger lobby and breakfast area plus tables outside. All in all, a good stay and the perfect pick if you want a solid hotel without the inflated Seattle prices.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2008

My husband and I stayed at the University Inn over a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We booked the hotel after seeing the great reviews on Tripadvisor.

Everything about this hotel was great! The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. The area was quiet and the beds comfortable. We took advantage of the breakfast each day we were there. The staff kept the food well stocked and everything tasted great! We also got to enjoy the snack one day when we were there. We didn't use the pool as there were always quite a few people using it, but it looked clean and we saw staff cleaning it in the morning.

We LOVED the fact that the hotel had a shuttle, as we didn't want to be looking for parking all the time. The shuttle drivers were great!!! They were helpful in explaining how to get around the city. They even offered to transport us to the Mariners game even though it wasn't on the regular route. Even though we didn't take advantage of the offer, we apprecieted it. I wish I could remember their names, so I could give them the thanks they deserve.

I have absolutely no complains about this hotel and I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2008

We booked this hotel because of the Trip Advisor rating, and the rave reviews from other travelers and were not disappointed. The experience was wonderful from start to finish.
The front desk staff were efficient, knowlegable, friendly and helpful. The property was immaculate, including the rooms, and the eating area. There is a complimentary breakfast, complete with actual waffle irons, a large selection of beverages, and a diverse offering of foods. There is also a complimentary 'snack' served mid-afternoon, comprised of meats and cheeses, crackers, veggies and dip, rolls, and more bevvies.
There is a complimentary internet station set up for the patrons use, complete with printer and hand sanitizer.
Free, surveilled parking, close proximity and complimentary shuttle to many tourist attractions, and excellent room set-up, with fridge and microwave, nintendo, and sink-and-mirror combo outside the main bathroom, complete the package.
Top it off with moderate pricing and you cannot beat this property for value. We were stunned at how reasonable the bill was on departure.
I would recommend this hotel to ANYONE, particulary if you want to be out of the hub of downtown, but within a reasonable cab ride to the major attractions. It is about a 15 dollar fare if you are outside of the shuttle hours, and literally a 10 minute drive.
If anything, this property is UNDER-priced. We've never been more impressed.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2008

We booked this hotel after reading several reviews as it seemed like the best deal when we compared the rates to the downtown hotels. Most of the reviews stated that the staff was very helpful and friendly. We found this to be the case in a very special way. We were to attend the Mariners game on Saturday night and were running late as we were coming in from Eugene. We were unable to stop at the hotel before the game. We came out from the game and our rental's window had been broken and everything we owned was stolen. We called Jeff at the hotel to tell him we would be late and to be sure and hold the room. We finally arrived around 2 AM as the police never came to the scene. Jeff helped us to get the basic necessities and was on the lookout for the police who finally arrived around 3. The rest of the staff was very helpful the remaining days of our stay, but we can never thank Jeff enough for his support that evening. The room was very nice and clean. The University Inn is a very good deal that I would recommend to our friends. Watch out where you park in Seattle. The night we returned our rental two gentlemen in a Lincoln suffered the same fate.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2008

The University Inn is a great place to stay, especially if you do not want to stay in downtown Seattle. We arrived early at the hotel and the front desk employees who were very pleasant, said it would be just a few minutes until our rooms were ready. Our room was just terrific, with a view of Mt. Rainier from our large window. Everything was clean and attractive and the bed was excellent. We chose a premier room so we had breakfast delivered to our room each morning. The food is basically what is served at their free breakfast bar and is good, but the hot dishes were just warm. Fortunately, food items could be reheated in the little microwave in the room.
The front desk personnel are especially helpful with restaurant suggestions in the area as well as with directions. If you want to use their free shuttle to downtown Seattle, make a reservation for it as early as possible. The 9 and 10 AM shuttles were full for the days we wanted to use them. A parking space in downtown Seattle can be hard to come by and is fairly expensive. We felt lucky to find a parking garage near the Waterfront and parked for $12 for the day which wasn't bad. The Underground Tour in downtown was great.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Tempe1Traveler
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Reviewed 31 August 2008

I booked this hotel after reading recommendations from TripAdvisor.com.
University Inn is an unusually fine value. It is moderately priced, but spotlessly clean. The rooms are set up with great attention to detail, from the lighting to the microwave and fridge and fine bathroom. The rooms are also quiet. The internet is free and there are stations in the lobby for those who do not bring their own laptop.
The staff are invariably polite and well informed.

The hotel offers free shuttle service to various points.

There is an outdoor swimming pool.

Not only is there a good buffet breakfast every moning, there is a great buffet snack every afternoon from 3-5.

I've never encountered a better value than University Inn and recommend it without reservation to all who are looking for reasonably priced accomodations in Seattle.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled solo
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Additional Information about University Inn - A Staypineapple Hotel

Address: 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6436
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > University District
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Seattle
#30 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#37 Family Hotel in Seattle
#47 Business Hotel in Seattle
Price Range: £99 - £242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — University Inn - A Staypineapple Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The University Inn. Where mod meets modern. Hip and happening, eclectic and groovy- The University Inn is a throwback to times when travelling was a supreme adventure and dazzling service came standard. Complementing our fun and funky decor are fantastically comfortable guest accommodations, award-winning organic cuisine and a location that can't be beat. Here you're just minutes from the University of Washington and a short drive to all Seattle has to offer: The Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Seattle Waterfront and more. We invite you do be our guest. Can you dig it? ... more   less 
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