The Bacon Mansion is centrally located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. We stayed two nights in the Capitol Suite, which is even larger than it appears on the B&B's Web site. The Capital Suite has two rooms that are separated by French doors. The larger room has an enormous four-poster king-size bed, two sofas, a desk, two sitting areas, two huge bureaus, and a large walk-in closet. The smaller room has a queen-size bed, small sitting area, small refrigerator, and a small vanity with a sink. The king-size bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in, and the queen-size was more than adequate. The rooms feature gorgeous period furniture, all lovely warm wood & cushy upholstered chairs & sofas.
Fresh, hot strong coffee (or hot water/tea) is left outside your door at 7:30 each morning. Breakfast is from 8:30-9:30 in the formal dining room. Everyone sits at a single huge, beautifully decorated table. Food was excellent, but light - homemade muffins, fresh fruit salad, yogurt, a couple kinds of cereal. Juice, coffee & tea to drink.
Common areas are lovely, and there is a baby grand piano in the living room. While we were there, another guest played beautifully each evening.
The gardens feature exquisite flowers, with many small tables tucked away so that you can have a nearly private experience. We enjoyed sitting outside with our coffee in the morning before breakfast.
The B&B is within walking distance of numerous excellent restaurants & interesting shops on Capitol Hill. The location is also very close to downtown Seattle, if you want to drive or take the bus.
Beware: The sofa bed is unusable for sleeping. It is truly terrible - lumpy, tilted, with the metal bar pressing firmly into your back. Do not attempt to even put kids on it - they will be more comfortable on the floor.
Remember that this is an old mansion - so the water pressure in the second floor rooms is nearly nil. The water scarcely dribbles out of the fixture.
There is no air conditioning, so we had to throw open all the windows to get any relief during the warm, sunny weather. (I know, we aren't complaining.) If you need a cool room to sleep, don't come here when it's sunny.
The windows do not have screens, which was a problem for me. When we were in the room after dark & had the lights on, all the flying insects were attracted by the lights and came to join us.
Also, the house has lots of spiders. Not venomous spiders, but they were too large & too numerous for me nonetheless. The rest of my family doesn't mind creepy crawlies, and didn't even notice all the 6 & 8-legged occupants. But I did. If you're concerned about bugs, don't come here in the spring/summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Seattle's Capitol Hill in a quite landmark neighborhood just two blocks from the Broadway Business district and one mile north of downtown. Large living room with grand piano, leaded glass library, formal dining room and patio with fountain. Rooms are of great variety with no two being alike. Close enough to everything, yet far enough away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bacon Mansion Hotel Seattle