3.5 stars, actually. The pros do outweigh the cons. The setting is just beautiful; if you have a car and your purpose in Seattle doesn't revolve around being downtown it will feel more homey than a hotel. It is super-close to U Village, Seattle's best shopping. Also, I arrived late at night and was welcomed by the friendliest desk clerk ever.
But I did have trouble finding the entrance in pitch black and the website didn't help (fyi: SE corner of the property, on 41st St!). I also wished for better walkway lighting. The room was really clean but apart from new linens, it did feel dated and a little rustic. Smelled stale, too. If I was on a group retreat I would be thrilled with these accommodations, but it felt strange staying here by myself. Despite a down comforter and full carpeting, I just could not feel cozy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Talaris Conference Center is a retreat, event and meeting destination that combines a distinctively Northwest environment with metropolitan technology and amenities, is located on 18-acres in a natural, park-like setting near the University of Washington in Seattle. Talaris is just four blocks from University Village and within walking distance of neighborhood restaurants, cafes and jogging trails. With 33 guestrooms, two large conference rooms, multiple breakout rooms for meetings and events. This wooded oasis is an ideal destination for intimate training workshops, meetings, retreats and other events for up to 150 people. And if business or personal travel brings you to the University District, we are the perfect alternative to a traditional hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Talaris Hotel Seattle