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“Wonderfully charming”
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Ballard Inn
Ranked #15 of 28 Seattle B&B and Inns
New York, NY
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Wonderfully charming”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

The Ballard Inn is charming and wonderful place – a friendly and helpful staff, clean and exceptionally designed rooms and common areas, and in a great neighborhood (restaurants, coffee, gym, etc. just steps away).
It reminds me of some of the smaller hotels in Europe I have visited.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed 12 August 2012

We found out after we booked that only four of the rooms have private baths . . . and ours wasn't one of them. Turned out that it wasn't that big of a deal, as there were three bathrooms in the hall (two full w/ showers, one half) within a few steps of the room. Hotel is a restored, turn-of-the-century bank building, with authentic-looking furniture. However, the room is a bed and a dresser. . . period--not even a closet. Windows open but area is noisy at night and in the am. Fan had to be unplugged from extension cord in order to use the light on one side of the bed. Good location for walking around Ballard, which has lots of interesting shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Hotel Ballard offered the best value my budget on a recent visit to Seattle. Hotel is very clean and the period decor adds a nice touch. Hotel receptionists go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. However, the twin room is very basic with a bed, TV, lounge chair and night stand. The room lacked a desk and closet. Shared bathroom was no problem as it is kept very clean and fresh. The hotel does has a vending machine but no facility to microwave or make a cup of tea/coffee. You can hear the noise from the street (I was on the second floor) so if you are a light sleeper beware. Excellent location and easy to get to downtown Seattle. I was informed that a larger hotel is expected to be open soon in the vicinity.

Room Tip: This hotel is a place to sleep and no more.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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indiana
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2012

We stayed at the Ballard Inn/Hotel Ballard for three nights when sleeping with the windows open was necessary due to hot daytime temperatures. The bed was super-comfy, the shared bathrooms private, clean and plentiful, and the staff quite nice. However, the street noise was a problem. Our room was on a corner of the building, so our three windows overlooked an outdoor dining area for a pizza place, a gym that generated a lot of early-morning noise, and the neighborhood's main street. I can recommend the Ballard wholeheartedly--but only for very sound sleepers or people who don't mind using earplugs. And don't depend on the robes--the one in our room was almost child-sized.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Ballard has so much to offer that you really do not need to spend too much time in your room. The staff is great and all of Ballard is outside your front door. The sheets and robes were so comfy that they are perfect comfort from a rainy day.
I travel here alone to visit friends and coming back in after a day out, they are always glad to see you and hear about your day.
The rooms on the outside facing the street can be noisy at night when the clubs let out so if you can, choose an interior room.

Room Tip: Try to get an interior room for a quieter night sleep.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Port Townsend
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Hotel Ballard is a lovely little European-style guesthouse. There are only 16 rooms and some with shared bathroom, but the beds are great, the sheets are wonderful, and the robes are delightful. The price is fair, and the staff was comfortably friendly and helpful. The hotel is just acouple blocks from Swedish Hospital---certainly closer than any other hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2012

Hotel Ballard and the local restaurants and activities provided a great weekend getaway! The hotel is an ancient (by west coast standards) modest hotel that has been renovated. It is small & neat, very quiet. Our room used the shared bathrooms down the hall but some come with in suite facilities for those who mind mingling in your bathrobe. The hotel provides parking passes for local lots nearby. From the hotel on foot we hit dinner at a vegetarian Thai place - and we are not vegans! Jhanjay Thai Cuisine - great place. We also hit the local movie theater, window shopping & in the morning a great Bakery just accross the street. Not cheap, but a great weekend - great way to do Valentines or any occasion.

Room Tip: This is a very simple historic Hotel. Many rooms share bathrooms so if that will be uncomfortable...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ballard Inn
Address: 5300 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4060
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > Ballard
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Ballard Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ballard Inn is a newly remodeled, vintage, boutique hotel, located in the heart of Ballard. Accommodations showcase vintage decor combined with old world charm. Completely renovated and restored to its 1902 elegance, Ballard Inn features 16 intimate rooms with 21st century amenities. Built in 1902, the building was originally commissioned and occupied by the American-Scandinavian Bank. And, later converted to a hotel, which served the city of Ballard and the neighboring communities of Magnolia, Fremont, and Wallingford for over 100 years. Amenities Include: Complimentary WIFI, Flat Screen TVs & cable, Bathrobes, Hairdryers, Access to 50,000 sqft Gym, including sauna, pool &whirlpool hot-tub, 24 hour front desk service, & Parking. Seattle's hottest neighborhood is waiting for you to explore just outside the Inn. Ask our front desk about area restaurants, bars, shopping and sight-seeing. Points of Interest: Walking distance to Ballard Locks, Golden Gardens park, local beaches and a 10 minute drive to downtown Seattle. Enjoy a cultural stay and rest at ease while staying at Ballard's premier boutique Inn. ... more   less 
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