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“Exquisite luxury” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Ballard

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Hotel Ballard
Ranked #2 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Brownsburg, United States
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exquisite luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Small boutique hotel that delivers high end finishes and in the heart of a quaint area for great shopping, walking, and dining in fine restaurants. Hotel is very appreciative of their guests and want to ensure their experience at Hotel Ballad exceeds expectations. Feedback and any concerns are immediately addressed. They even provided a small refrigerator at not charge when I requested. 24/7 gym facility accessed through hotel and free to guests is the best I've seen, an additional bonus. Fitness center even has a full lap pool. Exceptional value for an exceptional stay!

Room Tip: 5th floor can hold parties or host events so if you stay when this occurs - ask beforehand - then re...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Sarah M
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Travis W, General Manager at Hotel Ballard, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Hi Sarah,

Thank you for the excellent review! Great to hear that you were able to make use of the athletic club during your recent visit. We always welcome guest feedback and appreciated you bringing any concerns to our attention. We were thrilled to host you on your recent house hunting visit and hope to see you again soon as a neighbor.

Cheers,
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

I've heard so many good things about Hotel Ballard but did not realize how great it really is until my family and I stayed there last weekend! I loved everything about it, the room, the lobby and the common areas were decorated with sheer class! Impressive, you just know the furniture and fixtures are expensive, and were meticulously chosen. Triple A cleanliness, warm staff, hands down the most beautiful hotel I've experienced in Seattle. (I've been to quite a few-mostly the big chains!) Good location too! Very close to the city, and oh, there was a Farmer's market every weekend just a few feet away if you're into that kind of stuff! Lastly, if you love taking pictures like we do, the Hotel Ballard is the perfect backdrop!

Room Tip: We stayed at a room at the rooftop where the events venue is also located. I am glad we did because...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ria A
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Stayed 2 nights and everything was excellent! Gorgeous room, comfortable, sitting area and desk, great bed, and the free wi-fi was perfect. Easy walk to good Ballard restaurants and canal. It helped that the days I stayed the Seattle weather was perfect with upper 70 degree days. Plus, you get gym access and the gym is connected to the lobby.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scott K
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Stayed 3 nights earlier this month. The check in was a breeze, super friendly front desk staff, beautiful lobby. Our room was a luxury suite, 301, facing Ballard Ave. The room itself was gorgeous, large sitting room with a surprising comfy sofa, a nice sized bedroom, and the bathroom was just over the top. Slipper tub, separate shower and water closet, Molton Brown products, great lighting. It was just amazing. I was a little nervous about the potential for street noise, given that Ballard is a popular spot for restaurants and bars, but it was not an issue at all - impressive, given that we were there Friday and Saturday night. The location is perfect. We're from Seattle, and know the area well - so it was great to stay in a hotel that allowed us to really enjoy the Ballard neighborhood - we walked everywhere, had some great meals, shopped. All in all, it was a very nice visit - and we'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed here the night before and the night of our wedding. We initially chose this hotel because of the convenient location near our venue, The Canal, which is only 1 mile away. However, we were so pleasantly surprised with the quality and beauty of this place, we ended up doing many photos with our photographers inside our room, lobby, rooftop, and bar. We stayed in a Courtyard Suit and it was worth every penny! The bed was comfortable and the entire space was really warm and inviting. The tub was also perfect for unwinding after a long night on the dance floor! We highly recommend this hotel if you're celebrating a romantic weekend or want a luxurious night away. The only negative thing I'd mention is that there didn't seem to be many people on staff so when we made requests for delivery to the room, it would take 15 minutes or more. However, each staff member was so helpful and nice, it didn't really bother us much.

Room Tip: The Courtyard Suits have doors that open up to the rooftop. It felt more luxurious opening the door...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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37 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

Hotel Ballard is a real gem, and phenomenal value if you're not dead set on being downtown, or close to freeways. Ballard is an old Swedish area to the far norhtwest side of town with lots of cafes, bars, boutiques. The hotel, only about a year old, is amazing. Gorgeous décor, phenomenally comfortable beds with top-notch linens and huge feather pillows. Great thick towels and nice Gilchrest and Soames amenities. Also, get free access to the Olympic Health Club right next door which is top-notch and a great additional value. Some downsides -- no bellman or help with luggage and parking is a bit of a pain on the street (you can park in lot for $24/night but that seems exorbitant). I was able to find parking for 6 nights in a row on the street, so it's doable, but weekend days are really tough after 7 p.m. or so. All in all an amazing hotel, refreshingly different/boutique-size and hip locale.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zim_travelin_guy
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Travis W, General Manager at Hotel Ballard, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to write such an incredible review of Hotel Ballard! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and Olympic Athletic Club. We appreciate the feedback and will be sure to share it throughout the property.

I apologize that did not offer assistance with luggage during your recent visit. All of our staff our trained as bellman and we look forward to offering that assistance during your next visit. Also, self parking is available for $15 per night with a pass provided by the front desk and we will work to strengthen how we communicate that information upon check in.

Best,
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Spokane, Washington
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The Hotel Ballard is one of those properties you hope to frequent on every trip. Okay, location is great (midst of Ballard). This places you in a 'target rich' area for shops, boutiques, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants...the list goes on. The property is attended to in just the right ways - clean, comfortable, pleasing to the eye. The Hotel Ballard being a hotel you just may want a good night's sleep. The answer? Beds & sheets are heavenly. Quiet? We stayed two nights and were there for a Friday night...and though there was lots of activity outside, the noise level was minimal. Before arrival I could not find information about parking but was pleasantly surprised to find a multi-story parking garage accessible by elevator from the lobby, with a pass provided for free parking. Best for last: the staff was friendly and attentive, offering a pleasant 'welcome back' every time we entered the lobby. And now a tour guide tip: the Chittenden Locks are nearby...take a walk to the park and visit the locks, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RetiredAF08
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Travis W, General Manager at Hotel Ballard, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Hello,

Great to hear that you had such a relaxing and enjoyable stay at Hotel Ballard! We are pleased that you found the staff to be friendly and attentive. We will share that feedback throughout the property.

The underground parking garage is something that we are excited to offer hotel guests and public parking for visitors. Parking in Ballard can be challenging, and we strive to make it easy and convenient. Unfortunately it is not free, but overnight parking is available to hotel guests for $15 per night and $1 per hour to visitors.

Thank you for the great review and excellent photos!

Best,
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Property: Hotel Ballard
Address: 5216 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4860
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > Ballard
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Ballard 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ballard is the pinnacle of excellence among boutique hotels in North Seattle. Conveniently located in the heart of historic Ballard, we are the only boutique hotel in the Ballard, Fremont, Magnolia, and Wallingford neighborhoods. Whether you come for business or pleasure, Hotel Ballard’s 29 luxurious and elegantly appointed rooms offer all the comforts of home and more! ... more   less 
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