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“Great Small Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Inn at El Gaucho

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Inn at El Gaucho
Ranked #39 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
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“Great Small Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

I was in Seattle one night on business and decided to try something different from the large chain hotels where i usually stay. My decision was rewarded with a very pleasant stay at this quaint boutique hotel. The staff was quick and courteous and my room, despite being an online third party booking, had plenty of space and a fantastic layout. With only 17 rooms total and only one floor there isn't much worry about noise pollution and the complementary internet had fantastic bandwidth. Also if you are a younger person the location in the heart of Belltown is perfect for nightlife and an easy walk to the majority of downtown Seattle sights.For families and those less mobile the walking distance to both Seattle Center and Pike Place market is a little over half a mile, which is by no means a marathon, but could be difficult with a family in tow.

I have two tiny complaints and neither would deter me from staying again, which i definitely plan on doing the next time I'm in Seattle. The first is that the bathrooms could use a bit of an update. Second is the down pillow-tops on the mattresses can be scratchy if you are laying in the wrong position.

If you have the option, pass on some of Seattle's larger hotels and enjoy a night here.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

The 50's motif was a fun lark, but El Gaucho's selling point is its location and knowing that you're getting away from the big chains. The room was clean ans spacious, with better furniture than it competitors (leather couch and armchair).

The service was decent, and the attached restaurant/bar is nicely upscale. Although I didn't get to see it, the fact that there was a contemporary movie theater in the basement was kind of fun. I'm spoiled, so I didn't give them points for the free coffee, tea & cookie.

The trade-off is the 1st-street rooms: Do you want to see the Space Needle, or be on the quiet side of the building? You can't have both.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Calgary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

This hotel was in an excellent location, the staff were friendly and the room was clean and spacious. I would definitely stay here again if I was back in Seattle.

A couple of tips, when you make your reservation ask for a room that does not face 1st, as this street can be a bit noisy. Also if you have any mobility challenges, you may want to steer clear of this hotel as there are many stairs to go up when you arrive. Lastly, check out the Innkeeper pub across the street.....great happy hour, and wonderful staff. There is also a patio at the back which was unfortunately not open when we were there.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port Townsend, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Located in the trendy Belltown area of Seattle this boutique hotel has it's pros and cons. The hotel has been renovated over an 8 year period. The decor is trendy with a contemporary color scheme of brown and tan with plush white linens. Their designer has done a good job in making the best of the space in the rooms. The designer either left the bathrooms in the 1960 original design or created this look. The showers have been nicely upgraded with lush robes for your use. When booking your room you should consider that there are no king beds only queen beds available. Their staff is very friendly and offer a very personalized service with a full coffee bar in the morning from 5:30 am to 11:00 am and a self serve lemon water dispenser through out the day. The hotel is close to many good restaurants and other activities and away from the main core of Seattle. Like all urban hotels valet parking is expensive $25 for overnight. Quiet area. Good value for the price that we paid.

Room Tip: Queen beds only. Boutique hotel corner rooms are more spacious than others. This hotel is trendy a...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

My husband and I were excited to step away from some of the bigger name chains and try a boutique hotel for our latest trip to Seattle. Unfortunately, the Inn at El Gaucho was not a rewarding experience. The room was small and dark, there were toe nails on the carpet next to the bed, hairs on the towels and floor in the bathroom, and the street noise had us up for hours in the middle of the night after the club downstairs let out. Several times we had to wait as long as 10 minutes at the front desk before a staff person arrived. Overall, given the price, we were very disappointed and will not be making a return visit.

Room Tip: Rooms facing 1st Ave are ridiculously noisy between midnight and 2am Fri/Sat night after the clubs l...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I found this amazing hotel, the Inn at El Gaucho on ILoveinns. The hotel is intimate, comfortable and the staff is lovely and helpful. The location is fantastic, we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go; Pike Place Market, the Aquarium, The Space Needle, Shopping, Dining and more. They have extra touches that make it really nice, delicious chocolate chip cookies in the room on arrival, cozy bathrobes, Starbucks coffee (and tea) in the morning, room service from the restaurant at El Gaucho and the food is amazing! I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at El Gaucho. The staff was friendly and helpful. The small touches here were really lovely--chocolate chip cookies at arrival, hand-written thank you notes and key card envelopes, water and coffee available. The lobby's really nice with a fireplace and a swanky Old Hollywood feel. Wall art was Hollywood inspired. I enjoyed the location...walkable to downtown and the Seattle Center. Funky neighborhood. Room service available from restaurant, but that's out of our price range.

The room was sort of small, but did have a great leather seating area with a loveseat and chair. "Office" area in a large closet. Small bathroom with shower only. The shower was one of the best I've ever taken though! The showerhead is high, which is great for tall people like us. Housekeeping was good (not great--everything was clean though!).

I thought this hotel was fantastic at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sharon D, Manager at Inn at El Gaucho, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Thank you for the 4 star review!

We are thrilled to receive feedback from our guests and to hear how we met or failed to meet our guest’s expectations. We are glad to know you especially enjoyed the “small touches” as we strive to add a little something extra to make your stay truly memorable.

We do apologize that our housekeeping staff did not meet the level of service you had hoped to receive. If you have any specific recommendations regarding this part of your stay, we would be more than happy to hear your feedback.

Thank you, again, for your review. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Seattle.

Regards,
David Shapland
dshapland@elgaucho.com
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Property: Inn at El Gaucho
Address: 2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-1302
Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > Belltown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#20 Business Hotel in Seattle
#33 Family Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at El Gaucho 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seattle's Luxury Urban Inn.Step back in time, to an era of uncompromising service and total indulgence. With its "retro-swank" fifties décor, the Inn at El Gaucho will give you the kind of responsive attention and personal pampering that only a 17-suite, exclusive Inn can provide.Located in Seattle's ultra-hip Belltown district, the Inn is minutes away from landmarks such as the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Whether you're a visitor to the city or a local spending a night on the town, the Inn at El Gaucho will serve up a memorable stay you'll cherish forever. ... more   less 
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