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The Greenlake Guest House is a gem in one of the nicest Seattle neighborhoods. Right from the reservation phone call, the hosts Blayne and Julie McAferty were cordial and thoughtful. They prepare and serve generous breakfasts with creative variety, and they keep homemade bake goods on-hand throughout the day and evening. Blayne is extremely helpful with suggestions about restaurants and sights, and he was most interested in our experiences, especially while we were gone to the San Juan Islands for a couple of days in the middle of our stay. We could tell that he was "filing away" our experiences to advise future guests at Greenlake Guest House. Even their young boys are pleasant, polite and gregarious. The entire experience with the owners was very much like staying with close friends, and we'd certainly welcome them to our home in Colorado Springs.
The property is a Craftsman-style home that the owners pushed up and out to create very comfortable rooms while preserving their own living quarters. Blayne and Julie did a beautiful renovation maintaining the roof-line so well that only the before-and-after photos displayed in the house's living room give away the extent of the push-up. They decorate very tastefully, yet the modern comforts are all on-hand.
The location is on a corner of a fairly busy street that rings Greenlake Park, a Seattle landmark. The park has many beautiful trees, a wading pool, swimming in the lake, paddle boats and a very heavily used running and wheeling path (consult the McAferty's for the walking/wheeling protocol, as the signs in the park are a bit cryptic). Excellent casual dining is within walking distance; we liked Duke's Greenlake Chowder House, where the lobster Pernod chowder was outstanding. Even though the street is busy, the rooms are very quiet with the windows closed, and the hosts provide earplugs if the weather is hot (the 5 hot Seattle days every summer!).
Fortunately, we expect to make more trips to Seattle soon, and we plan to stay at the Greenlake Guest House when we return.
Great place & People...no air conditioning
You will not be disappointed. Your are treated as if you are home.
Nice breakfest and small enough that the owners greet everyone.
My favorite B & B ever!
Tremendous! It's hard to put in words what a great place and great people you find at Greenlake Guesthouse. Julie and Blaine, the owners, are two of the nicest people we've met! My husband and I treated my parents to a stay there to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Blaine and Julie were wonderful. We felt so comfortable with them and I kept telling my husband that it would be great if we lived there so we could be friends with them. They got the most beautiful roses and chocolates for the room for my parents! They were also invaluable for their info about the area, restaurants, directions and just for having great conversations. They have lovely kids and the sweetest little beagle. The rooms are great! Tastefully decorated, comfortable and each with special features (ours was pictured at the twin room which Blaine assured me turned into a comfortable king--he was so right, it was very comfortable). My parents were in the other half of the Greenlake Suite and were also very comfortable there. It is a bright and sunny room with great views of the lake. Breakfasts were truly monumental. Julie outdoes herself every morning with delicious and big breakfasts. We found we didn't need lunch each day. The local area is great! We'd stayed in the surrounding area previously and were thrilled to find a B & B on the lake, and ecstatic to find it to be so fantastic. I recommend this place so highly and am almost hesitant to because we don't want this jewel to get so popular that we can't stay there in the future. If you still have questions, see their web page...the pictures truly show how beautiful this wonderful B&B is but you have to stay there to get the full experience! Julie and Blaine, if you read this, thanks for such great memories of a super special trip to Seattle!
We are a family of four (two teenagers), and stayed in the 2 bedroom suite. It was perfect for a family - each bedroom had its own bathroom. The location is in a nice part of Seattle, and the lake across the street is beautiful. We have stayed in several B&Bs as a family over the last few years, so we have a good basis for comparison - you can not go wrong here. The owners are very helpful and personable, and have thought through all of the details of running a B&B. Although we did not take it, there is a bus stop right outside so you can ride the bus to downtown Seattle if you so desire. There are also several good restaurants within walking distance (3-4 blocks away).
Greenlake Guest House a Gem
My husband and I found ourselves in Seattle two days earlier than orginally expected this past June. We had already contacted Greenlake Guest House for a Thanksgiving reservation and thought maybe we could find the house and see if there was any chance of a spur-of-the moment stay. As it turned out there was a vacany! Our stay provided us with an unexpected two-day retreat. The peaceful decor, comfy bed, inviting double/jet tub, delicious breakfast, and just the right amount of hospitable conversation made our two days truly enjoyable. We look forward to our stay at Thanksgiving time--this time as returning guests.
Great B&B on GreenLake in Seattle
My Wife and I stayed at the Greenlake B&B and had a wonderful experience. The Husband and Wife (Blayne & Julie) team went above and beyond our expectations. The Breakfast was outstanding both mornings. Blayne provided us with maps of the various Seattle neighborhood we wanted to explore and helped us make dinner and sightseeing reservations. It was my wife's birhtday and they helped me set up some wine and chocolates in the room to surprise her when we arrived. The location is great! We jogged around the lake both mornings (3 mile path). We have stayed in many B&Bs over the years and this one is definately in the top 3.
Awesome location just North of Downtown Seattle
My girlfriend and I embarked on a lovely trip to the great North West where I asked her to be my wife later that same trip and she said yes. The innkeepers, Blayne & Julie McAferty, were so nice and really helped to make our trip one to remember. The guesthouse sets right across the street from the lake with a very peaceful view. Breakfast was exquisite. Seattle was great. It gave us the outdoor adventure we were lookig for. We loved the greenlake area and will definitely stay there again if we venture back to Seattle in the future.
P.S. The wireless internet really came in handy. We brought our laptop and it proved very useful for looking up activities and contact information in the Seattle Area.
Great Seattle Bed & Breakfast
I am hardly a seasoned Bed & Breakfast traveller, but I'd say this was the best B&B I've stayed in. The Guesthouse is a beautifully remodelled home in the Craftsman style situated right across the street from Green Lake, which is surrounded by a 3-mile jogging/biking path, and right in the heart of a great walking neighboorhood with beautiful homes. The decor inside was appropriately refreshing (no pink flowers and lace everywhere) and the service was unbeatable. The owners, Blayne and Julie, were friendly hosts and excellent cooks. Swedish pancakes and baked oatmeal were among the types of things we were served at breakfast. The purpose of our trip was to get a quick overview of Seattle, but we admitted to ourselves that the highlights of the trip were at the Guesthouse - relaxing in the jacuzzi tub and reading magazines in the sunroom! The location was also ideal, being away from downtown by about a 15-minute car or bus ride. Room prices were competitive with other B&Bs and with other nice hotels - we paid $144 per night. I hope to return.
Seattle's Newest B&B Raises the Bar
This new bed and breakfast (opened July 2004) is one that will book quickly when people find out about it! Blayne and Julie have renovated a lovely Craftsman home into a charming bed and breakfast located directly across the street from Green Lake.
On my recent business stay they went out of their way to accomodate my needs, including a delicious early breakfast so I could make my meeting. The wireless internet connection, abundant free parking, and walking path around the lake give this B&B a big advantage over the faceless hotels dowtown.
The suites are lovely and what a treat to have a jacuzzi bath and heated tile floor. It felt more like a vacation than a business trip.
Ideal accommodations for visitors
Directly across the street from Green Lake, in one of Seattle's most popular neighborhoods is Greenlake Guesthouse B&B. Just 20 minutes away from the downtown corridor, this was a great place to stay to see how and why Seattle's neighborhoods get their reputation for harmony and beauty.
The rooms were new and appointed with every amenity that we needed. TV, DVD, WiFi, soaking tub, even heated tile floors in the restroom. The beds were comfortable, (premium linen and featherbeds) the house was clean, and the meal was tasty. The innkeepers Julie and Blayne were attentive, kind, and genuine in their desire to ensure that we enjoyed our stay in the Emerald city.
We will be back as soon as we can!