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After narrowly making a CalTrain from Sunnyvale to San Francisco in which Brian's wallet was almost lost forever if not for the kindness of a super cool fellow passenger, we got to the Hertz rental car place. We then filled out some forms, loaded some luggage and popped into our sleek 2010 red Kia Rio. Rollin'.
Our long drive from San …
... area. My favourite was the troll under the bridge, but I also enjoyed Lenin (he was picked up having been toppled in the anticommunist uprising in Slovakia, and delivered to Seattle). We then met up with Ollie's schoolfriend Miggy and his lovely wife Chamonix. The boys hadn't seen each other in years, so it was great to catch up. We were not at all jealous of their move to Hawaii in 6 days. Nope, not at all... They very kindly offered to have us to stay the next day, ...
... of the restaurant facing the water . . . then an area of tables outside . . . even with infrared heaters . . . it got a little chilly as the sun went down . . . we could see the young ladies shivering or reaching for wraps . . . or both.
We were watching the water activity as the sun dipped in the western sky . . . there was West Seattle across Elliott Bay . . . and we could see Salty's . . . a restaurant we have eaten at several times across the bay . . . there ...
... a sigh of relief and a big cheesy grin I successfully catch it in both hands and raise it to a round of applause by the onlooking crowd thats formed. A thorough hand wash later and I swear I can still smell it on me ...
An odd attraction of the market was the bubble gum wall. Its as gross as it sounds, an entire wall where people over time have stuck their brightly coloured gum. It has a sweet scent to it which probably improves the smell of the alley but I still don't want ...
... the time agreed and met a further 3 friendly and excited faces.
There is Patrick from Sweden, Uzhar from Manchester (unsure of the spelling there :0/ ) and Kate from Cambridge. We enjoy a beautiful gourmet meal at the renowned Denny's (please let the sarcasm be coming through) and prepare together for the following day into Seattle. I've arranged for us to go kayaking the next evening at Sunset, Mount Rainier will never look more glorious!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pensione Nichols Seattle
I would agree with those who found Pensione Nichols to be a little less than tidy. My sister and I stayed in a suite for two nights in mid-September and were surprised by the lack of attention to details. When I was in France in 1988, I stayed in many similarly threadbare hotels, but my expectations weren't high because I was paying the equivalent of $20. We expected more of our $195 suite at Pensione Nichols, but alas! Our first surprise was having to clean the tub out ourselves -- the maid must have walked away after scrubbing the incredibly slow-draining tub, leaving the cleanser and a wad of hairs behind. The bathroom sink also had hairs stuck in the drain, in plain sight, and the floor didn't appear to have been swept. The towels were thin, worn through in places, and frayed on the edges. In the living room, the bedspread on the daybed had large stains on it, and a comforter we got off a shelf was grungy on the edges from contact with people's skin. These are all easy things to take care of, and we wondered why they hadn't been. The smaller rooms that we peeked into looked tidier and more charming, but we didn't look at the shared bathrooms. The smells referred to in other reviews weren't noticeable to us (and to its credit, our suite smelled sweet). The breakfast of fruit and bread was adequate -- good French press coffee by Caffe d'Arte. All in all, I believe we were paying for the great location; it was admittedly nice to tumble into our own place between forays to the market, malls, and museums.
Imagine sitting on your balcony looking out at Pike's Place Market and the sparkling waters of Elliot Bay. That was our view from our suite at this unique hotel right in the heart of Pike's Place Market. I thought I'd never get my husband off that balcony and out to explore Seattle, but I guess that's what vacation is for.
The beauty of Seattle is best appreciated from Pensione Nichols, with a wonderful view of the water and the public market. I travel to Seattle regularly for business and would never stay anywhere else. Breakfast reflects the freshness of the public market and the European style mentioned in other reviews. I love the luxurious bathrooms, one with a clawfoot tub that I would never get in another hotel. The people working at the desk are always friendly, knowledgeable about where and how to get around to restaurants and other ammenities of the city.
Funky, but clean
I read with dismay the negative reviews of this place, so we were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find it a perfectly clean, although funky, place. The location is the main draw - right next to Pike Place Market and downtown. Yes, the second floor does have a bit of an odor, but the third floor, where most of the rooms are, is fine.
The view is great from the breakfast room. Breakfast was very good, including lots of fruit, about 4 kinds of toast/bread, jams, and wonderful coffee. The sheets were clean, the bathrooms spotless, and all in all, it was a good place to stay.
Reminded me of Europe
When I first walked into the pensione, I was in love. This place is like pensiones in Europe. Plus, the most amazing view of puget sound, the Pike Place Market and the mountains. The staff is very friendly and down to earth. Excellent!
Wonderful! A Little Touch Of Perugia in the night. Great Location, glorious views, excellent breakfast and coffee. Not to mention, The view of the harbor was nothing less than inspiring. There is no better place from which to enjoy all Seattle has to offer.
This place is BAD
Pensione Nichols looked like a flop house. Our suite had been misrepresented (it was not airconditioned); the whole place was run down; the neighborhood scared us; we stayed only long enough to find a suitable place, and then we got charged for a night at Pensione Nichols anyway! What an experience. We have stayed at B&B's all over the country, and this is by far the worst one we have ever encountered.
Based on reviews from this web site I stayed at Pensione Nichols recently and expected a charming -- if slightly 'lived-in' -- B&B. It is far below that in terms of quality, so buyer beware. It's just about livable, but pretty ragged. I have traveled to many parts of the world and stayed in youth hostels, dives, and the like; so I could deal with this place for the one night I stayed. But if I had medium or high standards I would have been dismayed, to say the least. The room was tiny and windowless, and unfortunately the bed was awful -- old and very saggy. Worse yet I strognly suspect the sheets were not fresh (why else would there be hair on them when I arrived)? That is simply gross.
Home away from Home
We stayed at the Pensione this summer and absolutely loved it. The staff was great, friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The rooms and furnishings were unique and comfortable with quite a European flair, and the bathrooms were squeeky clean (and we saw the maid working hard every day to keep them that way). The continental breakfast was fresh, colorful and delicious. Can't beat the view of Elliot Bay from the living room, or the location right above the Pike Place Market. This place is a jewel!
Not so friendly
Definitely not up to B&B standards. The two bed room had only a full bed and some sort of child sized couch. The pillows stank of sweat. The shared bathroom shower was crusted with soap scum. There was hair everywhere. No closets. Extremely hot and noisy. Two long sets of stairs that smelled of cat pee. The breakfast consisted of microwaved day old bread, reconstituted frozen OJ and a thin slice of orange, melon and grapefruit. Overall decor was consistent with the cat pee smell. Staff attitude also went well with the rest of the amenities.