Inn at El Gaucho
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The Best Stay in Seattle
The El Gaucho is the best hotel of many that we have stayed in while traveling to Seattle.
Exceptionally friendly and courteous staff. They offered much more than than my expectation. My wife rates hotels on cleanliness. Give it a "10" for that. The room was just great. Excellent color scheme, nicely furnished, and reasonably quiet. Although I would have enjoyed a King bed the Queen was really comfy. And finally, a hotel with really hot water! Oh and the price was really good too.
The location of the hotel is excellent as well. A short hike to the Pike Street Market, the furnituire stores on Western Avenue and some of the greatest restaurants in the Northwest.
We loved the El Guacho and are planning our next stay.
Awesome hotel despite its name
The Inn is in one of the best locations in Seattle, Beltown. It is within walking distance to Pike Market, great restuarants, check out Zoe's, shops, and the space needle. The rooms are large and comfortable. The staff is so helpful, attentive, professional, etc. I was really impressed. I'm very picky and have stayed in great hotels all over the country. I am not easily pleased but I have to say I was happy with the entire three day I was there. They even include a simple breakfast delivered to you in the morning (you have to request it). The bed was fantastic as were the towels. I highly recommend this place. If you can't walk up stairs (2 flights) and need a bathtub this might not be the place for you. I got over the cheesy name and took a chance on this place and am very happy I did. Great deal, great location, awesome staff.
My husband and I just spent a weekend at the Inn at El Gaucho. Have been to Seattle many times and wanted to stay in Belltown area so we could be close to the many restaurants/bars as well as shopping, but also have a relaxing stay in a nice (but not too expensive) hotel. This hotel fit the bill. The staff at the front desk were so welcoming and friendly. Even though I knew our room would not be ready - it was before noon- check in is 3:00- they kept our bags and took our cell # to give us a call when it was ready (keep in mind that there are only 18 rooms in this hotel- if they say a room isn't ready it probably isn't). After wandering around town for a while (Pike place is only few blocks away) we came back to our lovely room-we had even been upgraded to a Soundview room. Really comfy room with Plasma TV- nice linens and cozy leather couches. In the morning we were delivered a continental breakfast with awesome coffee, fresh juice/fruit and warm breads with the morning paper- perfect way to spend a lazy morning- lounging on the leather couch.
We would definitley recommend this hotel and hope to visit again soon.
Belltown at it's best
We stay in Seattle frequently and picked the Inn at El Gaucho because we wanted to experience Belltown, a neighborhood within walking distance of Pike Place Market and downtown. The room was fabulous with a
high def, wall mounted 30 inch TV, beautiful leather sofa and chair, portable bar, luxurious sheets, the world's softest robes, soothing Tuscan colors on the wall, Bose CD player and much more. The rate includes a delicious continental breakfast with an assortment of hot breakfast breads, fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice and of course, delicious Seattle coffee (not starbucks). You can eat at the famous El Gaucho Restaurant below or stroll down First where there are many excellent restaurants including our favorite, Cascadia. The staff was great too! I'd definitely stay there again.
My wife and I recently stayed at El Gaucho and it was fantastic. The rooms are extremely comfortable - and after a long day exploring seattle it was great just sinking into the leather couch and turning on the plasma TV. The staff were fantastic - and it was a much more personal service than I've recieved at any of the bigger hotels I've stayed at.
If I was to visit Seattle again I would definitely just say at El Gauchos again.
Will keep going back
My husband and I have now stayed at the Inn at El Gaucho twice and each time has been extremely pleasant. We originally booked a room for after our wedding and the staff was incredible (although a bit slow for off-hours food requests). The rooms are warmly lit, the beds are extremely comfortable, the robes are very nice, and the sitting area great for your morning cup of coffee or just an afternoon nap. It isn't a scene, which is quite nice after a disappointing stay at the W in Seattle. The Inn is private, small and discrete - perfect for our mini-honeymoon.
Our second trip just concluded as we needed a quick stop over in the city. The staff remembered us by name and upgraded our room upon arrival. We had drinks downstairs and the waitstaff brought them up for us when we were ready to retire. We needed to leave earlier than the first breakfast delivery time, so they brought us our coffee and breakfast early without us asking for it. It is now the only hotel (aside from the Willow's Lodge) in the Seattle area that we will stay.
Disappointed with the lack of flexibility from the staff!!
I stayed at El Gaucho for business travel during the week. My flight into Seattle arived at half past noon (a 4.5 hour flight from St Louis). My plans were to check in, shower, shave and change clothes for my afternoon business meetings. Upon arrival, I was refused an early check in (it was nearly 1 PM when I arrived at the Hotel). I understand the "policy" of not checking in until 3 PM, but for a business traveler who endures an early/long flight to Seattle and who needed to be presentable for business meetings, I was very disappointed with the lack of flexibility to allow me to check in early. I've never been turned down for an early check in by any other hotel I've stayed, and not being allowed this early check put me in a bad situation. The desk clerk couldn't have cared less about my situation and wouldn't allow me in an already cleaned room. I had to shave and change in the lobby restroom. I won't be back, that's for sure...especially if I am arriving in town before 3 PM!
All out extras: gift bags, in room breakfast, amazingly soft bathrobe, plasma tv. Above and beyond expectations!
Loved this hotel
My girlfriend, me and my one week old son had tickets to a seahawks game and decided to try this hotel. Absolutely loved it! If you are like me and need a hotel that is comfortable and guarantees a good nights sleep this is definately one of them. Good sized rooms, nice staff, close to the stadium(we took transit there and walked back). I loved the bed, the tv, the cookies upon arrival, the in room continental breakfast and leather couches. Good room for entertaining a couple people. I like that there are only 18 rooms, keeps it nice and personal. I've stayed at $29.00 to $500 a night hotels and I feel El Gaucho gives you more than your moneys worth.
One note, don't be deterred by the fact that there is no elevator. That put me off at first especially having a newborn and all the paraphenalia that go with. It was not a problem at all. Beautiful lobby. Now having said all that I feel there is a bit of room for improvement. Nothing is ever perfect. Three things 1. a phone book, there wasn't one and we wanted to order chinese. Granted we didn't try very hard to get a hold of one and maybe it was overlooked in our room. We were still recovering from the newborn and both very tired! 2. This hotel, as small as it is, could still benefit from a snack and pop machine. Everyone wants a pop/chips/water/chocolate bar in the middle of the night. 3. There is a perfect spot in the closet under the desk for a bar fridge which would take care of Number 2.
I would stay at this hotel everytime i come to seattle to be sure!
Just What I Was Looking For
For our vacation in Seattle, my wife and I didn't want the typical "corporate" hotel with its impersonal service and hundreds of guests. Instead, we looked for a more intimate setting where the service would be personal and we wouldn't be lost in the crowd. I found the Inn at El Gaucho by accident in an offhand comment on a message board and looked into it. They have 18 rooms, all on one floor, above the "El Gaucho" steakhouse in the Belltown section of Seattle. There was very little information about the Inn on this or any other travel-related web sites, but we decided to take a chance on it. We loved it.
The location of the Inn is great - about two blocks (uphill) from the waterfront, and about 5 blocks over from Pike Place market. We walked just about everywhere, including the Space Needle.
The lobby is spacious for a hotel of this size, and nicely appointed. There's even a fireplace. The staff was uniformly excellent - everyone was extremely friendly and helpful with everything from extending our stay (they had to move some people around to accommodate us), giving us tourist advice, fixing the internet connection - anything we needed was attended to quickly and graciously. Because the staff isn't overwhelmed with guests, they get to know you, ask if you need something, offer advice, and generally make you feel welcome every time you walk through the lobby.
Our room was a deluxe queen "sound view" (all rooms have queen beds). The view did include the sound, although it was partially obscured by a building (no sunsets over the water). The bed was made up with down comforters and pillows, with high thread-count linens, and was extremely comfortable - if anything, the comforters were too warm for the season, but easily removed, of course. The room was furnished with a sofa, easy chair, and ottoman, all upholstered in leather. There also was a built-in work desk with a wired and wireless Internet connection available (the Internet connection was a bit intermittent, but maybe that was my computer's fault). There also was a ceiling fan and a flat-screen, high-definition TV that worked perfectly. The bathroom was well appointed, with a shower stall (no bathtub), nice toiletries, and very high-quality towels. Since the Inn was only opened in April 2005, everthing is still in perfect condition - like new.
Housekeeping was perfect - the room was always made up promptly and perfectly. They also provide a free continental breakfast and newspaper.
The only negatives I can think of (and I have to think hard to find them) were 1) a fairly loud fan noise coming from, I think, the restaurant's exhaust fan under us, 2) that Internet connection issue, and 3) a 2-flight walk up from the street to the lobby/room level (there's no elevator). Actually, the fan noise can be a benefit in a city hotel, since it masks some of the street noise. This isn't a particularly busy section of the city, so noise isn't a big problem anyway. Another negative for some people might be the neighborhood. Belltown is an up-and-coming, hip area, reminiscent of Soho in NYC. However, it has more than its share of street people, none of whom were aggressive or threatening. There is a low-income apartment building a couple of blocks from the Inn, and I think some of the residents like to hang out on the streets during the day. So, if you're uncomfortable with that situation, this might not be the neighborhood you want to stay in (the street people problem wasn't unique to Belltown - they're all over Seattle, just like most large cities). We're originally from NY, so we were not phased by them. There are many advantages to Belltown, not the least of which is a plethora of very good restaurants within walking distance of the Inn.
I highly recommend this place. It's not the cheapest place in town, but we felt it was worth it. I got a decent discount by booking through Seattle Super Saver.
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