University Inn - A Piece Of Pineapple Hospitality
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
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Historical Traveler Reviews University Inn - A Piece Of Pineapple Hospitality Seattle
We stayed at the University Inn in mid July and was very impressed. We stayed in a deluxe room in the newer section. I thought the hotel was very clean, and the lobby and eating area was very nice. The pool was on the small side but had a nice range from 3-8 Ft. My kids enjoyed it. Although some rooms allow pets, we never saw any pets and we did not smell any odors.
The free snacks from 4:00-4:30 end promptly at 4:30, so get there on time. The breakfast choices were decent and we typically ordered a drop-off to our room which was a nice feature. They were always on time. I did have to ask for a new menu from the front desk every day. The wireless internet worked for me without problem, and they had a lobby computer to use for those without their own computer. It looked like it was constantly in use though.
Overall we enjoyed the hotel very much and got a very nice combo rate (with airfare) from Expedia which made it very affordable. We'd definitely stay there again.
Just completed a Sunday night stay at the University Inn. Stayed in the traditional room in the old section of the hotel. Room looks old and the furniture is very dated. However, the room is very large and the beds are comfortable. The bathroom does not have a tub but a very large shower. Used their free shuttle service to downtown Seattle which was very nice. However, the shuttle is a mini-van and you need to reserve a spot. The have a very nice complimentary breakfast bar and put snacks out in the late afternoon. Also a PC in the lobby with free Internet access for guests.
Very convenient if UW is part of your plans. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Price makes it a good value.
The hotel is pet friendly - I was not used to seeing dogs in a hotel lobby.
We could only enjoy this unique hotel for 1 night, before flying home after a 2 week vacation around the Pacific Northwest. Very clean, comfortable rooms, with the best bed we've ever slept in at any hotel. Upgrade to a premier room, if available. You won't regret it!
My fiance and I stayed here for 5 days right after Christmas of 2004. Very clean, cute place. Free breakfast everyday was really good. The best part was that they will shuttle you wherever you need to go for free. They dropped me off by the space needle, shopping etc... wherever I wanted. Also close to some good cheap food in the U District if you like Indian and Middle Eastern food. Only thing that bothered us one night was the dog next door that kept making noise. They're pet friendly.
Good price...the rest is a mix
Just spent five nights at the Inn and can say it was hit and miss. The hits-free parking, great rates, close to downtown, walking distance to many University area restaurants, and decent free buffet breakfeast. Now the misses- the front desk staff is made up of college students who will treat you well if they happen to be in the mood-which is very seldom. The WI-Fi access is a no-fi access. I have a sony clie' which has great ability to pick up a connection and I could not get on at all. The housekeeping was marginally passable, the room was clean , but they would miss things that should be hard to miss. All in all I would recomend, but if the staff were a little more people friendly and not so distrought to be 21 years old ,in college (from this 40 year olds memory life wasn't too bad when your 21) and having do deal with all these "out of town types" they could be a real find.......Also, if you want more of the same theme, eat breakfeast at the cafe right next door to the hotel. Fantastic food, with an even worse attitude then at the hotel. I think maybe the are all still irked that Bush actually won again. None-the -less the food is worth putting up with what is really a dismissive attitude.
A Hidden Gem
I have stayed here four times as part of a fellowship program at University of Washington. Although I had been to Seattle several times before, I hadn't really explored the university neighborhood, and I was thrilled with this hotel's location. There are terrific restaurants and shops just around the corner, and the campus is gorgeous. It's also within walking distance to Lake Union, and there's a bus right outside to go downtown (about two miles) They have a shuttle, too.
The hotel isn't fancy, but it's well appointed and has a neat contemporary design and furnishings. The continental breakfast is fine, but the adjoining Portage Bay Cafe has even better food.
My boyfriend--who is the pickiest traveler I know--declared it the perfect hotel: great amenities, not too fancy, great price, and a great location. Best of all--free parking!
I found a coupon for $99/night on seeseattle and decided to book this place as everything else closer to downtown was insanely expensive. In the end, they only charged me $89/night (not sure why) and I did not complain! I was impressed: spotlessly clean, efficient room, free shuttle bus, excellent breakfast, free parking. As others have mentioned, the lobby gets crowded at breakfast so taking food to your room is a comfortable option. Free wireless high speed internet in rooms. There is a (heavily used) computer/printer in the lobby that guests can use to go online for free. I used the shuttle a few times which was a huge money-saver as parking downtown is expensive. There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, and are well-priced since it is a student area. I would definitely stay again!
What a surprise!
My son will attend the University of Washington in the Fall, so we all decided to visit the campus in June. He also had a 2 day Advising session. The University Inn is quiite close to the U of W. It didn't matter any way because this hotel provides a free shuttle. You don't even need to rent a car! The shuttle took us to U of W, shopping in downtown Seattle, Seattle Center (Space Needle), Pike's Market, and the Univeristy Village Shopping Center. Just tip the driver a couple of bucks , and you can go to all of these places and they even pick you up! What a great service! Whenever I had a question, they always helped me. They arranged a Towncar to pick us up and drop us off at the airport( one way tirip was $33 for three of us). When we arrived at 11 pm , the front desk helped us find a restaurant to have a bite to eat ( IHOP- which was a 5 minute walk). They even provided a free continental breakfast. I would suggest taking a tray from the lobby to take the food back to your room, as seats are limited in the lobby. I paid $125 for a junior suite for three of us. We even had a view of Mt Ranier! The room and the hotel were very clean and the personnel were very helpful and polite. We had a microwave and a refrig in our room. I am going back again in September. All in all this is a wonderful hotel.
Expereince Seattle from a different perspective
I have stayed in downtown Seattle many times for business, yet this particular trip, due to a great low rate, selected the University Inn.
The rates are much more reasonable than the hotels downtown.What a fab place!
We were povided a room in the newer wing of the hotel. It was clean and comfortable. The staff (it seemed as if all of the front desk folk were students) were friendly, fun, and full of great information and suggestions. We appreciated the mini-fridge and microwave oven in the room too.
The continental breakfast was adequate. Seating was at a premium for the whole affair took place in the lobby. If it doesn't meet your needs, there are plenty of coffeeshops close by.
The University district is full of great shops and restaurants and the UW campus is beautiful. There are excellant transit options to downtown and the hotel provides plentiful parking free of charge. There is fairlly easy access to I-5 and we were close to the Woodland Park Zoo, one of our destinations. The hotel was also listed as gay friendly in several guide books (they were!)
We would not hesitate coming back to this charming hotel!
University District Gem!!
I have 6-10 US and foreign guests every year and all have become addicted to the University Inn and its tonier sister, the Watertown Hotel. The key words for both hotels: comfort, convenience and service. Independently owned, these are not 5-star luxury but perhaps the best value in Seattle. Located in the University District, they are a great base for Seattle exploring. If you don't want to rent a car, no problem as the bus service to the "U. District" is excellent. You will not be disappointed.