University Inn Seattle
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Okay, so its taken us a little while to do our first entry but now we're focused. The trip started off a bit shaky with the pilot indicating that the on-flight entertainment system was not functioning and needed a full reboot, with no guarantee that it would work. Tim, as you'd expect was fairly concerned but fortunately it worked and everyone …
... decide we taste terrible. Finally, we'll spend a few days cleaning up in the city, exploring Lima's beaches, markets, restaurants and museums. Also, we'll need a shower.
We're expecting this trip to be quite different from anything we've done in the past, and are going to start by going with some tour companies (as required by some of the sites we're visiting). But we're ...
... Unfortunately before I could even get on the train, Amtrak decided to cancel their train service between Seattle and Portland due to mudslides (thank you again rain!). We eventually hopped on a bus to Portland and managed to get lost once we got into Portland but we successfully managed to get on our train and only 23 more hours until LA! See ya later rain.
Spent in Seattle: $200.
Total on Trip to Date: $575.
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Today was a day for down time and mental catch up! Ann, Amr and I walked round Seward Park with Ann's neighbours (3 other women) who do this on Fridays. Always a beautiful walk, takes more than an hour. Then we went to the PCC (the grocery store) and got supplies for some dinners we want to cook - when the Reiters come on Monday, Petrichs on Sunday and Eschenbach offspring on Thursday. Then we just relaxed and read, played words, chatted ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews University Inn 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have stayed in downtown Seattle many times for business, yet this particular trip, due to a great low rate, selected the University Inn.
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.