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University Inn - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105   |  
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Ranked #29 of 95 Hotels in Seattle
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Close to UW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

I stayed at the University Inn to attend a conference at UW. The room was splendid and was very clean. The waffles available for breakfast were extremely delicious. One complaint was that the boiled eggs were very cold every morning but besides this the breakfast was great. The seating area for breakfast was a bit small but we managed very well. The hotel provided a free shuttle that took you to Pacific Place and this was very useful to us. At the front desk, Jennifer was very helpful and assisted in making our stay even more comfortable. Overall, this hotel provided great value and service for the cost. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fabriano, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

The hotel is really good, rooms are big and confortable as well as the bathroom. Honestly, it was much better than other hotels with higher qualification than 2 stars and a half. The rooms were clean, there is an hairdryer in the bathroom and a coffee machine in the room. Wi-fi internet in the room is compimentary, as well as laundry service in the common area. The service was good, people were never impolite, they help you with what you ask. It is not in the very central zone, but being in the University area means that there are a lot of places to go out for dinner, a coffe or a drink, and the area looked safe. It actually looked much safer tha downtown Seattle. The hotel has a free shuttle service connecting you to both downtown and Seattle center every hour, although it is better to book your place in the shuttle in advance or you risk to have to wait for 1 hour.
There is not a very big range of choices for breakfast but it is good.
Best: the room and the safe area
Least: have to wait for another shuttle (1 hour) to pick me up.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotel based on the price. Came for a UWUB visit with my daughter and winged it on where to stay. It's not fancy but well maintained. Free breakfast in the lobby was a bonus. The room was very spacious (just got the basic 2 queens) and well appointed. The front desk staff were all very friendly and helpful. We stayed 3 nights and felt like they were friends by the time we left. Also a nice perk is a free shuttle to 2 stops in the downtown area (about 10 minutes away). The shuttle also went to several other areas we didn't go to. If there is a downfall there is only one sink/vanity in the bathroom (same room as shower and toilet), but with just 2 of us not a big issue. The room had a nice HD Samsung t.v. We had a stay 2 nights/get 3rd free coupon (from trip advisor) so it was very reasonable.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

I stayed such a long time ago that I won't write a detailed review. However I wanted to mention a couple things and post my pictures because I notice there are not many for people to view. What I can say most about this place is the location. My Grandmother was at the University medical center having heart surgery and we wanted to be close and this was the perfect place to stay. The parking lot was small but we found a place and after we discovered the free shuttle to the hospital didn't need to move the car again. We were also able to walk to a couple places to eat. When the surgery didn't go as expected and we needed to stay another night the front desk staff were very helpful! The room was just ok and the beds not comfortable, but the lack of sleep probably had more to do with our situation that the place itself. The hotel was also 100% smoke free, has a great complimentary breakfast, free internet, and afternoon snacks. These things may have changed since my stay in 08 so please verify. Overall I would recommend!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Whittier, CA
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

The University Inn is walking distance from the U.W. Seattle campus. Walking to and from the school was easy - plus there is a Starbucks and a variety of restaurants along the way. There is free parking at the inn so leave your car behind and walk ... a lot of people do! Continental breakfast in the lobby is nice - you can make your own Belgian waffles or have some fruit, cereal, yogurt. We also like the "breakfast-to-go" option where you can pick up some breakfast items or have them delivered to your room. If you prefer something heartier and have more time (because there's usually a wait), the Portege Cafe has *wonderful* breakfasts - their specialty French toast dishes are absolutely delicious!
Our room was on the Roosevelt street side, so it was noisy. The mini-fridge made strange noises as it cycled off and on so we ended up unplugging it at night. The A/C is wall-mounted, so the bed nearest it gets very cold while the other side of the room is okay. The bathroom is standard - one sink and vanity (with the wall-mounted hairdryer) is outside the door with another sink and a large counter space is in the bathroom itself. That makes it convenient for two people to brush their teeth at once. Wasn't crazy about having to hold down the button of the hairdryer to make it work, but maybe it was just that particular dryer.
The front office staff is young, helpful and courteous. They were always smiling and welcoming when we returned from our trips to the campus. We liked the big bowl of candy on the counter, too!
There is a small laundry room on the lobby level, and the use of the stacked washer and dryer is free for guests! Bring your own laundry detergent and fabric softener. Guests have use of the PC and printer near the front desk - also free. It's great for printing boarding passes or maps/directions to places.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

We spent 3 nights at the University Inn while touring local colleges, and loved it. The hotel was stylish but comfortable, and the staff was so friendly and helpful. It was also a good value for the $$. We appreciated that the computer and printer were available when we ran into flight & tour issues. We liked being able to walk to University Ave., the campus, and shops & restaurants, and were just a short drive from Seattle's sightseeing highlights. (I particularly loved the Ballard Farmer's Market, just a 10-15 minute drive west.) If we're back in Seattle we'll definitely return to the University Inn.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prescott, WA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

We were traveling with a family member who was going to have treatment at the UW medical facility, so we wanted something close by. The University Inn had been recommened to us, so we booked 3 nights there. It was very convenient, had adequate parking and if you didn't want to drive yourself, there was also a shuttle to the hospital. The complimentary continental breakfast each morning was adequate and they even offered an afternoon snack, although we were not around at those times to enjoy it. The rooms were clean and very comfortable. The beds were one of the most comfortable we had stayed in recently. Lots of fun restaurants nearby. The staff was very helpful and polite at all times of day. Would definitely stay there again.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Seattle
#32 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#37 Business Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — University Inn - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The University Inn. Where mod meets modern. Hip and happening, eclectic and groovy-The University Inn is a throwback to times when travelling was a supreme adventure and dazzling service came standard. Complementing our fun and funky decor are fantastically comfortable guest accommodations, award-winning organic cuisine and a location that can’t be beat. Here you’re just minutes from the University of Washington and a short drive to all Seattle has to offer: The Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Seattle Waterfront and more. We invite you do be our guest. Can you dig it? ... more   less 
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