We recently stayed at the University Inn in Seattle. The deciding factor was the free shuttle to locations in central Seattle. The shuttle left the hotel on the hour (pre-booked through the front desk) and it was advised to pre-book a return time as well (on the half hour). What a great system! The shuttle drivers (both going downtown and returning in the evening) were excellent - friendly, knowledgeable and safe drivers. It's just a quick 5 minutes into downtown from the hotel. We got dropped off a Pacific Place, about 5 blocks from the public market. When we were finished our walkabout down there, we just walked to the Pacific Science Center/Space Needle area - only about a 15 minute walk (we are fast walkers). We had arranged for a shuttle pick-up at the Space Needle and she was there a few minutes early. The rest of our stay was pleasant. Our room was spotless, including the bathroom. The bed was comfortable and we had lots of pillows. It was a self-adjusting heating system, so once we got that set right, it was perfect (and not at all noisy). Our view wasn't great (looking down on the parking lot), but we weren't there for the view and we weren't in the room enough to be an issue - we just wanted a quiet room and this was on the back of the building away from the roads. The room itself was small, but that's the type of room we reserved - the standard queen. If you want something bigger, you'd probably have to book above the standard. It was big enough for two people to move around without bumping into each other, and the entrance to the room was big enough to keep luggage, shoes, etc. out of the main living area. There is no microwave or fridge in the standard room either, but we didn't need it for our short stay. Nice to have complimentary bottled water in the room for taking out on our walkabouts. The front desk staff was very friendly and efficient. The free breakfast was your usual standard continental breakfast, but there were hard boiled eggs for us types that like protein in the morning. My hubby appreciated the Starbucks coffee as well, and they had a nice selection of tea. There were free muffins in the early evening (only until 7 pm), but we were too late arriving to take advantage of that. Parking was off-street in the hotel's parking lot behind the building, and free. We really appreciated that. After looking around at other Seattle hotels, free parking is rare! We didn't use the fitness room or the pool. All in all, I would definitely stay here again and have no hesitation in recommending it.
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Thank you so much for recommending and writing such a detailed review of University Inn! I’m pleased to see you enjoyed your stay and were able to utilize our complimentary shuttle service. I hope you had fun seeing the sights of downtown Seattle. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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