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“Very, very noisy - you won't sleep on a Friday night.” 1 of 5 stars
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Ballard Inn
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   5300 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 36 Seattle B&B and Inns
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“Very, very noisy - you won't sleep on a Friday night.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

While having a visually charming interior is nice on the website, beware: this property is a retrofit, and the last thing it should have been made into is a "hotel"... since the rooms for the most part sport only a bed, one presumeably would like to "Sleep". That is not possible given the lack of soundproofing or modern windows. Noises from the street are like a night-long party in your living room, and noises from incoming guests in the hall are likewise startling, due to the echoing (uncarpeted) halls and stairways, and unsoundproofed interior. I've stayed in hostels, one-star hotels, and four-star hotels in many places in Europe (which this claims to emulate)...this is BY FAR THE WORST HOTEL I'VE EVER STAYED IN, even though I've stayed in places that stank of cigarette smoke or disinfectant. Why? Because you can't sleep here (well, maybe if you were super intoxicated...). I still have a fully paid voucher for another night's stay... and there is NO WAY I'LL EVER USE IT. You couldn't PAY me to stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

Absolutely charming little place! This is definitely European/guesthouse style, as most of the rooms DO NOT HAVE THEIR OWN BATHROOM. If this doesn't bother you, then you'll enjoy this hotel. The shared bathroom was literally a couple steps across the hall. I loved the decor, and most of all, the hotel was nice and clean. Our room was very small and minimalist, but perfect for a night's stay and the bed was extremely comfortable. We loved the hotel's close proximity to many bars, restaurants, and night spots, though if you're on the ground floor, passerby noise could be bothersome. Parking at night or on a weekend can be troublesome, or you can pay for shared parking at the athletic club around the corner. All in all, really enjoyed the stay and wouldn't bat an eye at staying at Hotel Ballard again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5300 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Ballard
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #24 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ballard Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ballard Inn is a newly remodeled, vintage, boutique hotel, located in the heart of Ballard. Accommodations showcase vintage decor combined with old world charm. Completely renovated and restored to its 1902 elegance, Ballard Inn features 16 intimate rooms with 21st century amenities. Built in 1902, the building was originally commissioned and occupied by the American-Scandinavian Bank. And, later converted to a hotel, which served the city of Ballard and the neighboring communities of Magnolia, Fremont, and Wallingford for over 100 years. Amenities Include: Complimentary WIFI, Flat Screen TVs & cable, Bathrobes, Hairdryers, Access to 50,000 sqft Gym, including sauna, pool &whirlpool hot-tub, 24 hour front desk service, & Parking. Seattle's hottest neighborhood is waiting for you to explore just outside the Inn. Ask our front desk about area restaurants, bars, shopping and sight-seeing. Points of Interest: Walking distance to Ballard Locks, Golden Gardens park, local beaches and a 10 minute drive to downtown Seattle. Enjoy a cultural stay and rest at ease while staying at Ballard's premier boutique Inn. ... more   less 
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