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.
- 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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