I was in Seattle for Business with family a long. Overall this is a nice hotel with some drawbacks to consider.
The rooms are a decent size and nicely decorated. There is virtually no sound proofing so you can hear every barking dog and crying baby. Even simple conversation. That said, we had no problem sleeping at night. I imagine it could be problematic if there are noisy or drunk guests though. Housekeeping is VERY thorough. There is Keurig coffee and tea in the rooms and always hot starbucks coffee and Tzao tea in the lobby. At about 3:00 there are delicious pineapple mini cupcakes. The breakfast is cereal, fruit, oatmeal, toast, boiled eggs and yogurt. Decent but very busy in the lobby.
The bathrooms are very very small and all of the soap and body lotion is on the wall. So, above the sink there is soap and lotion. In the shower there is shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, all in pumps. It is labeled as Tommy Bahama travel collection. I found it to be pretty harsh. Another review mentions that they had been told by staff that there were alternative body products (bar soap) at the front desk. I watched a woman ask for a hypoallergenic shampoo. She said she had called ahead and been told by staff that they would have them at the front desk. The woman at the front desk looked surprised. This was a theme. Very friendly staff (extremely helpful) that seem to not all be on the same page. I had to use their refrigerator (available for guests) in the back, the whole time. I asked for a room with a fridge and was told there wasn't one. When I checked in, I asked again, and was told they didn't have any available. The day I checked out (4 night stay), the front desk receptionist told me I should have asked because they have some available for guest usage. She checked, and they had one. That would have been really nice to know.
Be forewarned if you need the shuttle. You have to reserve it (far) in advance. This is not a show up an use it shuttle. We were there for 4 days and couldn't;t use it once. At one point we were told that the only available times to get us to the zoo were a pick up at the hotel at 5 pm (zoo closes at 4:30) and a pick up from the zoo at 2pm - yes in that order. That kind of answer makes you wonder if the person is thinking. We were told by the front desk that there was no room on the shuttle to go to the science museum. We were leaving the same time it was there and the driver said there was room but we had to check inside. We did and the front desk said that they weren't going to the same area. We caught a cab and arrived at the science museum at the same EXACT time as the same EXACT shuttle (same driver). So frustrating. They will also allow groups to use the shuttle for the whole day. Great for groups, bad for all of the other hotel guests.
There are no conference rooms or business facilities but they are generous in letting guests use there sister property one block away. The pricing seems to wildly fluctuate depending on when you call and who you talk to.
I would stay there again, but only if I was renting a car already and not for business.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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