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University Inn - A Staypineapple Hotel
Ranked #29 of 103 Hotels in Seattle
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

My husband and I stayed in this hotel from July 28th-30th and loved it! The rooms were spotlessly clean, and thank god, had air condioning in it. The bed was fantastic and I LOVED the feather pillows!!! There was also a lovely small porch overlooking the pool and parking lot, but we didn't bother going on it since it was 103 degrees outside. The staff were extremely nice and very helpful. Although we were not offered by them to be driven to the Mariners game, they did explain how to get there via bus. The pool was very nice and sunny and felt great on those hot days. The breakfast was good as well, there just aren't a lot of tables available to eat at so we had to eat with the trays on our laps on the couch. It also does get a little warm in the lobby with everyone making waffles. The complementary interenet with free printing was a dream come true!! It was frequently in use, but all the guests I saw didn't abuse the services by staying on for too long. We also used the shuttle one time on our way to Pike Place market. Make sure you make reservations as soon as possible! We reserved a 10am shuttle by 3pm the day before and had no problems, but I overheard another guest trying to get the shuttle for that same time the day of, and it was already full. Unfortunately, we didn't get to ride the shuttle back at the end of the day because there was an hour wait for pick up because we didn't make reservations ahead of time.
One of the main public bus lines that ran to the university area was only around four blocks away from the hotel on University Ave which was great. The bus system was really easy to use, and at $2.00 (or less) per person, it was a cheap way to get around town. Just so you know, the bus does not give change and lines 71, 72, and 73 will get you from the university area to downtown and also to the Mariners game (although there is some walking to do after getting off the bus). These buses ran very frequently and I heard there are some routes going to downtown stops for free, we just didn't run into any of those.
There were also tons of restaurants on University Ave as well. Everything from Thai food, Chipotle, burgers, Indian, seafood, and Mexican can be found, along with a Starbucks of course!! A lot of them are open until 11pm which keeps the area lit up and busy late at night. If you walk down to the water via University Ave you will also find a kayaking rental shop if you are interested in getting some exercise.
We did park a rental car in the lot and it survived with no scratches. We rented from Budget on Roosevelt Ave which was great. It is around a mile away from the hotel so your could easily walk. I think we also passed an Enterprise on our way there as well. It is not the greatest looking neighborhood, but it wasn't horrible, just old and run down. You could save a ton of money buy picking up the car at this lot and dropping it off at the airport before you fly out. We used Express Shuttle from the airport to the hotel because the hotel staff recommended it as the cheapest way to travel. It cost $38 for 2 people plus gratuity. You can make reservations on line or just find the kiosk in the SeaTac parking lot on the 3rd floor and make a walk up reservation. We were the first stop in our shared van shuttle which was really nice. The only downside was that we were waiting for almost an hour before leaving, even though the company claims you'll be in transit w/in 25 min.
All in all, I loved the area that the hotel was in, it is quiet and has a really nice college feel to it. I would gladly stay here again anytime!!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and enjoyed our time there. The staff were helpful and the rooms were clean. Breakfast was good, including make-your-own waffles and tea, coffee etc was available all day. There is a snack time in the afternoon provided free. The shuttle van was very useful but be aware you need to book it and it runs into Seattle on the hour, with pick-up back to the hotel half-past the hour until 9.30. A good hotel at a good price and we would stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2009

Only stayed two nights as in transit to cruise. Found the hotel clean and welcoming with decent breakfast on offer. Used swimming pool-a little cold and the compliamentry shuttle which was helpful for getting into Seattle downtown as is a little isolated from the trouristy areas. V.good if wanting to be near university

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2009

The University Inn came very highly recommended, we were delighted with the comfortable room (including a stunning view of Mt. Ranier!), the friendly and courteous service, the convenient access to the University of Washington, the free shuttle service, the generous and beautifully prepared and served breakfasts and afternoon teas, the close proximity to many fun and funky restaurants, and the convenient and safe parking. Our son is applying to graduate school at UW, we anticipate many happy returns to this area and will always stay at the University Inn.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

Nothing fancy overall, but this will give you what you need if what you need is a clean room and a reliable shuttle downtown and back.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

We thoroughly researched hotels in Seattle which would be suitable for our family of four and we were certainly not disappointed with the University Inn. The service provided by the friendly and helpful staff was outstanding - the receptionists and shuttle bus service were second to none. A real home-from-home. The complimentary buffet breakfast served in the lobby each morning was an excellent start to the day. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone planning a visit to Seattle.

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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Nice hotel very convenient to UW. Good free breakfast and if you're in a hurry they'll put together a small breakfast bag to go. Small swimming pool. Quiet and clean rooms. Short walk to University Ave with plenty of student oriented restuarants. Not close to many toursit attractions. Somehwat overpriced for style of accomodations.

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Additional Information about University Inn - A Staypineapple Hotel

Address: 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6436
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > University District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#37 Family Hotel in Seattle
#47 Business Hotel in Seattle
Price Range: $129 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — University Inn - A Staypineapple Hotel 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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