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Belltown Inn
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We really liked this hotel. The staff was very nice and helpful. The room was pleasant but a bit noisy as we were located on the street. If I go back, I will ask for a room on the courtyard. The other comment about the room is that there is no air conditioning. There was a ceiling fan over the bed and an additional fan provided in the room, on the desk. I am sure that most of the time, you don't need air conditioning in Seattle. We just happened to be there when it was warm but we were very comfortable in the room with the fans. The hotel is in a nice area, 8 easy blocks to the market and Space Needle. Lots of places to eat in the area. Free bicycles are available for guests, very nice.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mary M
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Very nice, clean, well appointed hotel located midway between Space Needle and downtown. short walk downhill to waterfront. Bikes for free loan. Next time, I'd request an INSIDE room, off the noisy street. Our room had overhead fan but not AC, so in the heat of a Seattle summer it might be uncomfortable. One block away is a wonderful Japanese restaurant, Wasabi, with a really Great Deal during 4-6 pm happy hour --- three full appetizers for just $14 make a complete meal without breaking the bank. And this is very good Japanese food!

Room Tip: Get a room OFF busy street !
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank tjmU4374LJ
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I'll get the bad out of the way first, because I actually really enjoyed my time here and would recommend it to anyone, with the following caveats:

There is no air conditioning and the rooms get far too hot in summer, especially on the south or east side rooms soaking up the rays. Though Belltown itself is really a lot better than its reputation as a hotspot for crime, this hotel is unfortunately situated right on the two problem streets of upper 3rd Avenue and Bell Street. There was a shooting and were 2 stabbings within a few blocks of the hotel during my 10 week stay, but these have been street brawls between locals and so visitors can feel safe even late at night - honestly. The police were on scene very quickly in all incidents. Finally, there is a LOT of siren noise from the 4th avenue fire station at all hours - the concept of turning them off or down when no-one is around (eg at 3am) seems to escape the minds of the local firemen.

That said, the Belltown Inn is a fun place with personable staff and excellent maid services; the latter available every day if you really hate the environment. Rooms come with a decent kitchenette with two hotplates, a microwave, and a coffee machine, with free Starbucks caff and decaff sachets. There is a launderette onsite, at $2.50 for a standard wash&dry, and a roof terrace with great views of the Sound and the skyline to have a smoke or enjoy a beer at. Rooms have a ceiling fan of questionable utility, a window heater, and a standing electric heater, as well as a heating light in the bathroom. I can't imagine the hotel will ever get cold enough to need them, based on how warm it was in the summer months. Soundproofing was excellent between rooms, with doors and thuds being the only thing that travels other than loud music. The hotel rents at daily, weekly, and monthly rates, with the latter comparing very favourably to other "corporate" or short-let apartments in the area. You certainly don't want to be paying more than $1750 a month to stay in Belltown, while some other places charge up to $2500/m.

The Belltown Inn is excellent sited for commuters and tourists, being at the north end of the Ride Free Zone for downtown, though this is currently due to end in September it may return another time. It's also 4 blocks from the Puget Sound (Pike Place Market), 6 from the Westlake transit tunnel/metro station, and 6 from the Seattle Center (Space Needle). If you do not have a car then this is one of the best hotels in the city to explore it on foot from, or rent a free bike -- yes, free bikes! As a commuter I cycled to work in the financial district straight down 3rd avenue regularly, and could take the bike out to Lake Washington or Lake Union pretty easily. Hills seperate downtown from other neighborhoods but they are easily manageable and nowhere near San Francisco for incline.

The people at the hotel's front desk and the nearby Dan's Groceries really know the area well, and will recommend restaurants, other stores, parking, sights to see and advice on travelling if you ask. Kendra dealt with my reservation from booking to checkout, and I always felt like I was in friendly and capable hands.

The reviewer from North Carolina is experiencing culture shock: most hotels in Seattle do not have air conditioning. This year's summer and 95 degree temperatures were abnormal, but the hotel probably ought to look at getting some installed in the outer ring of rooms anyway, as the rooms there are real suntraps.

I rate this hotel 7.75/10 after staying there from June 6th to August 11th 2012. Once the construction next door is finished, when 3rd Avenue's long promised cleanup is taken seriously by City councillors, and when you have a courtyard room, this really is an exceptional home from home.

Room Tip: Book in advance and request a courtyard room on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th floors - so much quieter and cooler than other rooms, especially in the summer.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Pros: Location, in Belltown, walking/biking distance from lots of cool restaurants, Pikes Market, and the Seattle Center. Free bikes - and good ones too, not giant cruisers. Friendly staff. Free business center with computers and printing.
Cons: Location, in Belltown, with lots of sketchy people in the area. The place is also still a little old school. There's no A/C, which isn't actually a big deal because it's Seattle and never gets that hot. Also, the floor in our room was damp.
The room had a kitchenette, was helpful for storing drinks and snacks on the go. But there are a lot of great places to eat close by, so probably won't need it too much.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank MG202
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We returned from our Alaska cruise on 8/14. We had reserved this hotel as a day room, (but paid the full nightly rate) as our flight did not leave until 10 pm and we wanted a shower, a place to store our luggage, and just relax before returning to the airport. We quickly found out about the NO A/C upon entering our room. My husband stated this room has no a/c and my reaction was, oh sure it does, it's here somewhere. Upon calling the front desk, he was advised that indeed there was no a/c, as it was not normally needed in Seattle. We were advised to turn the ceiling fan on, open the window and open the door and it would be fine. It was close to 90 degrees and leave the door open? No way could we stay in this room. Also, be advised that while they do have a few computers for guest usage, there is no wi-fi. It's hard wired only and there is noise from street construction. We advised we would not stay here and we were not charged. We did not realize we needed to ask at any hotel if A/C was included. I can't really comment on anything else about the hotel as we were not there long enough to know once we realized no A/C.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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