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Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed July 24, 2007

Usually, when booking a bed and breakfast on line we are prepared to find the actual facilities far from those displayed on their website....not this time! The building was impressive, the rooms were immaculate and beautiful, the owner Ana was warm, welcoming and extremely helpful...even to the extent of mailing us something that we left behind!

We were in Seattle on business with an associate and we continuously congratulated ourselves on making the decision to stay here. It was just like going home after a hard days work...the light was always on and there was always someone there to welcome us..

Our stay was perfect and we will not stay anywhere else when visiting Seattle.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 20, 2007

We just returned from our two day stay at the Shafer Baillie Mansion and had a very different opinion from the other reviewers. We are seasoned B&B guests and while we agree that the home was beautiful and very clean, we did not find that the hosts were very friendly or that the breakfast was very good.

While I realize that breakfasts vary from establishment to establishment, this breakfast was very uninspiring. There were the ordinary cereals, cheeses, yogurts and fruit, with a plate of terrible bagels and small plate of baked goods. We happened to be one of the last down for breakfast and found that the platters were not refilled as the guests ate. Therefore, our fruit and baked good choice was very limited.

I am usually very complimentary about the places we have stayed in, but I found that the hosts did not go out of their way to accommodate their guests. There was no shampoo, the towels were very small, and the lamps were too tall for turning off from bed.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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sbmansion, Owner at Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2007

We are sorry to hear of this less than stellar experience at our home. We would like to think it is atypical, as we were actually out of town during this stay. It is a subject we will of course address with our innsitters, since a lack of friendliness is never a complaint we have heard from guests who stay when we are in town (which is almost always)!

Mark Mayhle & Ana Lena Melka

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Reviewed May 18, 2007

We stayed here for 2 nights because most of the downtown hotels seemed to be booked for that weekend and I found it online, it looked cool. The hotel is very nice. It seems to have recently undergone a lot of renovations and everything is immaculately clean. Usually I don't like to even sit on the top covers of beds or touch anything at hotels but in this one I felt like it was just very clean, more clean than a hotel but more like my house. The architecture of the building is very interesting and the rooms also have antique furniture. You feel like you are in another era. It is very interesting to stay there.

The room we stayed in was Elliot Bay Suite. It had a flat screen TV, which i've never encountered in a hotel before. The bed is very high up but it has some stair steps, since we were tall this is okay but maybe not good for disabled travelers. It was a comfortable bed.

The owners are very nice and gave us directions to a lot of the places we wanted to see. They also serve a very good breakfast with fresh fresh coffee, fancy cheeses and bagels etc. We actually didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel aside from sleeping because we were busy exploring Seattle.

The walk to downtown Seattle is about 20-30 minutes. But the area (Capitol Hill) is very nice. A lot of old mansions and a lot of nice trees. It is only 2 blocks from Volunteer Park which is a very nice park you should visit. Also, we could see the Space Needle and the mountain range from our window but the view was obscured by trees. But if you leave the hotel and walk 5 minutes you would get to Volunteer park which has an EXCELLENT view of the Space Needle.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2007

Just returned from our 2nd trip to this fantastic beautifully restored Seattle mansion, and would heartily recommend Shafer Baillie to all Seattle visitors. Great price for convenient location close to downtown but tucked away from the maddening crowd on Capital Hill on a quiet street. All bedrooms have been lovingly restored and boast all of the modern conveniences you could ask for. Continental breakfasts are elegant and varied with ample food and beverages, and hostess Ana provides for every wish or need. The house even has wireless high speed internet for keeping in touch. We'll be happy to visit again!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2006

My extended family of 16 stayed at the mansion for my parents' 50th anniversary. New owners Mark and Ana Mayle have completely restored the mansion and it is elegant and luxurious. They have been able to restore the classic ambiance while providing modern amenities like internet access. The service was outstanding and our entire party loved our time there. We will be back and are recommending it to our friends.

Stayed: December 2006
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