The interior decor is very nice but all the surfaces are hard so any noise anywhere echoes throughout. Some in heels walked in and then upstairs. I laid in bed and heard every single step ring out.
The windows are original, so less soundproof. I laid in bed and listened to the street party ( this is a party late kind of area. Like the Mardi Gras but colder and damp) and then when the party was over the delivery trucks and warehouse workers zoomed around. No insulation means you hear every street noise.
The first room we went into was supposed to be heated with steam via radiator, but it was turned off. The room was so cold and the steam heat would take a while so the clerk got us an electric plug in heater. This room was located directly across the hall from the shared bathrooms. I already heard the sound of someone choking or coughing in the bathroom.
The clerk decide that another room would be warmer, so we trooped over to the second room. It was just as cold, but we couldn't stay up in later so we plugged in the heater, turined up the steam heat and huddled and shivered in bed until we drifted off to sleep. Only to be awakened in about hour with the first of the bar patrons in the streets, singing and screaming.
- 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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