by Jeff Bogle
North of downtown Seattle and Lake Union, minutes from the University of Washington campus and the hip neighborhoods of Fremont and Ballard, is this modern, eclectic hotel perfect for families looking to score a free breakfast and a pool for their kids during their time spent in Seattle. Rooms with a pair of queen beds will fit most families of three or four comfortably and in those rooms, you’ll be pleased to find a Keurig, free bottled water, Wi-Fi, seersucker bath robes and slippers that you can take home with you to remember your stay and a large umbrella (this is Seattle, after all!). Upgrade to a deluxe room to get all of the above, plus a microwave and mini-refrigerator. All guests will enjoy a free daily continental breakfast and complimentary shuttle service to downtown and/or take one of the complimentary bicycles out for a spin around the neighborhood. Each afternoon, you and your kids will be treated to the University Inn’s signature pineapple cupcakes and local coffee.
Our Editor Loves
- Seasonal, outdoor pool
- Free bicycles to borrow
- Free continental breakfast
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Ernesto M
Loved the super comfortable bedding at this hotel, all the pineapple- and huskies-themed branding, the complimentary shuttle service, and the easy access to public transportation. The 4:00 PM mini muffins were delicious!
The in-wall HVAC unit was noisy and the room was on the compact side. Breakfast was disappointing as it mostly consisted of cold carb options--a true continental breakfast; I wish they would follow the lead of most middle-of-the-road hotel brands and include a waffle maker and scrambled eggs/bacon/sausage, etc. At just shy of two-hundred-fifty dollars per night, pricing felt a tad steep for what we received and general condition of the hotel.
I had a really good stay here. All of the staff were very accommodating. They had umbrellas for me to borrow and a free continental breakfast complete with oatmeal, cereal, hard boiled eggs, muffins, fruit, bagels, etc. (My colleagues stayed at the sister location and did not have a free breakfast.) There was one slight issue when I thought my room door wasn't opening, but it turned out I just didn't push it hard enough. And when I mentioned that the cars on the street were noisier than I expected (I was put on the second floor on the street side), I was offered a different room by the man helping me (I think he was a manager named Tommy; he even remembered my name through the rest of the stay), but I declined since I was already half way through a two night stay.
I did not get a chance to try the small pool, but I was told it was heated and I saw a small family using it. There is no gym at this hotel. You can use the sister hotel's gym which I think just has a few cardio machines. A good option when it's raining though and running outside isn't an option. My room was very clean and everything worked well. A/c was a little loud for me when it would turn on once in a while at night because I'm a light sleeper, but I guess you could just turn it off. Location is just four or five blocks from the University area that has a lot of restaurant options.
Overall it was sort of a 4.5 out of 5 stay, but when customer service is good, I round up.