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Rating: 3.24

Address: 4000 University Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105

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    Comments (34):

    1. Maria C.
    My mom stayed here too! Why do moms love the U District? Anyway, she loved it, except the sharing the bathroom with everyone else part, but she took it with a grain of salt and said she was going for the European experience after all. You'll definitely get that experience and a really good breakfast and extremely reasonable prices. In fact, you could stay at the Travelodge for just a little more and have your own bathroom, but absolutely none of the charm.

    14/01/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. laura b.
    cheapest place to stay in seattle, great location in the university district (duh) and free continental breakfast every morning!  only thing is that you have to share a bathroom with everyone on your floor.    this is only a problem if you don't like strange men staring at you while you are showering.  so it wasn't really a problem for me.  i'm kidding, the showers are not co-ed!  that's disgusting!  i'm a lady and would never stand for it!!!!

    oh and they have free wireless and the inn is located above a ridiculously cute coffee shop (allegro) and bar (college inn pub).  no elevators though so don't bring a big ass suitcase full of bricks like my traveling companion did or you'll be in for a fun time.  and by fun i mean hellish.  and by hellish i mean SUPER FUN!

    revision to 4 stars: the bed is so g-d creaky that you can't have sex without waking up the whole inn!  that's a joke but really...room 302 = very creaky bed.  and also i have this weird back pain and i'm pretty sure it's from evil creaky bed.  so alas, must revise to 4 stars.

    01/01/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Robyn H.
    My mom stayed here when she last came to Seattle and she loved the place. I thought the rooms were a bit small but it is a B & B afterall and one doesn't spend a lot of time in the room when on vacation. Its convienent to have a coffee shop downstairs and with all the variety of restaurants on the Ave, its a great location for visiting relatives.

    06/10/05 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Jen W.
    I stayed at the college inn during my visit to Seattle. This inn is really cute with all the European style decor. The staff is friendly and are very helpful in recommending things to do during your first visit to Seattle. If you don't mind sharing bathrooms and showers, this place is not bad. It also gets a little noisy at night because of the college inn pub downstairs, which I did not mind. The price per night is way cheaper than any other place you can find in Seattle. Expect to climb some stairs to get up to the check in desk. It will definitely be a great workout! University District is also and awesome place to hang out while you're in town!

    13/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Deborah S.
    Just finishing up my stay at the College Inn. Oh so cute "euro decor" inn for a very reasonable price. The beds are a tad soft, but very comfy otherwise. You share a bathroom/shower - down the hall, but we had no problems with waiting etc. Very clean overall, the dude that checked us in (I suck at names) was friendly. Parking was relatively easy- we got the "daily double" from the university and parked in the nearby underground lot- $12 a day x 2. Street parking is not terrible but up to 2 hours. Great location- near cute college shops, and easy access to driving about seattle.  Would definitely stay here and recommend to others.

    10/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Jian S.
    poor internet...i barely get any signals on the third floor.

    20/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    7. Nanette S.
    The rooms are clean and large enough for two people, even the smaller size. It's cheap and convenient to UW. Sharing a bathroom wasn't bad -- I never saw more than one other person in it. You do have a sink in your room so that helps. And, to my delight, it was very quiet. The reason for only three stars is that the office is closed from 11 pm - 7 am and, in my experience, the 7 am part, including breakfast, is vapor ware. No one was there at 7:30. The 11 pm part turned out okay but it seemed like the assurances from advanced phone calls that someone would wait up for me (I got into SEA at 10 pm) were not real: the guy was putting on his coat at 10:55 and said "you have a reservation?!!?" Glad my plane wasn't late.

    14/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    8. Teeks L.
    You get what you pay for: the cheapest stay in the area is also the dirtiest. I've never been in a grimmer hotel or hostel, for that matter. There are fingerprints on the walls, stains on the sheets, hair on the pillows and clogging the drains of the shared bathroom, and blood spots on the wall where someone squished bedbugs. There are holes in the walls and the windows don't shut fully, so it is drafty and there is No way to shutout the street noise from the highway and the bar downstairs. The hallways smell like a locker and there are stains on the carpets. The breakfast was decent, and dishes etc looked clean. I don't mind the tiny rooms or the three floor walk up, but this is seriously a dirty, grimy, noisy place. If you're a college aged kid with a group of friends (and don't mind bedbugs), then you might not mind this place. But everyone else - look elsewhere.

    08/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    9. Lara B.
    I received a free room for the 4 nights I was staying here after the experience I wrote about in my previous review.  This was acceptable compensation for the frustration I experienced.  I was also told the employee responsible for my problems has also been disciplined (I assume that means fired).  

    Given other reasonable experiences I've had at the College Inn over the last 8 years, the inexpensive price and the location, I would consider going back.  Wouldn't recommend it for someone uncomfortable improvising when things go wrong though!

    15/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Mortimer S.
    Room 308 should not be a guest room. Especially not at their summer rates. It's small. Loud. And dirty.

    30/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    11. Rach W.
    AWFUL place! Don't want to live there even one more minute!
    Even a camping site would provide better room!

    07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. Christian M.
    I went here last night for a few beers.  They had reasonable beer and whiskey specials, a decent tap list, and tons of room.  I'm told it's a favorite of grad students.

    27/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    13. Tela W.
    This place was terrible.
    Not only was my room cold, it took a couple of the days for the heater to start working . There was a hole in the wall that also was very drafty. There aren't any bathrooms in each room so you have to go to a shared one on each floor. Both of the showers in this were broken and stayed that way for the week I stayed there.
    Also since it above a pub and a restaurant there is a constant background noise of the beat to music. When I told the manager that the people in the room next to us had left but had forgotten to turn the alarm off he made a face and did nothing about it.
    The stairs smell like pizza and the front entryway is falling apart.
    The only reason it gets any star at all was that there was free breakfast and it was close to UW.

    05/04/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Colin S.
    An excellent place to stay if visiting the University or waiting to move into the dorms. It's very inexpensive, provides a full continental breakfast (which is actually good), and has nice rooms. Definitely worthwhile if only spending a few days in the U-District area.

    27/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Dan C.
    Extra half star if they can get rid of the old pizza smell in the stairwell (luckily not in the room I stayed in), but an overall good option if you need a convenient place to stay near UW. Good price, clean, kinda old and musty feeling though I'd just come from staying at the Ace hotel in portland so anything after that is pretty much sure to be a letdown.

    My stay here was the tail end of a month long interview of the US for residency positions (this was my 7th of 7 this month) so 1) I was tired and 2) this month included Xmas, which meant traveling with Xmas gifts I didn't have when I started the month meaning heavier bags than I normally have.
    Problem #1 with this place, the office is on the 4th floor and there are no elevators, this being an old charming european style thing, so those with lots of stuff better beware. Problem #2 mentioned already, the office is open 7am-11 and 3pm-11 or something like that. My day started pretty early, so this was not ideal. Luckily the manager was nice and let me just check out late since no one was checking into my room, but if it were a busier season I might have been out of luck.

    The good: room was clean, grandparentsy charming, and the manager was very nice and gave me a free upgrade since the place was not very busy. Location was great - easy walk to campus and right near the main drag with plenty of cheap eats and stuff. Steps from bus lines to downtown as well.

    17/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    16. Joseph M.
    Solid underground beer joint. Real college town vibe. Good place to watch a game.

    23/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    17. John E.
    Having enjoying the pub downstairs many nights in my UW time, I decided that I would just stay right above it on my next Seattle visit.  

    My room was well laid out and clean.  It was the smaller of two room sizes, but plenty for two people.  The bed was really comfy.  Not too much noise from the bar or adjacent rooms.

    The guys bathroom was clean enough for me, but the ladies shower was not well-lit enough (or something along those lines) for the person who shared my room.  Clearly there are exacting standards at work here!  I will add...I have stayed in a few shared-bathroom hotels  (the Mosser in SF, a place downtown in SLC), and the CI was as clean as any of them.  So:  no worries, particularly if you are a guy.

    Worst thing was waking up at 7:55 am to feed the parking meter.

    18/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. jason b.
    Euro style bathrooms.  NO PARKING ANYWHERE NEAR HERE EXCEPT ON STREET WHICH IS ALWAYS FULL!!!
    The reception desk isn't always open either.  So if you arrive at say, noon you might have to stick around till 3pm waiting for them to open.
    Otherwise it was clean and comfortable.

    07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Allie Y.
    For what it is, a solid place to stay if you're only looking for a bed, bathroom, and warm room. Honestly, I was looking for a cheap option close to UW campus so this fit the bill. BEWARE if you're not OK with this that there are communal unisex bathrooms for showers and toilets. Individual rooms have their own sinks but that's about it. Each room has just the basics: bed, sink, nightstand, and probably a desk with a chair. Some of the rooms didn't have completely closing windows... I had to request a room change because the original room I reserved was super breezy ... and when I looked at the windows I discovered that one just wasn't able to close fully and that left a sizeable gap for cold drafts to come in. In mid-December that just didn't cut it for me. You can't really beat the price and convenience of this location though for the University District. I only spent one night there and was in my room minimally so it wasn't a big deal for me that the furnishings were pretty bare minimum. I'm not a huge fan of the communal bathroom thing but for one night it was tolerable. I guess you can try to get more privacy but showering at an off-peak time. Another thing to be aware of is that there are no elevators... check-in is on the 4th floor and rooms are on floors 2 and 3. Also, if you're in town for UW business and you mention that, there is a small discount you can get applied to your room charge.

    26/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Steven R.
    The College Inn is for the relatively well seasoned traveler, like maybe those of you who have roughed it somewhat in another country for a few weeks, not those of you are used to booking the Hilton with the corporate card.

    To set this aside, the College Inn is no where near as nice as any of your upper tier hotels.  Hell, it may not be as nice as your middle tier hotel.  Why the College Inn is good is because you get a great lodging value for your money.  The rooms are small, the bathrooms are shared and the "amenities" non-existent (unless you count the Pub) however when you're heading to a city, exploring, gone for most of the day and essentially just need a place to sleep, keep your stuff and get a shower, the College Inn is perfect.

    The rooms are decent.  Not exactly holes (well not all of them) and if it isn't to your liking, you can probably get a different room assuming the place isn't mobbed.  The beds are decent and I dig the antique furniture and lack of a TV.  Nothing sucks more than staying up all night watching some crap show you could be watching at home when you need to get up early to check stuff out.  The bathrooms are shared though I didn't find that to be of much consequence given that of the 5 nights I was there, I think I might have encountered a total of two other people there in that time.  Did I mention the free WiFi?  I stayed at the Crowne Plaza not too long ago and the WiFi was $10 a day.  The continental breakfast is pretty bare bones but not bad if you just need something in your system.  If you're not feeling it or you've missed it, you're already in the freakin U District where breakfast and coffee places abound.

    Which brings me to location.  Yeah, the U-District isn't exactly close to downtown but this place is only a block or two from some bus stops that can get you downtown pretty quickly.  If you rented a car you can troll for parking in one of the nearby neighborhoods and as I said before, IT'S THE U-DISTRICT!  There's no shortage of small cool bars (yes some of them are total college crapholes, use your best judgment) or above average places to get a bite to eat.  It caters to students so if you're looking to save a buck, you're in the right place.  Or if you're really smart, you'll take a quick bus west and check out the Fremont neighborhood which just might be one of the better 'hoods in Seattle.  

    A star off because the bathroom seriously gets neglected through the week, running out of paper towels for a few days and the place could use some odor therapy on some days.  Other than that, it's a go.  Five nights here was only $100 more expensive than 2 nights at the Crowne.

    12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Rebecca H.
    I really like this place!  It's so cozy, and I honestly believe it's the best value in Seattle.  I'd have to pay twice as much for a room in a conventional hotel, and I'd much rather stay here anyway!

    I've stayed here twice ... the second time, my room had a window seat.  :)  The shared bathroom was clean, and the staff were personable and helpful.  However, I thought the breakfast leaves a bit to be desired, so I'm dropping one star.

    06/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Sarah-Alice H.
    Great for its price! It was perfect for my purposes and I would definitely come back.

    The room was super cute and quaint. I loved the vintage, hip feel of it. The proximity to UW and to everything in the University District was really great. Super close to cheap food and in a really convenient place in terms of public transit.

    Though there were a few down sides. The only reason this is four stars instead of lower is because of the low price---if you're paying $90 for a room, of course it's not going to be completely perfect. And I'm a college student, so it's not like my standards are super high. There was no air conditioning, which, on a hot night in Seattle, wasn't super great--there should have at least been a window fan. The bathrooms were communal, which wasn't that big of a deal, since (again) I'm a college student and I share bathrooms with a ton of random people, anyway. There were no elevators, which actually was really annoying because I had an injured hip when I stayed there and it was difficult to go up and down so many stairs.

    Overall, for the price, it was worth it.

    16/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Lena H.
    I live in the Seattle area and work at the UW.  I was just looking for place to stay for the night other than home, someplace to get away that was quiet and where I could finish up some of my work.  I decided on the College Inn and I am very glad that I did!  What a nice place, very quaint, comfortable beds, free good wifi, quiet room and nice staff.  The only downside, and I knew it when I booked the room, is the parking.  Well, what parking?  There is no parking unless you want to get up and feed the meters every 2 hours.  I really wish that they could offer some type of parking accommodations. Other than the parking, the place is good.  Also, a discount for being a UW employee would be nice! :)   I will return.

    03/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Bob C.
    This place isn't all that bad.  It's a typical European style hostel.  It's in a cool location with lots of great shops and bistros.  The rooms are spacious and the building appears to have all new carpeting.  The one gripe I have is the common bathroom was dirty.  I checked in on a Monday evening and noted that some trash and Ajax powder was on the floor in one of the stalls and remained there until I checked out on Thursday.  The same goes with the two shower stalls.  Therefore, the bathroom was never cleaned in over three days.  I took some pictures and intend to email them to the management.

    06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    25. Sam H.
    This place is a nice simple place if you're looking to spend some good nights out in the U-District.  On the other hand, it's definitely NOT a family place or a luxuious long stay sort of place.

    The rooms seem very dorm-like.  A good throw back to the old days of living of the now demoslished Mercer Hall.  The rooms are very spartan, lots of room, but not much to do with it.  There's no TV.  A set back?  Nope.

    The lack of a TV got my wife and I to get our bums outside to see a rally and bum around on the Ave.  If we had a TV inthe room, we might have spent the night be lazy in fron tof the TV.

    Parking ain't always easy, but there is a giant parking lot a few blocks away that is super cheap.  Go up Brooklyn to by the Hotel Deca and hit up that parking lot.  It's only $8/24hrs.

    07/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. L Marie J.
    I have stayed here three times now and like it.  I went to book a room for New Year's Eve and found the single room is $142 a  night?  This is the type of room I have stayed in before and know it is $60 a night.  They must have jacked the price WAY up because of New Years.  Ugh

    I work at the UW and my place is being remodeled so that is why I have stayed here and I like it

    31/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Krista V.
    I stayed here about a month and a half ago while I was in Seattle for the weekend accompanying my brother to an audition at UW.

    We initially reserved the room because it was close to campus and we weren't sure how to get around, although we did end up renting a car. I was worried about parking because of what other reviewers had said, but maybe the time of year we went just wasn't that busy. We managed to find parking on the street both nights close to the hotel. The only bummer was having to wake up early on Saturday to feed the meter.

    I would advise when you first check in to leave your bags downstairs before you know where your room is because the office is all the way at the top on the fourth floor. The continental breakfast wasn't anything special - juice, coffee, cereal and pastries. But you can't complain if it's free!

    The bathrooms are communal, which I know is bothersome to some people, but I didn't find that to be a problem because I've stayed at places like that before, and the bathrooms were clean. And there was never anyone in there when I was using it. The hotel provides bathrobes in the rooms to walk back and forth to the bathroom.

    Next time I go to Seattle (which will be soon since my brother will be attending there for school) I'll probably chose to stay in a hotel downtown instead, but nothing about my visit here was displeasurable, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for somewhere cheap to stay in the area.

    02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Jenni Y.
    If all you need is a bed to crash on next to UW campus, this is a great place to stay.

    Pros? The service is great--although the two guys who run it seem over worked., they're always very helpful and friendly. The beds are super comfortable, and the continental breakfast is not bad (bagels, toast, cinnamon bread, cereal, coffee, different spreads, etc).  And it really is convenient.

    Cons? Shared bathroom (only some of the girls bathroom doors close!). The office hours don't include 11:00 am to 3 pm! So sometimes no one will be there if you arrive during this lunch period.

    24/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Ben B.
    Anything that advertises "European-style" makes me immediately suspicious.  Part of it is me being a pretentious hipster and being like "Oh, nothing could compare to Euuuurope" (imagine me putting an unnecessary accent over the 'u').  The other part is that when something, be it a bakery, bar or hotel, slaps that label on, it means they're trying to cover for something.  It's like calling a tiny shit apartment "cozy".

    In this case, it's masking the fact that it's a hostel for $80.  Yes, you get a private room.  Sure, the room is nice.  But you share a bathroom (a kind of crummy one) and their "breakfast" is the same toast and jar of jam you'd get at a $10 crash-shack.  

    Honestly, it's about location.  I stayed for a conference and if I had another conference here I'd probably stay again.  But if I wanted to enjoy a hotel/impress a girlfriend, I would spend hotel-stay money far away from this place.

    22/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Chile V.
    Okay, this place is really more like a hostel with private rooms than a hotel. No private bathrooms, the decor is very old and worn, the single pane windows don't keep out any of the noise from the busy street below, there is no elevator, breakfast is mostly coffee and toast...so why four stars? Well, it's clean, half the price of the next cheapest place, way closer to UW than anything else (practically on campus) and the bed are surprisingly comfortable. If that is all you need, then this might be the place for you. Just know what to expect when you book it.

    13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Martin H.
    You can't beat the location at the price.  That said, this hostel - not hotel/B&B - leaves much to be desired.

    The first thing I should note is how hot it was in the summer  We are graduate students and were in Seattle for a conference admittedly during a heat wave (85-90 degree highs), which is unusual for Seattle.  The old building has only a ceiling fan to cool the rooms, which made it extremely difficult to get to sleep at night and stay asleep.  It may have been easier to get to sleep if we could keep the windows open, but the tremendous amount of noise outside made us want to keep the windows closed.  I would strongly suggest not staying here if the weather will be hot during your visit.

    The shared bathroom situation was okay.  If you're under 30, or enjoy reliving the experience of a dormitory, then you can handle the shared (sex-segregated) bathrooms.  Still, each bathroom has only one stall and two showers for an entire floor, which was a bit tight, especially when everyone wants to use it in the morning.  And while I saw cleaning staff in the bathrooms each day, flies were a problem due to lack of screens.

    We had to change rooms three times over our stay, so we got to see how unstandardized the rooms are.  I'm not speaking about the charming variation you'd expect in a 100+ year old building.  I mean that our first room had no working surface (i.e. desk) but had a robe so you didn't have to walk naked down the hall to the bathrooms, but the second room had a desk (which was broken) but no robe.  Our third third room was good - it had both a robe and a stable desk - but the towel meant for showering was a hand towel, so I had to pilfer a proper one from the housekeeping cart.  All that said, I was happy to find no evidence of bed bugs in any of the mattresses, which had been a problem in Seattle for a while.

    The whole outfit felt rather haphazard and disorganized.  The people in charge of check-in and other services were all college students, who, bless them, didn't really know what they were doing. It would have been nice to have an 'real' adult whose career was hospitality to turn to with questions/complaints (like, for example, when we discovered the apple juice that had been served on several mornings for breakfast had fermented). This building does not have a front desk where you can just go see the manager; the manager, another student, when present, is closed up in a room on the top floor, which doesn't exactly scream 'come to me for help' like a front desk would.

    The most obnoxious thing for me was the fact that the information booklets in the rooms are not up to date.  For example, the password for the weak and inconsistent wi-fi printed in the information booklet did not match up to the one found on our key fob, and, one Sunday, we decided to sleep in and get breakfast at 9:30 only to find the breakfast had been cleared away before we got there (the booklet -- and the laminated sheet in the breakfast area itself -- said breakfast until 10 on the weekends).  This screwed up our schedule for the day and cost us more money.

    Staying at the College Inn might have been fine, perhaps even charming, for a short stay, but the inconsistencies, lack of amenities, and poor organization of the business as a whole made us more than ready to leave this place behind after our 11 night visit.

    19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    32. Michael B.
    I have gone to College Inn for years but it's going downhill. There used to be a manager but no more, you sign up with little store below.  Little quality control now. Lighting is dim to poor. The newspapers are gone on the weekend although they do get them.

    Advantages- cheap, easy to book on website, close to restaurants and UW campus, Beds are very comfortable. The breakfast is ok except  the time they used flavored coffee! There is a really great espresso place downstairs right next door which is open on weekdays if you need a bagel and espresso fix in the morning.

    21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    33. Bryndan D.
    Love this place, I've stayed here three times now. It's clean, comfy, safe, and really convenient. The staff are always friendly. This is the best place to stay around campus if you're looking for an inexpensive hostel experience.

    10/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Jeff W.
    What an interesting place. To get there you walk around the building and down some steep dark stairs into this speak easy type dark hole in the wall.  Not much excitement or hospitality here, however, the beer was cold and they have old school dart boards. Great place to hide of you don't want anyone to find you.... EVER!

    I would go back if I was in the neighborhood to play darts and have a cold one.

    02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0