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Inn At Virginia Mason in Seattle, WA

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Rating: 3.18

Address: 1006 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104

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    Comments (17):

    1. Aimless N.
    This is a very old building and I liked it.  All staff was nice.  It was clean.  It wasn't perfect but I didn't feel like there were things I didn't want to touch in the room.  It has an outdated t.v.-I didn't care.  The bathroom was tiny but I didn't need much.  It did have a hairdryer.  The closet was huge, kind of funny.  Great old characteristics and quiet.  Well the construction going on was heard when I had the windows open but it didn't bother me.  The only thing I didn't like was the old smoke smell when I first entered the room.  It wasn't really strong.  I didn't  notice it after a minute.  It wasn't stinky, just there from who knows when.  The restaurant "The Rhododendron" was very, very good and was not overpriced.  Loved my grilled Panini and my friend loved the French Dip.  Soooo yummy!  The lobby computer was down but I just walked over to the Baroness (accross the street) and used theirs.  I was able to print out my boarding pass with no charge.  Very satisfied.  I have been known to change rooms when I first arrive at a hotel if I find anything I don't like, ie: poo in the toilet, bad pool smell, bad B.O. smell, uncleanliness, no view, etc.  Did not feel the need in this hotel.

    26/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Ken S.
    This hotel is one of my two favorite in Seattle.  It is in an older building which I personally like.  the front desk is efficient, friendly and accommodating.  I always stay in a room with a double bed. This is not the Sorrento Hotel nor does it have those prices either, although it is literally around the corner.  it is a basic room, bed, electricity, bathroom and maid service.  you aren't getting extras because you aren't paying for them.  if you do stay here what you get is proximity to all things Downtown, a killer view of the skyline from the 9th floor patio, a more than decent restaurant with excellent prices in the hotel as well as proximity to Capital Hill/First Hill. On the downside for some are the Hills around the hotel.  I have lived in Seattle so am used to them but others say from Los Angeles were things are mostly flat unless enhanced with silicone will find them challenging.

    14/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Michelle B.
    My Grandmother had to have her cornea replaced.


    So, after I stopped grossing out about it, I found her a hotel. Since it was outpatient surgery she didn't need to stay at the hospital, but the procedure required a follow up visit at the ungodly hour of 9:00AM. There was no way we were going back up to Marysville.

    The Inn at Virginia Mason fit the bill fairly perfectly.

    The hotel itself is in an older Capitol Hill style building. So there are quite a few oddities. Like the 1952 wooden radio receiver underneath the television, and the window in the bathroom that looks out to a few stories of hospital room windows...howdy! There was also an old fashioned ice chest built into wall of the room - eh, I guess I'll go down to the ol' ice machine in the lobby, pack up a few plastic baggies of ice (doesn't everyones Grandmother carry around plastic bags in their purse) and build my Grandma a refrigerator for her Diet Coke!

    The room was certainly not fancy, but it was definitely comfortable, and the women at the front desk had to be the nicest people ever to work at a hospital/hotel. Plus, it was relatively cheap ($95) and hospital adjacent - I wouldn't recommend it for vacations since the only thing around to eat is McDonald's and nothing on Yelp Mobile is going to sound as good as a Big Mac to your Grandmother when she's the one who gets to decide what you are going to eat...sigh...

    So, yep, if I ever have to deal with gross hospital stuff again, we'll definitely be staying at the Inn at Virginia Mason.

    12/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Tiffany Y.
    Stayed here when I came to Seattle for a conference. This place is old. It has a rustic feel. My room had 2 beds for 3 people. So I had to share bed with my boyfriend. The beds were TINY. They were a twin bed. The bed was uncomfortable along with the pillows. The bathroom light switch was outside next to the door, the view I had were people who were in the hospitals which I didn't like but I just didn't look outside anymore. The TV was a bit blurry with a small selection. Service here isn't great. I asked some bathroom supplies to be delivery to me but it end up not coming up and I had to go down and ask for it. Their wifi isn't great. They have 2 different kind of wifi. 1 is jut for guest and the other required a password which is given to you in the room. The one that requires a password requires you to download a software and every time you use the internet, you have to enter in the password. Maybe I did it wrong but it was sorta annoying.

    The plus side is the people who work here are generally speaking pretty nice. Their food is CHEAP and not to mention DELICIOUS. I've gotten room service pretty much every night I was here.

    People who want to stay here, BEWARE, this hotel is not only next to a hospital/emergency room but it is on a massive hill. It's a beast to walk up!! I've been told you could take the elevator through the hospital to get up to the hotel. And also that there is a coffee shop (I think it might be Tully's but I am not sure) that connects the hospital and hotel. Again, I don't know I haven't tried because the entire week I was there I just power through the hill and after a while, I conquered it.

    27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Gloria B.
    I love this small, boutique hotel.  Large, bright rooms with high ceilings, and large bathrooms.  Walking distance to the major shopping district and theatres, and I walked to Pike Place in about 15 minutes.  I have stayed here when I visit Seattle for many years, and will continue to do so.  Prices are very reasonable, though parking is a little high.  This will appeal to those who seek out smaller, older boutique hotels when they travel.  One of my favorites!

    25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Sam H.
    Not awesome, but a good deal for the location.

    The room had a cool old nostalgic feel, but it had a few things I didn't like.  First off the bathroom windows were clear.  Sure, the window had blinds, but If I wanted to use the toilet, i had to either open the blinds opening myself to a clear view from the hostipal, or go without natural light.  It's a minor issue, but the solution, a translucent coating on the window, is also pretty easy.  The TV was so blurry that it was very distracting.

    This and other problems didn't matter too much as we didn't spend much time in the hotel.  It was a nice short walk from downtown and everything we went to do.  Paying for other places with that kind of location looked to charge us $50+ more a night.  Good location for the price, however if you book early enough many better hotels are priced similarly, if not cheaper.

    Note to people who wish to stay here.  Do not paln to walk up Spring to the Inn from Downtown.  I say walk up Pike to Minor, then to Spring and downhill.  The road at the entrance of the Inn is 5 full stories higher than the road the next block toward downtown.  That hill is a beast.

    30/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Matty H.
    Just returned from Seattle, wife booked at this hotel. Cheap less than $100 a nite. Read the reviews and got a little apprehensive about several reviews about bed bugs!! Nope none was found in our room, although small it was clean and adequate for sleeping. You come to Seattle and you're gonna stay in your room??!! More betta stay home! Room was run down, AC wasn't working and the windows although broken still was able to open so that took care of that problem. Bathroom shower leaked into the bathtub so that didn't bother me. Finishes in the room where worn, paint peeling in some places and carpet was faded and tattered. But it was clean, safe and the staff was very friendly. Location was good, close walking distance to Pikes and the shopping districts. Yup it was hilly but hey it's Seattle, wife said San Fran was worse. I would stay there again, there and the Inn at Queen Ann, that's another good value cheap hotel.

    25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    8. Holly N.
    For the price, the location, the cleanliness, and the parking this place is totally a value. We were here on a Friday night and easily found the parking lot associated with the hotel ($20 per 24 hours with in and out privileges for those staying at the hotel - a great value for the area!).

    We needed cheap, and this was cheap, but it was also clean - my primary objective. The room we were in might have been a handicapped room or maybe all of their rooms are handicapped accessible, but there was plenty of room for a wheel chair around the room and in the bathroom.

    The only one negative-ish was that there are really no frills. Our room did not have the hair dryer that I assume will always be at a hotel room.

    All of the staff was helpful and the room was quiet. Considering price and convenience, I'd totally stay here again!

    07/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Lisa A.
    Avoid this hotel!  We took the Metro Transit to University station and called the hotel for directions which were given to us incorrectly.  The room was small and cramped with uncomfortable beds and a poorly maintained bathroom with scratchy, dingy towels.  One of our access cards quit working before we checked out and the desk clerk was across the street when we went down to have it reactivated so we could enter the room.  Finally, the evening before we checked out we lifted the mattress and discovered bed bugs.  We left early the following morning.  Worst place ever!

    03/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    10. S J.
    The price, location, and cleanliness make this place worth staying.  If you have someone at the hospital, it is very convenient, and you can walk into the hospital without going outside.  It's a difficult time when a friend or family member is in the hospital, and the convenience of The Inn is invaluable.  There is a little snack bar place and tables off the lobby, pleasant outdoor patio too.  I had the curry chicken salad sandwich which was just OK.  The hotel elevator is tiny but comes quickly and works well.  They have room service for meals, no tipping allowed, and the prices are very reasonable.  I had the turkey and gravy, broccoli.   It was good enough.

    In addition to room service, there is a pretty good cafeteria in the hospital.

    As far as the room goes, everything worked fine, plenty of hot water, towels were clean and thick, beds freshly made up and comfortable.  Carpeting was new and clean. The large room was clean and servicable but also somewhat gloomy with low wattage light bulbs. Our room windows opened onto the street so we let in light and air that way. The TV sat on a long credenza thing which was too close to the bathroom door, and I injured my leg on it.  The rooms have coffee makers.  

    If you are handicapped, call ahead and find out where the handicapped entrance is, otherwise you will be hauling your suitcase up a flight of 6-8 steep stairs.  

    The staff members were very nice to us; however, one person at the front desk gave us incorrect driving directions which caused us some difficulty.  (If you don't really know the directions, don't try to make something up.)

    Parking was $24 every 24 hours in the lot across the street.  The Baroness hotel is across the street as well, which is another close-to-the-hospital place people can stay.

    I've posted a lot of negatives here, but if we need to use the Virginia Mason hospital again, we would also stay at the Inn.  The negatives are tolerable.

    26/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Dawn K.
    I stayed at this hotel once to try and save a little cash. Never again. Not only were the rooms cramped and the twin beds incredibly uncomfortable, but the worst part was that I found BED BUGS!!!
    After checking out early and asking for a refund (we didn't even stay the whole night), not only were we charged twice, but the hotel manager tried to insinuate that we brought them with us.  I've never been treated so poorly before. Stay Away!!

    21/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. Tom M.
    You should avoid this hotel!  Most of my stay was fine.  In fact I require very few amenities when it comes to hotels.  My philosophy is that I will only spend a limited amount of time in the room so I don't need a lot of perks.

    With that being said, a sink that drains is not on the "optional" list.  I stayed here over a Friday and Saturday night.  On Saturday morning I was brushing my teeth and realized that the sink did not drain for quite a while.  As I was leaving for the day (approximately 9:00 am), I reported this to the front desk and asked them to check on it.  They replied that they would.

    Later that evening (around 8:00 pm or so) I went into the bathroom and saw that the water still had not drained.  At this point I called the front desk and they had a maintenance person come up.  He fiddled with it for about 20 minutes and reported that someone else would have to come up.  No one did.  In the morning my sink was full of brown dirty water and I could nothing with it.

    At check out the manager took $90 off my bill.  I suggested he reimburse for one entire night.  He replied that the General manager would call me and sort this out.  

    I never did receive a call (it has been 5 days now and counting) and I guess they just don't care that much.

    Anyway, avoid this place!

    04/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Dan M.
    Yes this hotel looks like the Twilight zone hotel but it is modernized.  TV is a flatscreen, new carpets - even in hallways.  One elevator is a tad small, but it goes fast enough - never waited long.  People who complain the bathroom is small have high standards.  The bathroom is normal sized and no smaller than any marriot I've been to.  

    Of note:  Gluten free room service options!  This was awesome and I only realized this on my last day.  Lots of choices.

    Cons:  No microwave and no fridge.  I had to open my bathroom window and close the door to keep my left overs fresh.  Kinda obnoxious which is why I knocked off a star.  Plenty of space for a minifridge.

    15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Wayne S.
    The hotel is older but that gives it character. The room was comfortable, the staff was friendly and the room service was fantastic.

    22/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Julia K.
    The first night we were there we stayed in room 407.  It was 78 degrees, so we turned off the heat.  By midnight it was 84 degrees, then 81 with all the windows open.  We couldn't sleep.  The front desk staff (nice folks) said that they'd get the heating problem solved by the end of the day.  At 6 pm the room was still 81 degrees.   We were told that when we returned from dinner all would be well.  When we returned at 10 pm we were told that all was well, but the heat was still blasting.  We called down to the front desk and they said that they'd get someone on it immediately.  We asked for a new room and they gave us one.  It's impossible to believe that this wasn't a long standing issue for that room.    If you stay, do not stay in room 407!!!
    The manager did not charge us for the first night and was very apologetic.

    05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. Jill E.
    Am giving this three stars this time only because we got a different type of room that was larger and a bit nicer. Would have liked  to give this two and a half stars but with Yelp you can't do that, ergo I gave it three.

    This hotel is convenient if you are with someone who is a hospital patient but there is no others reason to stay there although it is close to downtown and within walking distance.  

    Sadly, there is no restaurant in the hotel at this point. The clerk told me that the hospital used to run it and they decided to close it because it wasn't making any money. The hotel says in January they plan on opening something.  Meanwhile you do have the option of using the room service the hospital offers. It's not great food but it's not expensive, you need to have cash when they deliver but they do make change; or you can eat at one of the various places nearby.

    The housekeeping was just so so. They have a nice one cup,coffee maker with both coffee and tea pods. However, I used one and then left the cup. Two days later that dirty cup was still sitting there. The towels are thin and small, definitely not first rate.  

    While this hotel isn't the best, it beats the Baroness across the street

    18/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    17. Louis J.
    I was surprised at some of the older reviews I read.  We loved our stay here!  But we loved the decor of a boutique hotel.  The staff was helpful and friendly.  The room was spacious and accommodating.  My wife and I slept like babies with full bellies!  The room was a bit warm upon arrival but we cracked the window and turned down the thermostat.  No biggie!  We stayed 4 nights and are sure to return.

    There are many nice restaurants and coffee shops in the area (loved Vito's) and its about a 30 minute walk to the Waterfront area of Seattle (though I don't recommend it if you are not use to steep hills).

    11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0