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Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, WA

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Rating: 4.00

Address: 4000 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA, 98105

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    Comments (18):

    1. Barrie A.
    Talaris has a wonderful, peaceful vibe. After navigating from I-5, we turned off 41st Street into a meandering drive that felt like the entrance to a private estate. The site is 18 acres of mature trees, rolling lawns, ponds and fountains. Guest rooms are in one-story  bungalows spread around the property. We stayed with our dog (no extra charge for the dog) in a comfortable, unpretentious room, in the designated 'dog building.' We saw a couple of other dogs, but never heard them. Our dog loved Talaris and first thing ran down to one of the ponds and went for a swim, then we ran him all around the beautiful, rolling grounds before walking up to 45th Street to Varlamos for great spaghetti and the Mariners and Yankees on TV. Talaris is not a five-star hotel; if anything, as a hotel, it is a wee bit, um, pokey. But, it is very clean, has a million TV channels, is very welcoming and incredibly comfortable. Talaris is not like any other place we have stayed--you can just walk around and listen to birds singing and fountains splashing. No traffic noise; no strip malls or fast food joints in sight. But it is a short walk from Burger Master and University Village shopping center.

    29/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Leslie K.
    Our family of four stayed here during spring break while touring University of Washington.  It was a wonderful stay and we only wish we had more down time (and less rain) to enjoy the resort.

    Bob Stricker the night concierge was incredibly helpful with all aspects of our stay, and he know UofW so well that he answered a lot of our questions.

    The UW special rate of $119/night was also pretty terrific.  Free parking, safe, close to campus, near restaurants. The only downside is that this is not a traditional hote.  They hold conferences here, and they rent out the excess rooms.

    We would absolutely stay here again, especially when visiting this part of town.

    27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Rachel M.
    I have been to Talaris quite a few times and will continue to return. While I love being in the city, it's nice to go back to a quiet place to get some rest. The staff our exceptional and are willing to go out of their way to help you, yet, the hotel is set up so its more independent living.

    I highly recommend staying at Talaris for its serenity, location, and exceptional staff.

    11/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. William G.
    Never going back. Was expecting something a lot better after looking at the photos they advertised.. But doesn't seem even close. Especially wouldn't want to stay on the first floor room again because the windows were covered by only a paper thin sheet- not only did it seem like it wasn't enough privacy, at night car lights would shine into the room since we were right next to the parking lot. I called for towels one morning and the front desk asked if I'd be in the room in the next couple of minutes. Waited for about a half hour and no one ever came- so called the front desk as we were leaving to let them know we do NOT want the towels anymore and put the privacy sign on the door since we left some valuables in the room,but someone still came into our room while we were gone. Also, we had the privacy sign on our door the next morning- but the maid still knocked on our door at 8 in the morning- told her we didn't need service since we were checking out that morning, but she still came back  later before check out. Then we realized our do not disturb sign had magically disappeared from our door- so much for privacy. Also, the television kept having "connection problems" and was just annoying after about 10 times there was a connection error. Been to MUCH nicer places for a lot better prices- wouldn't stay here again.

    16/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. Sheri S.
    We've stayed here twice, and were pleased with the room, the grounds, the quietness, the location, and the caring service we received from the staff. They allow dogs there too and the grounds are wonderful for taking a dog for a walk.

    28/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Laura C.
    We stayed at Talaris for our son's UW graduation. Here are the positive experiences and reasons we selected Talaris.
    - able to reserve for just 1 night
    - proximity to UW
    - gorgeous grounds!
    - VALUE! You will not find a larger, cleaner, nicer room in Seattle unless you stay at a $$$$ property
    - continental breakfast plus
    - comfortable linens and bed
    - SUPER QUIET locale! No freeway or university noise

    We are travelers on a budget and appreciated everything this great place offered.

    Stayed June 2011

    13/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Dejon G.
    Checked-in at 11pm, online said check in was until 12midnight had to wait outside in the cold 15 mins for someone to check us in. Room was not as pictured online, they said they upgraded out room. If that was the upgrade then I the our room must of been horrible. My husband and child 6 had to sleep in a queen size bed in a room without a couch, the upgraded room had two chairs. Carpet looked gross and room was not comfortable and not updated in a while. Definitely not staying again or recommending. We need to possible stay another night, when we checked asked them if that was okay, they said such just let them know at the front desk. Well we didn't stay two night but my card has been charged to two night.

    09/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Martine M.
    Talaris is located on beautiful grounds very close to the University of Washington. We enjoyed the tranquil setting there, and the beautiful walks! We found the accommodations adequate but nothing special. We'll come back in the future.

    24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    9. Brent W.
    Pavement was sticky from the tree sap.  Nice location near university.  Very basic breakfast.   Bathroom is outdated and lacks counter space.  Showerhead is positioned for small child.  Bed was comfortable.  Two moths got into our room and the light fixtures are dirty. This isn't a traditonal hotel.  THe rooms are accessed from outside and are in small one story buildings.  I saw several dogs so it looks like a dog friendly place and there are lots of places to take them for walks.  Our room was quiet and the bed was against the window.  THe blnds didn't block all the light.

    22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    10. Minji C.
    What a beautiful property the hotel is located in!  Not only are there paths to walk on around the property but the rooms themselves have a cabin-in-the-wood type of feeling. Average to small room but cozy,  decent basic bathroom,  and great desk staff. I checked in early at the last minute without any issue,  and they let me leave my luggage at the hotel for 10+ hours after I checked out so that I didn't have to carry my luggage to my interview and carry it around while exporting Seattle on foot.  My first room looked clean but had some strange urine-like smell and they quickly changed my room. Each room has an iphone / mp3/smartphone compatible speaker so you can listen to your own music.  Complimentary bottled water, daily breakfast,  and great coffee! There are several restaurants and a dessert place within walking distance,  and university village is also within 10-15 min walk. Seattle children's hospital is 1 block away.

    10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Laura L.
    The registration area was a bit hard to find in the dark but we found it. The gentleman was nice and told us all there was to know about this hotel. They're even dog friendly.

    The grounds were pretty and it was in a nice area. They had a nicely stocked snack room: coffee, tea, juices, water and pastries. My room was on the 2nd floor, it was big and simply decorated. Everything with my stay went well so I'd have no problem staying there again.

    21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Margaret L.
    A day or so after I wrote this review, I got a call from the general manager who apologized that no one had contacted me about my cell phone charger. Apparently they have several chargers that have been left behind at different times and in that box was an iPhone 5 charger, which she overnighted to me. Absolutely wonderful, I can't wait to go back for another stay!

    15/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. David S.
    Nestled in the shadow of Seattle Children's Hospital (see my review: yelp.com/biz/seattle-chi… ), it's possible to live within close proximity of the Talaris Conference Center and have no idea that this gem of a facility even exists. Covering 18 acres in a gorgeous park-like setting that includes walking paths, a large pond and tons of manicured lawns, Talaris is a wonderful venue for any sort of meeting or reception or simply a great place for an afternoon stroll. It also features 33 guest rooms and is in close proximity to the Laurelhurst commercial district as well as University Village.

    We have hosted receptions at Talaris twice in the past four years and in both cases, the locale, service, food and value that we received were beyond exemplary. (We did not use the guest rooms, so I cannot comment on those.)

    In 2009 we hosted a kids' party, which included 100+ kids, a DJ and kid-friendly food including a Pasta Bar with Spaghetti and Penne Pastas and Marinara and Fettuccini Alfredo sauces, Caesar Salad, Cheese and Margarita Pizzas, Fruit Kabobs, Chips and Punch. From the earliest planning meetings through the event and final payment, working with Brenna, the planning manager at the time, was everything you would hope - attentive, helpful, patient and personable.

    The Pacific Dining Room worked amazingly well for this event. We set the dance floor and DJ up at the far end of the room and from the moment the music started, the kids were in their element. The size of the Pacific Dining Room was perfect and contributed to a "hot" room with tons of energy and enthusiasm.

    The smaller Northwest Room which is located just off to the side of the Pacific Dining Room was a perfect place for a small group of adults to hide away and enjoy some wine while sneaking a periodic peak at the kids to make sure they were having fun and behaving appropriately. (Of course they were!)

    Just last month we hosted an hor d'oeuvres and cocktail party for about 130. My wife had the inspired idea to put together a southern inspired menu. Working closely with the current Planning Manager, Kimberly, and the chef, they came up with one of the one of the best menus I've ever had at a party of this sort. The food included Mac n' Cheese Bites (perfectly formed squares of mac and cheese - amazing!), Kobe Beef Sliders, Chicken and Waffle Skewers (chicken dipped in waffle batter and then deep fried - oh baby!), Corn Fritters and more. Like her predecessor, Kimberly was amazing to work with and we really felt like everyone at Talaris was committed to the success of our event.

    Trying to figure out the quantities of food to order for an event like this was a crap shoot. We ultimately ended up at about 7 servings per person, which was in hindsight far too much food. But, better to have too much than too little. The staff was absolutely wonderful about letting us come back the next morning and pack up all of the uneaten food, both prepared and uncooked. The bounty in our freezer should keep us fed for some time!

    For seating, we had a mix of tables and cocktail stands and again, the room worked very well. A portable bar served beer, wine and soda and a full bar was available in a separate location. We actually served very few hard drinks, and I'm not sure if that is because it was an afternoon event or because despite being in a central location it wasn't obvious that there was a bar there. To the casual observer, it could have been a coat check room. No bother. No one seemed to mind that the main bar only had beer and wine and it helped to keep the overall costs down.

    As our recent event was winding down, one of our guests stopped to thank me and stated unequivocally that our party was an "absolute 10". What a great thing to hear, but I can't take all of the credit, or even most of the credit. That goes to the great staff and facility at Talaris.

    13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Billy G.
    Very nice work.  A beautiful setup with all the basic amenities you would need.  A real hidden gem and was very happy with the service.
    Getting to downtown via public transport is not the quickest from this location, but the concierge are extremely focused on making your travel plans easier.  Have used twice now and plan to use again soon.

    16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Sam H.
    Feels like outdoor school for adults.

    This hotel is, well, interesting.

    The rooms are not traditional rooms.  They are outside accessible rooms in big hut-like buildings (well, big for a hut).  In the center each cluster of rooms has a kitchen, though I think you need to pay extra to access it.  It feels like a place companies would come for an urban retreat and seminar.  The rooms are a bit old and outdated, but the location and green space more than make up for it.

    Aside from the odd feel of the room, it's a great place to stay.  It's in a little tranquil park right next to UW and the U-Village.  It's a great place to stay for footballs games... er, check that  it's terrible.  Don't stay here, I don't want you all clogging the space for me.  Just kidding, it's great.  But seriously, leave me a room.

    From this place to the stadium you either have the choice of walking toward E-1 and experiencing the tailgaters, or you can walk through the back trails in the swamp and see nice parts of campus few ever see.

    I wonder what this place used to be.  This big a space so close to campus must be in high demand.  It's nice that whatever it was kept it an open green space.

    This place is definitely an interesting and quirky place to stay.  Well worth the price.

    29/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Dena R.
    Stayed here for a conference and it was absolutely gorgeous. Felt like I was at a meditation retreat. There was even an eagles next over the beautiful pond with water feature that was amazing to see. The lunch room had floor to ceiling windows for a beautiful view. Rooms are really dated but the overall place more than made up for it.

    04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Sky T.
    We just stayed here for one night and, though the grounds are beautiful and tranquil, the facility itself is old and tired, desperately in need of upgrades in the rooms and on the ground.  That being said,  the future of this facility is in question. Understand this property is being fought over by a developer to be made into a huge housing development.  This is probably why not much is being done to maintain the facility itself.  Sad!

    19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    18. Luis P.
    Great hideaway, excellent friendly staff! Good food. If you are looking for a place to recharge, this is it. Great food and shopping within walking distance.

    07/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0