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University Inn in Seattle, WA

University Inn in Seattle, WA

Specialties

University Inn provides a hip and trendy ambiance with colorful artwork and bright furnishings. Our family friendly hotel with all the comforts of home.  Our staff is proud to offer genuine customer service with an independent style.   Come enjoy our many complimentary amenties including a breakfast bar, parking, local shuttle, wireless Internet access, seasonal pool, fitness room, and many convenient in-room amenities.

We do offer a select few dog-friendly rooms which provide balconys and easy access by either elevator or stairs.

History

Established in 1988.

The Traditional wing of University Inn was built for the World's Fair of 1962.  It has seen several renovations and updates, the latest was in January 2008.  The Deluxe wing was built in 1992 and recently had a major renovation.  
The management team has over 41 years of experience on the property and we all consider it an extension of our home.  The care we take for our staff, guests, and the physical property is the foundation of the Inn's success.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.00

Address: 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105
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Comments (67):

1. v r.
Clean comfortable and convenient. The staff was excellent. The breakfast like normal; waffles, cereal, yogurt toast... Good enough. We would return or try their sister hotel, the Watertown.

06/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. R K.
This hotel is over priced for what you get.  The rooms have completely pedestrian furnishings with no sense of style.  Everything about the room is average or below.    You cannot find a power outlet for your computer.  My room had a mini fridge that made a lot of noise.  It is clean, and is of course at a good location.  At $155 plus a very high tax in Seattle making it over $175, I hope one could find better.  Frankly, I have had superior Holiday Inn Express and Motel Six rooms.

27/08/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Matt T.
I found the University Inn by sheer luck. I was traveling to Seattle to see the University of Washington and needed a cheap place to stay. My room was 135 dollars a night. It has one queen bed, a fold way bed/couch combo, desk, table/chairs, fridge and microwave. The place is spotless and the employees are wonderful. Also if you get the premier room, they will serve you breakfast in bed. Though tempting I would highly recommend The Portage Bay Cafe for all your breakfast needs since its almost attached to the hotel.

16/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Waves G.
rooms are clean, good customer service, continental breakfast has many options and 4 stars for its close proximity to UW.

30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Coral C.
This place was great!!  Found it while searching through yelp, and they even offered a 20% off Yelp discount!  Clean rooms, helpful staff, and they offer a complimentary breakfast (more than just cereal and muffins) and an afternoon snack which was way more than I'm used to.  They also allow pets (for an additional $20/night).  We had a great weekend there with our little Boston Terrier.  Would definitely stay there again when we come back to Seattle!

11/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Jason M.
pros:
-allows pets
-location/proximity to university district and environs
-moderately priced

cons:
-nowhere to take your pet nearby to do their business (the place they instruct you to go is not close by, next to a very busy street and in a sketchy neighborhood...unsafe, inconvenient and inexcusable for a place that is supposed to be "pet friendly"),
-the pet-friendly room i stayed in was directly above the trash dumpster outside, so nearly every morning i was awoken to the god-awful sound of a trash truck lifting a heavy dumpster and emptying its content into the truck...and i won't begin to mention the smell.

for a place that is a sister hotel to the nearby watertown (which is a stellar hotel), i expected better. it's too bad the watertown doesn't allow pets, because i would stay there in a heartbeat. instead, i now stay at the larkspur hotel in bellevue...yes, further out, but *much* better accommodations for me and my pets.

05/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. jay w.
Convenient for stays at UW.  Very clean and comfortable rooms.  Great breakfast with DIY waffles and good quality yogurt.  Only complaint is the low-flo faucet heads on the sinks.

29/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Linda C.
I stayed here one night and only found out about it because I needed to be in this immediate area for work.

It's not in the best part of town - we drove through some shady areas to get here, and the exterior ain't so pretty, but the lobby was quaint and cute.  The place has obviously been remodeled (which didn't include the hallways) because room was surprisingly nice.

They have free breakfast in the morning as well as a late afternoon snack.  They also have a complimentary shuttle that goes to multiple hot spots (downtown, university district, space needle/seattle center, zoo, U of washington campus or hospitals, etc).

Pretty sweet, esp if you get the UW rate.

08/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Cecilia B.
This was one of the few hotels that had a room available during my visit, so I thought something was wrong with it. Actually it was perfect. If you are on a budget, this is a great place to stay.

We had a room with double beds that overlooked the street. It's small and the bathroom is definitely small, but the room is clean with standard hotel furniture. There is free parking, a pool, and it has a computer with internet in the lobby that is available to all guests. They also serve a free continental breakfast with waffles, and there are snacks in the afternoon. It is served in the lobby, and depending on how full they are you may not be able to find a table to eat at.

The Inn is in the University of Washington  neigborhood, and there are a lot of places to eat and shop in the district. It is also very close to Lake Union, about 5 minutes, and less than a 10 minute drive from downtown Seattle. The area is pretty peaceful, and I liked that it wasn't in such a touristy area of Seattle. The staff is also helpful and can arange for a shuttle to take you to certain places in the city free of charge.

20/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Sara A.
I stayed here 12/3-12/6 2008 and had the best experience! They upgraded us to the Deluxe Room for free and when we got to the room, we saw that they had put a gift bag in it for us filled with goodies.
The staff was amazing and they not only had a free breakfast, but they also had free evening snacks from 4pm-5pm!
They have a free shuttle that will take you to multiple areas too!

The room was clean, the beds were the most comfortable that I had ever had in a hotel and they had free wireless Internet.

Very pleased :)

07/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. New C.
friendly front desk.
clean.
comfortable.
nice decor.

22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Ary Y.
This place was so much better than I expected.  It was very clean, and people working there were nice.

I took Shuttle Express ($19/person) from the airport to the hotel, and it took more than 1 hour to get there.  On the way back, I used a towncar service the hotel recommended ($45/car) and it was about 30 minutes ride.
 
The hotel is not in the center of the city, but it offers you a complimentary shuttle every hour to downtown Seattle.   Their complimentary Breakfast is decent, and you can get complimentary tea and coffee service  24/7.  

If you are looking for a not-so luxurious but decent hotel, I highly recommend this one.

03/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Matt W.
My parents have stayed at the University Inn twice now and received EXCELLENT service! This is a nice simple hotel with very professional and helpful staff located in a beautiful setting with a great restaurant next door (Elliott Bay Cafe).

10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Matt W.
Uni Inn was exactly what I needed. I came here quickly and without a reservation when I needed a place to stay between apartments. I had called around and found they had the cheapest rate in town for the night. I wasn't sure what to expect, paying $25 less than anywhere else but the room was actually quite spacious and nice. It's right next to a great brunch place and my favorite Pho restaurant is about 4 blocks away. The people working here have been extremely friendly at every interaction.

If you're visiting UW, this is the best choice if you want anything cheaper than Hotel Deco.

21/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Kyoni R.
When my friend who has a dog always visits me. This is one of the only hotels that accept pets. It is centrally located and offers a lot of amenities.
Free parking, Breakfast, and Wireless are all pluses.   Seasonal outdoor pool, access to exercise room, and free laundry. With a nightly rate of $125 she was happy.

Portage Bay around the corner is a cornerstone for Breakfast or Lunch.
Or we go to Ivars for late night happy hour.  Bars are 2 blocks away on the Ave.  Eastlake Bar and Grill is across the bridge. Or if you need to go to the Medical Center it is right across the street.  UW is 3 blocks away.

Complimentary Shuttle Service. Stay with them at the University Inn and enjoy complimentary shuttle service to local attractions, area hospitals, and wonderful shopping. Stay with them, and explore the city of Seattle in style and comfort. Leave the driving to University Inn .  The complimentary shuttle service is provided to predetermined drop-off and pick-up points within a five mile radius.

If you have pets when you travel. And you want a budget friendly hotel.
This is where you and your furry friend should stay.

11/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Shasta V.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Seattle, WA.  It's within walking distance of several great restaurants, and the hotel offers a free shuttle to the downtown area and Space Needle.  The hotel was very clean, had super friendly staff (especially Trudy who drives the shuttle - she's amazing), and offered a great breakfast buffet in the mornings.  They were very dog friendly and even gave our pups treats at the front desk.  I would definitely stay here again and encourage anyone going to Seattle to stay.

01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. David T.
I have styled here many times and like the location, people and rooms.  The parking Is terrible. Especially since they got their shuttle bus that takes 5 parking places in front. What were they thinking.

18/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Sherry S.
We go to Seattle to listen to jazz a few times a year. We are always looking for some cool hotel to stay at. We have stayed here twice. The area is easy to get to though a little bit away from our jazz venue.  The rooms are clean, and the price is very reasonable including the breakfast. Also, the free parking is really important too and they get another star for that. I have no complaints. We ask for a quiet room and we get. They also have a pool which is a nice extra.

20/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Andrew C.
Call me crazy but I have a really hard time rating hotels on Yelp beyond what their hotel rating happens to be. The University Inn is definitely a three star hotel, as would be confirmed by nearly any hotel website. It's located in the south end of the U District and is only about two blocks away from what is technically the beginning of the UW campus territory (as shown by Google Maps, at least).

The hotel is pretty decent, especially if your stay will be primarily based in the University District. If you're coming to check out the school, I can't see a better priced place to set up a base camp than here. That all said, a weekend rate we recently received was $128 a night. None of us went on Priceline to see what it could have been so we'll take it. Still, though. Staying at the University Inn affords you the ability to walk pretty much anywhere in the University District area with relative ease. Thai Tom is up the way. A ton of bars are on The Ave. The school is right there...etc....etc...

As for amenities, they've got decent sized rooms, relatively small bathrooms, some with funky layouts and really comfortable beds. There's a pool just behind the front desk that was closed for the duration of our stay but was visibly very clean and tempting. One of the best aspects was that parking is free so long as you display the yellow piece of paper given to you at a check in. Further amenities include a free breakfast in the mornings and later on a snack bar with cheese and crackers...etc.

It wouldn't be my first choice to stay in the University District on another trip to Seattle but I would still recommend the University Inn for anyone who need a place in that area. The hotel was pretty solid for the price, far enough off the beaten path to avoid any kind of vandalism to the vehicle and quiet enough to get a good nights sleep but still close enough to all the action the University District has to offer.

12/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Claire T.
This place definately deserves a five stars !

The staff is very friendly , and don't rush only to give you the wrong key or something stupid . They will answer any questions , and if they can't they will figure it out . My dad was talking about where golf courses were (of course) and as soon as they heard they told him all about the courses in our area .

They have a pool ! It is normally heated to 80 degrees and outdoor . I beliave they also have a workout room . Not to mention the complementary breakfast ( =D ) including waffles , eggs , muffins , cherries and whipped cream for the waffle , hot cocoa , the list goes on .

The rooms are very sanitary and comfortable . They come with AC , a TV , a fridge , and a microwave . They also have safes and a closet . Very roomy if you don't stuff a roll in bed and air matress in like we did .

Did I mention ? They offer complementary toilet supplies , pillows , towels , blankets , roll in beds , and other stuffy stuff , should you forget it .

Quick Tip : There's a shuttle outside that goes to the hospital , Space Needle , and Pike's Place .

This place is really great . I can (almost) guarantee you'll love it here =)

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Kellie C.
Spent one night here as a stay-cation and loved it. They upgraded my room for free. Hotel was very quiet and the staff was very friendly.

15/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Cristine T.
Here we go...

Not only does this hotel deliver on all the promises it makes online... It surpasses them.

-FREE guest laundry (sure, there's only one washer/dryer... But it's free)
-Beds are comfy, pillows are SUPER plush, TOWELS ARE DEVINE! The towels, OMG the towels. I almost asked if I could buy a set... My husband stopped me.
-Heated OUTdoor pool. I HATE indoor pools, they always seem to smell like mildew. It is Seattle though so it does rain in July. Just be warned.
-Staff... Everyone was so accommodating from the front desk to housekeeping to the  shuttle drivers. They even provided us with a roll-away bed FREE.

Sure... Breakfast is standard garb, and the rooms aren't the biggest... But who cares? You spend so much time eating out and exploring the city you barely notice.

I definitely recommend this hotel :)

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Emily A.
Very nice boutique hotel! I spent three nights here recently. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are spotless and tasteful without giving you that gross generic decor that most chain hotel have. The bed and pillows and linens I want to take home with me because they're so comfy. There are no weird smells, the soap/shampoo they give are delicious, the coffee is great and the rooms are quiet. Seems like lots of parents visiting their student kids are using the place. It's a bit expensive, but that does mean it's a more civilized crowd. Walking distance to everything in the U District and there's a shuttle service as well, but I didn't use it. Great place!

01/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Jayme S.
The University Inn is a great hotel that's walking distance to the University of Washington. Not only is this hotel cute and safe, but it also has a ton of extras available to its customers. Some of the best perks of the University Inn is the free shuttle service and the continental breakfast. I'll definitely stay at the University Inn the next time I'm in Seattle.

17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Ken W.
If you are looking for cotton bedspreads, doors that weigh less than 1000 pounds and late check-outs... keep looking.

On the other hand, the wifi is more reliable than most, you can get cereal and fruit in the morning, the walls are thick and the neighborhood is kinda cool. So there is a lot of upside.

11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. Nick M.
This is a pretty decent place to stay in Seattle.  If you have a car, it is a great choice as it has free parking.  The beds were comfortable, the room was fairly quiet, and the staff was awesome.
They have free cupcakes in the afternoon too which is a nice touch.  Also, free wifi, which should be a universal feature, but isn't.

The hotel does not get 5 stars, because for the price, it has the following flaws:
-- The shower was only fair.  The pressure was ok, but the head was clearly the cheap bulk model.  I absolutely hate this design because it creates a huge hole with no water.
-- The breakfast was free and worth basically that much.  That said, there is a great breakfast place in the same building.
-- The bathroom was a touch small, though the second sink kind of makes up for that.

Note:  the parking is free, but large spaces are limited.  Some fool tried to park a Cadillac Escalade EXT (think extra obnoxious suburban) in a compact spot.  Maybe a 1/3 of the car fit in the spot.  He prevented others from using the lot properly.
Don't be that asshole!  If you must bring a big vehicle, you probably want to park early and accept that you'll be parking in the back of the lot.

31/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Mal C.
This might be a "three star hotel" in terms of hotel ratings, but for hotels within this category, it gets 5+ stars for the following reasons:

1. It's very clean!
2. The beds are super comfortable.
3. Every room comes with a Keurig and the individual K-cups for Tully's coffee (regular and decaf) and earl gray tea.
4. They have free parking.
5. Continental breakfast included (bagels, English muffins, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, cereal, Starbucks coffee, orange juice, apple juice, Tazo teas).
6. They have the best tropical Tommy Bahamas shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, and lotion.
7. They have a heated outdoor pool.
8. It's conveniently a few blocks from University Ave. and right off the 5.
9. The people working there are professional, helpful, and nice - I think many are local students.
10. Every room has a safe.
11. Every room has a microwave and mini fridge.
12. Free shuttle to downtown attractions, U-district shopping, hospitals, and University of WA campus (7:00am - 9:30pm June through September, 7:00am - 7:30pm October through May).
13. I really like the colors of the exterior and lobby - modern retro feel.
14. And bonus, if you get the largest suite they have, they have a bowl full of the best candies (e.g. nerds, sour punch straws, mini gobstoppers, etc.).

I've done my fair-share of traveling and have stayed in every possible type of hotel and motel - from the pits to ridiculous hotels that run around $1000/night, and I can honestly say that I've simply and thoroughly enjoyed each time I've stayed at the University Inn. It's quickly becoming a home away from home, and I choose to stay here over other hotels downtown when I travel to Seattle.

The only thing missing - those waffles everyone keeps talking about... where did they go?

22/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Leah N.
This is our go to hotel when we're up in Seattle, because it's cheap, clean, consistent, and located in a fun neighborhood, within walking distance of good food and fun evenings.

The street it's on can be a bit noisy at times, so you might look elsewhere if you're sensitive to traffic noise. That kind of noise actually makes me feel right at home.

Plus, they have chocolate chip cookies in the afternoons......score!

20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Alice H.
For our trip to Seattle, Rei S. recommended that we stay at the University Inn. And after experiencing firsthand the great prices, great service and amenities, and very convenient location, we would recommend it to anyone visiting Seattle!

The front desk was very helpful and knowledgeable about area. They went above and beyond to assist us with finding bus stops, breaking $20s for bus fare, and even giving us a complimentary wine opener. Not to mention the free pineapple cupcakes in the lobby and complimentary bottled water in our room. We stayed in the deluxe room which, aside from the king sized bed, includes a flat screen TV, a cute table and chairs set, a mirrored vanity, a comfy chair and ottoman, a microwave, a mini fridge, a Keurig coffeemaker, dual sink bathroom, and soap / shampoo / conditioner / body wash / lotion dispensers. Awesome! :) Just across the street was a King County Metro stop to take the 71/72/73 downtown.

We got scored a "stay 2 nights get third night free" deal, so it came out to under $100 per night. Perfect for the kind of traveling we wanted (low travel budget, more to spend on food and good eats!). Also, it's literally next door to Portage Bay Cafe for brunch.

01/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Sara R.
The hotel seemed to be quite well managed with clean rooms, an attentive front desk staff, a nice free continental breakfast daily.  The hotel was pretty budget though, with minimal bedding, no HD TV's, no gym, very plain interior furnishings, no valet etc.  We were travelling with kids and we requested a crib and it was one of the metal ones with a very hard mattress and they had no bedding to fit the crib.  Overall, the hotel was ok but I wouldn't stay there again.  Their sister hotel Watertown was up the block and it looked much much nicer.

03/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Robert C.
Awesome.

Perfect if you have business in the U-District, and they do in fact have a shuttle to more far flung places. Hospitality staff was very nice, and pretty much everything you might need or want is in walking distance.

05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Joshua Q.
The hotel room was clean and quiet.  The staff was not particularly enthusiastic.  The parking situation is extremely poor; spots are small and there are too few of them.  If you return late in the evening, you will likely be on the street.  The lot is not secured.  The breakfast is not worth your time, there is little worth eating and most of it seems to have been out the day before.  Pineapple needs to work a little harder to compete with the boutique hotels in Seattle; they are barely better than one of the larger hotels

20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. CM F.
What a great little hotel!  Nothing fancy.  It is, however, clean, comfortable, inexpensive, and has good amenities (free wifi, laundry facilities, continental breakfast, etc.), and a really really terrific staff - everyone is super friendly and always try to be helpful. The staff is always on the ball (I don't think I saw any of them ever sitting down) and requests are taken care of very quickly.

I would definitely recommend University Inn.

20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Bob F.
Okay, here it is in nutshell: We stayed three nights here while at the Husky vs Duck football game. Staff was great, rooms clean and very nice, shower very good. I'd stay again, BUT ... if you come for a college football, be aware that restaurants in the immediate area are PACKED and I mean PACKED!!!  It's difficult to find an open table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Transportation is scarce on game day and there is not many good options for eating. I witnessed a panicky dad just trying to find food for three very hungry kids. Word to the wise, have the food/drink figured out especially if you're taking kids!!

13/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Patty M.
Disappointed for the price we paid. Little variety at breakfast. So so small  room and bathroom was tiny.  Staff didn't make up for the disappointment. Watched the breakfast attendant be rude to several guests. We were so looking forward to our stay and while we loved Seattle, very sad about the hotel.

26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
36. Lana H.
This isn't one of the high end, fancy, boutique hotels. But, it is worlds above the moderate priced hotels. First off the freebies: wi-fi, breakfast, parking, laundry & Starbucks coffee 24/7! The staff is courteous, helpful & super nice.
The rooms are comfy and the beds are just as sleep worthy as my bed at home!
Daughter #1 just started school at the University of Washington. Univ. Inn is just a 10 minute walk from the UW campus. Minutes from Pikes Market, downtown, many shopping malls & restaurants.
This is my second stay here and definitely not my last!

28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Lewis Y.
Main reason I booked this place and I noticed it away from downtown and across the bridge was do to the USC vs. Washington game. Figured it right on campus we can just walk to Husky Stadium, but then soon realized it was going to take place in CenturyLink Field!.. FML! But overall I believed it was better staying here than in Downtown.. more calm and noise level is much lower.

Service: Upon arrival service was great and had no problems checking in, lady at the check-in desk was very friendly and told us about the continental break and about the the shuttles that take you to Downtown, Space Needle and other attraction within the city. Shuttles leave every hour on the dot and must make reservations and make sure there is room available. After checking out, they were kind enough to hold my bags while I still explored the city since my flight wasn't until 9pm.

Room: I was actually surprise on the room and how nice it looked for just a 4 story building. Felt like I was sleeping at a dorm. Everything anyone wants in a room, was available... fridge, microwave, flat screen tv, couch and a nice view. What did it for me that they have 3 Tommy Bahamas installed on the wall, which contain from Conditioner, Shampoo, Lotion and Body Wash. How great to have all this at the palm of your hand, especially when I'm never one to carry all this with me when I travel. So this was definitely a plus for me. Also when it comes to sleeping in hotel I usually never cover myself, I just lay on top of the cover mainly because the sheets are not comfortable or just don't look or feel like I'm at home. This sheets/comforter, pillows, mattress.. all of the above were very comfortable and felt like i was sleeping at home. So comfortable that I didn't wanna get up on go on about my day.

I tried to look or find something to maybe drop a star but just couldn't. The only CON I did have but not enough to drop it to 4 stars is that they don't have a shuttle to pick you up from or take you to the airport. Maybe has to do with the distance or something, but no big deal, public trans did it for me on my way there, but taxi to the airport... didn't want to go through that again!

The only thing I didn't get to use or shall I say get inside, was the pool, due to the rain that was going on the entire week. I definitely recommend this place especially if you want to stay away from the Downtown area and be more in a calmly area

19/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Hazim E.
Rooms are great, especially for the price. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous for a first time visitor to the city. All around thumbs up!

09/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. omerr j.
Very happy to find the room is so colorful, also clean n crisp linen:) the towel is very white n the toiletries are  Tommy Bahama's. I will definitely come back.

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Keeley G.
Maybe I just got the bottom of the barrel as rooms go, but I heard and read good things about the hotel but have been unimpressed so far. The room itself is ok but the bathroom is pretty small. The a/c-heat unit is old and doesn't automatically adjust, the toilet keeps running and hasn't been fixed even though I asked about it, I look out at the dumpsters at street level so the curtains stay closed, and the shower turned cold this morning. Will be looking for another hotel when I come back in a month

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
41. Gloria G.
A 4 star experience that progressively dropped down to 3 stars

Between 2-3am, I was awoken by loud banging and squeaking coming from the adjacent room.  A few scenarios went through my mind as I drifted in and out of sleep either a} a large animal was taking a beating repeatedly with the swing of a bat b) an off balance laundry machine was rattling against the wall and wouldn't quit or c) a determined woodpecker was drumming up against the headboard, yes that must be it....

This is a little rant--as a universal rule for common decency and hotel etiquette--the phrase "get a room" when directed towards PDA, while appreciated when followed, should include the second part "and be quiet!".  Just because a drywall partition lies between spaces does not make it completely private.  Please be mindful that other hotel guests do not want to partake in your adventurous happy time.  End rant.

Aside from the creaking of the floor and wooden headboard, the accommodations while basic are worthy in this area near UW.  Amenities include free parking, free wifi, and free breakfast which are usually added charges in the nearby hotels.  My room was clean, bed was comfortable with plush pillows.  A Keurig coffee system and two complimentary bottles of water were a nice touch.  At $89/night booked last minute on the Hotel Tonight phone app, University Inn will give you more bang for your buck, figuratively speaking that is.

14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
42. Minh V.
Cute hotel located near near a good amount of shops. The neighborhood is a little sketchy at night, but that's okay

Beds were clean and showed no signs of bed bugs. The room was a little outdated, but for the price we got it for, we can't complain! Stayed for $109 a night before fees and tax. Front desk is friendly, and bathrooms are clean! Towels provided are also much thicker and softer than other hotels I've been to.

I've recommended this hotel to a number friends after coming here. The thing that gets me about this hotel is the free shuttle! They'll take you to a lot of the tourist places in Seattle for free! You just tell them where you want to go and they pick you up! This is something that will have me coming back. The driver, Mike, he's just a great guy too! He's a great host that tells you about Seattle, it's history, as well as it's future if you just ask!

24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Tanya G.
I stayed here last year and had a great experience. It's a very clean, no frills hotel with kind/helpful staff. Comfortable bed, clean linens, clean rooms, and reasonable rate -- all that I really look for in a place for a short stay. Includes continental breakfast. Additionally, there's an amazing complimentary shuttle service that both drops you off and picks you up from popular spots around Seattle -- a wonderful option for a visiting tourist!

09/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Remi C.
Wow, this was definitely more than I was expecting. The rooms are great, we had a double which easily fit 4. Comfy beds, two types of mattresses. CONTINENTAL breakfast. Ok, the breakfast wasn't that great, but I wasn't expecting it, and they had fresh muffins, oatmeal, fruit, COFFEE, tea. Not too shabby at all. There's a tiny pool...can be a bit loud from the street, but you really can't hear anything if you keep your windows closed. There's also free coffee and tea and snacks all day. AND they have a computer in the lobby with internet and a printer that you can just use all day (ergo, a Yelp! review).

Also, the front desk staff are super accommodating and were able to print out a bunch of maps for me with directions to various locations. All in all, a very pleasant experience!

25/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Ashley A.
Great hotel! We stayed here a night and loved it. I especially loved the soap dispensers rather than the traditional travel size soaps, very ecofriendly. Free parking is a huge plus! The breakfast is about average but a nice touch. Sheets and blankets were very clean. My only complaint would be the creaky floors. We did not stay long enough to take advantage of the free bikes but would have liked to.

06/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Tina I.
I came to Seattle for the first time with my son to attend  UW's parent orientation last week. I am so glad that I chose here to stay in Seattle!! Staff are all friendly , room is super clean, bed is so comfortable...... I will definitely stay here whenever I visit my son at UW or whatever occasions in Seattle. University Inn ROCKS!!

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Steve B.
We've had the pleasure of staying at the University Inn on 3 occasions.  It's very close to the University of Washington. The rooms are spacious, clean and priced right.  In the afternoon they offer pineapple cupcakes. In the morning they offer a very nice continental breakfast.  The rooms come with a single serve coffee maker, no more pot to brew.  It's nice. We won't stay anywhere else.

17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Ene B.
Second stay still pretty good...Not as good as the first experience but we'll be back many more times.

16/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Ruins ..
I've stayed twice now at the University Inn. While their rates are a little high, the service and accommodations are very nearly worth the price. The staff are always helpful and pleasant. They have quite a bit of on-site parking although I've been told they do run out at times so it's best to get in early.

The outside is decidedly low-tech. Either the colors or the stylings remind me of an old Howard Johnson's. However the inside is quite stylish and modern. They have many free offerings: cupcakes and tea in the afternoons, continental breakfasts in the mornings and shuttle service to most tourist locales in the immediate area. There is also coffee and tea along with a single serve maker in the room along with free bottles of water for guests.

The location is perfect for my purposes which has been to see shows at the Neptune. Everything is within walking distance. There are more restaurants and bars than you can possibly imagine or want to try from cheap to expensive and from standard to exotic fare.

The hotel itself is very, very clean. The bed linens smell (but not badly) like they've been bleached within an inch of their life and make you feel secure in their cleanliness. The beds are comfy and the pillows are even better.

I've never heard noise from any of the other rooms which is a plus. You feel like you are in your own small oasis from within your room.

Eventually, I will try their Portland offering to see if it compares but this will do as my go to place for shows at the Neptune.

03/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Clare P.
I'm giving this place two stars not bc of the quality of the room or service bc those were both great, the free shuttle service was wonderful as we'll. I'm giving it two stars bc they have a theft problem. No security cameras in their parking lot where they fail to tell the guests that's its a normal thing that cars get broken into all the time. DO NOT BOOK a room here if u don't want your things STOLEN!

19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
51. Carm S.
Only stayed one night here but my experience with the hotel's "pineapple hospitality" ,as they call it, has been amazing. I have traveled to quite a few places and I love that I didn't have to pay a whole lot to receive such great service! Free wifi, free continental breakfast, free shuttle, and complimentary coffee tea and cupcakes in lobby! The hotel itself is more boutique , rooms are cozy and very clean! Bathrooms and rooms themselves are more motel sized, so if you are looking for something spacious this may not be the choice for you. I would recommend this place for UW families and young travelers. Can't say enough good things about the staff, so helpful and our shuttle driver, wish we got her name (picked us up 7pm on 7/25) went above and beyond to get us where we needed to go despite traffic. Thank you University Inn for a great stay, I will definitely be back!

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Marcie C.
The lobby looked very nice and it was very convenient that there was a place to park the car. Clean and comfortable hotel.

01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Gail H.
Clean room, nice continental breakfast, but no frills. At $200 plus a night it was pretty nice but we have had more frills for less.

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
54. Una B.
It is not luxurious by any means, but if you're just looking for a clean, no frills room in the area - it definitely fits the bill.

We'd often arrive back to the hotel late at night and we had trouble with the card readers outside. We always ended up gaining entry, it just took several minutes of trying.

A downside was our A/C unit. This sucker would not shut off on its own so we'd often wake up freezing in the middle of the night only to wake up hot and uncomfortable after we shut it off.

I liked the dispensers in the bathroom for the provided toiletries, seemed less wasteful than individually wrapped items. They smelled nice as well.

All in all, not a bad place. You definitely get a little more than you pay for.

23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
55. Dustin B.
Relatively cheap & close by to the action.

We visited Seattle for the first time recently, most hotels downtown were out of our budget for this particular trip. After some research one blog recommended the Pineapple Inn chain for its value for money. This hotel particular hotel of theirs is 2 blocks away from the UW campus and one of their cheaper ones.

For its price you get a reasonably sized room and bathroom. If you would like a fridge in your room you may have to book one of their more "premium" options. The hotel offers free parking, however it shares the space with a popular adjoining restaurant and parking can be difficult during the day.

The staff are friendly and help. The facility is well maintained and clean. They offer complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea which is nice.

Its location is great, you're only ~10-15mins from downtown, Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne and you don't have the hassle of dealing with the downtown traffic/maze.

We will probably stay here again, although next time book a larger room.

07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
56. Debbie K.
We stayed at this hotel for the UCLA vs UW football game in November. It was fantastic! Rooms are comfortable and trendy. Location is excellent-20 minute walk to the stadium. Included breakfast was good. Staff friendly and extremely helpful. They have a free shuttle for several locations. I would definitely stay here again.

02/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Bryndan D.
This is probably the best place to stay around campus if you're looking for something a little classier, although it's a little bit pricey. Good complimentary breakfast and snacks, and there are Keurigs in the rooms. Pleasant and helpful staff.

10/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Julia F.
My husband and I came here for our honeymoon and are so glad we did.  We were even greeted by a bottle of champaign and some chocolate-covered Chukar cherries in our room!  

As you can guess from the name, it's located near UW, a much better option than staying in touristy downtown (downtown is easily accessible by bus or shuttle).  There are some fantastic restaurants within easy walking distance; I highly recommend Flowers.

The big selling point for me was the outdoor pool, something that is generally very hard to find in the Pacific Northwest.  It wasn't huge but it was clean and not overrun with kids, Howard Johnson-style (a couple of sweet, well-behaved little girls were the only ones sharing the pool with me).  

TV channels were limited and my husband thought the continental breakfast could have been better but Seattle is a city filled with great food and lots of fun things to do so these were pretty minor considerations in my book.  

A really great deal overall.  We're planning a trip back.

04/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Julia G.
This place is most certainly a little gem of a hotel in the heart of Seattle! Where can I begin of how great this place is! The location, the amenities, the staff, the room, the atmosphere.

Price: so reasonable, this is really what sold us on finally deciding on this hotel, everywhere else we looked that was closer to Downtown was riddled with extra fees and just ridiculously expensive for a quick trip. University Inn did NOT hike up the prices for the weekend, like so many other places have a tendency to do.

Location: a three block walk from UW, two miles from Greenlake, five miles from Pike Place, a really cool neighborhood to eat, barhop, or just walk around and enjoy the leaves changing colors already! We were able to just walk down Roosevelt and check out all the shops, restaurants, and bars, so much to do and see!

Freebies: free parking (yes, its true, totally free!!) free continental breakfast, free wifi, free shuttle to get around town, free bikes to cruise around, free cupcakes, tea, and coffee for an evening nightcap!

Room: Booked a double queen room, the view wasn't amazing, but I think if we had been a bit further over, it would have been a completely unobstructed view of the city! The option was there, but I was there to walk around and enjoy the outdoors! Spacious though, very comfy and quite nice, didn't use the Keurig that came with the room, but it was a pleasant option to have.

I'll definitley be staying here again, such a great location to get around the whole city, beaufitul neighborhood location, wonderful amenities, and a great staff! Look no further, its the whole Seattle Experience without the downtown pricetag!

08/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Roy A.
We are doing the College tour trip up north and needed to stay close to the University of Washington. Decided to give the Inn a try based on good reviews. The rooms are small but everything in the place is very clean and the staff is extremely friendly. I would recommend this for those making the visit not wanting to stay in Downtown Seattle. For food I ordered Dominos pizza and they delivered to the room. The kids loved it. Will try the continental breakfast before we head to Portland.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Stephanie A.
A friend of mine had a procedure at Virginia Mason, so we stayed here for a couple of nights.  When we checked in, we needed assistance and Natasia was on it!  She went above and beyond the call of duty.  Not only did she unload my truck, push the cart upstairs and unload the cart...she put everything exactly where we could easily reach things.

We had stay in all day on Saturday for my friend to recoup and she told us how to order online for all the delivery places.

The bedding was weird, but workable.  LOVED the personal products, they smelled wonderful!  The Keurig was nice.  We weren't to impressed with the breakfast in consideration to how great everything else was.  I might suggest a waffle machine.

We will add this as place to stay again, if needing to be close to the center..

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Hannah P.
Great place! The front desk staff were friendly, room was clean and free breakfast. The breakfast could have had a few more items, but hey, it was free and good assortment of fruit, bread, little muffins, cereal, bagels and hard boiled eggs.

They also offer a free shuttle to a number of destinations, including the light rail stop where you can pick up the train to go to the airport. That was a great service. Great location as well, close to university area but also other cool places (we went to a vegetarian place about 15 minutes drive away).

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Vicki B.
My friend and i could really relax here. The staff was very nice
I would recommend this place with ally heart. I have stayed at alot of motels over the years and this on gets a big thumb up.

23/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. Sky T.
My husband and I stay at this hotel every month and have done so every day for the last year. Primarily because it is  close to the university of washington where I am being treated for brain cancer.

Sometime during the course of the last 30 days, they decided to implement some cost cutting measures, which I am all for under normal circumstances.

However, when we walked in to the room that we normally get, we were surprised to see the bed had not been made, there was a fitted sheet and two comforters folded up on top of the bed topped off by a few long black hairs (I am bald due to the cancer and my husband doesn't have much more hair than I do, so it definitely didn't come from us).  

We called the front desk and confirm that they do not provide flat sheets anymore, nor do they do anything but leave the comforters folded on top of the bed!   They say it is to save on laundry but I highly doubt they wash all their comforters everyday.

So this hotel has lost a regular customer, too bad for them, they obviously don't care.

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
65. Daniel M.
Do not book a stay at this hotel if you even slightly rely on Wi-Fi Internet access. The Wi-Fi Internet system in place is atrocious. At best it is very, very, slow. But most of the time it simply does not work at all.

Otherwise it's a wonderful hotel! The breakfast is cereal and bagels, so don't get too excited about that, but the location is wonderful.

1 star because I rely on Internet access and the hotel failed to provide that.

09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
66. Lana G.
On reaching our room, we spent five minutes fussing with the door lock, positioning the key card one way and another, but seeing only red lights. We were not doing anything wrong; rather, the first key-card simply did not work. The second (and third) key-cards produced a green light but the door handle nevertheless failed to engage. We ultimately discovered that, when the green light appeared, we had to count five seconds before the door handle engaged. At six seconds, the light went out. Later that day, as we were counting five for the door handle to engage, a room-service person congratulated us on our discovery of how to enter the room.

In discussing this as well as other problems (noted * below) that should have been corrected during our three-night stay, the desk clerks never uttered the words, "We'll get that fixed right away," or, "Would you like to move to another room?" One suggested that we pull the door handle up rather than push it down as one normally would. Their apparent unease (both initially and at checkout, as we reiterated our complaints) informed us that they were aware of the problems, as was room service, but that the hotel would not correct any of them. As clerks do not make such decisions, I understood that the multiple dysfunctions were known to management, which had left orders to rent the room "as is," not only without fixing its deficiencies, but without providing unsuspecting customers with a tutorial on how to deal with *the door, *the toilet, *the bathroom sink and the table-desk.

The bathroom was long and narrow. Lighting was inadequate. *The hot and cold taps were reversed at the sink. *Flushing the toilet required holding down the handle for ten seconds because an incompetent plumber had made the chain between the flush lever and the flapper-valve too long, so the valve was not fully raised when the handle was depressed. This simple problem and its simple fix apparently were beyond the capabilities of Pineapple personnel to assess and correct. I assessed it but I was disinclined to fix it. There was only one towel bar for the room which, with two queen beds, was intended for many as four occupants. The counter space was also inadequate for two, much less four people.

The room was accessed through a long, wide entry hallway that connected with the hotel's common hallway. Except for the bathroom door and an ironing board hanging on one wall, the hall, which was nearly as large as some hotel rooms in Europe, was empty. This indirect connection between the room and the hotel's common hallway was due to the poor structural design of the building. The room was beyond the common hallway, contiguous with an inside stairwell. Perhaps it was an afterthought (a storage room that had been converted to a guest room during a remodel?) or the building's architect was incompetent, or both.

The room was fairly large even after the hallway was discounted. However, it was rendered crowded and dysfunctional by the placement of furniture within it. The TV was in a corner, unnecessarily remote from one of the beds, and a table-desk located where the TV should have been presented a constant menace to the toes of passersby who arose without shoes in the night. We don't watch TV but I twice bashed my toes on a leg of the table-desk.

There was only one nightstand and one reading lamp to serve the two beds. This was not for lack of space for one or even two more nightstands, which would have provided a reading lamp for every potential occupant. (Because we knew this was an old hotel with limited electric outlets, we brought an extension cord to charge one of our cell phones.)

The room was clean and the firm beds were comfortable. However, individual duvets, two to a bed, were another dysfunctional misery, constantly sliding off during the night because they hung over only one side of the bed. As for the pillows, they were nearly as firm as the beds, not at all malleable, more like sacks of sand than pillows and quite incapable of supporting the neck.

We wondered at a management that equates four potential guests with one towel bar, one reading lamp, one sink in a tiny counter space, and does not understand the pull of gravity.

We had stayed at this hotel once before. While our room at that time certainly had not been perfect, it had been acceptable. Indeed, while the bad design of this room and the stupid arrangement of the furniture were irritants, they were not deal-killers. (Unless, of course, I had broken a toe on the table-desk.) Had the hotel corrected the easily-fixed problems prior to renting the room, we would have rated it three stars. Had it at least responded as it should have when we complained about the *problems, we would have rated it two stars. However, this hotel's unvoiced customer service protocol was loud and clear: "We don't give a you-know-whuck." Management's utterly disingenuous excuse, below, only confirms our opinion. We would not stay here again.

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
67. Mish M.
On the Seattle hotel market, you typically get what you pay for!  I've been burned more than once by a "good deal"and vowed never to take a chance again!  But I needed something close to UW, my typical faves were too far away......I stayed at another Pineapple property downtown, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  

I think I may have a new favorite Seattle spot!  It's at least in my top 3.  Here's why:

1. Free cupcakes.  Yup, that's my top reason.  Don't hate.

2. Free parking.  In Seattle, this is huge.  Caution: it is on a first-come basis, and the lot isn't huge, so get there early if you're set on using it.

3. Free shuttle.  This helps with the "get there and park early" thing.  Caution: it doesn't run on your schedule, so if you have to be somewhere the shuttle goes at 6pm, plan ahead.

4. Free bikes! If the shuttle doesn't tickle your fancy.

5. Free breakfast.  And it's a good one (relatively speaking)- french toast anyone?

6. Free Wifi. Yeeeeeeeah.  

7. Comfortable rooms with huge stone showers and liquid hand soap (I HATE BAR SOAP).

8. Value for the price.  It's hard to find this many great things for a good price; I would have expected to pay much more for this place than I did.  They run some good specials, and it's definitely worth it!

There's also an outdoor pool, which wasn't useful when I was there. Service was really friendly and helpful. While it's not super mega fancy and plush, if that doesn't matter to you, this is a great spot.

03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0