Our family of four fell in love with Pensione Nichols the moment we arrived at the charming front door. I felt like we were on the Boulevard St. Michel in Paris as the Pensione is reminiscent of the lovely old Left Bank lodgings there.
The front door security system is excellent and even though it is located in the heart of a busy urban area the Pensione felt very safe. We were warmly greeted by owner Lindsey and immediately shown around. We had booked two rooms for the four of us and they were inviting and comfortable. Each of our rooms had one double and one single bed and could easily sleep a family of three. Our rooms were made up and the towels replaced daily.
Bathrooms are shared. However, there were three (3!) bathrooms on our floor – one with toilet and sink, one with shower, toilet and sink, and one with tub/shower, toilet and sink – and we never had any problem accessing a bathroom when we needed one.
Our children are older teens / young adults, ages 16 and 19, and both of them liked the Pensione very much. Our daughter chose a bed next to a window overlooking 1st avenue. She enjoyed watching the busy street below and the oak tree shading window provided such a lovely backdrop. Our son is a true urbanite - he loved the international flavor of the Pensione as well as the ability to simply walk out the door to the heart of Pike Place Market.
The beautiful living room overlooking the Sound is where we enjoyed breakfast in the morning (fruits, breads, condiments, juice and the best coffee ever!) and unwinding in the evening. Our fellow travelers were from around the world and we enjoyed meeting them immensely. We purchased wine from the little market about 1/2 block up the street and brought it back to enjoy in the living room as we watched the sun set over the Sound. Friendly and cheerful Frank was our hostess on most mornings, coffee ready, food artfully presented and ever helpful with information about the city.
The coffee tables in the living room are convenient for card games, etc. It is requested that for consideration of the others, guests in the living room keep the noise down after 9:00 p.m.
I have read other reviews and would like to clarify some the items that others have posted ...
1.) There is interaction between guests - mostly at breakfast. Interaction is probably as much as you initiate or want to participate in.
2.) Yes, you carry your luggage up the stairs. This is an older building. There is no elevator, the electrical outlets are older and the plumbing style is older. Even so, the water was always hot!
3.) No, the walls are not thin! We were right next to one of the bathrooms and we could only hear the shower very vaguely. We could not hear any other hotel sounds when our door was closed.
4.) Yes, there is a great deal street noise. The Pensione is in the Market District of a large city! There are lots of shops, restaurants, bars, traffic and tourists. The Pensione is above a bar that does not close until 1:00 or 2:00 am. Noise is to be expected. Bring ear plugs if this bothers you.
5.) Yes, you need to bring your own toiletries - this is a bed and breakfast, not a hotel.
6.) No, there is not any other food or drink throughout the day - this is a bed and breakfast, not a hotel.
7.) Yes, there is free Wi-Fi which we accessed from our rooms and the living room and we had no trouble playing music (quietly) on our computer in the living room.
If you desire the amenities of a hotel, then go to a hotel. But if you want personality, individuality, romance, ambiance, character and charm, then stay here. Our family didn't want to leave. We are all hoping we get to travel to Seattle again soon just so we can stay at the Pensione Nichols.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pensione Nichols is Seattle's only downtown Bed and Breakfast located in the world famous Pike Place Market. European feel with Seattle style and a breathtaking view of Puget Sound and the Pike Place Market, Pensione Nichols is steps away from all the major attractions guests come to Seattle to see and experience. Family owned and operated since 1989 ... more less
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