About This Listing
My place is awesome! Check my reviews!!
Giant 2 bdrm apt, prvt entry, off-street parking all included.
2 Blocks to Link LtRail-Mt Baker Station
2 Bdrms with Queen beds
I've been hosting since 2009.
So you’re planning your trip to Seattle, eh? Well, not to brag but you couldn't do much better than my place. I've been a vacation rental host since 2009 when I began listing on Airbnb. I now mostly do the other vacation rental sites.
I have a 2 bedroom apartment for rent for your vacation:
The apartment is 1000sq/ft
Sleeps up to 6 (could maybe accommodate extra kiddos if they sleep in the Pack and Play or the same bed)
2 Blocks from Link Light Rail-Mt Baker Station
1 Off-street parking spot (+street parking)
2 Bedrooms with Queen beds
For sleeping extra people: 1 Twin Bed, 1 Double Sleeper sofa, 1 shikibuton futon mattress, a pack and play
1 Full Bathroom
Kitchen and Utensils
Laundry Available for $2/Wash and $2/Dry
Experience a wonderful historic Seattle neighborhood! (And in my humble opinion the best neighborhood in the city—what can I say I’m biased)
The apartment is spacious and airy and gets great daylight. I strive to create a home-like atmosphere.
The apartment is close to everything but it's quiet at night. The neighborhood of Mt. Baker is very diverse both in the people who live here and the activities available to you. I wasn’t kidding when I said this is my favorite neighborhood in Seattle. You can walk to Lake Washington, cycle all over from the apartment, access public transportation to nearly all of the city, there are restaurants and adorable Columbia City about 1 mile south (a decent walk to build your appetite should you be so inclined). Also, another feature of the neighborhood is that you’re just south of downtown, which means less traffic both getting into, and away from downtown or more congested areas of Seattle.
I've named the apartment after the bootlegging brothers who first bought the house in the 20s. The Gatt brothers also owned a jazz club in Pioneer Square. There’s a house history you can read during your stay, should you be so inclined, detailing the history of the property, neighborhood, and house.
You’ll be two blocks from the Mt. Baker light rail station (the main reason I purchased this property) which will get you downtown to the in about 12 minutes, and to the airport in less than 25 min. You wouldn't need a car, but in addition to the parking spot in the driveway for each unit there is regulated zoned street parking.
QFC, Safeway, Starbucks, and cute Italian eatery, Mio Posto are all in easy walking distance.
Gorgeous trails and swimming at Lake Washington (Mt. Baker beach) also within walking distance.
No smoking. Wireless internet included.
Check in is 3pm, check out is at 11am.
When you book you'll receive a welcome letter from me telling you how to get to and get into the apartment.
I look forward to hosting you!
Interaction with Guests
I am a hands off host, more in the traditional vacation rental sense and because of a recent foot surgery have had to hire a person to turn over the apt for me. Come on up and say hello if you like.
Mt Baker is seriously the. best. neighborhood. in. the. city!
My wife and I frequently walk downtown, about 3 miles, but it's quiet at night and there are a lot of parks. Lake Washington is walking distance too.
Bootleggers Hideaway is 2 blocks east of Mt. Baker Light Rail and Transit Center. Between these two you can get pretty much anywhere in the city without your car.
Other Things to Note
Um, how do I say this... We live by a lot (A LOT) of pot shops. It's legal here! This area of town is pretty much pot shop central. (sorry though, no smoking in the house)
Basic House Maintenance: My goal is provide you with accommodations that are comfortable and affordable.
Quiet Hours: 10pm-8am
No Smoking of any substance within 25 feet of the house.
There are some light cleaning duties you need to do when checking out (Any cleaning duties not done will result in $100 cleaning fee):
1. Strip the sheets off the bed(s) you slept in (any beds you didn’t use please leave sheets on.) Start at least one load of laundry.
2. Empty the trash/recycling in the bathroom and kitchen. Bins are at the back side of the house on Hanford St. Trash bin is black, recycling is blue, and compost is green.
3. Start at least one load of laundry
4. Wipe the kitchen and bathroom counters off
5. Wash any dishes you used and put them away. Do not leave dishes in the dishwasher or drying rack
6. Leave room doors open
7. Fold and put away any blankets or extra comforters used
8. Put things back where you found them- if you moved the furniture for instance, please put it back
See, not so bad. You were probably gonna do those things anyway, right.
Nice little place, easily located.
Was turned off by the excessive amount of signage, as other reviewers were, as well as the fact that the place smelled strongly of cat pee/mildew. When we arrived, the space heater in one of the rooms was on, which would have been nice had it not been an 80+ degree day.
I'm not sure why the new trend in every guest is to "be put off by signage." As stated in my profile I'm a hands off host. I run a yoga studio and a small soap making company and I have many guests visit from all over the world. The notes are meant to be helpful, to let my guests know where things are and help find their way around in case we don't meet.
Also, there's never been a cat in the apt so there's no cat pee. The heat was turned on because I've always figured that it's more welcoming to arrive into a warm place rather than a cool one. It would seem that if I'd left the heat off you, Ashe, would've complained that it was too cold.
I gave you the benefit of the doubt, not mentioning the glassware and garbage you left in the apt when you were supposed to do your dishes and clean up the surfaces or the fact that one of your party came all the way around the back door knocking on my door to ask me how to get into the apt even though it's very clearly written in the welcome letter. But here's the thing, I want to assume the best out of my guests. I try to offer the best possible accommodations for the price and leave you a good review- giving you the benefit of the doubt, that you guys rushed out and that forgetting to do your dishes was an accident.
Remember when feedback on how to improve was given privately? I do. And it was great. I'd ask any future guests to give private feedback if you have complaints- try to handle it this way first for us hosts doing our best. See how we respond before giving us a review, rather than plaster it on our public reviews and not give us an opportunity to shift something or explain. I'm sure you think you're doing the world a service, complaining about every single thing you can think of. But it breaks down the relationship and report guests and hosts have.
Please consider this when you stay at the next hosts house, Ashe.
The location and the place are great! The major thing that rubbed me the wrong way were all of the instructions posted everywhere, for things as mundane as how to shower correctly (make sure to close the shower curtain!).
Some of the instructions weren't even able to be followed, like a note that asked us not to move a rock on a windowsill (there was no rock there) or that we were supposed to start a load of laundry when we left (there were already a couple of towels in the washing machine that were left in there when we arrived).
These things made my guests and me feel nervous that we weren't following the expansive "rules of the house" and that we might incur the additional $100 cleaning fee, which definitely detracted from the overall experience.
I understand your being confounded by the notes posted around the apt. Actually, that I'd have to post such things is rather confounding to me as well. I have been hosting on Airbnb since 2009 and have had my residence left in many states of disarray, and we might even say trashed. The only thing I can say about this is that if you think the notes are ridiculous then the notes are not for you. They're for the people who do not have a sense of such things. Sorry the possible extra cleaning fee took away from your experience. It's been my experience that if there's no penalty then Airbnb guests leave the apt as if it's not a residence, but a place worthy of neglect and mistreatment. Again Nicholas, clearly the postings in the apt were not meant for you but for people who do not think about these things. Thank you again for booking with me.
Great location and home was nice. There were a lot of notes guiding you to what you couldn't do in the place which made us a bit tense. Also sold things from soaps to beer and often it wasn't very clear that things were actually for sale and not included as a nice host gesture. Would stay here again if we needed a good place for a group.
The place was clean and easy to find. That's where the good stops. There were rules posted on every wall in the place, in addition to the rules on airbnb. For the 184$ per night we paid (Canadian), I would have rather stayed in a hotel. We were not greeted or contacted during our stay. The beds and pillows were uncomfortable and the "five beds" advertised is a bit of a stretch (two queens, one twin, a lumpy pull out, and a cot). The place was freezing and there is tape across the thermostats that prohibit the guests to use them - instead, we were asked to use an inefficient space heater. The bathroom windows is required to stay open (another rule posted on another wall) which makes the entire place freezing cold. There was no soap for the dishwasher, no plug for the sink. Emily left a note requesting that next time, we not use airbnb, we use a different medium for booking as it is easier for her. Showers were to be kept to five minutes. Quiet hours were posted for 10pm-8am, which we respected, however Emily or her roommate were running back and forth at 7am on Monday morning, waking us all up. I also sent her a message following our stay to ensure all was okay with the place and have not heard back from her. For the money we spent, we all agreed it would have been better to spend it at a hotel.
Nice, clean and comfortable apartment. Easy to get to downtown and elsewhere in the city.
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About the Host, Emily
I teach Yoga and Pilates and am a soap maker. I have been a property manager for 10 years. And have been a host on Airbnb since 2009. I am opening a yoga studio down the street from my house. It's called Tiger Lily.
I LOVE to travel. I've been to India twice spending a total of 6 months there, traveling and studying yoga. I've also been to Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Thailand, Sweden, Paris, Italy, England, Scotland, Brussels, Holland, Buenos Aires, Barbados, and New Zealand. I love seeing new places and experiencing other cultures.
My goal with Bootleggers Hideaway is to provide my guests with comfy and affordable accommodations. I try to provide what I look for in a place when on the road: safe, secure, clean, accessible accommodation to lay my head each night. I've also found that I don't require 5 star amenities where I end up paying out the ear for things I don't really need- $20 can of soda, exorbitant room prices, wireless internet fees. I'd rather spend my money on other things like sightseeing and local events. To me the most important thing is the experience of the local town, the real feel of a city.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my house! Thanks for supporting a local small business.