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Private basement bedroom with queen size bed and full bathroom in 100+ year old Seattle craftsman home. The room contains most of our library, so you will be able to dive into a new read or revisit an old favorite!
Separate entrance with keypad lock through the bicycle/mud room allows you to come and go as you please. The mattress/box spring are new...and made by a local, family run business...since 1882! Electric kettle for tea (included) or to make coffee or soup, hot buttered rum...yum! Share the fully equipped kitchen upstairs and enjoy our two dogs in this tree-filled area of Seattle.
If you need anything unusual, this can be an experience or a thing, during your stay (wrapping paper, turkey roasting pan, Spanish lessons), feel free to ask......we have more than the average at our disposal and love to share.
The house is located on a greenbelt: our side street is too steep for a road, so we (and a contingent of students from the University of Washington) have built a trail and planted native species for the birds and bugs. Large garden with flowers and edibles completes the Metrobilly experience. Unconfirmed existence of gnomes.
Metrobilly = a quirky combination of country and city...Big trucks & fine art
We are on one of Seattle's few gravel roads, heat our home with water (sub-floor radiant heat) and wood that you can hear us chopping across the valley (OK...an exaggeration!) and do what we can to live a sustainable life.
Few minute walk to the bus to downtown (20 min bus ride), local restaurants, including Cafe Flora-100% vegetarian, a bunch of French restaurants/bistros--we now call the area Petit Paris. A small grocery store, yoga studio and some sweet shops are also close by. 20 minute walk to Lake Washington, 30 minutes to Capitol Hill and 40 to downtown Seattle.
Parking is free and available on the street. BBQ and fire pit for you under non-wet circumstances.
You can walk east to a gorgeous ridge view of Lake Washington, or north to the Washington Park Arboretum, filled with winding trails, species gardens and the well known Japanese Garden. We have a bicycle or two for loan, to enhance your visit.
We look forward to sharing this top-secret spot with you!
Some travel details:
from the airport, SeaTac, you can take the Lite Rail for about $2.50 for a 30-40 minute ride to downtown Seattle. We recommend a cab from there, as it will only be about $10 and much easier than the city bus if you have luggage. The cab driver will need directions, whether he thinks he does or not! Once you book, we supply you with all the details for a smooth arrival!
Our closest Seattle Metro bus lines are #8 and #11
Seattle topography varies from all of the water, hills, valleys and ridges....the city is mapped on a 3-grid system because of a disagreement between the three founding families. Please check our directions before you travel, as it can be confusing. We are happy to help with directions at anytime during your stay.
Pets are negotiable, please ask
Thanks for looking...hope to meet you soon!
Jana's is exactly as advertised! My husband, baby and I had a lovely few nights, and I took the bus in and out of downtown for a conference. Given the price, it's a great deal--the only hitch is that the is too low-ceilinged for a six footer, though I would still stay there again anyway. Jana and her husband are lovely. The neighborhood is full of interesting houses and hills.
As the many reviews attest, the Metrobilly retreat provides solace in the heart of major metropolis. I had an automobile so transportation wasn't an issue. It's less than 10 minutes by car to the Capital Hill neighborhood, which is where my obligations took me.
The room itself is cozy, clean and spacious with all the amenities of home. It's in a basement, but I didn't experience any of the mustiness that some of the other reviewers mentioned. Everything is dry, ventilated, and clean. There is even a full-sized bathtub. The only consideration might be the low ceilings, which I had no problem with.
My schedule was extremely busy when I visited, so I scarcely interacted with the hosts, but they were very welcoming and provided excellent communication throughout my stay.
Not much else can be said except that the Metrobilly Retreat is a 5 star experience!
Jana and Hahn were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Both of them are wonderfully nice people and I couldn't have asked for better hosts. A bit about my trip: I was in Seattle for 6 weeks without any real family or contacts, which you can imagine might be a bit daunting.. however, Jana and Hahn quickly made me feel at home and helped to make my experience an amazing one. While they were extremely respectful of my privacy, I never felt as if I couldn't get a hold of Jana if I needed to. The house is in a great location in the Madison Valley area, near the centrally located Capital Hill; I was able to easily navigate the area and get where I needed to go in no time at all. Both Jana and Hahn were great sources of information on things to do and see and helped to provide a great insight on the city itself; if bike riding is your thing, be sure to talk to Hahn.. he is quite a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the routes around the area (and pretty much everything else, as well). The room/bathroom was nice and clean when I arrived with a wealth of things to read and plenty of space. In addition to the washer/dryer that I used frequently, Jana made it clear that I was free to use the fridge and upstairs utilities whenever need be. Also, Cosmo and Helmut (their pups) were awesome housemates as well.. be sure to ask to take them for a walk! That is an experience in itself!
I would HIGHLY recommend staying at the Metrobilly Retreat if you are looking for a place to stay for a Seattle trip... you won't be disappointed! As I mentioned before, Jana and Hahn were the perfect hosts and I would gladly stay with them again in the future. If you have any specific questions about my stay, please feel free to contact- I'd be happy to answer!
Lovely place, is as advertised. Host, Jana, is very kind & helpful. Would certainly stay here again.
Jana and Han were incredible hosts, their creative and inviting energy could be felt the second you step foot on their property.
The room was cozy and set up with everything I needed and more! I took a full 30 minutes admiring the books and the art when I arrived.
Jana was super responsive to any questions I had and even tipped me off on fun art events happening around town. I emailed Jana to see if she had a spare hair dryer I could borrow and the next thing I know, there is a hair dryer at my door!
I was lucky enough to meet Jana and Han my first night in town. I wish our schedules had crossed more after that! I am remiss I didn't get to give a proper good bye before I left.
Capitol Hill, downtown, and the airport were all very easily accessible by public transportation. The short walk to and from the bus was a nice way to start and end my day. And the local neighborhood was great too.
Thank you Jana and Han for making my trip so lovely and easy!!
People told me that it's hard to walk around Seattle, you need a car. I disagree with it. The bus can take you to most of the tour places! The place I lived is about 15mins waking to the bus station. 45mins walking to downtown (I like hiking :P) lovely dogs! Nice people! Antique stuff~ And so considerate! The first place got a kettle that I can boil water~private bathroom! There is couple nice restaurants around as well!
Jana and Hahn were very good hosts. The space was as advertised and very private. We loved the available washer and dryer ... It came in handy after we were over a week into our trip. Downside? Well, it was kinda hard to find the place and it could be a little better lit at night to make the pathway to the private entrance easier to manage. Overall, a wonderful and stimulating place to stay! E
We had a lovely stay at the Metrobilly retreat. The area we stayed in was pretty self-contained with en suite and separate entrance so it felt very independent. Although we only crossed paths twice, Jana was charming and happy for us to breakfast in her kitchen. Not a super-central location but there are some nice cafes in walking distance (up a hill or two) and the beautiful Arboretum close by which was a lovely green escape .
A lovely hidden location in Seattle just a short distance from Madison lake. The decor was quirky and fun and we had everythig we needed. Would definitely stay again in future.
Jana and Hahn provided such a lovely getaway, tucked back but not too far. They were easy to get in touch with when you needed them, but the basement location provided optimal privacy.
Superb decor... like a cabinet of curiosities! These people have a sense of humor and killer style. My partner and I really appreciated the library after a couple full days of walking. I made it through "Like a velvet glove cast in iron" and he started browsing a Droog design book only to buy his own the next week. There's something for everyone in that collection. Thanks for sharing Jana and Hahn!
Bus navigation was super easy. As you might expect Sundays are a slow day for the buses. The walk to the stop was in a safe-feeling, good-vibing neighborhood. We did have a little trouble finding food on a budget within a mile radius but everything we did find was quite tasty.
Overall, awesome! One question still lingers... what is the space-age aluminum "case" next to the bed?