Ground Inn Bunk & Breakfast in downtown Olympia, WA has a men's dorm with four single size beds (2 bunks). The shared bathroom is just a few steps outside your door (robes provided). An organic breakfast is included and all diets honored.
This craftsman style house has fir and oak wood floors, recently restored to their original luster. The large, comfy common room has musical instruments, books, games & puzzles. The bistro style dining area has great natural light, making you want to linger longer. Everything has been prepared for you to relax and unwind.
Guests have access to the well equipped kitchen for making their lunch or dinner. They have access to a piano, marimba, guitar and many percussion instruments. Guests have access to two large common rooms with a cozy fire and comfy furnishings. Guests have access to the internet via wifi.
Interaction with Guests
We respond to our guests' need for interaction. If they want to engage, we're happy to talk. But if guests want to be left alone, we're okay with that, too. We live in the basement so we’re always available if needed.
Our neighborhood is on the edge of downtown and close to the capitol campus. There are a lot of office buildings springing up all around us, but our row of residential housing hugs this main artery. You can easily walk to many interesting places.
Our Intercity Transit Routes 94 (best) and 64 swing by to take you to the transit station for more connections. One block away, you can catch the DASH, a free bus that goes up & down the main drag from the Capitol to the Farmer's Market. Two buses enroute to Tacoma go past our corner, the 603 and the 612. To bus to and from Seattle, check Sound Transit's schedule for connecting with Tacoma. If you take the train to Olympia, bring your bike. There are two awesome bike trails between us and the train station.
Other Things to Note
Check in time is 4pm - 6pm unless you make other advance arangements.
The house is unlocked during check in and locked during all other hours of the day. We prepare the house for new guests from 1pm- 4pm and ask that guests find things to do outside the Inn between those hours. Guests have keys so they can access their rooms during this time, but no visitors or new guests are allowed during these hours. Guests can stay up to two weeks.
Kitchen Use - The kitchen is available for lunch use between 11am to 1pm. Kitchen access for dinner is 5pm to 9pm. Everyone appreciates it when you immediately clean up after yourself in the kitchen.
Bathroom Sharing - Your time in the bathroom should be as enjoyable as the rest of your visit. Please take maximum enjoyment with minimal time, if you suspect others may be waiting for their turn. We provide mirrors and hair dryers in all the rooms where additional primping can take place. Fresh towels are in the shelves near the bathroom, used towels go into hampers after use. Leave the bathroom better than you found it each time.
The general atmosphere around here at Ground Inn is friendly and cooperative. Everyone wants you to have a fun, safe time during your visit. To cultivate this atmosphere, we've provided some clear guidelines which allows for maximum relaxation and minimum hassle. Children are very welcome, but please assist them in abiding by these guidelines ~ especially with respect to noise.
Be Respectful - respect yourself, respect bunkmates and staff, respect nature, respect any animals you might meet, too. (Service animals are welcome, but no pets please.) Out of respect for people with chemical sensitivities, we strongly encourage a scent-free environment as a courtesy for all. Quiet time after 10pm.
Be Green - please turn off water and electricity when not needed. Use the recycle and compost bins. Make as little garbage as possible.
Be Safe - be mindful of your words and actions ~ how they affect the safety (and feelings of safety) of those around you. No threatening words or actions will be tolerated. If you ever feel threatened or uncomfortable in any way during your stay here, let a staff person know.
Be Tidy - please use the drawers and closets provided for you to store your things. Leave the space better than you found it each time. Guests are responsible for securing their personal items. Personal items left outside of your bunk area will be put away by staff.
Be Cool - we should never see any illegal drugs or alcohol abuse at Ground Inn. Marijuana smoking is permitted, according to Washington State law, but take it outside. Tobacco smoking is also permitted outside only. If you smoke or drink while outside, do so with great subtlety and respect for those around you.
Chris helped my boyfriend reserve a room right away when he was traveling and was stranded without a place to stay. Thank you so much for your help last minute. We really appreciate it.
First, I want to say how kind and hospitable both Christine and Chris were to me. They were kind and friendly and kept the place clean. And what a simple but great breakfast! Second, when I got stuck in traffic due to a bad accident on the road, Chris took me again for an additional night without any problems. Thank you!
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Christopher & Kristen were excellent hosts, and provide a really unique service to a pretty small town such as Olympia. The hostel is cosy, and wasn't too crowded, had lot's of room to relax after a days work or play in the area, and some really nice guests coming through. Kristen also whipped up amazing breakfasts every morning, and Christopher provided some great insights into some of the exciting things going on in Olympia.
I stayed here for 2 weeks whilst working in Olympia, and would certainly recommend anyone coming through town looking for a budget option (or even just a fun & comfortable stay) to book here!
Arrived late (10pm) as was mailed in advance. After initial slight hesitation proved to be fine. Stay was good, nice breakfast and easy atmosphere.
The hosts were pleasant, their place was clean and charming, we met some interesting guests and overall, we were happy with our stay. It's a quiet location, within walking distance from downtown shops and restaurants.
There's no air conditioning, which probably doesn't matter most of the time, but it was in the 90s for us, and it was hard to sleep. Also, ear plugs are advised. We shared our room with a persistent cougher.
The Ground Inn is definitely an awesome place to stay in Olympia. Warm and friendly hosts, exquisitely clean bunk rooms, and a great location only a few blocks from downtown Olympia.
Also, the breakfast served in the morning was amazing - something to look forward to each day!
There isn't a much better place to stay in Olympia. Close to everything, great hosts, privacy when needed and tasty, filling breakfast! I'd highly recommend to anyone looking for the perfect balance of budget, comfort and community in the downtown Olympia area.
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