About this listing
This small, private, second-floor room has everything you need. Rest on the plush mattress with a simple pine frame, you look west & see the tree tops. Enjoy plenty of storage, a large mirror and writing desk, too. Van Gogh's Starry Night awaits.
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.
Great, amazing. Excellent place. Christopher and his wife were so generous and flexible with our stay and arrival time. His philosophy is guests first and we felt at home and enjoyed our stay and his amazing breakfast!
This is a great place to stay. Chris was really friendly and he prepared an awesome breakfast in the morning. The room is pretty simple, but has everything you need. It's also just a few blocks from downtown Olympia.
The room is part of an inn, so there are other people around and the bathrooms are shared, but it was not an issue at all.
Thanks to Chris for being so hospitable!
We had a nice time at the Ground Inn. Christopher was very helpful with check in and he cooked an excellent breakfast! The space was clean and comfortable. The inn also contains some dorm style rooms like a hostel.
You should stay here if you want to socialize with friendly locals and interesting travelers. Earplugs are even offered since sound can travel in the house. We took a delightful evening walk to have supper--everything was easy to find on foot. This is a great place for young travelers or anyone who wants to feel connected. There was also yummy French toast in the morning.
Topher and Kristin were very welcoming and made the most delicious breakfasts, even catering to gluten allergies. It was a great place to stay while visiting family in Olympia, with a revolving door of guest who were equally welcoming and great to talk with over breakfasts.
The private Van Gogh room was clean and the bed comfy and the shared bathroom was always tidy and clean. The mural is amazing to wake up to and the upstairs rooms and girls dorm was quiet in the early morning.
The Ground Inn was exactly what we were looking for in a stay - quiet, private, and comfortable. We had a very busy trip, so our interaction with Christopher and Kristen was limited, but every encounter was easy and lovely. The room was exactly what we needed to relax after hectic days of chasing around a 4 year old.
The only downside to the accommodation? The walls are very thin and the hallways beautifully carry sound. Light sleepers might be best served by bringing earplugs. But the pillows are so comfy, you might fall asleep as soon as your head hits them.
Anyone who may be an over-packer, this room is perfect for you. There are shelves, drawers, and a closet with ample space (and hangers!).
My only regret- we never got to enjoy breakfast at the Inn! Our next trip, we'll definitely take Christopher up on his offer. We were fools to deny him!
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