This small, private room has everything you need. With plenty of storage, a mirrored vanity and a super comfy thick mattress. Your east window has warm light and the plants love it there. Curl up, make yourself at home with the birds in the decor.
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' desire 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.
Welcoming peaceful place to stay. Christopher was very accommodating about my restricted diet and a wonderful cook. Great coffee! I enjoyed meeting others who were staying here, and had great breakfast conversations. When there is a full house, the shared bathrooms can feel too few, though people were considerate. It is fun to have a music room with electric piano and a an artful scent-free environment.
If you are looking for a little bit of home away from home, this is a GREAT spot to stop. Christopher and his wife work to make their home a very calming and restful place. Comfortable room. Space for food storage. Complete access to the kitchen and living spaces. Easy locked access to the house and your living quarters. Within walking distance to some great Olympia sites including the Capital grounds, the marina and port (great seafood restaurants), local coffee shops and boutiques, and even some local parks with good walking/hiking options. Also within about an hour and a half from Mt. Rainier. It's a great location to branch out from.
If you are looking to be pampered with room service and a big breakfast, this isn't the place to be. Breakfast was great, but simple (coffee/yogurt/fruit/toast/simple omelet), and although they wanted to be sure I was comfortable, this friendly couple is pretty hands-off when it comes to their involvement in your stay. Christopher was healing from some recent surgery, which could have affected their involvement with their guests, but overall you are on your own...which I loved. No need for extra attention here. Just give me a safe, comfortable, peaceful place to stay when I'm on this kind vacation and I'm happy. I was VERY satisfied. Thanks Christopher and Kristen!
Christopher and Kristen are great hosts for this house in central, downtown Olympia. Their hospitality lights up a modern, comfortable urban residence. We'll certainly return.
If you're staying in Olympia you have to stay at this place! It is very clean, beautifully decorated and felt very comfortable. The hosts are so kind and very helpful. It's also a great location and it's even down the block from a very delicious tamale truck. Such a positive experience, love this place!!!
I am new to Air B n B and I didn't really know the drill. The flexible and kind hosts of the Ground Inn were more than helpful as I got situated. Christopher is obviously a terrific cook, has good taste for flavors. Made me an awesome breakfast - eggs, pears, toast - Yum! Thoughtful, generous spirited, cool beans host and hostess.
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