About This Listing
This studio is perfect for one or two people. It has a full kitchen, a new (bought in July 12) queen bed and a small seating area. The TV is a 40" Samsung and has a great picture. There is free internet and air conditioning. The bathroom has a tub/shower (website hidden). John's is right next to a large supermarket and 10 blocks from the middle of downtown Seattle. It's the best location you could imagine for your holiday!
It's a busy neighborhood. There are many restaurants and bars nearby--two restaurants in our building in fact, plus a deli! Across the street is a Pho restaurant and a sports bar. Up the street are two large venues for live music. One features national acts.
There are perhaps 40 restaurants in the area. Any kind of food you want. Plus with the complete kitchen in the apartment you can cook some of your meals there, saving money and making the time in Seattle more like home.
The bus stops one block from us. It's an easy walk down the hill to the middle of downtown, the monorail and the Pike Place Market.
It's a great old building and a great location. And it's a great price! We hope you'll stay with us!
Guests have private access to the whole apartment unit. There is a shared laundry room on the second floor of the building that has two washers and two dryers, which are quarter operated, a dollar per load. There is also a large, shared back patio space with a gas BBQ that guests are welcome to use and share with our long-term tenants.
Interaction with Guests
I am at the building Monday - Friday during regular business hours on most days. When I'm not at the building, Johnny, our live-in building manager, is around to help and to check people in. We do our best to meet and check you in, but depending on your arrival time we may coordinate with you to leave the keys in one of the businesses in our building. For the most part other than checking you in we'll leave you to do your own thing, but you can always contact us with questions about the area or any needs that arise while you're staying with us.
Capitol Hill is Seattle's most dynamic neighborhood. There is so much going on - food, entertainment, and more! In each unit there is a guest book with a guide I wrote to the neighborhood including recommendations for good eats and cultural attractions. Want a fancy cocktail? Want to relax at the spa? Want to see internationally famous musicians? Or just try some of Seattle's famous gourmet ice cream with the family? You're within three blocks of all of these possibilities and so many more!
There's tons of easy public transportation around - we are within 1 block of 8 different bus lines, and within a few blocks of a handful more. It is easy to get here from the airport using public transportation for part or all of the way by taking the light rail train to downtown and then going the remaining half mile either by transferring to a bus, taxi, or just walking (we are about a 20 minute walk from Westlake Station).
To incentivise people not to drive, we have a deal with Über, a taxi alternative car company, for $20 off your first ride for new users; see the card in the handbook in the unit for the promo code!
We are in a dense part of the city and recommend against renting a car if you're on the fence about it, as driving and parking is a headache in Seattle's traffic and there are so many easy alternatives. However, some people have to drive, and for them, we do have parking spots available behind our building. Parking is not included in the rate; let us know if you would like to reserve a parking pass for an extra $15 per day, available on a first-reserve, first-serve basis (we have a limited number of passes and occasionally run out during peak weekends in the summer; we will let you know when that's the case in advance). We collect parking payment in person (cash or credit card) since there's not an "optional add-ons" section.
Other Things to Note
Please note that our typical minimum stay is 3 nights, and exceptions for 2-night stays are made on a case-by-case basis depending on our calendar and how far in advance you are booking, and are subject to an increased rate of $25 per night. We will only book 2-night stays far in advance if there are only two nights available in a row. We may also accept 2-night stays if booked within 2 weeks of your check-in.
Infants under 2 are an additional $10 per night. We do have a pack n play that we will set up upon request, please notify us that you will need it upon booking.
We have 8 short term rental units in the same building! All are available on AirBnB, so check out the other listings if this one is booked for the dates you'd like to stay with us. We have Studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units. To check out all of our listings, go to my profile page by clicking the picture of my face!
No Smoking & No Pets. Smoking is allowed on the back porch only.
We expect you to leave the units in good condition when you check out - please wash your own dishes and take out the trash. This helps our cleaners out a lot!
Our building is shared with year-long residents. Please be respectful of their home and leave common areas as clean as you found them, and keep noise to a minimum after 10pm.
The handbook in the unit goes over all of our house rules. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
This apartment was fantastic! It's not the biggest space, but provides ample room in an unbeatable location for two people. We were able to walk to all of our favorite places and transportation from the airport was a breeze on the rail. Check-in was smooth and painless. Our flight didn't arrive till later in the evening but we were able to grab our keys from the eatery downstairs. Christine left us an envelope with "need-to-knows" for the apartment along with the keys. The bed was super comfortable and the bathroom and kitchen were clean. Would definitely stay again! Thanks!
Apartment was very homey and enjoyable. Perfect for my weekend getaway. Kitchen stocked with anything you may need. Neighborhood was very lively at night but wasn't too loud or rowdy. Walkable to Pike Place. Staff was very accommodating with storing our bags while we were out. Overall, great apartment and experience!
Location is the best!! We love staying near great cafés ad restaurants and hipster places, despite not quite managing to be hipsters ourselves! The apt had everything we needed. And just so many places nearby. We loved it!
This apartment was perfect for vacation. It had everything you could possibly need, and it was comfortable and clean. It felt bigger than it looked because there's a hallway attached, and it has a huge closet and storage for your clothes. You can put away your suitcase and it feels like home.
It was decorated really nicely. The kitchen was small, but stocked with everything you could need. Since it's in such a fun area we were rarely home, but we would have been comfortable cooking and eating dinner, and even having friends over for drinks. It doesn't feel like a hotel, but it also doesn't feel like someone else's apartment; it's really cozy and sweet.
The location is great for walking to nightlife in Capitol Hill, and it's only about a 15-minute walk downtown to all of the big stores. We loved the sandwich shop and brunch spot/bar downstairs. Both had great food and no wait. There are some fun restaurants and great venues just a few blocks away; we walked during the day and took a very short cab ride at night.
It's in a big residential building with a grocery store across the street. The big back patio would be nice in the summer.
Lastly, don't forget to get some of Seattle's famous late-night hot dogs just up the street on Harvard. They are to-die-for, and this was in a perfect location to indulge!
I'm listing the drawbacks below, in case you have different needs than ours. I would definitely book this place again, but I can see a few of these things taking away from someone else's experience:
1. The water never got much above body temperature, so our showers were short.
2. The bathroom vanity is super small with no storage, so it was difficult to plug in a curling iron and store our toiletries. We had to keep them in the closet and move them back and forth the entire time.
3. Don't bother getting the parking permit. The lot never fills up, and it's actually much less expensive to pay for parking than to pay for the permit.
4. The heat is really hard to control. It's either on full blast or not at all. We ended up leaving it on but sleeping with the windows wide open.
5. The sidewalk across the street is a gathering place for homeless people. The neighborhood feels VERY safe and its very nice, but there doesn't seem to be an effort to keep drunk or stoned people quiet or off the street. A few times we were woken up by loud yelling, but it never felt unsafe. It was just a little annoying.
I really appreciate your feedback, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and we would love to host you again. I wanted to respond to a couple of the issues you described in your review, as well as correct one thing you wrote about the parking situation that was incorrect, so that future guests know what to expect from some of the issues you experienced.
We tried repairing the water temperature issue the day before you checked in actually, which resulted from some plumbing work we had done a few days prior - so, it's good to know that it is still not hot enough! That's something we will definitely have fixed for next time. I will look into the heating situation too... I'm wondering if it is not functioning properly, or if it was just a matter of explaining how to use it? I will look into that, and either repair it or write a little instruction card. Thank you for the heads up, as we certainly don't think you should have to have the heat on full blast and the windows open!
As for the parking, I do need to correct part of your review. It is actually more expensive to pay directly to the lot.They normally charge $9 for up to 10 hours plus their absurd 22% tax rate, and $5 plus tax for overnight, so our pass saves about $5 when you consider the cost of parking for 24 hours including tax (we charge $12 inclusive of tax per 24 hours). In addition to saving $5, you don't have to plug it twice a day, and you get in-and-out privileges. The whole reason we supply passes is to provide a discounted and more convenient parking solution for our guests, so I wanted to make sure that was corrected from your review.
I do apologize again for my mistake of not including the pass with your keys, that was an oversight on my part. We did agree to charge you one day less for my mistake, which I thought we had confirmed together.
The last thing about the homeless folks who hang out on the sidewalk in front of the grocery store across the street from our building, I think you get it from how you wrote about it - it's just part of the reality of our location. I'm glad you wrote about it in the review, because it's not exactly something to include in our advertising, but it is something I think it's good for our guests to be prepared to see that is an unfortunate part of the fabric of our city. There is nothing we can do about it other than advocate for more housing and supportive services for that population, which is actually something that myself and the building owner are involved with in our free time. So, I totally agree with how you described that in your review. It's a little uncomfortable, but as a young woman myself I don't feel threatened or unsafe because of it, which if I understand you correctly is how you feel, too.
Thanks again for your descriptive review, and we would be thrilled to host you again next time you come to Seattle!
Great location, lovely apartment, fast internet, polite neighbors and a helpful host - truly a wonderful place to stay. Johnny was on call and available the few times I needed something or had a question during my month-long stay.
In addition to the essentials, a handy guidebook about the apartment and area, coffee and filters for the coffee maker, and cold filtered water in the refrigerator were all nice touches I had not even expected but certainly appreciated.
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About the Host, Christine
I'm Christine, the short term rentals manager for St. John's Apartments. I'll be your go-to gal for all questions on bookings.
Mark Chambers and Oda Egeland have owned St. John's since January 2005. When they bought it they were enchanted by the bones of the building. Built in 1905, it has an old charm missing in newer buildings. They went to work on it, remodeling every apartment, putting in new plumbing and electrical, and making it modern in almost all conveniences (no dishwashers or elevator.) Mark did most of the work himself. We now have several short term apartments and 17 long term apartments. It's a great building. They live in the country, 30 miles from St. John's, and when one of their short terms is open they stay in them. I'm sure you'll love it too!
A little bit about me: Mark and Oda hired me to manage their short term rental units, and help out as their personal assistant for whatever else! I help them throw big parties in their country home, do renovations on their barn, and entertain them with terrible jokes. I'm a big art nerd and have converted the basement of St. John's into my studio space. I love to travel - but hate feeling touristy, so I love AirBnB's people-to-people way of seeing the world. My style of hosting is mostly just let you do your thing, but I love when people drop in my office for a chat and I'm always happy to dole out some advice on Seattle! I was born and raised in this city so I know it pretty well by now, despite a decade of living elsewhere in my short life. I wrote the neighborhood guide in the guest handbook in each unit, so you can also read about some of my favorite spots in there!
I've been pondering this nugget lately: "trade your cleverness in for awe." Helps to look up at the sky; there's always something awe-inspiring going on up there.