About this listing
This charming studio apartment in the historic St. John's building is the perfect home base for your exploration of Seattle's favorite Pike/Pine corridor in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
All of our apartments are stocked with kitchen and bathroom essentials, blow dryers, irons, ironing boards, and free wifi access.
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 combination.
St. 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.
I'm Bryce, the short term rentals manager for St. John's Apartments. I'll be your go-to for all questions on bookings. Johnny Sidorowicz is our live-in manager and he's happy to help you out upon arrival if I'm not at the building.
A little history:
Mark Chambers and Oda Egeland bought St. John's in January 2005. They had always loved the neighborhood and were enchanted by the bones of the building. Built in 1905, it has an old charm missing in newer buildings. Immediately after purchasing it they went to work, remodeling every apartment, putting in new plumbing and electrical, and making it modern in almost all conveniences (no dishwashers nor elevator). Mark did most of the work himself, with help from Johnny. We now have 8 short term apartments and 14 long term apartments. It's a great building. Sadly, Mark passed away away in 2015. Oda still lives in their house in the country, 30 miles from St. John's. Occasionally though, she will stay in the short term rentals when they are available. Mark always loved staying here, Oda still does and we're sure you'll love it too!
A little bit about me: I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, spent most of my summers with family in eastern Massachusetts, lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Vancouver, BC during college, and moved to Seattle in 2014. Soon after moving here Mark and Oda hired me to help Johnny maintain the building. When the former short term rentals manager, Christine, left for graduate school I was lucky enough to get to take over the position! She and 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!