About this listing
One third of our business are guests who return year after year. It is not unusual to have guests who were here 12 or 15 times and really consider this their Seattle home.
Need I say more?
Welcome! You have found the Best Value in Seattle. We have been hosting guests from around the world for many years.The guests enjoy a private entrance, offstreet parking, a 720 sq.ft. apartment with a Queen bedroom with room for two, not more. A new Beautyrest Mattress will help you have a restful sleep. It is the first level of a large 1918 Craftsman house with
a desk area , free Wi-Fi, cable flatscreen TV, daily maid service, fresh flowers, fine bathroom amenities,a tiled shower, chocolates on your down pillow. a kitchenette, coffee and teas provided . Two grocery stores are within one mile from the suite.There is NO breakfast food provided.
Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, a library of local guide and other books as well as help from the hostess on what to do and see and
Original watercolors by a noted Northwest Artist.
One guest wrote after his 12th visit:" I will come back as long as you are here. I just love this place!"
Other comments in the guestbook" Better than home, better than a B and B, better than a hotel."
' This was the highlight of our visit in the Northwest.' ' So much more than we expected." " You get the hospitality award of the year!"
One block to a busline that takes you to downtown Seattle - 5 miles away - in 20 minutes, two miles to waterfront dining, a beach and parks. 4 miles to the University of Washington.
15 Minutes to Pier 91, where cruiseships take you to Alaska, 12 minutes to the opera house, Minutes to Greenlake. Quiet, peaceful neighborhood, great for walking.
German spoken, enjoy European hospitality
You are welcome here ! The price you pay for the Ballard Guestsuite INCLUDES the 9.5% sales tax. We are licensed by the City of Seattle and the State of Washington..
Interaction with Guests
As little or as much as the guests desire. Since they have a totally private apartment, many guests prefer to relax there. The hosts are always available to answer questions, help with problems or just chat with a cup of tea or a glass of wine.
It is a quiet residential neighborhood with single houses, yet close to parks, grocery stores, the main street with restaurants etc.
Yes, one block from the guestsuite is the #28 bus which takes you to downtown Seattle in 25 minutes. Another bus, five blocks away, takes one to the University of Washington and ultimately downtown.
Other Things to Note
The hostess has more than 30 years of experience hosting guests from around the world, is herself widely travelled and understands what a guests needs.
PLEASE NO SMOKING! Even if you smoke outside, you are still a smoker. We do not allow pets. . Tell us if you have allergies or special needs. This is important for us to make you comfortable!
We would like to have the courtesy of a quick phone call at least 48 hours ahead of your arrival to let us know your approx, check in time. Thank you!
Irmgard was a lovely host. I loved her European style of B&B. She made us feel very comfortable and at home. The basement suite was very clean, comfortable and well organized. She waits up for all her guests to arrive (we arrived at 11pm) and gives everyone a tour of her place. She even showed us how to operate the lamps/TV. How many times have you visited a hotel and spent 15 minutes trying to turn on a lamp? Irmgard made sure all our bases were covered; an excellent hostess. Chocolates in the bedroom and fresh flowers from her garden were a great touch. I also loved the teddy bear collection that greeted us at the front door.
Even though it says that breakfast is not included, Irmgard had a variety of cereals, jams and frozen waffles for us to eat. She even provided coffee, tea, and milk as well. There was even real maple syrup for the waffles (a delicious treat).
The neighbourhood is very lovely and the #28 bus takes you directly downtown. Ballard is a great place to stay: lots of lovely shops, breweries, cafes and restaurants. I would argue that we had a better experience touring Ballard than downtown Seattle. Further, Irmgard's neighbourhood is quiet, with no loud noises at 2am that you often get when staying downtown. Definitely a great place to visit for a relaxing weekend.
We wish we could have stayed longer and had more time to chat with Irmgard, so we hope to return in the near future. I would say that this is a gem of a B&B, for an extremely great value!
We arrived a tad earlier than expected and Irmgard was happy to welcome us into the suite before lunch. The apartment is a perfect 'piece of home,' much needed after a few weeks of road tripping, and the neighborhood is excellent for it's proximity to downtown and Fremont. However, driving to areas such as Kirkland or Bellevue was (unsurprisingly) a ways off, so be aware that you may have a fair trek to those areas unless you take toll bridges more directly!
The house was incredibly welcome, and the small touches of hominess like chocolate each night and fresh flowers made it feel as if we were staying with family. Irmgard and Ben were also super quiet upstairs, and we tried our best to return the favor! My boyfriend is 6'5" and Irmgard mentioned this as a good thing to note for future guests - he hit his head on a doorway once as they are a bit low but if you're his height you're likely used to such troubles ;) He had no problems with it, but some folks may want to take that into account.
The complimentary Seattle coffee in the cabinet was also delicious in the mornings and much appreciated, but be aware that the hosts do come in for 'maid service' to straighten up the towels and such - we felt bad for leaving a dirty coffee pot and cups in the sink as someone washed it for us while we were out! Thank you for that. Hopefully our second morning made up for the first!
Overall, thank you so much for hosting us in Seattle! We hope to recommend this place to friends and return ourselves eventually.
Thank you for your lovely comments. The chocolates are from Europe and everyone likes them. I was sure that my description of the guest suite with mention of daily maid service was sufficient to "warn" guests what to expect.
Just relax and enjoy it.
Would love to see you again one day - happy travels.
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The apartment is fantastic: large and fully equipped with lots of details which made us feel like home. We also liked the quiet neighbourhood and found it easy to get into the city centre by bus. Irmgard was a wonderful host and took great care of us.
Irmgard is a great host. Clean towels, great bed and quiet. She welcomed us with a smile.
Irmgard is an attentive hostess, and does her best to make sure you're comfortable. As others have mentioned, chocolates await you in the evening, we had fresh flowers in and around our place, and a bit of food stocked in the fridge. Irmgard can help you get around with bus advice, and information about the sights.
The guestsuite is walking distance from the zoo, and from a retro game shop, as well as a few nice bars, such as the tin hat. In all, we had a nice brief stay - I particularly liked the assortment of weird mugs (including one with a viking ship that said "Grandpa" that I wanted to take home with me (I didn't of course)), curious knit throws, and watercolor paintings. It was like being at grandma's house, but you were left to your own devices. Recommended!
Hi Brandon, you are very observant, I like that. Most guests do not notice anything and are so wrapped up in their own lives.
The little table coverings are hand woven in Guatemala and Mexico. The watercolors are done by my husband Ben.
And I like to collect odd mugs .Having a number of grandparents in the apartment, it is appropriate.
Thank for your comments - it is not rude to hang out the do not disturb sign, I understand.
We had a wonderful stay in Seattle thanks to our lovely guest suite. Our host Irmgard was very flexible as to our check-in time gave us a great overview. We also had many breakfast options to fill up on before our sightseeing. Very close to public transportation that arrived frequently. We highly recommend staying here for any trip to Seattle!
A great experience! Irmgard was so warm and attentive. The home was lovely, almost spotless. The neighborhood is terrific, pretty quiet and well-kept. Plenty of parking. I love Ballard! The Internet access was a little weak. But otherwise, I could not have been happier.
About the Host, Irmgard
Retired yet busier than ever with a part time job as a German Translator for (website hidden), selling on Ebay and and taking care of our house with the help of my husband.
Hobbies include travel, photography and writing, vintage jazz among other interests.
Ever since I got involved and introduced the European Bed and Breakfast concept to the Northwest in 1981 I have also dedicated myself to the comfort and care of my guests from around the world. The smallest detail is not overlooked and I have so many returning happy guests. Stay here and judge for yourself!