About this listing
Hello Travelers! Welcome to Seattle! First, I want to thank you for taking the time to read what I offer here. I get so many requests and questions a day so please take your time to read my description because I think it will answer most of your questions and it will speed up the approval.
I believe all this information will be of great benefit to you if you are looking for a nice area to stay in Seattle. This is a room in a house. This room does not include private parking. I also have a private suite with twin beds and private parking. This house is approx. 25mins (rush hour traffic 45 mins) from Seatac Airport and 7 mins from downtown by car. You can park in front of the house. I will let you borrow my parking pass so you can park free all day. I only have one pass so please let me know In advance.
This is a room near the Volunteer Park area, upper Capitol Hill, most desirable area to live in in Seattle. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable, flexible check-in and check-out times, a neighborhood known for its diversity and entertainment and a friendly host, you have come to the right place.
Please read: Cancellation Policy: STRICT (do not request a room till you are sure of your dates, you may not get a refund if you make changes later)
And House Rules.
If you have a large heavy bag I do not recommend my place. Please do not request this room.
Read on if you want to know why.
To get a quick approval:
Please upload 3 good close-ups of your face and a check-in time for me when you request a room. This is safety for all guests staying. Airbnb also recommends that you have a good photo. Also, I would like to see at least one good review from a host but that doesn't mean you are guaranteed an approval from me. You will be declined immediately if there's not a photo or check-in time. You must let me know the time you will arrive at my door. Because I let you determine the time, I expect you to be on-time (not early, not late). I am just one person running this so please be considerate of my time. I will be reviewing you on your check-in time.
I expect a call if there's an emergency and you can't make it on-time. For all those coming from another country and without a phone, I don't expect you to be on time so don't worry too much about the above.
I have 4 photos on my profile. You know how it is, make- up vs. no make-up, hair up or down. You might not see all photos if you're using Airbnb app for the iPhone. Use an iPad or desktop.
It makes sense that you would want to know what your host looks like before you book and I should have no problem recognizing you as my guest when you arrive at my door if there is a clear profile photo of you.
I do not go by your verification with Airbnb, it does not confirm for me who you are. I would rather have a clear photo of your face and head. No sunglasses or hats. A color photo please.
If you try to give me your social media site or work website Airbnb will BLOCK it. Same with telephone numbers and emails.
Once payment is complete you will receive confirmation with my address, phone number and more detailed directions to my place from Airbnb. I prefer all communications right here, texting or a call to my cell phone. I do not call or text outside of the U.S. Once your booking is confirmed, I prefer all communication on the phone. Do not email me. I am very busy with answering new requests everyday so you may be waiting a while for me to respond.
Transportation to my place:
If you are coming from Seatac airport, you can take the sound transit link to downtown Westlake Station which is the last stop. Look for the Macy's exit (Pine & 4th). The train ride is about 35 minutes. Purchase a one way ticket for $2.75 or you can put any value on an orca card which will be good for buses, street cars, sound transit link, trains and ferries to the islands. You can purchase the card from the sound transit link machine at the airport or a supermarket in my neighborhood.
I don't recommend getting a orca card if you're just staying a couple days.
From downtown take bus 49 from Pike street and 4th Avenue. It is one street over south of Pine Street. Bus fare is $2.50 or 2.75 (peak fare).
If you prefer a taxi ride from downtown, it takes approximately 10 minutes and a flat fee of $10 from Westlake station. Please confirm with taxi driver for fare.
You can walk from Westlake station, the route is on streets with lots of shops and restaurants. Approx. 30 minutes.
NEW IN SEATTLE: RENT A PRONTO BIKE FROM ANY STATION - $8 a day or $16 - 3 days
Description of your space:
This is a house on Upper Capitol Hill. The most beautiful area on the hill. I have three rooms on the upper floors of this beautiful house. Important Note: You must be able to carry your bags up the stairs, down the hall to your room, if you can not, please book another place. This room that you are looking at has a desk and a closet. I have another room with a twin bed, please see Volunteer Park Room 1. The house is 1500 square feet. Your bedroom is on the 2nd floor and my room is on the 3rd floor. You will be sharing the bathroom. You are welcome to use the kitchen on the same floor. The livingroom and dining area is being redecorated and can not be used right now.
In addition you're welcome to coffee, tea, towels, shampoo, bath soap, slippers, tour brochures and maps of the area.
Upper Capitol Hill Neighborhood:
This house is one block from the main street Broadway where you can find restaurants, coffee shops, UPS, Fedex, 76 gas station and the Harvard Exit movie theatre.
Two blocks away you will find a 24 hour supermarket called QFC with a complete bakery, pharmacy, liquor selection and books/magazine. Behind QFC is Capitol Hill's only branch library providing free use of computers and internet.
Chase Bank, Bank of America, US bank and many other local banks are just a couple of blocks away.
I'm also just 2 blocks to the Volunteer Park, the most beautiful park in Seattle. There are several attractions in the park; a tropical plant conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, children's playground (under construction) and a historic brick water tower which offers commanding views of the downtown skyline and the surrounding mountains. You will also find Seattle's oldest and most expensive mansions.
Next to the park is one of Seattle's oldest cemeteries, resting place for Seattle's founding pioneers and also where famous martial artist and film actors Bruce and Brandon Lee are buried.
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO READ THE HOUSE RULES.
Special events and Parades:
Pride parade June 28, 2015
Fremont Solstice Cyclists June 20, 2015
I'm 25 minutes walk down to Lake Union via E. Roy Street where you can see Seattle's unique floating homes (houseboats) neighborhood, rent a sailboat at the Boat House or go for a seaplane tour. Try the SLUT while you're down there.
Seattle Central Community College and Seattle University is just down the road on Broadway. University of Washington is just 10-15 minutes bus ride #49.
Updated March 2015: Capitol Hill/Broadway street will be getting the street car sometime this summer. The street car will take you down to the International district where you can catch the Amtrak train and the train to the airport.
A mammoth tusk was found at a construction site in South Lake Union and tusk was transported to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the UW campus. We named the tusk "Lulu
I have these rules to make this is a safe, comfortable and enjoyable place for everyone to stay. If you don't agree, please stay at another Airbnb. Every host has different rules.
I will need to make a copy of your driver's license or passport for verification as soon as you arrive. No outside visitor's allowed in the house. No cooking in the kitchen. You can use the fridge, microwave and toaster oven. No taking baths, only showers. Please take off shoes at the entrance. I would like to keep stairs and floors free from dirty shoes. Slippers will be provided. Thank you for your understanding.
About the Host, Alexia
I love traveling and sharing with travelers the best of Seattle.
I am here to make sure that you have a comfortable stay. The most important is good communication between you and me. I put a lot of thought into the description of my place because I want to make sure you understand what is offered in this beautiful neighborhood.
As for my place, it is minimally decorated for your comfort but tasteful and useful for your needs. I enjoy helping my guests plan their day around town. I do my best to accommodate as I understand that it can be their first and only time that they visit Seattle. I also like to promote Vancouver, BC because it's my favorite city and only 3 hours from here by car. If you're interested, let me know and I'd be happy to help you with your trip to Vancouver.