Home 1.5 Miles from Pike Place Market - 6 Blocks from Seattle Zoo
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With only one week before Labor Day weekend it was nearly impossible to find a reasonably priced hotel for my short 2 night stay for the early days of the week. However, at the suggestion of a friend, I was able to find this great little one bedroom house centrally located to downtown and some of Seattle's best neighborhoods. We were within walking distance of the Woodland Park Zoo (AWESOME considering I had my 6 yr old son with me), and short driving distances from downtown, Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and Greenlake neighborhoods - all of which offer great dining and shopping options!
The house had a nice modern decor and was simply but aptly furnished. Although my son and I really only needed a place to sleep, it was nice to have a living area so we could just sit back, watch a little t.v. and relax.
My only complaint was the location of the driveway to the house. It sits on a major road/highway and is at a steep angle. We didn't get in till very late our first night so it didn't occur to me to back my rental car in so that leaving in the morning wouldn't be so nerve-wrecking. (Backing out into morning traffic took a lot of patience!) I wound up parking just around the corner in the neighborhood the second day and then backed into the driveway my last night so getting out would be easier. It was a little noisy in the morning with the traffic, but not unbearable. Found it was easy to tune out.
The property owner was also really great about communicating. Although I'm really familiar with Seattle, when I Google mapped the house location, the directions weren't accurate. I was able to determine how to get there only by using the map included on homeaway.com. I contacted the property owner to confirm driving directions and she responded right away. Also, one of smoke alarms started beeping in the morning and she was quick to respond about taking a look at it.
Overall my stay was great! The location was perfect for my needs and the price was better than reasonable.
I have always used VRBO for my rental needs so I wasn't worried about using it. I will say that this occasion was my least favorite experience using VRBO. I sent a request to the home owner requesting stays for July 31-Aug 2. The home was available for those dates so it worked out real nice! I was sent a contract to fill out questions and to sign, which I did. Only problem was that I had not thoroughly read it, as the dates they had me booked for was Aug 2-4. Now I take full responsibility as I should have checked the dates, even if that was not the dates they confirmed to me. I didn't realize the mistake until I got an email from VRBO about my upcoming stay on Aug 2-4. I freaked out and contacted the home owners. They were able to work it out and I was very thankful that I didn't have to spend more money on another hotel.
The home is located right on a main road, which was stated by the home owner. I didn't mind the location or the little bit of traffic noise. What came with the stay was the bare minimums. We had a party of 3 + a baby. There were only 3 large towels and 2 hand towels. If there were more, I have no idea where they were kept. We wanted to make some toast one morning and there was no toaster that I could find, so I used the oven. Worked nice, except that I did not find oven mitts. Thank goodness for the 1 kitchen towel I found!
Check out day. We had to make sure all the garbage was emptied, the soiled sheets and towels in laundry basket and dishes washed. Was not a problem as I like to have that done at home too. I was sure I followed all the rules they had posted and was happy about my stay here until a few days later. I received an email from the home owner that pet hair was found and that I will be charged extra and that if I did not comply within 48 hours it would be sent to collections. Ok I understand that stuff, but what pissed me off was that she didn't even ask if I had brought a pet, she just assumed and accused! I was pissed. Shortly another email was sent saying she apologizes and that it wasn't us, but the person that stayed after us. Sorry but that left a bad taste in my mouth!! I do not like to be accused for things and if wanted to bring a pet, I am the kind of person that does not sneak about those things! Like I said, worst experience with a VRBO property for me.
I won't stay here again, but doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try!
My two friends and I came to Seattle for the first time from Nevada on a Girls Week trip. This is a super cute little house right on a main road in Seattle. It was clean and simple and plenty of room for the three of us. We initially rented a car, but we decided to return it to the rental agency because it actually ended up being cheaper taking a taxi or a bus into downtown. This is a city location, for sure. But I'd say that is a benefit - and for the price, we were really happy and ended up under budget on our trip :)
This is a nice clean home. I am in my late 60's and I traveled alone to Seattle to see my daughter who went into labor at the last moment - two months early. I was happy to find that this rental was available on the dates that I needed and I contacted the owner to book. She was very quick to respond and everything went very smoothly. I stayed here for two days - so that my daughter could have some space before I went to stay with her after the birth. I found this rental to be very convenient.
I have always loved the Fremont neighborhood on my 50+ trips to Seattle. I was excited when I learned about VRBO and the possibilities to finally stay IN the neighborhood. If you have not already realized this, there are basically no hotels in the area. I was a bit skeptical on the price considering the high-demand/prices of other rentals within proximity, but my boyfriend and I decided it was worth a shot. We stayed for 5 nights, and although the property itself was about average, I doubt we would stay here again primarily due to the location. I have great difficulties sleeping and even with sleep medication the noise from the VERY busy Aurora Avenue kept me up every single night. I think I averaged about 4 hours of sleep per night. Here is a breakdown of my PROS and CONS:
+ Property was relatively clean and in a really neat old house
+ Cable television (I do not have television at home, so this was nice)
+ Easy access to a lot of Seattle attractions
+ Free parking (one dedicated parking space, plus free street parking most of the day)
+ Great price (about the same as a hotel in the city)
- LOCATION!!! (The ad mentions that the property is within walking distance to shops, eateries, etc. Be aware that this "short walk" is often times 1+ miles. Also, the noise from the street is simply terrible. The house sits directly on the second busiest street in town aside from the major I-5 freeway)
- VERY basic amenities (No hair dryer, used soap in the bathroom, and not even a silverware separator in the drawer! Who just throws forks, spoons, and knives into one drawer?!)
- Extremely hard bed (It is supposed to be a “memory foam” mattress)
- Animal hair on bedding and furniture (Use caution if allergies are a concern)
- Charging a cleaning fee when the owners run a cleaning business out of the other part of the house
I could have given this rental a lower rating, but I believe it has a lot of potential. For about the same amount of money that they received from us staying there they could replace the dead light bulbs, find some nice thrift store art to hang on the completely bare walls, purchase black-out curtains for the bedroom to stop the very bright sun from coming in early in the morning, and get a pretty fine silverware organizer. Unfortunately, I doubt there is anything they can do about the noise. If I would have known of these issues prior to checking in, I probably would not have been so disappointed or decided to stay somewhere else.
We have stayed at this home two times when visiting our kids in Seattle. This second time we stayed, the home had been remodeled - and it looks great. Not only is it a great value, it is has a central location in terms of access to both North and South Seattle. Very short taxi ride from downtown if you opt to avoid a rental car. Also, there's off-street parking if you have a car. We hope to stay here again.
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With only one week before Labor Day weekend it was nearly impossible to find a reasonably priced hotel for my short 2 night stay for the early days of the week. However, at the suggestion of a friend, I was able to find this great little one bedroom house centrally located to downtown and some of Seattle's best neighborhoods.. ”
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