Historical Traveller Reviews of Inn at Harbor Steps Hotel
Great place, but not 6th floor!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We are staying at the Inn this week for a convention, and I reserved it because it had a small number of rooms as opposed to the convention hotel. It's everything that this site says it is, but a word of warning. Do not let them give you a room on the 6th floor in the separate building. The entrance to the 6th floor is right there and whenever someone comes in or goes out the door slams. As I write this, the door has slammed at least 50 times. That said, the breakfasts are excellent and the afternoon tea is a delight. Highly recommend a stay here.
Our standard for rating all other hotels
This place has been our first choice when staying in Seattle since the 90's. It is now our standard in comparing all other accommodations. Breakfast that fills you up until well into the afternoon, wonderful tea selection (I don't drink coffee and there aren't many places who cater to the non-coffee drinkers just as much as the coffee drinkers), refrigerator stocked with Cokes and plenty of room to store whatever you want to stock yourself (helpful for lunches or that craving for milk at 11:00pm), wine and cheese in the afternoon, fireplace, windows that open to let fresh air in, full gym including a lap pool, reasonable parking for downtown Seattle, convenient location.
It's the perfect combination of an inn where you have as much privacy as you need, but you aren't swallowed up by hundreds of other guests. The staff will be as helpful as you want them to be or they'll leave you alone.
I got the best pancake and Greek egg casserole recipes from the breakfast chefs here that I still use.
Great place to stay!
The best Seattle B&B we have stayed in! Super location close to Seattle Art Museum, Pike's Market, Waterfront attractions and the bus tunnel! We parked our car in the underground lot and walked everywhere. 3 different restaurants (Japanese, Brazilian and Mexican) and 1 coffee shop just outside your door plus a grocery/deli too! Our room was huge with a balcony, 2 queen beds, 2 comfy arm chairs, and a work desk. The bathroom was nice and clean. The decor and colors very pleasing. We also were pleasantly surprised to find complimentary bottled water and pop in our little refrigerator! Breakfast is included in the price and was wonderful featuring home baked muffins, banana bread, pancakes, eggs, granola, oatmeal, juices, coffee, tea and even a fresh fruit salad! There is a cheese and cracker afternoon gathering also but we did not have a chance to attend. We will definately book this B&B again when we are in Seattle this summer for a Mariner game!
Highlight of the trip
I couldn't say enough glowing reviews of this hotel. My husband and I got back 2 days ago. We stayed at Harbor Steps and Inn at the Market. Inn at the Market was just like any other hotel with a stuffed opinion of themselves. Inn at Harbor Steps was really something special. The breakfast was sooo yummy and homecooked. The afternoon wine and cheese was enough to make a meal out of. We got in the hot tub and spa every night and really felt taken care of. We plan on going back to Seattle and staying no where but Inn at Harbor Steps. I am now looking up other places where they have Inn's. The staff is also very friendly and so accomodating. The location is perfect! You gotta go!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Whomever called this place "Seattle's best kept secret" was right! In fact, I like The Inn at Harbor Steps so much that I almost hesitate to post this review, because I'm selfish. I love knowing that this Inn is right downtown (almost bang smack between Pioneer Square and Pike Market, a block or so from the waterfront; a PERFECT location!) and waiting for me and the friends I have sent there as a getaway to a "home away from home".
This place is nothing like many chic but CHILLY hotels that charge a fortune but offer little real comfort or pleasure in return aside from high thread count sheets and good shampoo. The Inn at Harbor Steps has beautifully appointed rooms, lovely amenities, and a staff who greets even first-time guests as family. Staying at the Inn and treating myself to a dip in the pool or hot tub, a soak in the Jacuzzi bathtub, or afternoon tea & cake (or wine & cheese!) and that lovely (and bountiful and hot!) breakfast is one of my very favorite downtown Seattle indulgences. As the name would suggest, it offers an Inn-like atmosphere.. but not the frilly-silly-floral kind; more of a lush-urban-comfortable kind.
I cannot say enough good things about this place, and every out of town guest I have sent to the Inn at Harbor Steps has had a wonderful stay as well.
Best Secret in Seattle
Part of the Four Sisters chain, but not the usually fluff of teddy bears and floral wallpaper. Great views of the harbor steps and right across the street from the musuem you definetly have the feel of living in the city. Better to skip the continental breakfast and walk over to Pike's market for a more interesting experience. Afternoon wine and cheese, but there early! Will most definetly stay here again in the future.
Great location, big room, good breakfast
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here between xmas and over New Year's. We had one of the large rooms with whirlpool tub, fireplace and room to stretch out. Oh, and the tub is definitely big enough for two! We have stayed at other hotels because they said they had jacuzzi or whirlpool tubs but they were SO small! The Inn really is close to most things - RIGHT across the street from the art museum, a block from the water front and Pike Place Market. The breakfast is a better than usual spread of the usual breakfast breads, cereals and fruits plus two hot entrees, usually a quiche and some other egg dish. Since the breakfast room was right down the hall from us, we took a tray and had our breakfast in the privacy of our room (there was a small dining area in the room). We did have a few complaints about this hotel (thus only 4 instead of 5) and one of the complaints would be the volume of music in the breakfast room. LOUD! Not exactly what you want first thing in the morning. The afternoon tea is really much more - help yourself to wine, brie cheese, cake. But unfortunately us touristing types tend to be out and about late in the afternoon so we only made it once. But it really is a nice touch. Oh, and there are cookies on the front desk most of the day as well as coffee and tea outside the breakfast room. Another nice touch is free access to computers to use for e-mail. This is not even mentioned on the hotel web site. We have been charged truely exhorbitant rates to use a computer for 15 minutes by other high end hotels. They also have data ports in every room for those with laptops. Other reasons for not going the full five "dots": the sheets on our bed had a hole in it! Not what you would expect from even a mid-range hotel. The bed itself was way too hard but we find this with most hotels. A slight problem with the room we had was that it was above a Tulley's coffee shop. They blast their radio from 6 am on. The soundproofing of the room was pretty good but you could still hear it. Also, there is usually a restaurant right above this room but it was under a change of name and was closed. But that could be a problem in the evening if you go to bed early. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here and probably would go back but there are a few areas needing improvement.
from A TripAdvisor Member
This small hostelry is a jewel. Great accommodations! Great staff! Great amenities--afternoon tea and wine as well as a full breakfast.
Great location in a great city.
Just like other hotels
Thought the Inn at Harbor Steps was similar to other high-end hotel chains. It was close to all the major attractions in downtown Seattle, but so are other hotels. The room and breakfast were also similar to what I would expect at the other chains. I would not rule this inn out, just do not expect an Inn like atmosphere.
Great Proximity to Touristy Stuff!
Friendly and accommodating service. Great locale close to Pike's Market, Shopping, etc. Clean, easy to access. Awkward room layout. Older A/C unit that made a vibrating noise and didn't cool well. Nice bath. Would probably look to stay somewhere elase next visit.
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See the Science Fiction Museum
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