For those seeking a more local experience of Seattle, the 11th Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast sits in a residential area—Capitol Hill, the city’s most densely populated neighborhood. The inn is walking distance to downtown and to Capitol Hill’s lively restaurants and nightlife. It's housed in a bright, 1906 Seattle house, and it offers a rare amenity—free parking. The guestrooms are charmingly homey, with exposed radiators, oriental rugs, and dark wood furnishings. All have private bathrooms, though one of them—the Citrine Room—has the bath across the hall. Breakfasts are simple but fresh, and the hosts will make every effort to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
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Capitol Hill skews young, as the community college is in this neighborhood, and it’s the heart of Seattle’s gay community. There’s a party atmosphere on the streets during the weekends. But it’s also a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, with new restaurants opening all the time. Ba Bar, about a mile away, has modernized Vietnamese cuisine and excellent cocktails. One of Seattle’s best bookstores, Elliott Bay Book Company, is here on Capitol Hill.
Need to Know
Rooms: 9 rooms, 1 suite. From $99. Check-in: by arrangement; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Breakfast is served in the dining room from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; guests departing early in the day can ask to have a to-go meal prepared for them. Spa and gym details: There is no gym or spa, but the area is walkable. The inn sits one block north of the playfields of Cal Anderson Park. The (downhill) walk into downtown Seattle takes about 20 minutes.
Who's it for: Family members visiting from out of town who want to stay near the kids; travelers who prefer to go local. Our favorite rooms: The one-bedroom Diamond Suite, which has a kitchenette and its own separate entrance, is at the back of the house and offers a bit more privacy. Park for free: Public transit is easy in this neighborhood, but the inn also offers a city rarity—free parking.