They want you out early, the smell of someone dumping a bottle of lysol around the bathroom at 8:30am on Saturday and Sunday was like being gassed by ammonia. The closet was dusty, and had some exposed air ducting with dirt like someone had forgotten to replace the wall. No provision for hanging our damp towels, so we had to lay them on the filthy chair, cleaner furnishings are available at the Goodwill. The bedspread was threadbare (yes the threads on the design were raveling and frayed all across the entire item, like a homeless person had found it in a dumpster and was using it under the freeway before the hotel proprietor obtained it). While some pieces of furniture were relics of a wonderful age of beautiful era, they were chipped and scratched and the drawers were losing their sliding function. A few old kitschy things remain in the building, but are now mixed with the cheapest crap items one can purchase at second hand shops. No water in the room, and we couldn't get the provided empty decanter under the faucet in the bathroom. In fact no amenities at all except paper towels and some small soap samples in the bathroom. That is okay if we were paying $60, but $135?
The breakfast was continental, and similar to Days Inn or Hotel 6, so don't expect what hotels that charge $135 and 145 would provide. In fact, Days Inn provided more variety.
The only thing possibly interesting about this place is the view from the 3rd floor dining area. But unless you get there early, you will wait up to an hour for a cup of coffee and some toast. They only provide 3 tables, so they obviously don't expect to serve everyone, and maybe its a plan to send people out somewhere else.
As said somewhere else here, the proprietor is not on site on the weekend, and 2 young people (the "chef" who wears a backwards ball cap and dirty jeans) and the server who is a very nice young lady (she told us this is her second job, she is a clerk at a local clothing store weekdays), they are expected to deal with the check outs, but don't know much about anything including the parking arrangement.
We were told that a special arrangement was available at nearby parking garage, to go in and out but pay only the day rate. However, that arrangement is "by talking to an attendant". At the garage, the sign states that an attendant is on duty from 3:30-6pm only. At 3:45, no attendant had shown up, so we had to pay the full price. In two days, we spent $48 on parking, and thankfully that was to the Nichols $12 parking coupon, the only benefit provided by the hotel. We parked, left for our event on Friday night, parked again overnight, left on Saturday to explore, parked again overnight: 4 x the $12! When we asked the server, and she called the proprietor, who said she couldn't help us.
We will never stay in this filthy overpriced wreck. The only soft spot in my heart, is because the owner/proprietor, Nancy, seems to be a sweet really old woman, who has seen her hotel drift from fun european styled pension in to rundown flophouse quality. But that won't get me back here. BEWARE of disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pensione Nichols is Seattle's only downtown Bed and Breakfast located in the world famous Pike Place Market. European feel with Seattle style and a breathtaking view of Puget Sound and the Pike Place Market, Pensione Nichols is steps away from all the major attractions guests come to Seattle to see and experience. Family owned and operated since 1989 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pensione Nichols Hotel Seattle