Pensione Nichols

An affordable B&B with stunning mountain views in the heart of Seattle.

Pensione Nichols, an affordable B&B conveniently located in Seattle’s pricey downtown market is one hotel whose star is rising fast. Yes, you have to walk three flights of stairs because there are no elevators and the cheapest rooms have a shared bath, but the experience only adds to a stay in the recently remodeled 1910 building, reminiscent of a bit of Paris in the Pacific Northwest.

Ten guest rooms share four baths. Families looking for more room will love the two 900 square foot suites, and their private bathrooms and full kitchens. The sitting rooms look out over the epic Puget Sound and Olympic mountain range and even offer glimpses of Mount Rainer.

The recently introduced two-night minimum required in the high season is likely a result of the gushing press ladled on this gem online and by travel media. Not to mention retuning clientele seeking the past in this city of the future. Prices start at US$99.

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Tom Gierasimczuk

Based in Toronto, Tom Gierasimczuk's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and OutPost magazine.

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