The Inn at El Gaucho Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Belltown, Seattle, Washington

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Pros

  • Easy walking distance to many Seattle attractions
  • Valet parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Access to nightly piano bar in El Gaucho restaurant downstairs
  • On-site indie movie house
  • Continental breakfast in lobby

Cons

  • Located on second floor, with no elevator or handicap access
  • Limited room service
  • No pool or fitness center in building
  • Some street noise (depending on room location)

Bottom Line

Located smack-dab in the epicenter of downtown Seattle’ popular Belltown neighborhood, The Inn at El Gaucho is an intimate, second-story boutique hotel on top of El Gaucho steakhouse, featuring 18 spacious rooms. The hotel is ultra-convenient -- it’s walking distance to almost every popular Seattle attraction -- but has limited services (no elevator, no gym), so if you’re looking for a bit of pampering and luxury, you’ll probably want to head to a larger, more traditional venue.

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 Location

In the heart of downtown Seattle’s vibrant Belltown district

The Inn at El Gaucho is situated in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown district, which means you have over 100 of the city’s most happening restaurants and bars, plus one-of-a-kind boutiques and popular music venues, right outside your door. Conveniently, you’ll also be walking distance from many of the city’s classic attractions: the famed Pike Place Market (yes -- they still do the famous fish toss), Seattle Aquarium, the Space Needle, Seattle Art Museum, the waterfront, and much, much more. Belltown is a serious nightlife destination for many locals, so expect Friday and Saturday nights to be hopping -- even at the hotel, which is located in the same building as the renowned El Gaucho steakhouse.

  • 5-minute walk to Olympic Sculpture Park
  • 7-minute walk to Bell Harbor Marina (Pier 69); Victoria Clipper departs here
  • 12-minute walk to Pike Place Market
  • 15-minute walk to Seattle Center and Space Needle
  • 15-minute walk to Seattle Art Museum
  • 5-minute drive to Pier 91 cruise terminal (taxi fare about $5)
  • 20-minute drive south on I-5 (about $45 by taxi) to Sea-Tac International Airport
  • Metro bus service (Route 1) along First Avenue

 Rooms

18 roomy Junior Suites -- all 250 square feet or larger -- are decorated in soothing, rustic tones with a gentleman’s-club vibe

Deluxe Junior Suite
Deluxe Junior Suite

It’s hard not to feel at home at The Inn at El Gaucho: The 250-square-foot (or larger) rooms are outfitted with “retro-swank” furnishings and thoughtful touches (think: leather club seating, tea trays stocked with cookies upon check-in, and fresh flowers from nearby Pike Place Market). But the view of Seattle’s water and mountains -- which is the hallmark of the “Puget Sound Suites” -- will remind you that, in fact, you’ve definitely landed in the Emerald City. The Inn provides more affordable “Belltown Suites,” which trade that water view for an outlook of the lively neighborhood dining-and-shopping scene; but you can also upgrade to a “Deluxe Suite,” where you’ll find yourself with an extra 100 square feet of living space, plus a full-size sofa to boot.

All Rooms Include:

  • One queen bed
  • Pillow-top mattresses with 350-thread-count Anichini linens, featherbeds, and feather comforters
  • Leather sofa or loveseat, plus club chair in select suites
  • Shower/tub combo or walk-in shower, both featuring Rain System Showerhead
  • Hair and body products by Philip B and L’Occitane en Provence
  • Anichini cotton robes and towels
  • 32-inch or 42-inch plasma-screen TV with HD digital cable
  • Bose Wave music system CD player
  • Clock/radio
  • Riedel stemware
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Desk
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Sitting area
  • Microwave and refrigerator upon request

 Features

Intimate boutique hotel, with a downtown neighborhood vibe

  • 24-hour front desk staff, which can provide concierge services
  • Valet parking
  • Town car service for downtown corridor and to airport for additional charge
  • Gym and health club privileges at nearby Seattle Athletic Club for a $15 fee
  • Massage services available in your suite
  • Room service dinners provided by El Gaucho steakhouse (no room service available for breakfast or lunch)
  • 15,000 square feet of meeting spaces and private dining rooms offered for conferences
  • Indie movie theater in the building

 Bottom Line

Located smack-dab in the epicenter of downtown Seattle’ popular Belltown neighborhood, The Inn at El Gaucho is an intimate, second-story boutique hotel on top of El Gaucho steakhouse, featuring 18 spacious rooms. The hotel is ultra-convenient -- it’s walking distance to almost every popular Seattle attraction -- but has limited services (no elevator, no gym), so if you’re looking for a bit of pampering and luxury, you’ll probably want to head to a larger, more traditional venue.

Things You Should Know About The Inn at El Gaucho

Address

  • 2505 First Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121, US

Room Types

  • Belltown Junior Suite
  • Deluxe Junior Suite
  • Puget Sound View Junior Suite

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Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Belltown, Seattle
Address: 2505 First Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121, US
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