Ballard’s first (and only!) full-fledged hotel delivers a tony downtown vibe—and relief for North Enders with house guests. Located in a historic building with a new sandstone façade on Ballard Avenue, the 29-room Hotel Ballard was opened last month by neighborhood residents James and Debera Riggle, the latter of whom supervised the interior design (see: the hotel’s tiny, stylish sibling, the Ballard Inn, across the street). The hotel features cozy guest rooms with a modern-cool palette of slate gray and crisp cream accents. Guests enjoy privileges at the (freshly renovated) adjoining Olympic Athletic Club, including the new, spa-like saltwater pool. Eight rooftop suites wrap around a glassed-in private event space (operated by James Weimann and Deming Maclise of Bastille and Poquitos), where guests can enjoy cocktails fireside while gazing over rooftops at the Olympic Mountains. Downstairs, Stoneburner restaurant serves up stone-hearth cooking and pastas. New plan: Put visitors up at your place and check yourself in. Rates from $189 to $429. 5214 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.789.5012; hotelballardseattle.com.
Hotel Ballard Opens its Doors
A new hotel opens on one of the city's hottest streets in the hottest neighborhood
The building was designed by architects Gordon Lagerquist and Gene Morris and hotel guest rooms designed by Mike Skidmore architect. Also, Riggles worked with with Dallas-based hotel interior designer Janet Hendrich.