, , , , , , ,

Hotel Ballard ExteriorI don’t take a vacation nearly as often as I should.

Recently, after taking a tour of the new Hotel Ballard, I realized just how much I am craving one!

Hotel Ballard LobbySometimes, with lives full of day-to-day stress and to-do lists, we just need to get away and I can think of no better place to relax and re-charge.

From the moment I entered the opulent lobby the cares of the outside world slipped away and I was ready to check myself in for a mini vacation.

Hotel Ballard ChandelierSurrounded by cute little shops and an array of great restaurants, Hotel Ballard is located in one of Seattle’s most charming little neighborhoods.

Ballard was originally settled by Scandinavians taking advantage of the proximity to the water for their seafaring way of life. Nowadays, a mix of old world charm and hip new businesses has made Ballard a destination for locals and travelers alike.

Also owners of the Olympic Health Club attached to the hotel, and the quaint boutique hotel the Ballard Inn across the street, and as native Ballardites, Hotel Ballard owners Debera and James Riggle truly have Ballard in their blood.

Hotel Ballard LobbyThe intention behind the interior design of Hotel Ballard is to pay homage to the Scandinavian heritage of the neighborhood with a diverse collection of art on each floor and books collected by the owners.

Hotel Ballard ArtThe focal point of the hotel’s grand lobby is this stunning late 19th Century oil painting.

Hotel Ballard Sitting AreaThe décor is filled with a warmth of natural materials including travertine, brick, wood, and wall coverings in shades of gold and cream.

Custom chandeliers and sconces surrounded by large arches and beautiful posts make the lobby both impressive and inviting.

Hotel Ballard LibraryA warm library with bookshelves that wrap a stone fireplace welcomes guests who are looking for a place to relax and perhaps enjoy a morning cup of coffee or catch up at the days end.

Hotel Ballard Fireplace SculptureOver the fireplace in the library is this stunning brass and glass floral piece, commissioned by world renowned local glass artist Ginny Ruffner, who created the piece special to adorn the mantle where all guests could enjoy it and that would be reminiscent of their stay in Seattle.

Hotel Ballard SignEach guestroom floor pays homage to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian
heritage with artwork depicting the different country’s national anthems.

Hotel Ballard RoomThe guest rooms, which range in size from 400 to 630 square feet, are the epitome of luxury with complementary wi-fi and in-room entertainment on HD plasma screen televisions.

Hotel Ballard Chair FabricThe attention to detail – even down to the fabric on every upholstered piece – is incredible.

Hotel Ballard Room

photo by Alberto Blanchard

Gold wall panels surround the luxurious head boards of each bed that are outfitted with 600 thread count linens and premium down comforters!

Hotel Ballard BathroomThe spacious, subway-tiled bathrooms are exquisite, and suites feature a soaking bathtub.

Hotel Ballard CourtyardBut the crowning glory on Hotel Ballard is a sweeping rooftop pavilion with a private event space, outdoor fire pits and these sweet little outdoor seating nooks for guests.

Hotel Ballard Roof Sitting Area2 As a Seattle native, I truly believe that on a sunny day there is no place more beautiful to be than in Seattle, and the rooftop at Hotel Ballard highlights this by featuring magnificent panoramic views overlooking the Olympic Mountains.

Hotel Ballard view

Photo by Carilyn Platt

Okay, I’m ready for my vacation now. How about you?