Recently, after taking a tour of the new Hotel Ballard, I realized just how much I am craving one!
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.
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.
The 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.
Custom chandeliers and sconces surrounded by large arches and beautiful posts make the lobby both impressive and inviting.
Over 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.
Gold wall panels surround the luxurious head boards of each bed that are outfitted with 600 thread count linens and premium down comforters!
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.
Okay, I’m ready for my vacation now. How about you?