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This was the second time I stayed at Pensione Nichols. I just love, love, LOVE the location in relation to Pike Market. It's just a quick walk down the block and you're there. It makes it easy to stop and take breaks/drop off souvenirs/go to the bathroom real fast. Yes, the actual bedrooms/bathrooms could use some updates. The beds are not the most comfortable, but it's not enough to deter me from staying there. I know it might deter others (my husband had a hard time sleeping on them). Sharing the bathrooms hasn't bothered me at all either time I've stayed. In fact, I rarely saw or heard anyone else staying at Pensione Nichols (and we had a room right by the three bathrooms). Overall, I give the Pensione Nichols two thumbs up. You can't beat the location and Lindsey (owner) is awesome.

With a little TLC, this place has so much potential to be amazing. It desperately needs a makeover and deep deep cleaning. I dont believe anything was cleaned during the 3 night stay. Sheets were stained and sewn back together. The location is perfect. The view from the living room/dining room is incredible(aside from parking lot). Breakfast was served 2 of 3 mornings. Lindsey was accommodating. Bottom line: if cleanliness bothers you, do not stay here.

The location is very close to Pike Place Market and a short walk to the monorail that takes you to the space needle and Chihuly Exhibit. We started in Room #9 which was right on the street side (noisy), required using a shared bathroom, and was somewhat dirty. Avoid this room at all costs. Because the bathroom sink was not working, Lindsey graciously upgraded us to Room #11, basically an apartment. It was great with a wonderful view from the back porch. Breakfast was good and Lindsey was very nice and helpful. Parking was fairly close and discounted by the B&B. Ask for a discount ticket.

This is almost an Air b and b, no on site service, no reception, no arrival greeting, owner lives off site and only attends for a set breakfast each morning which is served in a large communal area. A strangely soulless establishment which has an excellent location to benefit from but has little to inspire guests. Arrival is easy from the airport following the e mailed advice and you must ensure you have the door access code to gain entry. The entrance is dark and gloomy and your mood is not lifted by a yomp up the stairs to find your tippet note guide to your room, the majority will have no windows and the ones that do, will unfortunately be noisy due to traffic. Breakfast was good and the owner provided sound advice, personally did not like the bathrooms being communal. You will either love it or hate it, personally given our experience I would not return or recommend.

My sweetheart and I just got back from a fabulous 4 day stay at Pensione Nichols B & B. This was my third visit and I wouldn't think of going anywhere else in Seattle! The beautiful common room where breakfast is served has huge windows overlooking Elliot Bay. We sat on the fire escape, drinking wine and watching fireworks, right across from one of Seattle's most popular restaurants, the Pink Door. The proprietor is lovely, accomodating and so knowledgeable. She gave us lots of tips that enhanced our trip a lot. I especially enjoyed a long bubble bath in the huge claw foot tub. Overall, Pensione Nichols can't be beat in terms of charm, location and value!

Very disappointing. The minute you walk in, it smells like pot. The bathrooms smell like mildew. The bathrooms and carpet are dirty. I forgot my flip flops and after showering I felt I still needed a shower. The new are old and the linens were not clean. Everything is old and worn out. Sinks are dirty and rusty. The owner is not particularly friendly. I suggested a coffee maker would be nice for people from Eastern Time zones (breakfast isn't until 8:30). She curtly replied, "there are plenty of places you can buy coffee downtown." The location is great and view is very nice.

My wife and I reserved a room for four nights. We arrived late in the evening and when we awoke, we realized we were the only customers in the hotel and the only persons in the hotel. The breakfast, included in the cost of the room, was not provided. The proprietor claims she was present in this tiny 10 room hotel, to serve breakfast, but I know from previous experience she lives off-site. One common bathroom was inoperative. Another bathroom had not been cleaned; there appeared to be muddy animal paw prints in the tub. There were numerous flies in the breakfast room, the entire hotel was in need of cleaning and particularly floor vaccuuming. After leaving to find breakfast, we returned to find the proprietor. Explaining our lack of confidence in staying, we asked for a refund. At first she refused, relented, and then disappeared from the premises. Given the proprietor's dissembling, her refusal to discuss the matter, and then disappearance, we felt it was unwise to stay. Given the apparent unsanitary bathrooms and flies in the breakfastroom, I will say this is also a health issue. We talked to Ms Nichols directly, texting, and email. We have since contacted the Better Business Bureau, the State Attorney General s Office and our credit card company. She has responded to none.

Staff greeted me warmly and anticipated most needs for a Venice traveler. Breakfast was great and snacks and cold water always welcomed me back. My small room was neat and clean with a great view. The hotel has several spacious public areas and lovely garden settings. Help quickly available for directions, tickets and recommendations. If in Venice, I will definitely stay at Pensione Accademia.

Transportation was a breeze! Light rail from Sea-Tac to Westlake station, then easy half-mile walk to the Pensione. Very nice and cozy, with one of the most ideal locations in the city, overlooking Pike's Market. The proprietor has gone the extra mile for us. She is a gem!

Pensione Nichols is a must for anyone who prefers history, character & a little European glam over a boring hotel room. Breakfast is served in a charming salon w/ a view of the Sound. Larger rooms have access to a fire escape w/ a view of the water & Market. This is where I stayed & absolutely loved it. I live in Seattle and needed a spacious, central location to get ready for my wedding w/ my bridal party. Lindsey, the owner, is an absolute gem and not only provided a beautiful room & breakfast, she transformed her sun room into the perfect beauty parlor for us! She pulled out her largest mirrors & tables so we could get ready w/ natural lighting. I was flattered that she’d go the extra mile to rearrange furniture for us. She left many cute wedding themed decorations around the room and it felt like a very personalized experience. My friends, family, husband & I stayed the night of the wedding and couldn’t stop talking about how charming it was. Nice breakfast, clean rooms, soft beds. Next time I need a staycation I’ll come here in a heartbeat. Thanks Lindsey!

First Avenue Seattle WA

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Seattle Waterfront and Moore Theater
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services

Located in Downtown Seattle, Pensione Nichols is next to popular attractions like Seattle Waterfront and Moore Theater. The 12 rooms at this bed & breakfast include living rooms and dining areas and guests can enjoy free breakfast.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM.


All 12 accommodations afford space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs and hair dryers. Rooms also include free newspapers. Private bathrooms are not ensuite.

Property features

At Pensione Nichols, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, free newspapers, and a terrace. Self parking is offered for USD 15.00 per day. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and concierge services.

Room options

Standard Room, Multiple Beds, Shared Bathroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Shared Bathroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, Multiple Beds, Shared Bathroom, City View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Apartment, 1 Queen Bed, Private Bathroom, Sea View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 314 reviews

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