A relaxing getaway is closer than you think at this urban B&B.
Tucked into the lush, wooded streets of a student-populated neighborhood, Chambered Nautilus Bed & Breakfast Inn is a hidden gem of the University of Washington district.
Housed in a classic 1915 Georgian colonial home, the inn provides an “urban oasis” for its guests — courtesy of spacious guest rooms, relaxing Pacific Northwest gardens and award-winning service.
Renowned for her three-course gourmet breakfasts, owner and innkeeper Joyce Schulte is a food blogger and one of the “8 Broads in the Kitchen” at Bed and Breakfast Foodies, a handpicked blog showcasing the nation’s food-focused B&Bs.
In her blog, Schulte states that she is not one for cookbooks, as the majority of her house recipes were passed down to her from her husband, cooks and other innkeepers. She credits the “broads” for making her the celebrated breakfast cook she is today.
The inn is within walking distance to the shopping on University Avenue and University Village, along with the district’s eclectic culinary scene and Saturday farmer’s market.
Chambered Nautilus was dubbed as one of the “Top 10 Inns for Business Travelers” as well as “Top 10 Urban Bed and Breakfasts” by USA Today. The inn’s Crow’s Nest Chamber suite was also listed as one of the “Best Places to Kiss – Northwest 2009.”
The suites provide all the necessary elements for a satisfying stay, including private baths, handmade soaps and comfy bathrobes, as well as chocolates, stocked bookshelves and resident teddy bears for snuggling purposes.
For the business nomad, all rooms include a desk, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, iPod decking station and radio/CD player. A 24-hour business center is also available in the inn and recommended fitness facilities are nearby. Animal-friendly rooms and larger party suites that fit up to five guests are available upon request and snacks, coffee, tea and bottled water can always be located.
Extra packages can be added on with 48 hours notice to give your stay a shade of romance. The standard special occasion package includes one dozen red roses and a box of Fran’s Chocolates for a mere $50 to turn up the heat. A single bouquet of red roses runs at $35 for room delivery.
Best of all, Chambered Nautilus is eco-conscious. To reduce its carbon footprint, the inn takes part in “B&Bs Kick Gas!,” a promotion that encourages guests to go “carless in Seattle.” If they stay for three nights or longer, the inn covers up to $25 in reimbursement or vouchers for using public transport.
Depending on the season, rates run from $124 to $215 per night — but there are many ways to reduce the cost. Facebook friends of the inn will get $10 knocked off their bill, while anyone can receive a 10-percent discount by merely reserving a room three days (or more) in advance. Parents of UW students can get a “frequent flyers” program by staying for six nights and receiving the seventh free.
Chambered Nautilus | 5005 22nd Ave NE, Seattle | (206) 522-2536