Local Rooms: The Shafer Baillie Mansion

A Capitol Hill B&B lets you sleep on Millionare’s Row.

By Stephanie Rubesh February 21, 2012

The Hotel: Once upon a time, it was just another sprawling manor on Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row. Today, the Tudor-style Shafer Baillie homestead is a B&B. It was built in 1913 by a beer brewer on 14th Avenue North in Capitol Hill, but the house fell into disrepair in modern days. Current owners Ana Lena and Mark Melka purchased the 14,000-square-foot property in 2004 and spent two years on restoration, decking it out in mahogany paneling, antique furniture, and a grand piano. Some of the eight bedrooms feature four-poster beds, and guests can relax in the living room, sun room, or library.

For Out-of-Towners: As one of Capitol Hill’s few hotel options, the Shafer Baillie manages to be both close to downtown and on a residential street. Volunteer Park is only a block away, and some of Seattle’s finest noshes are within walking distance. There are no swimming pools or saunas at Shafer Baillie, though the hotel is squarely in the 21st century with WiFi and TVs. It’s the old-timey touches that are most memorable: a basement speakeasy-turned-event space, a century-old massage mechanism, and a resident ghost named Iris.

For In-Towners: The mansion is popular with staycationers, usually couples who need a night away from the kids. (Tots are actually welcome, but the costly collectibles and mature vibe make it more appealing to the childless.) Innkeeper Brenda Mallonee can make special arrangements for a group brunch, provided one or all are booked in rooms. The spot is also popular with weddings, and has been known to host art shows and concerts.

Shafer Baillie Mansion, 907 14th Avenue East, 206-322-4654;

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