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Hotel Ballard Hotel Review: Located in the center of Ballard --- arguably Seattle's most interesting neighborhood --- this boutique hotel is steps from the area’s thriving art scene. Its sister property, Ballard Inn, is across the street, and the duo stake their claim as the only hotels in the Ballard, Fremont, Magnolia and Wallingford neighborhoods. There is a 24-hour reception, and friendly employees are eager to share recommendations for local restaurants and activities. The hotel's eighteen guest rooms offer premium down pillows and feather beds, 32-inch flat-panel HDTVs, safes, hair dryer, bathrobes, irons and ironing boards, Wi-Fi, coffee makers, large desks and Molton Brown bath products. Each of the eleven suites sees those perks and raises them a pull-out sofa, king bed, subway tile, elegant sliding barn doors, balcony, fireplace and marble bathroom with large walk-in shower and free-standing soaking tub. Hotel guests enjoy privileges at the neighboring 50,000-square-foot Olympic Athletic Club, sporting exercise studios, fitness classes, whirlpools, saunas and two lap pools. The on-site restaurant, Stoneburner, features an open Mediterranean-influenced stone hearth kitchen and lots of handmade pastas.