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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Hotel Ballard Opening May 2013 In Seattle

Hotel Ballard

Hotel Ballard Rendering of the outside facade (Photo Credit: Hotel Ballard)

Hotel Ballard, a new boutique hotel with twenty-nine luxurious hotel rooms and suites, is opening May 1, 2013.  This elegant hotel comes complete with twenty-four hour access to the 50,000 sq. ft. Olympic Athletic Club, complimentary Wi-Fi, two levels of underground parking, and a roof top pavilion where you can warm yourself next to the outdoor fireplaces and take in the magnificent view of Washington’s famous Olympic Mountains. Besides the wonderful Ballard restaurants in the neighborhood, a sophisticated, new hotel restaurant and bar, Stoneburner, is conveniently located in the hotel’s lobby level. Nothing will satisfy your appetite better than Chef Jason Stoneburner’s fresh and delicious small-plate delights.

Debera Riggle, co-owner of Hotel Ballard and Olympic Athletic Club, lends her interior design expertise to the feel and charm of the hotel. Each of the spacious deluxe guest rooms and luxurious suites have been designed and decorated with classic lines, rich and warm colors, and custom-made furnishings that blend contemporary and rustic elements into a chic yet comfortable space. Many rooms and suites offer scenic views from Ballard to Washington’s famous Olympic Mountain Range.

Hotel Ballard

Suite at the new Hotel Ballard (Photo Credit: Hotel Ballard)

The focal point of the hotel’s grand lobby is a late nineteenth century oil painting, depicting a lion and rabbits contemplating each other, will greet guests and certainly cause conversation. The décor begins with a warmth of natural materials including travertine, brick, wood, and wall coverings in shades of gold and cream. Custom chandeliers and sconces surrounded by large arches and beautiful posts make the lobby both impressive and inviting. A warm library with bookshelves that wrap a stone fireplace will welcome guests who are looking for a place to relax and perhaps enjoy a morning cup of coffee or catch up at the days end.  Walk directly from Hotel Ballard’s lobby into the newly remodeled Olympic Athletic Club. Explore this 50,000 square-foot athletic facility where guests enjoy full, complimentary, twenty-four hour access to exercise studios, fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, spinning classes, whirlpools, saunas, and two lap pools (salt-water).

Long-time Ballard residents and owners, Jim and Debera Riggle, have created a warm and inviting atmosphere for the community while maintaining and paying homage to their Scandinavian roots (you are welcomed with a painting honoring each Scandinavian country on each floor) “The hotel is an extension of what we have created at the Club,” says Riggle. “For generations we have offered fine service and state-of-the-art equipment and all of the rest that goes along with it for our members. Now, we’re going to do the same for those families and beyond, with a hotel where they can celebrate weddings, host parties, welcome their out-of-town guests, and celebrate a special occasion.”

Hotel Ballard successfully bridges the gap for lodging in North Seattle’s Ballard, Fremont, Magnolia, and Wallingford neighborhoods. The Hotel is also affiliated with (and will support via their opening) Alpha Supported Living Services, who are committed to serving individuals with developmental disabilities by providing accessible residential and other support services that will maximize each person’s quality of life.

WHERE:
Hotel Ballard
5214 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA, 98107
Ph. 206-789-5012

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