9 Cranes Inn

5717 Palatine Avenue North , Seattle, WA 98103 USA (Show map)


Sample Seattle style at our Seattle Bed and Breakfast located in a quiet but vibrant neighborhood within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and just north of downtown Seattle. In or near Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, and Greenwood. We're friendly and fun, providing comfortable and modern accommodations in a classic Craftsman home. Our motto is "no doilies allowed," so be prepared. Four guestrooms feature private baths, free wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, comfy robes, and queen or king beds. Guest lounge has a computer, refrigerator, and hot drink machine. Free parking on the street out front, and a full, two-course breakfast awaits you every morning of your stay.




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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Our wonderful stay at 9 Cranes Inn!

5 on August 27, 2015

We arrived late Monday evening to a chilled bottle of wine, a stuffed platter of snacks and a 9 Cranes Inn Welcome Bag with tons of goodies! Our room was incredibly luxurious and comfortable and included all of the amenities of home. The view was beautiful. We felt so spoiled relaxing in our giant, jetted tub every night after our busy days of exploring Seattle. Not to mention, waking up every morning to hot coffee & the delicious smells of Gary cooking up something wonderful in the kitchen. It felt so nice to have a hot breakfast made from scratch, it really fueled us up for the day. It was also so kind of Gary & Liz to pack us a to-go breakfast for the mornings that we had to leave early. We greatly appreciated it! It was truly an unforgettable experience. This was our first time staying at a Bed & Breakfast, and we weren’t sure what to expect. Everything was wonderful! We felt comfortable and at-home at the 9 Cranes Inn, and we didn’t want to leave! We are even talking about coming back to Seattle one day and staying here again! Gary & Liz were delightful! They were so kind and helpful, they really made our stay a great one. We loved staying at 9 Cranes Inn, and we would highly recommend it to everyone we know!

Hide away in North Seattle

5 on July 16, 2015

Loved this location. We had never stayed in this area in Seattle. Wonderful area to explore, after a fantastic full breakfast. Can walk to local eateries, and coffee houses. Very scenic neighbor. Very helpful hosts with lots of information on the area. Would definitely return next year.

Wunderschönes B&B, amazing

5 on June 10, 2015

Wir hatten zwei herrliche Tage bei Shelly in Seattle. Wir bekamen sehr wertvolle Ratschläge, wo wir in der näheren Umgebung nach unserem Geschmack Essen gehen konnten und was wir alles erkunden wollten. Wirklich sehr freundlich und überaus zuvorkommend. Wer vorhat Seattle zu besuchen, sollte sich unbedingt bei Shelly einbuchen. Man fühlt sich wie zu Hause.

9 Cranes Inn, Seattle

4.8 on April 13, 2015

I recently stayed at 9 Cranes Inn, and was thrilled with it! My room (Phinney Ridge) was great in every way, including the cute sitting room and desk, really comfortable bed, and the very nice bathroom. It was a mini-suite, under-described on the web page. I appreciated nice touches like the comfy robe and the guest sitting room with snacks and hot drinks always available, and good wi-fi. Parking out front was easily available, and the Inn was very conveniently located, and in a quiet neighborhood. But most of all, Shelley's breakfasts were amazing! She has a natural touch as a hostess, and made very creative breakfast dishes, healthy and tasty (think of a french toast sandwich with sauteed apple and brie, served with chicken sausage and fruit) . I came home with a cookbook with some of her favorites in it. I look forward to my next visit.

Very Sastified!

4.6 on April 08, 2015

This is a great place to stay! We stayed in the Fremont room and it was spacious, very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and plentiful. Shelly is a great hostess and cook.

A Wonderful Stay at 9 Cranes

5 on March 31, 2015

Convenient location, comfortable, quiet, beautiful rooms, delicious breakfast, very friendly and accommodating hostess. Definitely a place to come back to!

Getaway Weekend

4.2 on January 05, 2015

It was a great B & B. Not that we have been to a ton but it was by far the best one. Room was great and elegant. Innkeeper was great and the local food joints were really good too!!! We will be going back to this B & B in the future!!!

Ballard's Best

4.0 on December 17, 2014

Accommodating arrival times...parking right in front...great sheets...wonderful food...cozy fireplace in living room just for guests...modern amenities including fast WiFi...pleasant company...and the cookies!!! Yummy!

A Charming Jewel of a Place

5 on October 15, 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Woodland room only for a night. We really sank into the coziness of the room, though. We loved the tree lined streets and the nearby shops in Ballard. We liked the house so much with its dark wood wainscoting and ceiling beams that we tried to find a similar house for sale in the area. No such luck! We liked Shelly and Mike a lot. Shelly is a fine, cheerful hostess and darn good cooker of quiche! Glad we found 9 Cranes Inn. It's a jewel we'll certainly remember and come back to.

The Only Place We Will Stay In Seattle

5 on October 01, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at 9 Cranes Inn and absolutely fell in love with this Bed and Breakfast. From our first step inside the front door I knew this place was going to be wonderful. Our room was beautiful and the bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Shelley and her staff were so friendly and helpful. The breakfast was so yummy!

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Rooms & Rates

Ballard View

Spacious, tranquil oasis on the third floor, decorated in blues and browns. Enjoy your own private rooftop deck with a view of the Olympic Mountains, a peek at Puget Sound, and the Ballard neighborhood spread below. The private bath includes a large jetted tub (also with view), separate shower, two sinks. The room also features a large flat-screen TV, work desk, ceiling fan, a/c in summer, and comfy robes.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $199 - $259

Fremont Room

Good-sized, second-floor room in black and white with red accents. Room also features a large, flat-screen TV, work desk, ceiling fan, and a/c in summer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $199

Woodland Park Room

Cozy, quiet first-floor room with flat-screen TV, work desk, comfy robes, and private bath. Great for people who can do the six steps up the front porch, but who don't want to face more stairs after that!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $179

Phinney Ridge

A generously sized room that feels like a suite. King bed, lounge chair, separate seating area that can be made private using the pocket doors. This room can accommodate three people (or two who want to share a room but not a bed), with one in the good-quality pull-out twin bed in the seating area. Faces west, with a peek-a-boo view of the Olympic Mountains. Large, flat-screen TV, work desk, and a/c in summer. ($20 per night addl. for third person)

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $239


Location Type

Walkable City Neighborhood


Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle Tacoma) 20 miles

Directions to property:

I-5 from the North Take N. 85th St. exit 172, toward NE 80th Street. Look for N. 85th St. ramp toward Aurora Ave. Take slight right onto N. 85th Street Drive .6 miles, turn left on Aurora Ave. N./WA-99 S. Go 1.3 miles, turn right on N. 59th Street Go .3 miles, turn left on Phinney Ave. N. Take first right onto N. 58th Street Take second left onto Palatine Ave. N. House is at 5717 - second one on right – yellow with white fence.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Sports venue, Tours, University, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Telephone, Walk to mass transit , Free street parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4 - 6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends have two-night minimum. Thanksgiving/Christmas - 3 nt. min.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We will confirm your reservation with a credit card deposit equal to one night's stay.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations within seven days of scheduled arrival are non-refundable unless we can rebook your room or your stay. All cancellations are subject to a $25 service charge.



Shelley Goulding

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  • Time Served: 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-Free, Vegan

Signature Dish

9 Cranes Inn Salmon Scramble
Wild smoked salmon, cream cheese, spinach, and tarragon combine in a pretty scramble that nests in a homemade puff pastry shell. A side of roasted tomatoes, or maybe rosemary potatoes accompany the dish. This, after a first course that is fresh fruit-based. Juice, coffee, tea are also served.