When it comes to Seattle’s most charming places, spaces and faces, Ballard tops our list. At Hotel Ballard, charm is all around us, from our luxury suites to our location in the heart of historic Ballard. It’s a feeling you get in a pleasant area, one that makes a place livable and enjoyable to visit. And it’s not just us—the charm of our beloved neighborhood has now been scientifically proven.

Meet The Charm Index, a classification system for cities created by rentlingo.com. It uses a heatmap that distinguishes a city’s most charming areas to help prospective renters in their hunt for happy living. From RentLingo: “We created this with the belief that local businesses are what define a neighborhood's charm. They offer the flavor of the area. We wanted to show this to everyone, so that whether you are moving from a different state, different city, or even just across town and finally out of your parents' home, you can find the neighborhood that would provide access to the inspiration of local culture and probably be the best place to live.”

We couldn’t agree more. The Charm Index is based on the following criteria:

• Prevalence of local businesses

• Local institutions and amenities nearby—schools, museums, parks, restaurants, etc.

• Cost of living

• Crime rate

• Healthy living/ public transportation

Ballard hits home with these charming traits, with the most concentration in the Old Ballard Avenue area (that’s us!). These few blocks are concentrated with local cafes, restaurants, bars, retailers and venues that define the neighborhood’s best. Other spots that light up the Seattle Charm Heatmap include Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Fremont.

See for yourself why Ballard is Seattle’s most charming neighborhood with a stay in the most charming accommodations of them all—Hotel Ballard!