To start, there isn’t really one thing that makes a hotel the best or greatest. However, there are certain things that a hotel can (and should, in our opinion) offer and provide for its guests.

These are a few of the things that the team at Hotel Ballard thinks makes a good hotel a great one:

• Service: This is number-one. We think that everyone, regardless of whether you’re in town on business, celebrating something special, or just plain vacationing, you deserve the best service. A great hotel will not just have a friendly staff, but they will do everything they can to make your stay more comfortable. At Hotel Ballard, we’ve ensured our best-service promise with highly trained staff. In addition, we have a 24-hour concierge to help with your needs – great or small.

• Location: It’s important to stay in a place that’s close to where you need to be, whatever that might be. If you’re headed in to meet with clients or partners, or you want to get in some Seattle sightseeing, Ballard is the place to start! And because we’re located right in the heart of Old Ballard, we’re a quick trip into Downtown Seattle, or a mere few steps from some of the best boutique shopping and dining the city has to offer.

• Amenities: We admit it – we love the little stuff (that might not be so little) when it comes to staying away from home. In-room, HD TVs, free WiFi, luxurious bath products, free in-room coffee and tea service, and even access to an acclaimed exercise facility – all things that we think are important to offer our guests, and we do!

• Bar & Restaurant: Whether you’ve been out all day seeing the Seattle sights, or stuck in an office having meetings in a city not your own, you’ll need a place that’s close and comfortable to find a bite to eat and something to wash it down. We think it’s vital for any great hotel to have a bar and restaurant located within or nearby, and that’s why we love being home to Stoneburner – the latest project from James Weimann and Deming Maclise (local restaurateurs). While Stoneburner is not open for breakfast, there are several of Seattle’s best coffee shops and breakfast hotspots just steps away from the hotel. You’re sure to find something delicious to eat or drink for lunch or dinner at Stoneburner to make your stay at Hotel Ballard that much more wonderful.

So what makes a great hotel in your opinion?