Guesthouse Ellensburg – Boutique Lodgings Near Downtown Ellensburg, WA

Guesthouse Ellensburg

Last fall, I made my first trip to Ellensburg and totally fell in love with this small Eastern Washington town. It has all the things I look for in a small town – very walkable, a unique stay, fantastic food, wine, beer, lots of history, and day trip activities. On this trip, I was kindly hosted by Guesthouse Ellensburg, a historic 1888 home that is a boutique two-suite inn. It is the former residence of twice elected mayor Dr. Pashcal Gray and on the National Register of Historic Places. And, you won’t find it on TripAdvisor.

If you plan to visit Ellensburg, also check out Six Free Things to do in Ellensburg and Foodie Stops in Ellensburg.

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Want to find out more about Ellensburg? Check out  TripAdvisor, ExpediaDowntown Ellensburg, and

Guesthouse Ellensburg Suites

Guesthouse Ellensburg has two large suites – Merlot and Syrah – on the second floor. I stayed in the Syrah Suite. It had a queen-sized four-poster bed, an adjoining roomy sitting area with a sleeper sofa, and a private bathroom (in the hallway). The bed was incredibly cozy with fluffy down comforters. I  slept very, very well. On either side of the antique armoire were two luggage racks, which is what I used since I was only there for one night. I enjoyed the addition of the separate large sitting room as it allowed me to spread out and gave me a working space, but I wasn’t crazy about the floral decor. The bathroom was a good size with a large shower.

Tip: The town’s huge event is the Ellensburg Rodeo, which happens on Labor Day weekend. If you plan to travel then, please book far in advance.

Downtown Ellensburg

After checking into my room, I headed out to investigate downtown, which is only two blocks away. Very close to the guesthouse is Ellensburg Pasta Company and The Porch. Before check-in, I had lunch at the pasta company and had an excellent tomato soup and cheese bread.  Downtown has shops, museums, wine tasting rooms, and lots of dining options. I suggest  Iron Horse Brewery, Starlight Lounge, Palace Cafe, and Brix. Read more about what to do in Ellensburg in my article in Northwest Life & Travel Magazine.

Tip: The Ellensburg Visitors’ Center is across the street from the guesthouse. They have lots of brochures, maps and are happy to give advice on where to eat, stay and play.

Want to find out more about Ellensburg? Check out  TripAdvisor, Expedia Downtown Ellensburg, and

And, my Six Free Things to do in Ellensburg and Foodie Stops in Ellensburg.

Merlot Suite and Guesthouse Amenities

No one was in the Merlot Suite, so I got to peek inside. This room faces the front of the house and Main Street. It is one large room with a four-poster queen bed and sitting room with sleeper sofa. Both rooms have modern amenities like free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, coffee maker with coffee and tea, and a refrigerator. The hallway has a small fridge with juice and water, as well as, a sunny sitting area. A new feature since I was there, is that each stay comes with a complimentary wine tasting at Ellensburg Wine Works (Tuesday thru Saturday), which is on the lower level, and a 10% discount on purchases.

Rates ($145-$175) are based on double occupancy, and for additional people, there is a $20 fee. Reservations are guaranteed with 50% deposit, and there is a $35 cancellation charge.

Since there was no one in the Merlot Suite while I was there, I didn’t get to experience the guesthouse with other people present. Since both rooms are next to each other and a common stairway and entryway are used, I would expect that you would see each other in passing, and possibly hear your neighbor.

Guesthouse Ellensburg Pros & Cons


  • Historic home with local history
  • Boutique accommodations with antique furnishings
  • Comfortable beds and bedding
  • Large sitting areas
  • Private bathrooms
  • Two blocks from downtown Ellensburg

Cons: (I didn’t find much not to like about the accommodation)

  • Could be close quarters for some people
  • While the guesthouse has a B&B feel, it is not, and therefore does not serve breakfast
  • Reservations made by request on the website
  • $35 charge for cancellations

Would I stay here again? YES. I much prefer this type of lodging than a chain hotel. While the price is a little steep, you get to stay in unique accommodations and can walk to and from downtown Ellensburg with ease. Ellensburg is a lively town, which might have to do with Central Washington University giving it a youthful and fun vibe, while still maintaining its historic roots and friendliness.

Ellensburg FREE Activities:

Want to find out more about Ellensburg? Check out  TripAdvisor, ExpediaDowntown Ellensburg, and

And, my Foodie Stops in Ellensburg.

Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodations for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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31 thoughts on “Guesthouse Ellensburg – Boutique Lodgings Near Downtown Ellensburg, WA”

    • Rob and Anne, It is a fun town! I almost didn’t want to use the TP because it was so beautiful and looked like it took forever.

  1. This looks like a very cozy little guesthouse. Never heard of Ellensburg before but it sounds like a cool place to visit. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Sounds lovely! I also enjoy this kind of unique and historic accommodation as opposed to staying in cookie cutter hotels. Love the four poster beds and the antique furnishings – also not a floral person, but I think it adds to the authentic historic feel! Love that this is so central to downtown too, and includes modern conveniences like WiFi while still maintaining authenticity. Thanks for the review!

    • Megan, Thanks so much for commenting. This little inn does have a lot going for it, and while I am not a fan of floral, I do agree that the pattern matches the antique decor. It really is in the perfect local for exploring the town.

  3. This is just a completely beautiful and cosy place to stay! Also, this must really be a great place to have staycation with family! Thanks for this 🙂

    • Eena, It is a great place for families as the rooms are so large and its within walking distance of lots of activities which means to fussing with getting in and out of the car which can take a little longer with little ones in tow.

  4. I always love boutique hotels for their vibe and the attention to the client. I would really like to visit this “Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center” that you mention. I googled it and it looks amazing!

    • Efthimis, The wind farm is really cool and my tour guide was fabulous. I agree boutique hotels have such a personalized touch to them and that makes them a little extra special.

  5. There are so many great small towns in Washington. I did a road trip through there a few years back and got to stay in a few, but I’d never heard of Ellensburg before.

    The guesthouse looks SO cozy! It’s got the type of couches in the sitting room that just makes me want to curl up with a good book. And that toilet paper shell/fan is a work of art!

  6. We love staying somewhere with a bit of character and there are heaps of it here. Like you we always prefer to stay somewhere like this than a chain hotel that all look the same! What a great find!

    • Rebecca, I felt very lucky to find this accommodation. My experience would have been much different if I had stayed in a chain hotel near the highway.

  7. So many charming and quaint little towns in WA and across the country. I too enjoy unique guesthouses, hostels, or Airbnbs to chain hotels and this one looks like a gem! I really enjoy history and exploring about town so this would be right up my alley – thanks for sharing!

  8. That’s such a cute guesthouse. And thank you for the list of things to do. But, I think, in a place like this I’ll just spend the entire day sitting in a chair on the porch and reading a book and soaking up some sunshine


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