The Shirley Marvin Hotel Opens in Seattle's Historic Columbia City Neighborhood

Vintage building gets new life as an extended-stay hotel with easy access via LINK light rail

Jun 08, 2010, 12:20 ET from The Shirley Marvin Hotel

SEATTLE, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- COLUMBIA CITY -- The Shirley Marvin, An Extended-Stay Hotel, opens this week, offering affordable, fully-furnished 5-room apartment suites for minimum 30-day stays.  Located at 3815 South Edmunds Street in Seattle (map), The Shirley Marvin is a convenient, neighborhood alternative for corporate relocation, short-term housing, extended-stay, and personal transitions.

Columbia City is a historic landmark district, which offers the intimate feel of a friendly neighborhood business community and the ease of quick light rail access to downtown Seattle or Sea-Tac airport.   Turn-of-the-century buildings are filled with an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, businesses, plus a host of entertainment options, including live music, theater and a 3-screen movie house.  Columbia City's "Restaurant Row" features 19 diverse dining options in 3 short blocks.  There is easy access to bike routes, walking paths and the parks and beaches of beautiful Lake Washington.  

The Shirley Marvin Hotel is designed for comfortable extended-stay and short-term housing or relocation situations.  Each of its four apartment/suites has a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom with a queen-size bed, and huge walk-in closets. Units have balconies, porches and a private landscaped courtyard.  The Shirley is comfortably appointed with vintage furnishings that complement the classic 1930's brick-clad building.  It joins The Last Loft as another lodging option in Columbia City.  

So, who is Shirley Marvin?  It's actually two people, Shirley and Marvin, (see photos), the grandchildren of D. W. (Will) Brown, one of Columbia City's founders.  In 1891 Brown, a streetcar motorman, bought the first lot in Columbia City, when the town was just a freshly logged-off patch at the end of a new streetcar line. He built the Shirley Marvin building on Edmunds Street in 1935 and named it after his grandchildren.  The building remained a fixture of the family for many years.  After the Browns passed away, first Shirley, and then Marvin owned the building until 2009, when Rob Mohn and Shelley Morrison bought and restored it.  Shirley Peringer and Marvin (Buzz) Anderson still live in the neighborhood and are happy to see the tradition of hospitality continue at this classic building.

SOURCE The Shirley Marvin Hotel