The Garden Club - Bellevue, WA

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  • Minimum Age of Accepted Residents
  • Activities Onsite
  • Devotional Services Available
  • Indoor Common Areas
  • Meals Provided
  • Aging in Place
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Activities Offsite
  • Outdoor Common Areas
  • Beauty & Barber Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking Allowed in Private Areas Indoors
  • No Smoking Allowed in Public Areas Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible Showers
  • Resident Parking Available
  • Male Residents Accepted
  • Female Residents Only

Customer Reviews

Garden Club Living

While I greatly appreciate the friendliness of the staff I was disappointed that the $3,000 resident deposit was not waved as originally promised. That being said I do appreciate the redesigned shower and new flooring that was put into my unit, and the kitchen where I can do my own cooking. I also appreciate the fact that I was allowed to keep my old large dog and two old cats in a unit with its own fenced patio and outside door. Overall The Garden Club is a great place to live. I did have to wait two months to receive my 911 beeper, and the dog walking Beam services are expensive at $10.00 per day for a five to ten minute walk. Oh well, the dog needs the walk siince I am physically unable to do it, and Jose is punctual five days a week. The dog loves him.

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A Steep Decline

My relative chose this place a couple of years ago because it was nice during the tour. However, it's gone downhill since then, and in the past few months it's gotten abysmal. They are chronically understaffed, they don't clean regularly, the garbage piles up. The food has gotten horrible, too (not that it was ever great) and now portions are shrinking. "DInner" is often a tiny half of a sandwich with almost nothing on it and a cup of soup. Food also tastes industrial (canned soup) and there are NEVER fresh vegetables. They don't have options for dietary restrictions. Current manager doesn't care about the residents or the staff. And they obviously aren't paying their food purveyors, as they keep using the excuse that the vendor didn't deliver.

Holiday Marketing

Local Representative

Hello, we are sorry the food has not met your standards when visiting The Garden Club. We strive to offer healthy and delicious meals for residents daily. Sandwiches are on the menu for residents to order and always served as a full portion. Per our resident feedback everyone seems to be satisfied with their dining experience. If you have additional feedback please reach out to us at [removed].

We were disappointed. Same building layout as Solstice but owned by Holiday. Not as warm and cozy feeling. Modern decor (which felt cold and sterile). Positive: part of the Holiday brand so they have other residences in other states.

Holiday Marketing

Local Representative

Hi there, we are sorry to hear you weren't impressed with our community. We love our residents and staff members and try to create an inviting environment. You are correct, Holiday Retirement, has 261 communities across the United States. Our residents can even travel and stay in other Holiday Retirement communities. Please let us know if there's anything else we can assist you with. Thanks!

Would recommend

My mom is much happier at Garden Club than she was at a different facility. She loves the staff and how friendly the atmosphere is there. Garden Club has the feel of a community center rather than a hotel. Downsides have been high staff turnover and they have had trouble finding and keeping a head chef so the food quality has diminished.

Great place to love, friendly, great food

The new management at this location has been wonderful! They are always talking with the residents, taking on new activities and I have even seen them cleaning with staff members. Everyone always has a smile on their face and willing to help anyone with anything. I have been here for over 5 years and it is honestly the best it’s ever been. The food is incredible here and last week we were even offered banana splits! The food and the friendly service help me look forward to each day. The place is so clean and any maintenance issues I’ve had have been fixed immediately. Great place to live and I have recommended them to all of my friends.

Pay Your Staff Better So They'll Stay!

Staff turn-over rate is very troubling. Three managerial changes in less than six months. Food service is even worse. New people daily or weekly. No one stays for long, which speaks volumes.

Meals leave a lot to be desired. Cut corners in ingredients.

Wait time for food service is interminable. Average 2 hours.

Activities are okay. Not the facility's fault if residents don't participate.

Holiday Retirement (the largest provider of independent senior living in the US) should hand out holiday bonuses to their staff instead of asking their residents.

Dad is happy.

My father has been very happy to have had "The
Garden Club" experience.
I feel the genuine care and concern of the staff is what gives this place it's most desirable quality, and the food is excellent, they are even going to work on better food for Diabetics, which will help my father.
The last time I called Dad (he lives in Bellevue, and I in NY), he had 9 people at his dinner table, and later he was going to play poker with "the guys".
He is surrounded by people who love him. His neighbors keep an eye out for him. I'm so grateful that we chose this place. It's clean and the activities are well-planned.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in Elder care.

Garden club

The rooms are not cleaned on a regular basis for the residents The beds are not always made with clean sheets and my mother went in entire 10 days with only using a hand towel for drying off from her shower.
Food is pretty bland and over cooked most of the time.
Front staff is usually on their cell phone rather than paying attention to comings and going‘s residence or guests.they are less than helpful when presented with an issue such as availability of a printer. Wi-Fi access or the like.

excellent tour with friendly staff. love the amenities. and the residents look happy! seems like a wonderful place to live!

Great place to live

I have a parent living here. The community was go U g through a management and staff change when she first moved in
There were growing pains to say the least. But...
This place us great and has d9be nothing but get better and better by the day. The staff is exceptional. From the manager to the cook. The most caring and determine part of the team .. Is defiantly their maintenance manager.. [Name removed] is nothing but a asset to this place.. He goes above the standard in his work and his interactions with every person I see him deal with..
Where ever you found him, you might want to find more to send to your other communities..

[Name removed]

We are so lucky to have [name removed] here as our maintenance man. He is doing such a wonderful job doing what needs to be done. He doesn’t wait to be told what to do. He just looks around and does what needs to be done. Thank goodness we have him taking care of all our problems. He is such a hard worker and we all love having him around. Hope he stays forever!!!


So fortunate to be here and to have [name removed] as our maintenance man !! He is on top of our needs and does it in a timely manner with a great attitude !!! Thank you [name removed] for taking care of us !!

Really going downhill

In the year since my family member moved here, it's really gone downhill. Not only is the staff turnover inordinately high, the entire management team has gone! The food seems to be getting worse by the month. It's already expensive for what you get, and now they're increasing the rent by over 5%. I think they figure that they've got a captive audience--once you move here, you won't be able to leave. Horrible way to run a business--but that's just what it is, a business which is beholden to their shareholders--NOT their residents.

Holiday Marketing

Local Representative

Hi there, we appreciate your honest feedback, as we are always looking for ways to improve. We strive to help older independent people live better and want to help your loved one with this. We hope to speak with you further to gain a better understanding of what we can do to improve. Please reach out to our management team at [removed] to further discuss your experience. We hope to speak with you soon!

Absolutely perfect for me. I found a one bedroom that I simply loved. My only problem is that I am not ready to move just now. Probably in a year or two. Plan to keep in touch. My target year is 2020.

Holiday Marketing

Local Representative

Hi there, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! If you have any further questions, please give us a call. We're always happy to help!

Very nice experience so far!

Everything is going just fine! The staff is very accommodating and the facility is kept very clean. Though my parents don't participate in too many of the activities, they are definitely encouraged to do so, if they choose. My parents are having a great experience!

My mom's good care

My mom is doing good in this nice community. They staff are very nice nd helpful to her needs. The community is clean. She has not been here long. The meals havea nice variety. She is enjoying the music from the activiites that are offered. We would recommend this community to other families for good care and value.

The food is great!

They were very helpful and attentive, assisting with move in but their process could be better. My sister was there for a month before they set up her cable box.They could pay more attention to detail but that is a minor thing. She thinks the food is great, she really enjoys it. The staff is very attentive and compassionate.

Everyone Is Sweet and Friendly

My mother is doing very well and she really likes this community. The community is clean and well-kept, my only issue with the cleaning has been the cleaning lady, she doesn't clean my mother room very good. The staff is great, they are very sweet and helpful. There are activities for her to try, they have many for her to choose from. The management has really gone above and beyond for us. The food is nice, and they bring her dinner to her room if she can't make dinner. Everyone is very friendly and kind. So I would recommend it.

Life Made Easier

The staff at the Garden Club are very friendly and helpful. I found the Sales Director to be resourceful and knowledgeable toward making this change in my mother's life easier. I recommend the Garden Club.

Very Positive Experience

They have all kinds of activities and programs and really try to get the residents involved and participating. They welcome people into the facility very well. They really help people come out of their box. I think that they have done a superb job with their food service; they always offer a lot of different choices. The managers are all kind and nice and welcoming. It has been very positive experience.

Outstanding Service

When we were met by Vivian, outstanding service and great attitude very welcoming. They have know my mom in less than a month perfectly and all of us by name.

I enjoyed visiting The Garden Club, and found the facility to be very attractive. I really love the friendly staff, and the access to the outside from many of the apartments, which would be convenient for my dogs and me. I will contact them when and if I sell my house.

food is very good

The variety of food that they offer is very very good. I lived in another facility before moving here, and in a weeks time The Garden Club offered a larger assortment of salads and vegetables much better than the other place I lived, and the meals overall are quite good.

If I were to criticize anything it would be the activities. Some of them seem a little silly and inane.

Review of The Garden Club Independent Living in Bellevue, WA

We enjoyed the food here. There is a possibility we would be interested here. However, we are not looking to move for 5 or 6 years.

Like Bridge Park, the Garde...

Like Bridge Park, the Garden Club feels very friendly and staff and residents like each other. The actual garden out back is WONDERFUL! It's gorgeous, with trails and ponds and lots of lovely places to sit - you feel like you're away from it all. For anyone who loves gardens and having easy access to nature - this is a great place! It's very nice and I like the Holiday model very much. Vivian, who showed me around, is fantastic!

Although this is an older f...

Although this is an older facility, it is nicely renovated. One of the onsite managers spotted us in the parking and gave us a wealth of information we would not have received on the tour. This community has great value for its moderate prices.

6/9 - Says no current openi...

6/9 - Says no current openings within our budget for a couple of months. Does have openings in the West Seattle and Renton locations. West Seattle looks good, Renton won't really work. Point Defiance beautiful grounds. Like the travel program. Most everything included.

This was my first place to visit and ...

This was my first place to visit and I saw many flaws. The front door is almost too heavy for me to open - how do residents handle it? I had a hard time relating to the manager, they felt a bit nervous and false.

From the Community

Holiday Retirement provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.

Conveniently located in Bellevue, we offer a friendly, quiet home in the shopping hub of the northwest. You’ll love the convenience of being close to world-class shopping, healthcare and a peaceful home to enjoy it from. Come and find a community of friends that feels more like family at The Garden Club. 

Our all-inclusive month-to-month rent covers:
- Three delicious and nutritious chef-prepared meals from scratch
- A variety of enriching activities
- Weekly housekeeping and linen service
- Transportation
- Most utilities

Friends in 300 places
Holiday Retirement offers our residents a one-of-a-kind travel program that invites you to stay up to seven nights per visit at most of our more than 300 independent living communities across the United States and Canada, where you’ll enjoy a comfortable guest room, all your meals, shuttle service, and participation in all programs and activities, at no additional expense.

Built with your comfort and safety in mind
Our easy-to-maneuver floor plans are ideal for seniors and all apartments have emergency pull cords. Our 24/7 dedicated live-in managers provide an additional level of comfort. We understand that each individual is unique and that needs may change over time. Holiday Retirement does not provide any health care services. Residents are welcome to use outside home health care options that may enable them to continue enjoying life at our community.

Our live-in managers are dedicated to making your life with us a truly special experience, and we look forward to meeting you.

Call today to schedule your personal tour and learn more about joining our family!