from Fredericksburg, Virginia
Submitted on 19-07-2016
This property is next to the Washington State Convention Center, and separated from it by an urban park with I-5 running under the park in a tunnel. Itā??s on Pike Street, and very convenient to the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Itā??s a 6 block walk downhill to Westlake Center (where the Link light rail station is, and the monorail to the Space Needle), and 10 blocks down to Pike Place Market. The Paramount Theatre is two blocks away. If you are a coffee lover, the famous Starbucks Reserve Tas...
This property is next to the Washington State Convention Center, and separated from it by an urban park with I-5 running under the park in a tunnel. Itā??s on Pike Street, and very convenient to the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Itā??s a 6 block walk downhill to Westlake Center (where the Link light rail station is, and the monorail to the Space Needle), and 10 blocks down to Pike Place Market. The Paramount Theatre is two blocks away. If you are a coffee lover, the famous Starbucks Reserve Tasting Room is one block away, or walk on to any of several excellent local coffee shops. The area is coffee heaven. This area is also the retail core of Seattle, so any shopping you could want is within walking distance.
Parking is the usual big city hassle: this hotel only does valet parking for $44/night, or you can find your own parking garage within a few blocks for roughly $29/night. There is no street parking. A taxi from the airport is $44. The Link light rail from the airport to Westlake Center is a great option, for $3, if you donā??t mind taking your luggage with you. Thereā??s a bus stop in front of the hotel ($2.50/ride) if you want to get around it works pretty well. And Seattle is very well served by Uber and Lyft. I used both services and didnā??t have to wait more than 5 minutes for a driver.
I like this hotel chain because of the large, true suites, and the included breakfast and afternoon happy hours, and good WiFi. My room was some 600 square feet, so it was more like an apartment. The living room area and kitchen with a bar were convenient, with a full size fridge, sofa, table, chair, etc. I donā??t know how many people actually cook meals in these places, but the hotel offers food in the evenings M-F so if you canā??t stand eating in all the fabulous places within walking distance, eat the snacks in the hotel. This hotel does not have a spa or any of the fancy amenities of a flagship Hilton or Marriott. Bed was great, there were good linens typical of Hilton chain, and room was clean and everything worked perfectly.
The lobby area has a small area to meet people, and a somewhat larger area for breakfast/happy hour/dinner, but no on-site restaurant or bar. (You donā??t need one; there are dozens and dozens to walk to!) The included breakfast had hot foods, oatmeal, yogurt, all the usual items.
There is a small, outdoor pool and hot tub off the 5th floor. The fitness room is nearby, small, with two treads, one recumbent, one stepper, and free weights.
Hint: odd numbered rooms face the courtyard inside the property; even numbered ones are on the outside facing the street. Those ā??city viewā?? rooms will be noisier. The environment is noisy at all hours being in a large city, but the hotel is quiet inside, the walls and floors are solid, and my room was very quiet, the A/C was great, so I slept as well here as I do at home!
Value is in line with the downtown Seattle hotels. The going rate for all the major hotels (i.e. Hyatt/Marriott brands/Hilton brands/Sheraton/Motif/Fairmont/and the high quality boutiques) downtown is $279-389, and this one is right in the middle of that range. I think considering the large suites and included amenities, itā??s a good value. If you want to get a 5-star experience with romance and amenities, or a water view, youā??re looking at $500 and up. If you want a budget experience, you can find some 2 or 3 star properties downtown for under $200, but itā??s hard to find anything below $179 unless you stay away from downtown. Everybody wants to be in Seattle nowadays, so prices are going up for everything. In summary, this was a good hotel offering a great nights sleep, without having to pay for a bunch of stuff i wouldn't use, and I would happily stay here again.