On a quick weekend trip to Seattle, my wife and I stayed at the Silver Cloud located on I-90 in Bellevue in the Eastgate neighborhood. Eastgate is a few minutes from downtown Bellevue and is mostly a commercial area with lots of office buildings and car dealerships and a limited number of restaurants and services. I share this because if you want to stay in Bellevue and be somewhat near downtown Bellevue, say for shopping or entertainment, you will have to choose a different place to stay. There is also a Silver Cloud near the downtown Bellevue area. If you have a car and choose to drive into downtown Bellevue then you can pretty easily find free parking at Bellevue Square or one of the other shopping malls in the area. However, I digress.
My wife and I needed a nice place to stay for a quick overnight in Seattle. For these quick overnights we typically book through Priceline, sometimes using the “name your price” feature. However on this occasion we were more interested in booking a place that had free parking and a good score from previous visitors. We’ve booked a number of hotel stays through Priceline only to find that the place we booked had extra fees for parking or didn’t have any on site parking and you had to park in some random lot, still having to pay for parking. That kind of reduces the value of a good Priceline discount.
Having seen the positive reviews of the Silver Cloud, we booked immediately and headed to Seattle. We arrived in the late afternoon. There appeared to be plenty of parking. You can’t tell from the street, but the building also has a limited amount of underground parking, accessible from the rear of the building. The underground parking is free, just like the lot parking, and is accessible using your room card. I chose to park under the hotel because it was nice and dry and was a “secure” area with limited access to only hotel guests.
Up arriving we were greeted by a friendly front desk staffer who quickly got us checked in and assigned to a room. We found our room clean and fresh, with no nasty odors or anything left behind by previous guests. The living space of the room was typical for most hotel rooms with normal furniture, a work desk with an office char of reasonable quality, night stands, clock radio, lounge chair with ottoman and a King sized bed.
The TV was a flat screen and of fairly good quality. It was hard mounted to the wall with a non-articulated flat screen TV wall mount. This meant that you could pretty much only watch TV comfortably in bed. It wasn’t too bad to watch from the lounge chair, but the chair seemed far away from the TV. It was impossible to view the TV from the work desk.
The bed had a comforter in a cover along with a standard sheet set up. I’ve written this in other reviews, but I generally don’t like seeing full comforter setups on hotel beds, especially with the incidences of bed bugs documented in the media the past few years. I much prefer to see fully washable bed linens on the bed, including blankets and washable comforters, however upon further inspection the bed and linens were clean. The overall smell and appearance of the room could have confirmed that for me.
The bathroom was one of the most compact I’ve seen in a hotel of this grade. There was limited counter space, but all the necessary and expected items were there. Bath products were Aveda branded and of good quality. A hand soap and hand towel was placed at the wet bar located in the entry way to the room, which was a huge plus. Even though the bathroom was quite small and the counter space at a premium, the wet bar area of the room was huge and made up for the small bathroom. Located at the web bar was a mini-fridge and a microwave along with a typical coffee brewing setup.
After checking in, we found that we had lots of free time on our hands before we had to go into Seattle, so we headed down to the hotel restaurant and sat I the bar for a while. We were greeted and served by one of the most pleasant hotel bartenders I’ve met in a long time. We made some nice small talk about the impending Christmas holiday, gift giving and even shared with each other some ideas about what to get the special folks in our lives. The bar is well stocked, the bar menu is good. We had some fries and buffalo chicken tenders and found it to be a nicely prepared snack. The restaurant menu also looked very good, however we didn’t have any further opportunities to eat at the hotel.
We got back to the hotel fairly late after our evening events were over. Sleep quality was pretty good. The bed didn’t have any divots in it like I tend to experience at most hotels, however I couldn’t make the pillows fit for me most of the night. This is not the fault of the hotel, I’m used to foam pillows and not feather and as such expect more support from a pillow than typical hotel pillows offer. All in all, I did sleep well and felt ready to go for the next day.
The Silver Cloud Bellevue-Eastgate is a great value. The hotel is clean and modern, the staff are friendly and the rooms are nicely appointed, but no over the top. I’d gladly stay again.