I did a two day business (not Microsoft :-) stay at the Marriott Redmond.
When I arrived, the front desk staff were literally falling over themselves to be helpful (I couldn't tell if it was because I flashed
a Marriott Rewards "Silver Elite" card, or if it was just their nature...). Either way it was quite a surprise and I was thankful for the nice treatment.
If you get access to the Concierge Lounge on the 7th floor, breakfast
is indeed free. They have a relatively nice spread up there; scrambled eggs, meats, cereal, fresh sliced fruit, pastries, etc. The lounge also has a hoers d'boers (I can't come up with the proper French spelling for appetizers) in the evenings. In the lounge fridges you'll find bottles of water, juice, Pepsi & Diet Pepsi, etc. During my visit, the lounge was closed on Friday night and Saturday morning. I guess they don't serve breakfast or appetizers in the lounge for weekend stays. The lounge matron (who usually works
mornings, but also worked the evening shift to cover her sick co-worker) mirrored the front desk staff in being slightly over-the-top friendly, but I definitely was happy to talk to her, I suspect most business travelers who use the lounge can be somewhat stuffy.
My room on the 7th floor was extremely pleasant for just me. The king
bed came with not 3, not 4, but at least 7 pillows artfully arranged.
The TV (which I didn't turn on) is hidden in a cabinet in front of the bed. The bathroom was very big and bright. At first I thought housekeeping had only left two towels in there, but I discovered there was a stash of towels in a cutout in the bathroom sink mounting
(see my attached picture if my rambling doesn't make sense). The amenities were very nice (must've been an upgraded room): all the products were Bath & Body Works, cotton balls & Q-tips in a little box on the sink. The only thing that detracted from the room was the workspace area consisted of one big table and a smaller table that rolled out from underneath it. I guess a desk would probably take up too much space. That's okay tho! Internet access (wired & wireless) costs $10.00 and also covers local & long distance calls. The in-room air conditioning / heading unit was moderately loud, so I was happy to sleep with the white noise.
The closet contained a robe, an ironing board and an iron. Interestingly enough, there was no MiniBar, no mini-fridge and no safe within the room. The ice buckets include a plastic baggy liner.
Mmmm, clean ice buckets!
As the other reviews have noted, the Marriott is pretty well integrated into the Redmond Town Center. My business required me to take a cab to & from the Marriott (so I didn't rent a car for this visit), but pretty much everything anyone could need can be found within the Town Center or relatively close. I saw Harry Potter at the AMC theater across the street and really enjoyed my dinner at a very classy Indian restaurant in the center. The Thai restaurant next
door looked very classy as well. I'd say this location is great for romantic weekends.
My rate was $200 per night, which I think was a decent value for a business stay. Not sure if it's worth it for a pleasure stay, but it sounds like other people have found better rates by hunting around.
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