We just spent a week in this hotel, using it as a base to visit the Seattle area. We didn't have high expectations -- just needed a clean, inexpensive room. It turned out to be a great choice. The staff people are excellent here. They are friendly and helpful, and they quickly solved the one problem that we had with our room early in our stay. The room was not huge (we had a queen room with a foldout couch), but it was adequate for our needs. The housekeeping staff kept us well cared-for. The kitchen was helpful for storing snacks and drinks though we did not attempt to cook there.
One of the best things about the hotel is the free shuttle service to the airport, which is where the Seattle light rail originates. The light rail is the best way to get to downtown Seattle from this location, but the nearest stop to the hotel is not easy to use because the parking lot fills up very early in the morning. But the hotel van will drop you at the airport, so you don't have to pay for airport parking all day. And they pick you up when you return. You just have to call when you get to the station. This saved us a lot of time and money.
The area where the hotel is is not that exciting. The food choices were not great, or maybe we just didn't find the right ones. But we had a car to travel to other areas to eat. The nearby Southcenter mall has some good restaurants. The area nearby has a lot of Asian choices. We ate at Lemongrass, a Vietnamese place not far from the hotel. It was good. Most of the other choices were chain restaurants.
The hotel breakfast had the advantage of being free, but after the first few days we skipped it. The breads and pastries were kind of stale, and there weren't a lot of choices, especially later in the breakfast period when a lot of people had already eaten. Still, breakfast was crowded whenever we went in there, so someone must have been enjoying it.
The free wifi worked well for us, even sitting by the pool in the evenings. There is also a desktop computer with a printer in the lobby where you can go to print boarding passes and tickets.
All in all, this hotel was a great choice for us and I would recommend it highly to anyone looking for an inexpensive home base while visiting Seattle.
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