Since I was only trying to reach the 100,000 miles needed to maintain my elite status on American Airlines, I returned to Seattle just for one night, taking advantage of a fare sale.
After my bad experience of last weekend at the Motel 6 in the middle of nowhere, I reserved this COMFORT INN & SUITES which is on International Boulevard, where the action is. Unfortunately, just as the week before, it was raining continuously!
For the first time in many years, I took a prepaid night at $49 with 30% discount, which is something that I never do because I have a long experience of cancelled flights since my first flight back in 1947. With a prepaid reservation, there are NO changes. But I took a chance in order to save 30% and because I would only stay there for a few hours.
Fortunately, both of my flights arrived as planned and, ten minutes after I had gone downstairs and called this Quality from the airport hotels phone board outside, the shuttle was there to pick me up under a heavy rain; but this is Seattle!
Although I had reserved a basic King room, I was upgraded to a KING SUITE, number 553 with sofa, frig and microwave.
I already explained in a couple of reviews that, what many hotels call a "suite", whether in the US, in Europe or in South America, is NOT a real suite, but simply a big room with a club chair or a sofa and only one window.
A real suite is the one I had at the penthouse of the now decaying Hotel Continental in Montevideo during twenty years, from 1991 to 2011, with two rooms separated by a bathroom, each with its own window. Or suite 901, where I now stay at the Sheraton Four Points, also in Montevideo, which costs more than the same thing in Los Angeles, but which remains the best value for money if you want a real suite in that charming “South Cone” capital. You may want to read my extensive review about the latter, published in T.A. in May 2012, if you are planning to go to Montevideo, Uruguay.
At this Comfort SeaTac, the King "suite" 553 that I had on Saturday, September 28, 2013, is not bigger than the room I had at the Quality Kent (near Seattle) a couple of years ago, which disappeared from Choice Hotels listings before giving me a chance to publish a review that I wrote for nothing, with pictures and all details.
There is only one window in this big room with a partial division. However, there is a king bed, a sofa and a comfortable club chair, a small desk with a padded chair, two phones and two big night tables, plus a big furniture with three drawers, an old TV, a small MICROWAVE and an EMPTY FRIG underneath with plenty of space; not like all European "mini bars" which are in fact money making machines for the hotel, full of expensive bottles with no space left for you to put a glass of water to cool! In here, you can fill it up with your own stuff!
There is a padded bench which could sit extra persons, or double as a luggage rack. And, as usual in Choice Hotels, there is an iron and an ironing board in a closed closet.
WiFi is free in your room but I didn’t try it because the signal was too weak. But there are TWO computers behind the reception with a printer that you may use for free.
As it is often the case in good US hotels, there is a LAUNDRY in premises, which is something that I have never, ever, seen in any hotel in Europe or in South America (not even in European Choice or Best Western hotels, nor at the Sheraton Four Points in Montevideo), in more than fifty years of travels!
The PROBLEM is that this place is NOISY, just like the Best Western SFO, for which I already posted a review in Trip Advisor. Like the BW Grosvenor in South San Francisco, it is NOISY OUTSIDE AND NOISY INSIDE.
What a difference with the cheap Ibis London Heathrow, where I didn't hear planes landing only one block from my window! In here, not only I heard planes landing or taking off, but I also heard the traffic from the outside, as well as people talking in the hall from the inside.
Since I was flying the next day back to Miami via Los Angeles, I had to leave at 5 am like the previous week. Therefore, I can't say anything about their breakfast, which is included in the price, unlike my Motel 6 of the previous weekend, where you only get coffee and nothing else. However, I suppose that it must be the usual buffet breakfast, as in all other CHOICE HOTELS where I have been in the US.
You will find several reviews that I published in TRIP ADVISOR about this excellent chain of hotels, mainly in Florida but also in France, London and Frankfurt, by following this link: www.tripadvisor.com/members-reviews/efrin_knight. The first line will open the hotel, but if you click on the last line (second or third), it will open my review directly, with other reviews classed by chronological order, before or after mine.
TO CONCLUDE, I will say that, in spite of the noise, this place offers an EXCELLENTVALUE FOR MONEY, given the quality of the “suite” and its equipment at the prepaid rate of $49 plus tax, and also at the senior rate of $63, with an honest cancellation policy of 4 pm the day of arrival.
This is not the case of the Clarion, Rodeway Inn or Quality SeaTac, which request a 24 hour notice before arrival or you lose your money! This is the only reason why I didn’t go to the first two hotels, which are right across from the airport, just a few minutes walk from the airlines check in counters. They also have a free shuttle that you don’t need if you fly with just a wheel carry on, as I do 99% of the times. The reason is that, unlike MIA, JFK or CDG, SeaTac is one of the few airports I know where you can walk in from the street, just as Chavez airport in Lima, Peru. But if you stay at this COMFORT SEATAC, you won’t be able to walk to the airport with your luggage and you will have to take their FREE SHUTTLE, which operates 24 hours a day every half hour.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.