We stayed two nights in June 2013 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle prior to boarding a Princess cruise ship to Alaska.
We paid about 25 percent extra to upgrade to a mini-suite, and I think the money was well spent. I'm certain all the 180 rooms in this circa 1924 hotel have been refurbished to a very high standard. Their only weakness is that rooms tended to be smaller when this 16-story hotel was constructed nearly a century ago. However, our mini-suite provided us with a small living room, and an excellent view, making our experience more than satisfactory. The decor was absolutely first-class, as well as comfortable.
The hotel has a good restaurant, Andaluca, and an top-rated bar, Olivers. In visiting the bar on three occasions (two were delicious light meals), we noticed groups of affluent Seattle residents on each occasion enjoying the bar's ambience and its excellent cocktails and service. We also received very good service and advice from the concierge and the front desk staff.
True, Seattle has a number of 4-star hotels, and one or two true five-star establishments. The Mayflower Park delivers at the very top edge of the 3-star category. In fact, given the excellence and helpfulness of its staff, I probably had a more lasting positive experience that I would have received at one of the Westins, Crowne Plazas, or other 4- or 5-star institutions that deal in much larger numbers of guests.
A small negative -- the elevators move at a much more leisurely pace than their counterparts at the newer high-rises.
Incidentally -- and primarily for female travelers-- the hotel is located across the street from Macy's and a block from the giant Nordstrom's department store. Another fashion boutique is across the street from the hotel.
Also, the hotel is 1.5 blocks from the end of the light rail train service from Seattle's airport, which costs $2.75 each way, compared to a taxi fare to downtown costing more than 10 times that amount. The only negatives are a rather long walk from the airport's baggage claim to the railhead (follow the crowds through the airport's multi-level parking garage), and the 8 or 9 brief stops along the way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in thriving downtown Seattle, the Historic Mayflower Park Hotel is in the heart of the city. Built in 1927, the classic Mayflower Park Hotel has been lovingly restored with crystal chandeliers, gleaming brass and period antiques that offer an inviting European elegance to this historic Seattle hotel. The hotel is ideally located steps away from Seattle’s most exciting attractions, including the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Waterfront, and Space Needle. A full array of museums, theaters, shops and restaurants are at our doorstep while Washington State Convention and Trade Center is only 4 short blocks away. The hotel opens directly into Westlake Center, with 80 specialty shops and direct access to the Monorail, which means you are just a 2 minute ride away from the Space Needle, Seattle Center and Experience Music Project. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle
- Mayflower Park Seattle