I was dog-tired by the time I reached the Renaissance (missing my plane, sleeping in an airport, a 10-hour flight, and hauling luggage uphill in crazy heat can do that). I had checked in over the phone the previous day to not lose my reservation, and all was well when I finally reached the front desk to collect my key. What did I get for a Level 6 hotel?
Location - Er. On paper, it sounds great - within close walking distance of the gigantic Public Library, the 5th Avenue Theater, and Mars Hill Church. It's a straight shot down to the wharf at a point between the Bremerton/Bainbridge ferries and the Argosy and Wheel piers. It's about three blocks down and three over to Pioneer Square and the transportation station there. Driving? The hotel is right next to I-5 and its on/off ramps.
BUT - When I say down, I mean down; this place is at the top of what can be, depending upon your approach, some pretty steep terraced hills. Attacking the hotel from the north seemed the easiest; from the West Edge though, it can provide a helluva workout for the rear and knees. The Renaissance is part of downtown Seattle, but is right on the eastern border. Overall, technically convenient.
My room was on one of the upper floors, facing southwest. I heard nothing of my neighbors, although both sides seemed occupied. Whether the touted window soundproofing worked or because I was on a high floor and/or opposite I-5, I didn't hear any traffic either. My best views were of the aforementioned Mars Hill Church and Public Library, as well as the Smith Tower and some pretty cool condos (They HAVE to know we can see in right? I'd be investing in some one-way screening, myself.) A small portion of the bay at the port area was also visible.
Decor and amenities. Neutral, with some burnt orange as accent. The carpet was an abstract pattern in dark blue and black. The bed was quite comfortable and came with plenty of pillows. TV was a medium-sized flat screen which swiveled; changing channels led to a long blank pause before the command was obeyed. The AC kept up mightily to cool down the room during a week of insanely hot temperatures. Coffee-maker, small (empty) refrigerator, safe, iron and board, wooden hangers. Adequate shelving and a couple of drawers. In the bath - Hair dryer and tissue; the shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotion were by Aveda. No cotton balls, Q-tips, or scale though. The towels, while not thick pile, were absorbent. The shower's water pressure was unimpressive but at least was not a dribble. The tub was strictly budget. The room, including the grout, was clean.
All of the staff were exceedingly polite and friendly.
The hotel advertised itself as going green on an in-room placard. Every day, I dutifully hung the linens I intended to reuse, as stated on the card. Out of at least three (what I estimated) different housekeepers, just one seemed aware of the program and left those towels in place and replaced only the discarded ones. I'm not complaining about receiving all-fresh towels the other times, but the Renaissance's conservation program doesn't seem to be widely understood by the staff.
The different housekeepers were indicated by the different cleanliness standards each one exhibited. Sometimes my used glass was replaced. Once it was not. Once it was not, but a fresh glass was added as well (so instead of four glasses, the room now had five). Midway through my stay, I happened to move aside the settee, and found an old popcorn kernel underneath. I shifted the settee back over it; the housekeeper that day must have found it, because when I returned and checked, the kernel was gone. However, a piece of black tape was left on the rug nearby. Old splash marks on one of the sliding closet doors remained throughout the stay. Other than these quirks, the room looked OK.
The hotel had iced water out in the lobby; whether this was just due to the overly-warm temperatures or is standard, it was a considerate gesture.
I'd rate the Renaissance Seattle at 3 1/2 dots. It got the job done; the staff were excellent (excepting the uneven housekeeping) and the place was nice, if unremarkable overall.
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