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“Am I the only one that doesn't get what the fuss is about?” 3 of 5 stars
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W Seattle
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1112 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101   |  
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Ranked #58 of 95 Hotels in Seattle
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Berlin, Germany
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Am I the only one that doesn't get what the fuss is about?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

The W, the W, the W. "Oh, you're so lucky!" Sorry, I don't get it, there's nothing really special about this hotel. The decor looks like someone who never had the benefit of visiting really cool hotels decorated it. The "Living Room" is more of a Star Trek intergalactic bus station waiting room, circa 1980 (and I don't mean this in a cool way...). The rooms are okay, but are pretty standard and do not gel with the überhip image. The restaurant, however, is fantastic (both staff and food). Try the egg white fritata which is delicious, as is the sushi.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you're a rich person, you might like this place, where you can pay extra (on top of outrageous nightly costs) for food, coffee, internet, and anything else. Double beds are European-sized, room is average in every way. Hallway and elevator lighting is extremely dim and a bit scary in a downtown area. There's just nothing special here, although nothing wrong with it either. If you're swayed by decor and have loads of dough you might like the "hip boutique" feel making you feel like a VIP, but if you're just a middle-class cheapskate like me, it's a waste of money. And be sure you check out the wine prices before you drink the stuff in the fridge; the bums on the street can tell you where to pick up a cheaper bottle of the same!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

First, the positive: the staff here is excellent and very accommodating. They're what longtime W customers expect: gracious, polite, eager to please and attentive. The bar puts out a very nice menu as well; the scallops are well executed and the spicy tuna dish has proper heat and flavor. The restaurant off the lobby produces a hearty breakfast and a nice staff as well. Now, the less than positives: the ambiance by the downstairs fireplace feels like a W, but it has been very clumsily set up right in front of the doors, so that sitting with a drink means getting blasted with cold air every time a guest enters the hotel. More importantly, the rooms here seem to have been decorated by someone with Holiday Inn Extended Stay sensibilities. This is by far the most disappointing aspect of the property. Where is the comforting color scheme? The modern decor and touches that make the W "The W"? This property really misses the point, and for that reason is at least a notch below its contemporaries.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hayden Lake, ID
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We have stayed there before, but it had been a few years. I remember the hotel as being more monochrome before. This time they've added a little orange and red to the grey decor. We enjoyed the feature called the Living Room: their lobby with a fireplace and (my favorite feature anywhere) free WiFi. It's always annoying to have to pay $25.00 for WiFi, in fact I won't do it, I'd rather just go to Starbucks. At this hotel, their large and welcoming lobby area is where you get the morning coffee and the free WiFi. Funny, hotels don't have newsstands any more; everyone wants to get on their devices.
The room, elevators, and hallways all are dimly lit. I think this is part of the W concept. Luckily there was good light in the bathroom and a good readng light by the bed.
We spent two nights at the W Seattle, and I would be happy to go there again. I think it was a good value.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The new Living Room at this hotel is impressive. However, the room finishes and styling does not live up to the standards of other W hotels. Besides a brightly colored throw pillow here or there, it feels too much like a Westin in the rooms. Staff was pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, WA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Booked our room through a travel site, so it was prepaid. I was surprised when I came home and found a $150.00 hold on my card for incidentals. I called and was told the hold would be released in 8-10 days. I understand that hotels take a card imprint for incidentals, but I don't recall that I ever had a hold preauthorized for that amount before. What the heck, were they afraid I was going to steal towels or something? Left a bad taste in my mouth.
Staff were friendly, the room was nice.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

A great change up from your usual stuffy big city downtown hotel. Its got that "cool factor" that most hotels do not. Great colors, atmosphere, rooms, people, staff. I always feel welcome. Have stayed at the W many times and have not been disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about W Seattle

Address: 1112 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Seattle
#20 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#52 Business Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — W Seattle 4*
Number of rooms: 426
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 26-story W is a beacon welcoming the urban, urbane and contemporary to their refuge in Seattle's cultural core. In the heart of downtown, W Seattle is close to Seattle's best attractions. ... more   less 
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