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“Location, Service & Style” 4 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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Seattle, Washington
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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“Location, Service & Style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The W Downtown Seattle is in a great location for walking. Everything you could want to do downtown Seattle can be reached from the hotel. Shopping, dining and many local attractions are within steps from the lobby.
The service from staff is top notch, as expected from a W property. The management is quick to respond to any issues, and the email follow up after the stay only confirmed the exceptional level of service offered.
Rooms and public areas are tastefully decorated in a stylish decor. Rooms are clean well kept.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

When traveling for work, I try to stay in loyal to Starwood Properties and often choose the W if available. The W in Seattle was very disappointing. The corner suite was small, fine, but was eye level with a parking garage that was literally feet away. I had to keep my curtains drawn the entire 3 days I stayed there so strange men couldn't see into my room (they could have--I saw and heard them). The funny part is that you pay more for the corner suites, but I would have much rather had a non-corner room on that level if it meant I could face something other than a parking lot. I have a feeling they often receive complaints as they told me that I didn't have a "great view" and gave me free wifi to make up for it before I even saw the room.

I should note that Seattle is a great city with many cool areas, but the hotel is right in the middle of a business district and is completely desolate in the evenings. Overall, I will stick with Starwood and probably stay at another W elsewhere (for the Bliss products if nothing else), but I will definitely look elsewhere next time I'm in Seattle.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Room was very nice. We had a corner room with many windows, unfortunately it overlooks other buildings, so the view isnt anything beautiful. The bed was very comfortable, the room was very spacious. The hotel itself is very dark inside, which felt creepy when returning to our room late at night. The packed the bar with many people (company party) and were served quickly and efficiently.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

As W properties go, this one is an uninspiring "average". Location is average (can still walk the city but other Starwood properties are arguably better - The Westin & The Sheraton). Food is average. The only thing above average is price of parking (almost $40/night). We stayed for New Year's Eve 2012, and while the hipster vibe that characterizes most W hotels was evident, it just didn't feel like the extra money was buying anything cool. Overall: Meh.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Fairbanks
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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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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
#51 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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