We booked this hotel because they offered a suite which has double French doors that close off the bedroom from the main area, which makes it more comfortable when travelling with children.
We were booked into the Author's Suite (#322), which was gorgeous. The living area is vast, complete with a library, fireplace, large dining table, pull-out sofa, large screen TV (another in the bedroom), Keurig coffee maker, etc. The Mini Bar is overpriced, but if you join the Kimpton loyalty program, they at least reward you with a $10 off coupon, which is ironically named "Raid the Mini Bar". Ha! For $10 we got a bag of chips and pack of gum. :) Also be aware that almost nothing on the television is free: most programs are $6.99. And overnight parking is $40. So while it appeared at first that the price of their suites were very reasonable, be aware of these added fees.
The bedroom area itself was rather small (but beautiful), and the thermostat is located within the sleeping quarters, which means that if you have children sleeping on the pull-out sofa in the larger living area, you will be toasty warm while they are freezing. The solution is to either crank up the heat in the bedroom, or open the doors and give up your privacy. We chose instead to give up our blankets and pile them on our lads, who slept comfortably.
The jets in the tub are quite strong (too strong for my preference), but the switch to turn it on/off is located on the other side of the wall. So we set the timer, and just dealt with it (rather than getting out of the warm tub to turn it off). The bathtub had a minor area where the finish was peeling but other than that, the bathroom was spotless.
The rest of the suite was also pristine and spotless, other than a couple of details. My older son was curious about the books, and so removed one to peruse it further, and noticed an empty bottle of champagne behind it. Not a big deal.
However, upon checkout, I let the staff know that the linens in room 322 were dirty. There was a stain on the exterior sheet (it appeared to be blood)as well as another stain on the white down comforter (possibly chocolate or dirt). In such an otherwise upstanding hotel, this is truly unacceptable.
Had it not been for these minor details, this would have been a 5-star experience. The staff was very helpful, friendly, welcoming, and kind. From the parking attendants to the front desk, every single person was warm and genuinely concerned about how they could help. One of the staff members recommended a coffee house down the street (Cherry Street Coffee) which was outstanding. And when checking out, the girl printed directions to the zoo, which she referred to as "directions to the dentist's office" (because she knew we were trying to surprise our sons) - adorable! Overall, this was a pleasant experience and we would likely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Consistently on Conde Nast’s Gold List, the Alexis Hotel recently completed a $10 million renovation, making it the ultimate luxury boutique hotel in Seattle. The hotel’s commitment to the Seattle arts community and its savvy, unfaltering service combine to make this Kimpton Hotel a unique downtown destination. Near the waterfront, the Alexis Hotel is close to Pioneer Square & the Stadium District, Pike Place Market, the Seattle waterfront and the Seattle Art Museum. Adjacent to the hotel is the intimate Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar. ... more less
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