Since I was such a huge fan of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Portland, I decided to stick with the Kimpton group and book the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle, 4.5 blocks from the Pike Street Market, to try out over the March springbreak.
The hotel was nice looking and the valet staff were very helpful but the overall customer service was just not as great as the ones received at the Monaco in Portland. I booked the room with the queen bed and it was very spacious and comfy. Our outside view was overlooking an alley, so not fancy at all but that's ok as I never requested for any upgrade. At 5pm they served free wine and an appie ... 1 appie - some sort of risotto ball, tasty but, when they run out, that's it ... so I feel bad for those who don't arrive right a 5pm as you won't get anything more ...
I guess the customer service that I received from Portland's Monaco was just so different and over the top from what I received in Seattle that I had to mention it. Would I rebook the Alexis again, probably not, but I would definitely rebook the hotel Monaco.
Anyway, the hotel location was close to the Pike Street Market, which was good because parking is hard to find and since I already paid $40 for valet parking at the hotel, I didn't want to move my car as I wanted to walk everywhere.
The location was important for me as I booked a gourmet walking tour of the Pike Street Market. This gourmet tour was ran by Savor Seattle Tour. Our Gourmet Tour Guide(s) were super friendly and totally knowledgeable on the history of the market. But best of all, we got to try some pretty tasty samples of food from the food stalls that we visited. I recommend this tour for those that want to try something different besides just shopping in the vincinity of Seattle. My fave spot was the Pear Deli and we went back the next morning to have our breakfast there. Once again, I packed a lot in because I chose a good location hotel, which is important based on what you want to do when traveling, right?