I stayed at the Silver Cloud Inn University for one night over the weekend for a quick trip to Seattle to visit family living nearby. The Inn is a very comfortable and a homey place, nicely located near the University. I'll be returning to Seattle and plan to stay at the Silver Cloud Inn again. Here's why:
Pros: Good value for the money. I paid $169 plus tax and had a spacious room with a king bed, sofa, small dining/desk area and a "kitchenette"--sink, microwave, and small fridge with a freezer as well as a coffee maker. Room 340, quiet and private, bed was comfortable. Nice Aveda bath products in the room.
Breakfast is included. It was more than adequate and better than most value priced hotels. Hot sausages, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, make-your-own-waffles, a selections of breads, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee. Roomy and comfortable eating area with newspapers available.
Free Shuttle. The shuttle runs most of the day and will drop you off and pick you up within a 3 mile radius. Just reserve ahead to make sure it's available.
Staff was very helpful. Everyone who worked there was personable and professional. I knew I'd be arriving early and requested early check-in; staff worked to ensure that my room was availabe with only a short wait. Jason, the assistant manager, kindly helped me with information on how to get to the hotel from the airport. He reserved a car for me that picked me up and dropped me off for the same price as a taxi, $50 one way: United Town Car Services, 206-228-6526, ask for Ismail, the owner--great guy. (The Seattle train travels from the airport and ends in the center of Seattle--it does not go to the University district. Airport Shuttle will bring you to the hotel but runs every hour; costs about $19 one way plus tax and tip.) Because of my limited time in the city, I opted to splurge on the car service.
There is an indoor pool and fitness room which looked fine but I did not have time to use.
Location: Within walking distance are many banks/ATMs, restaurants and an upscale shopping center, University Village.
Cons? Not any really. Guests stay there because of its location near the University and hospital. I was visiting family nearby. Probably not the place to stay if you need to be in downtown Seattle unless you have a car or want to negotiate the bus.
Looking forward to my next visit to Seattle and staying in the Silver Cloud Inn.
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