My wife and I stayed at The Maxwell for three nights, June 14-17, 2013. We are in our late-40s and we did not bring children.
(Our stay was a tailgater, so-to-speak, before our flight back home to Phoenix from a 12 day trip to Maui that we take each summer.)
Overview: The Maxwell is an upscale boutique hotel located in downtown Seattle, approximately 30 minutes from Sea-Tac airport. It should be noted that while renting a car is not a necessity for a downtown stay (and, in fact, could be somewhat of a hassle) the hotel, like most other downtown hotels, does *not* provide airport transportation. (We used a town car service to-and-from the airport -- $55 is the regulated rate.)
Price/Value: We paid an average of $209/night. We found this rate to be in-line with, or perhaps a smidgen lower than, that of other boutique downtown hotels. Surprisingly, and with much appreciation, we were given a complimentary upgrade to a Queen View from a Queen Hill for our 10th anniversary. The room had an amazing, dead-on view of the Space Needle.
Accommodations: The Maxwell is an impeccably clean and well-maintained hotel (completely spotless, really), with very new, modern, and stylish furnishings. We like more traditional furnishings (Westin, Four Seasons, JW, etc.) but The Maxwell got the decor just right -- very chic, but not *weird* and non-functional chic. Space in our room was ample, with a desk, a somewhat small tv, love seat/couch, table, and a mini-fridge. The bathroom was shower-only and single-sink, but, again, all modern and new. The Maxwell has ingeniously installed shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel dispensers in the shower (and a liquid soap dispenser by the sink) instead of providing those dinky and tacky little 1/2 ounce plastic containers of toiletries -- again, stylish, with Tommy Bahama-brand toiletries. Oh, and you get a complimentary umbrella for your stay.
Service: The staff seemed uniformly polite, especially the front desk girls, who really were the only staff we encountered as we did not use the pool or order room service. The Maxwell provides a limited area shuttle to certain attractions, which we made use of twice. The second time wasn't so good as the driver missed us at the pick-up location -- we ended up waiting an hour to be picked up.
Restaurants: Because we spent time sightseeing in the city, the only meal we had at the hotel was a late dinner one evening at the only restaurant in the hotel, The Rock Wood-Fired Pizzas. It's mostly a hipster rock-n-roll nightclub/bar, but has a fairly large menu. The Rock provides the room service as well, since the hotel itself has no true restaurant itself, but is not open for breakfast. This was an issue for us as we like to get up early and enjoy a big, traditional breakfast before venturing out to do tourist stuff. There are actually two lobby coffee shops, but these were mostly coffee-only, no real meals. So we had to hoof it to local eateries -- the best breakfast was at a hole-in-the wall called the Mecca Cafe, located 5 blocks away on Queen Anne Blvd. Total dive bar (would hate to see the 2:00am crowd) but an 8:00am breakfast was incredibly good and quite reasonably priced.
Clientele: The overwhelming number of guests that we saw at The Maxwell were couples, most of them youthful 40-somethings and 50-somethings like ourselves, along with some business-types. (Indeed, for one of the days of our stay there appeared to be a small convention of some sort.) The Maxwell customer base seems to be couples looking for romance and business persons wanting a central location, and not really aimed at families I think.
Area attractions: restaurants, nightlife, and culture in the downtown area are so extensive that it would take 50 weekends to experience all of it. Seattle very much reminds me of a mini-Manhattan -- much of it is walkable, if you're up for it, with eclectic restaurants and clubs tucked away in nooks & corners of the city. While it is, admittedly, touristy in places (such as the Pike Street Market), Seattle is also incredibly diverse with enough experiences to satisfy any taste. The Maxwell is somewhat to the east of the piers, Pike Place, and Safeco, so a taxi or the hotel shuttle would be needed to get down to attractions located there.
The hotel is located right next to the Seattle Center, with the Space Needle, International Fountain & Park, and monorail station.
I would also note that, although not the hotel's fault of course, regrettably the city has a definite seediness to it, with staggering bums, mumbling crackheads, castoff youth, and other elements of the social substrata lurking about the streets, both in the day and night. My wife was quite uncomfortable one early evening as we walked back to the hotel.
Summary: We plan to make a tailgate stay in Seattle at The Maxwell a normal side trip each year coming back from Maui. It really was that good.
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