This is a newly remodeled historic building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square area and would be a great choice for those going to events at CenturyLink Field, Safeco Field, or the WaMu theater, as well as those who will be moving through Seattle’s cruise terminal (Argosy, Victoria Clipper, or regular cruise ships.) The hotel is an easy walk to each of these, as well as some great neighborhood bars and restaurants.
The remodel was tastefully done, and the addition to the rear of the building for newer rooms was also done appropriately for a historic building. The basement features a nice pool, but note that there is not a lot of lounge space around the pool so its best used for a workout rather than a “hangout” spot. The exercise room is huge and impressively equipped.
I had a King room with the “Bay view” which was on the tenth floor, putting me just high enough to see the water over the building across the street. The views are impressive and certainly worth an upgrade. While the room is not large it is intelligently designed with furniture whose flexibility allows you to make it what you need – a desk that can be pulled out and moved if you need a larger table, a small ottoman that works both as a table and seating space, etc. It was very well done. The bathroom was large enough to feel spacious without sacrificing square footage in the room itself. We had no problems with noise, even given that it was New Years Eve when we stayed.
My only real complaints about the room were trivial – rather than properly strip the woodwork and repaint they saved money by just repainting on top of the old (which I suppose is better than ripping out the original features entirely!) There was also a long hair left on the side of our tub which grosses me out more than it probably should, but there you go.
The hotel had friendly service, and is firmly in the 21st century with convenient electronic terminals set up for guests in the lobby to print boarding passes, valet service that takes a text message when you need to order your car, and free wi-fi that worked very well. I can’t remember what we paid for valet, but given the dearth of available parking in downtown Seattle I found the fee worth the unlimited access to my car. We didn’t try breakfast, but enjoyed a late night snack at the comfortable bar while watching the world go by out the floor-to-ceiling windows on the street.
All in all this is a great option for the Pioneer Square area, especially if you are a Marriott member or prefer familiar corporate chains (and their lower prices) to the smaller boutique options nearby.
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