Our stay was from Wednesday to Saturday early in June before a cruise trip departing from Seattle. My wife and I, our 15 year old daughter, and my wife's parents stayed in a 2-bedroom suite which was very comfortable. One room had a king bed and the other had 2 queens. Additionally the sofa bed was quite comfortable according to my daughter, who chose it over the queen bed in order to have her own space (and TV). Having 2 bathrooms was also a big asset for the 5 of us. The kitchenette was small but fine for us. We didn't do any cooking, just heated up leftovers, made coffee, and kept drinks in the fridge (icemaker was nice to have). The living room area was comfortable for all of us to sit around in the evening, with a comfortable chair and sofa, plus the 4 chairs in the kitchenette. We did not have a lake view or balcony but I didn't consider that a downside.
We did have a rental car (a minivan), and did not really find the size of parking spaces to be a problem. I was able to drive to the back of the level for full size cars (there are 2 entrances and it appeared 2 different levels), and find plenty of spaces. I will admit that it is a bit of a challenge dealing with the concrete support pillars (which were really more of an issue than the width of the space), but it is possible to park a large vehicle here. I do feel that the cost for parking in their deck is high, but it was a secure lot, only accessible using the hotel keycard.
We had barbeque food for the manager's reception (only Wednesday, since it is only done Mon-Wed), and the food was quite good, especially considering it was free. Breakfast was also very good, and we considered this one of the important factors in choosing this hotel).
We rented a car to make getting around simpler, but the Seattle traffic (especially at rush hour), bizarre intersections (I counted 7 streets coming together at one place), layers of roads (which confused the GPS or at least my understanding of it!), and parking cost made this less than enjoyable. However, since 2 of our group can not walk very far at a time, we felt this was a better choice for us than using public transport. In a different situation, I would probably go with public transport (or even walk - Seattle Center and its attractions would be walkable).
Laundry facilities at the hotel were quite nice and reasonably priced. The room was kept at a reasonable temperature and both washer (30 minutes) and dryer (60 minutes) were one dollar.
We also enjoyed the hot tub (except for one night when it was closed due to an "accident" in the water :), and my daughter went into the pool, although it was a bit chilly for my taste. There is a nice pool with dept from 3-6 feet, and a smaller separate wading pool. The fitness center was also nicely equipped.
One downside of this hotel was that there were no restaurants to speak of within a short distance (especially for walking). However, we were offered menus for a number of restaurants offering delivery. We discovered a very nice pizza at Pagliacci's, which had pepperoni from Salumi's.
Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful whenever called on. Everything was very clean.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again. For a group like ours, the 2 bedroom suite was a great deal compared to 2 separate rooms at other hotels. The amenities made the room rate an even better option.
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