We chose this hotel as an overnight while driving Seattle to Phoenix.
Location: Just off the I-5, which was a plus for us. Some buildings are further from the freeway than others, so if this is a concern, ask to be away from it. Grounds are VERY nicely maintained. Attractive while focused on low-water-use landscaping. The swans have 5 ducklings now that were following their parents in a line, learning to duck their heads under the bridge... some are still working on it and come to a dead stop, stare at the bridge, and then finally drop their heads.
Price: AMAZING... delighted to think we got this place for what the other typical boring chain hotels nearby cost. This feels like a spa retreat hotel.
Service: Great! We arrived around midnight, and the guy at the front desk (sorry, didn't note his name, he's from NJ originally) was not only nice and welcoming, when we asked about the ownership and history of the hotel, he spent the time to tell us quite a bit; many interesting facts. When we asked if our room had a fridge available (for medication), he said it showed so on the computer, but actually RAN to the room to verify this for sure so we wouldn't be inconvenienced moving to another room had there not been a fridge. From him we learned that this hotel isn't just "going green" on the surface to capture sales - the owner is TRULY committed to these initiatives.
Room: Relaxing and attractive, very large room. The King bed was very comfortable, with a great mattress, 100% cotton linens, fluffy comforter, variety of pillows. Very restful night of sleep. Someone else had said they couldn't sleep at all against the freeway - our room (213) was probably the one closest to the I-5, and although we could still hear it a bit with the windows closed and the fan going, it didn't affect our sleep AT ALL! (If I were a light sleeper, I'd always travel with earplugs).
Green angle: Very nicely done. On the back of the map to our room was a list of 100 ways the hotel is green. Wen I saw the website emphasizing their "greenness,"I was concerned we would feel in the heart of hard-core conservationists, self-conscious that we don't drive a hybrid. Happy to say the emphasis is really on the extensive efforts on the construction and operations of the hotel and grounds being green, NOT on forcing it on guests. We were encouraged to participate in separating trash/recycle, and to reuse towels; that's about it, aside from being inspired that a green operation could be so upscale.
$7/room for the breakfast buffet was a GREAT value! This breakfast is made in the same award-winning restaurant on property, so the quality of the food made a happy difference for us from the typical chain hotel breakfast. Hot fluffy scrambled eggs with cheese, seasoned breakfast potatoes, and excellent quality crispy bacon and sausage, fresh fruit, juice, good quality coffee, and full Belgian waffles made to order. We did wait a few minutes for fresh restocking of the buffet, dishes, and cups, however a large group had arrived in the dining room just before us and had cleaned the food out. We also chose to come to breakfast soon before it closed, so a rush can be expected during that time. I appreciate the fact that they don't make too much ahead of time and leave it sitting out getting gross - I'd rather wait a few minutes and have it fresh.
Noted nice conference center as well, multiple rooms..
Liked best: Upgaded comfortable beds, free wi-fi in the room without having to get a code or pay,stunning breakfast deal for only $3.50 per person for us.
Liked least: Having to leave so soon to get back on the road! They offer a full Sunday brunch open to the public from 10-2 for only $10 that sounded delightful, and everyone raves about the same restaurant for dinner as well.
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