My husband and I have always appreciated the concept behind Marriott's Residence Inns: "Designed around everything you need to thrive on longer stays." We appreciate the full kitchens, free internet access (at most locations), well-equipped business centres, helpful staff, and generous breakfasts. This location, just off the freeway and on the outskirts of downtown Bellevue (we walked into downtown, through Bellevue's rather brief 'old town' - it took us about 1/2 hour), is definitely one of their best. This is the first Residence Inn we've stayed at that wasn't a complex of 2- to 3-storey buildings with outside entrances, in that it is a large, 7-floor building with standard hotel-style interior hallways and single-floor 'rooms' (as opposed to mini-apartments). Our 6th floor room faced the nature preserve, which we purposely booked, because you can practically spit onto the freeway from the opposite facing rooms - and are therefore subjected to constant busy freeway traffic noise. The view was very pleasant, and the sound level was reduced enough so that we could open our windows at night. The room was well laid out, with a comfortable chair and desk area, a compact but efficient kitchen (full size fridge, dishwasher, two-burner stovetop but no oven - only a microwave), good-sized closet space, full dresser, couch and chair with ottoman, coffee table, flat-screen TV (which accepted our media storage device - some don't!). All the furniture was in excellent shape and was comfortable and attractive. The free breakfast was served in a large area just off the lobby and had a number of excellent selections: A large bowl of plain yoghurt (yay!) and cottage cheese, fresh fruit chunks, and hot selections which included sausage patties, scrambled eggs, roasted red-skin potatoes, miso and rice, and oatmeal. There was also the regular selection of tubs of flavoured yoghurt, pastries and breads, fresh coffee, etc. The food arrangement was very open and easily accessed, and there was sufficient seating while we were there (and I think the hotel was full). There is also an evening 'Manager's Reception' serving beverages and light food, but this only happens certain weekday nights and we stayed on a weekend. There is a small lap pool and workout area on the lower floor, and you can get to it directly from the main elevator, which means you don't have to traipse through the lobby in a dripping bathing suit or sweaty workout togs! The only complaints I have are that there is no fan in the room toilet, and parking is an additional $10 per night - but we checked it out, and there wasn't any on-street parking, although we noticed some guests were parking their cars in the 'park and ride' lot located just across the street. All in all, an extremely pleasant, comfortable stay - we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thrive on Long Stays. Located next to a nature reserve, experience beautiful Washington State in the comfort of our brand-new Residence Inn Downtown Bellevue hotel. We're just minutes from the Meydenbauer Convention Center, Bellevue Galleria, Art Museum and the 405 Freeway, as well as many activities including Lake Washington, scenic parks and hiking trails. Back at our Bellevue, WA hotel, enjoy a free hot breakfast buffet in the morning and mingle over refreshments at our free social hour on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Our extended stay hotel in Bellevue, WA will help you feel at home. Each one of our Bellevue suites offer separate living and sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens and stylish furnishings. Our suites in Bellevue are also equipped with free Internet access to keep you connected. Later, unwind in our indoor pool, stay in stride at our fitness center or head outside to walk the nature trails. Our Residence Inn hotel in Bellevue, Washington helps you maintain a balance of work and life as you thrive on extended stays. ... more less
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