I was nervous about this reservation because it used to be a Best Western and was now a Clarion. I have thought of both of these brand names as potentially dated properties. I was so happy when I pulled in late that rainy night....
The staff was really pleasant when I called for to ask some questions, and upon my check in. I felt like they had really tried hard to make their entrance and lobby feel like a more upscale hotel. 8 months ago the hotel became the first hotel in Federal Way to go completely non-smoking.
When I got to my room it was pleasant enough as well. It had some attributes that are on my list of nice touches. The shower curtain was on one of those bent rods that make more room in the shower. The toiletries were a nice brand name (Nutragena) and the toilet seat lid...when closed...can be sat on without collapsing in or skewing sideways. This is one of my biggest pet peeves; when the plastic toilet seat cover is so thin and cheap that you can't sit on it! Ugh!
They have wireless internet but the signal was a little weak and/or the connection a little slow. In fact, it really didn't work for me at all on the third floor, so I asked to be moved to the second floor. That helped.
They have a pretty extensive breakfast, but much of it wasn't good. The hash browns were hash whites and cold. The eggs were ok. The sausages were overly browned fat sacs. The fruit was brown bananas and canned fruit cocktail. On the bright side, the waffle maker came with strawberry topping and whipped cream, the juice didn't come out of a machine, and there was still plenty of continental breakfast type things to eat. You are not going to go hungry. Also, they serve Boyd coffee, which is good.
The only other thing that this hotel needs to do to really make it tops in my value-level hotels is to start doing the double-sheeted bedding thing and lose the comforters (which are always heavy and questionably clean.)
I booked this room for $75 on Hotwire. If I could get that rate when I call back direct, I would definitely stay here again. I look forward to trying the many restaurants in the area. There is also plenty of shopping, theaters, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a central location in the heart of Federal Way at the Clarion Hotel. A top choice of Federal Way, Washington with attractions close by, such as Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, The Commons Mall, 2 movie theaters, and other shopping, dining, and entertainment. Our Mountain View rooms have an unbelievable view of Mt. Rainier and the city of Federal Way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Federal Way
- Federal Way Clarion