It's a bit of a drive (30-60 minutes depending on traffic) to Seattle downtown, but we liked our initial three nights here so much we ended up extending our stay by a further two. Federal Way is a nice, quiet little city, with everything you need to stock up on a road trip or enjoy a quiet day. It's a short drive to a number of beaches - we spent an afternoon at the Des Moines marina on a rare sunny day. There's a great diner (Black Bear) just down the street and all the US default services you need right around the block - Macy's, Target, Starbucks, etc.
The staff ranges from very friendly to businesslike. The premises are clean and safe. There can be noise from the rooms above or if adjoined by a door, if you happen to have loud neighbors. Traffic noise is minimal. The neighborhood is nice.
Breakfast is one of the better ones we've seen on this trip in comparable motels - nothing special, but the coffee is good, there's bake-your-own pancakes, the butter is butter and not some unrecognizable lookalike.
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