Tired of staying in impersonal chain hotels near Seattle's SeaTac Airport, I was very happy to find Cedarbrook Lodge, one of the most unique airport hotels I have encountered.
Leaving SeaTac Airport, one passes urban sprawl peppered with boxlike concrete airport hotels overlooking parking lots near the airport. After a very short shuttle ride, turning off the main drag suddenly one arrives at Cedarbrook Lodge's beautifully designed, welcoming lobby in the midst of an inviting oasis of verdant trees, water elements, flowers and green manicured lawns. At first glance my husband and I looked at each other asking, can this possibly be an airport hotel??? Sporting warm woods, open spaces and design reflective of the Pacific Northwest, Cedarbrook Lodge is a world apart from a typical airport hotel.
Service at the front desk has always been friendly and helpful; smiles accompanied by pleasant greetings always work wonders for this weary traveler's soul! The cooling drink offered at reception is welcome after a long plane journey.
The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to and from SeaTac. The shuttle will also take guests to the nearby Skytrain station for transport into downtown Seattle.
Due to airline schedules requiring overnights in Seattle my husband's and my lodge bookings have only involved single night stays at Cedarbrook but we have met other guests who booked multi-day holidays at the lodge for visits to Seattle. I could easily see arranging longer visits to Cedarbrook Lodge as well, particularly with the excellent complementary shuttle service offered by the lodge.
Rooms we have occupied are on the small side but they are beautifully appointed with crisp linens, firm mattresses, good pillows (there is even a pillow menu), a television, desk for tasks plus desk chair, a comfortable chair and ottoman for lounging, good lighting and strong wifi. Perhaps best of all, views from the rooms encompass soothing leafy green trees rather than asphalt parking lots.
Due to airline schedules thus far we have not been able to dine at Copperleaf, the highly rated on-premise restaurant---next time!---but we have ordered room service on several occasions. Delivery has always been prompt and the food has been tasty. Wine selections emphasize good regional wines. One small gripe is that we have had to eat room service meals with one of us seated at the desk while the other one of us balanced a plate while seated in the lounge chair; a folding chair would be nice for couples wishing to dine in the room.
Snacks are provided for guests in the common lounge areas of the lodge. Best of all, complementary small cartons of Haagen Dazs ice cream are available in the lounge areas. That's very thoughtful hospitality!
Our last trip through Seattle we brought large fish boxes with us. For airline passengers in transit there is a freezer storage unit at SeaTac Airport but Cedarbrook also offers guests complementary freezer space for their frozen fish cartons.
Since discovering Cedarbrook Lodge, it has become a welcoming home away from home. We're looking forward to our next visit to Cedarbrook Lodge when overnighting near SeaTac Airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thoughtfully situated less than five minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is a 169-room distinctive lodging facility. Guests are afforded a quiet, secluded environment ideal for a wide variety of business and leisure travel needs as well as professional and social gatherings. Eighteen lush acres of natural restored wetlands, comfortable accommodations, unexpected amenities (including highly acclaimed Copperleaf Restaurant and The Spa at Cedarbrook), and contemporary event spaces complement Cedarbrook's quintessential Northwest style, original works of art, and seasoned service. The result is an optimal location with the ambiance of a discreet hideaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cedarbrook Hotel Seattle
- Cedarbrook Hotel Seatac