The Marqueen Hotel in the North Queen area of Seattle is a true gem. It is an old building originally built by the Ford Motor Co when they had a Model-T plant in Seattle. It has been tastefully refurbished but retains the character of its past. The staff really understand the meaning of the word 'service' and made us feel as if we were old friends returning for a visit even though it was our first time there.
The room was large with a very comfortable king size bed and two comfortable chairs. It has a separate kitchen, fully equipped, which was very helpful as we wanted to watch the Canucks in the Stanley Cup playoffs on two of the nights we were there. Round the corner is the Metropolitan Market, an up-market supermarket that provided a great selection of hot and cold food for the two suppers we ate in. There are several restaurants within walking distance and they looked fine; we just didn't have the chance to try them.
The hotel is right by Seattle Centre with the Space Needle and the monorail to give easy access to downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the waterfront. A cab ride is about $8 with tip and there are several buses right to the city centre. Best of all, it is an easy walk into Seattle along 1st Ave. We discovered this coming back one afternoon and found several neat pubs and bars having Happy Hour: a 30 minute walk took us 3 hours!
If you want a change from the sterile chain hotels, do try the Marqueen; it's a step back in time to an era when style and class mattered!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located on Queen Anne's main street, and just a short distance to downtown Seattle, the MarQueen Hotel is in the center of a vibrant neighborhood close to local tourist attractions. Enjoy some of Seattle's most popular restaurants, nightlife, boutique shops, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Space Needle, right outside our doors. ... more less
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