It bills itself as having Old World Charm, and to an extent it does exude it... but all the promo photos have had 100 watt bulbs, and extra lighting added to make the rooms seem warm and brightly lit. It feels like an old apartment building converted into an old hotel.
The rooms don't have the warm appeal as the promo shots display- they are rather dark and feel like you're spending a night at your great grandmothers complete with antique furniture, and low wattage light bulbs, and a tub whose faucet is half into the tub with a sign warning you not to fill past it. As a matter of fact, there seem to be little signs everywhere telling you what you should do (a reflection of a micro manager? control freak?) I think I counted 4 different ones...
Spent the night here, and it was comfortable enough, but it reminded me of the corridors in the Shining, creaky floors, old linoleum in the kitchen (not bright and clean like in the promo shot). Nice vintage details abound in the bathroom, and someone has made an effort to color co-ordinate the matting in the picture frame to the color of the shower curtain, but it's 2013! There is an old matte (non see through) thick rubber shower curtain, with a burgundy cloth outer liner, so you shower in the dark...
I've added some of my own photos for you to make your own mind up about whether to stay here. I believe it is a walk up hotel, so don't think there's an elevator to get to the upper floors (not good for handicapped) Check out the shot of the kitchen glassware- neatly presented.( nice detail.)
So, you are not located close to the downtown core at this hotel, you would need to get a taxi in, but the Queen Anne area has lots of charm and plenty of restaurants/distractions for a day or afternoon here.
- 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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