I would have given Belltown Inn a 4 out of 5 had it not been for the street noise which is directly attributed to the Inn's cheap, thin windows that do NOTHING to block out outside noise, unlike most windows in hotels or commercial buildings. There were two construction projects going on when I was there: 1) street restoration of Bell Street (Monday - Friday daytime construction); and 2) building construction of a condo building on 3rd Street (weekend 24-hour/overnight construction). I had a room on the top floor that faced both of these things, plus a dog park at the corner of Bell and 3rd. Please, some one tell me why I could hear in my room on the top floor, over my TV, a conversation of construction workers on the ground below?!!? I could even hear when a dog owner yelled at their dog to behave! I was on the 5th floor of Belltown Inn, folks!! If Belltown Inn had some proper windows in that place, it would have blocked or muffled the street noise adequately enough to win a higher rating. Because the Inn has such competitive prices, they were fully booked and there was no option for me to switch to the "quieter" side of the building. On top of that, I booked through Expedia and so I couldn't get any money back or any compensation for the noise. The front desk attendent upon my check out didn't even offer anything else in compensation for the noise -- like a discount on my next stay with Belltown Inn, or a magnet, or an apology....they seemed annoyed that I mentioned the noise and replied with "yeah, people have mentioned the noise." Thanks, front desk guy, your glib comment is so comforting given the three nights of disturbed sleep I got from the craptacular Inn windows that do nothing to regulate the noise from the outside.
Here's some advice....shop on Expedia for a competitive rate, but book directly through the Inn. Ask about the progress of construction, and request a room as far away from it as possible. Bring some ear plugs with you. Don't bring batteries for your hearing aids. Bring your own utensils and dishware for the kitchenette -- there aren't any or some one stole them.
Aside from the noise.....the Inn was pretty good for the rate. The kitchenette was great, the room & grounds were in good condition. The rooms had nice finishes -- countertops and window sills that resembled granite or was low-grade granite. Furniture was good - bed was firm but clean. Clearly from my previous comments, they skimped on quality windows. Great location. Great places to eat all around -- try 360Local on 1st for brunch. Walking distance to the Public Market, Space Needle, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Art Museum, and everything else Seattle has to offer. Tula's Jazz club on 2nd was good too. Overall, I'd consider staying at the Inn again....once all the construction was DONE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer beautiful guestrooms in a fantastic central location. We're located within easy walking distance of the historic Pike's Public Market, the Space Needle and Seattle Center grounds (including the Opera House, Key Arena, the MoPOP museum, Pacific Science Center and more), the Symphony Hall, the Convention Center, two major malls, the cruise ship terminals and central waterfront, and so much more. Our lovely guest rooms include beautiful, crisp linens, spacious work desks, and kitchenettes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belltown Hotel Seattle