This is the second time that my wife and I have stayed at the Kimpton Alexis (first time, and previous review on February 14, 2011, http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g60878-d112412-r96653449-Alexis_Hotel_a_Kimpton_Hotel-Seattle_Washington.html). Based on our previous positive experience, and because this hotel is centrally located, we stayed here again in January 2013. The check-in and check-out experience is friendly and fast, and the service and professionalism of all staff are exemplary. The door person seemed a bit distracted at times, but otherwise he was friendly and attentive. The lobby is nice and welcoming, with free and fresh coffee and water and green apples being a nice, welcome touch.
The room was on the 6th floor at the back of the hotel, with a partial view of the harbour and mountains. The room and bedding is exceptionally clean, and as with other rooms in this hotel, tastefully decorated. Mattress was firm but comfortable. In January you’ll definitely have to use the room heater as the place will get quite chilly otherwise. Fully stocked mini-bar and the $10 coupon toward the mini-bar was most welcomed (you can actually get a beer with this amount!). Bathroom is clean and well-appointed. Flatscreen TV is suitable, although we don’t usually watch much on it.
There is free wifi in the room, although you have to sign up to the Kimpton Club (or whatever it’s called). No big deal because the wifi is not only free, there’s excellent signal strength in the room. My iPhone 4 worked beautifully with the fast connection. Taking advantage of a government rate the room came to just over $150, which is a fantastic deal in a hotel of this quality. (I am not so sure, however, that I’d be prepared to pay full price, which is admittedly a bit steep.)
My only suggestion would be for there to be a more suitable reading lamp in the room, next to the big leather chair; while the floor lamp was sufficiently bright for reading, my wife found it a tad bright when she tried to sleep, with me sitting in the chair trying to read.
Location-wise, it’s a 10 minute (moderate pace) walk to the Seattle Art Museum and about 12 minutes to Pike Place. First Avenue is a fairly busy street so even walking around late at night I felt relatively safe. The Library Bistro is a nice little addition if you need to grab a beer or quick bite to eat.
My only gripe—and this is very minor—is the preauthorize charge on a credit card for an amount much higher than the actual cost ($573 pre-auth for an actual charge of $400). While I understand and appreciate that this is for security purposes, it’s still kind of a bother when you want to do a bit of extra shopping. All in all, however, this hotel has maintained the same, high rating as it did two years ago when I stayed, and I’d therefore recommend it once again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Consistently on Conde Nast's Gold List, Kimpton Alexis Hotel recently completed a $10 million renovation, making it the ultimate luxury boutique hotel in Seattle. The hotel's commitment to the Seattle arts community and its savvy, unfaltering service combine to make this Kimpton Hotel a unique downtown destination. Near the waterfront, the Alexis Hotel is close to Pioneer Square & the Stadium District, Pike Place Market, the Seattle waterfront and the Seattle Art Museum. Adjacent to the hotel is the intimate Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexis Hotel Kimpton