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“Worst ho-tel ever - Walked in and left immediately”
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Eighth Avenue Inn
Ranked #98 of 105 Hotels in Seattle
Reviewed November 17, 2008

This was the worst hotel I have ever seen, for 4 Reasons:

1. Was acosted by a drunk black man outside the hotel asking me for money and would not leave me alone until i gave him $3.

2. Motel seems like a place to take prostitutes. Judging by the people hanging around the lobby.

3. Room is disgusting, floors are filthy, bed is infested with bed bugs. I immediately became itchy after lying on the bed.

4. Outside the window (which is secured shut) was a dumpster that stank like rotting food. I could smell it even with the windows closed.

LONG STORY SHORT, I IMMEDIATELY LEFT TO STAY AT SOMEWHERE ELSE. TRYING TO SAVE MONEY ON HOTEL WAS THE WORST DECISION EVER.

DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled on business
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loyalinnSeattle, Front Office Manager at Eighth Avenue Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2008

I'm sorry you had such a negative experience with the property. We do our best to keep our guests happy, so if you can contact us again I'd be happy to address any concerns with you personally. We would like to show you that we do run a hotel that many people can be happy to stay at.

Security on our premises is a top priority and we employ security personnel to patrol the property. We also have a major reputable pest control company that come on a regular basis for preventative measures as well as addressing anything immediate, if anything like that were to come up.

We're not sure how those issues arose during your experience, but we strive to make our guests as comfortable as possible and would like any input you would like to give us.

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Reviewed September 23, 2008

Priceline "hooked me up" with this hotel. I should have been more careful. I can't complain about the location, it was pretty central to all of the fun in Seattle. The room, on the other hand, was pretty scary. At first it seemed normal enough-- clean sheets, clean towels, not pretty but no complaints.

Then I got bedbug bites. After 3 nights I am covered in bedbug bites. I was too embarassed to complain about it and I had a feeling they'd make me take it up with Priceline anyways.

The sheets were damn near toxic and I think they also gave me a rash. It smelled really weird and it had really nasty carpet.

Anyways, if you want a cheap room close to the action and you don't care about your skin, this is your hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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loyalinnSeattle, Front Office Manager at Eighth Avenue Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2008

I sorry you had such a negative experience at out hotel. We take pest problems very seriously and had we known we would have taken immediate action. Though it is usually true that booking through a 3rd party company like priceline makes you subject to their policies, we like to make all efforts to keep our guests happy including reasoning with these companies to get what is fair. If you would like us to try working something out for you please contact us at the hotel and we will make all efforts to show you that we will do our best to keep our guests happy.

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Reviewed September 19, 2008

I made reservations at this hotel based on their website. The pictures are really deceiving, and do not at all reflect the real condition of the hotel. Sure wish I would have checked around!

The first room we were given was not was we had reserved. The second one wasn't either and was infested with monstrous cockraoch looking bugs.

Just one word for this one: Eeeeeeew!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

This hotel is within convenient waking distance to Downtown Seattle (about 10 minutes from the Hotel which itself is in a not very attractive area, but if you're on a budget, you might find that not too bad). There are also some nice coffee shops and a Whole Foods market right around the corner (on Westlake).

But DO NOT expect spectacular Skyline views or any great atmosphere out here. There might be some intresting views from the rooms with a patio but even then it's mainly huge parking-area-car-dealership-atmosphere in the surrounding blocks, despite some trees). We never felt anything close to unsafe, though.

This place is ok to have some sleep and a shower and then hang out in the city most of the time, not more. The official website photos tell you - as in most spaces - not the whole story.

We stayed there three nights (1st floor, usually very noisy from staff working and people outside by the parking spots; room 105 is facing the laundry which is a big noise source) and then one night on the 2nd floor a week later, this time on the back side which was somewhat more quiet. You could, however, always clearly hear noises from rooms around ours. So, take earplugs with you.

The rooms are OK at first sight (not more, let's say there are slightly under the level of usual 60$-motel averages in rural areas and clearly under newer chain motels), but they definitely would need some touch up or lower pricing. There are no terrible "holes", I guess, but it's all far from super-comfy.

Bathrooms are OK, but you'd expect more quality and space for the price. Some mold on the ceiling, not too much though. One leaking water tap, water flowing down the shower drain only very slowly, toilets OK. The beds are OK. It just all has that 70s-style-look-and-feel somehow. A/C in one of the rooms looked messy (dust, missing switches). Some not-so-hidden spots in the room haven't been vacuumed in weeks. No big eye on details in this facility!

The TVs didn't work properly in either rooms - a channel listing with 99 stations isn't worth anything if there are only five snow-stormy channels available. During the first stay we asked three times to have it fixed - the last night, there was a note from the maintenance guy "I replaced the TV, seems to work better, sorry for the inconvenience" - OK, that is charming, but I'd expect more. And even after the "fixing" channel reception was awful. And any technician should see that the loose TV cable wire needed to be fixed, not the TV set. Staff besides that was average friendly, not more, but no problems here.

Wireless reception was poor in both rooms (lots of outages), and it's a slow network.

Bottom line: I guess there are better places for that price. We gave them a second chance since prices dropped after labour day, but no positive surprises unfortunately. Average to below average place, just conveniently located, that's it.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

Our stay at this hotel was above average until we woke up eaten up the next morning! Dozens of bedbug bites all over our bodies! The worst part is that now that we're back home, we have to make sure our house doesn't get infested with bedbugs. What a way to end a vacation.....

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank lajeba
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Reviewed June 23, 2008

OK, it wasn't the best, but it was cheap. You get what you pay for, but it was central enough, nice breakfast, friendly staff...

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 20, 2008

Our first room was still dirty from the previous guests, so they rudely (as if it were my fault the room wasn't ready) moved us to another room. There was literally 3 inches between the bed and the wall to the bathroom, you had to jump the bed to get there! They charged me $180 for one night! The rooms were disgusting, dirty, stinky, and there was mold in the bathroom. There was nothing extra, even though for the price you would think there would be a pool or something...nope nothing, in fact there was NOTHING to do after 5 pm with kids near this dump. The staff was rude, the management was even ruder. I will never return to this garbage hole.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Address: 2213 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-1905
Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Belltown
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast
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Ranked #98 of 105 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range: $76 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 73
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