I stayed here alone for two nights while tending to some business at the University of Washington. The best thing about this hotel has to be its location, mere blocks from the northwest corner of the UW campus.
I arrived late at night via Shuttle Express in the middle of a rainstorm (yep, Seattle). I was tired and hungry. Fortunately, The Ave (University Way NE) is only a block from the hotel and hosts myriad late-night dining options. I returned to my room (401) and got situated. You can tell that the building was built in the 1930s, but the 2007 renovations keep the interior feeling contemporary.
The closet was pretty simple, with a pull chain light switch and a curtain (rather than doors) separating the closet from the room. Sufficient enough for me. The bathroom was a little confined, but I wasn't looking to spend a whole lot of time in there anyway. As far as I can remember, all the furniture was nice enough to keep me comfortable throughout my stay.
My only minor complaint during my stay was the noise level. Perhaps it's a byproduct of a 1930s building, but the doors and windows were thin. 401 is right next to the elevator, so I could hear sounds outside my door. On the other end of the room, through the not-fully insulated windows, I heard someone fire up a leaf blower at 6:20am on a Wednesday. My suggestion? Ask for a higher floor and maybe one away from the elevator lobby.
I was able to explore The Ave the next 2 days as well as some of the UW campus. I liked that I was able to go to campus, come back, go grab a bubble tea, come back, go grab dinner, come back, etc. All without feeling like I was ever going out of my way to go back to my room. I never got a chance to visit the University Village shopping center (easily could have walked there), but I wanted more to explore the unique areas of the University District than shop at stores found in any mall in the US. I can't reiterate how great Hotel Deca's location is. With only my feet (and Shuttle Express) as my transportation this trip, Hotel Deca was perfect for me. It was also nice to come back to a lobby that smelled like coffee every time (Tully's is conveniently attached to the hotel).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since its origin Hotel Deca has remained a fixture among Seattle’s University District hotels serving the needs of leisure and business travelers for 75 years. Our contemporary lobby with its warm fireplace, bold murals, and book strewn mahogany bookcases welcomes everyone as a distinguished guest. Elegantly appointed guest rooms feature boldly patterned textiles, a corner bay window, luxurious down blankets, wireless internet access, and of course every other modern convenience. For guests lucky enough to stay in our Sky level rooms (floors 7 thru 15), the hotel offers some of the best views in all of Seattle of the downtown skyline, the University of Washington campus, the surrounding lakes, or the beautiful mountain vistas. If you are looking for something even more unique, try our Penthouse floor. Featuring three unique suites with their own fireplaces, marble baths, flat-panel televisions, and wrap around outdoor decks, they are the pinnacle of luxury. Located in the heart of Seattle’s University District, the Hotel Deca is situated just two blocks for the University of Washington’s main campus. A brief stroll through our historic neighborhood leads to the discovery of a unique blend of architecture, culture, and outdoor adventure. Whether it is the Burke-Gilman trail where hikers and bikers alike enjoy 27 miles of scenic adventure, the Burke Museum of Natural History, or the many eclectic shops, restaurants, and theatres, there is always something new to discover. We are just 3 miles from downtown Seattle where some of the finest restaurants, antique shops, boutiques, and museums in the country enjoy spectacular views of Puget Sound. While in town guests can also enjoy leisurely sunset cruises, Duck tours, golfing, winery tours…the possibilities are endless! Hotel Deca is a 30-minute ride from SEATAC International airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Deca Hotel Seattle