We (2 adults and 1 baby) stayed here for a week and found things to be generally fine. I had booked a room at the back of the hotel given that the road at the front is really busy – the downside of this is that you get a view of the Holiday Inn on the other side of the alley out the back, rather than the Space Needle, but this isn’t such a big deal. However, as mentioned by others, there seem to be trucks going down the road at the back of the hotel in the early hours of the morning which woke us up a couple of times.
I would describe the location of the hotel as being just beyond the edge of downtown – it is close to the Seattle Centre/Space Needle and quite easy to walk into the city centre in about 20 minutes and it isn’t far from the edge of the “free ride” bus zone. A tip for others staying here is that the route 99 bus is free all day (not just peak hours) and is also free along the length of its route rather than just in the “free ride” area – it goes past many of the sights and isn’t too long a walk from the hotel.
The taxi ride from the airport cost about $45 and the check-in was quick and easy (even got some water and cookies for being a Priority Club member!). The hotel is quite modern, and we had a one bedroom suite (with a completely separate bedroom) which was fine for our needs as it allowed us to be in one room and the baby to sleep in the other. The bed was comfortable and the bedroom was clean. It was also great that free wifi was available. The only downside was that the kitchenette wasn’t really sufficient to prepare any food for our baby – there were no utensils provided beyond plastic knives/forks/plates, although the fridge came in handy for storing her food.
Talking of food, the breakfast buffet was the standard Holiday Inn Express fare, which I happen to like! It was good that fruit was provided as well as the less healthy options. The breakfast room is quite small given the size of the hotel, but although it was always busy we never had to wait. The staff there did a great job in ensuring that everything was kept stocked.
We chose the Holiday Inn Express rather than the Holiday Inn next door as the Express had a swimming pool – we ended up only using this once (too much to see in Seattle!) but it was a great facility to have and the temperature was lovely.
We got a great rate of $140 per night through the Intercontinental “Friends and Family” scheme as one of my friends works for them in the UK – if you know someone who works for the hotel chain you get a good discount (I shouldn’t say that you could google “intercontinental hotels friends and family” but.....)
Car parking is an extra $10 per night, but we only picked up the rental car towards the end of our stay from the nearby Avis given how easy it is to get around Seattle on foot/by public transport. We had read about the problems using the underground carpark so we parked at street level – there seemed to be a few spare spaces.
The restaurant in the Holiday Inn (Emerald Grill) wasn’t so good – we tried it once as Priority Club members get a discount. We stood there for 5 minutes as 3 staff walked by without even acknowledging that we were standing there. When we sat down we weren’t given menus and were given a broken baby seat. The food was mediocre on top of this, so I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant.
All in all we would definitely consider staying there if we visited Seattle again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover all that Seattle has to offer at the convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Situated between Seattle Center and the heart of downtown s shopping, dining, and entertainment districts, it's an easy walk to Westlake Center Mall, The Showbox, or Benaroya Hall. The world famous Space Needle and Monorail, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Pioneer Square, Pier 66, Cruise Terminal 90/91, Microsoft, Boeing and more are so close our ideal location will suit the needs of any business or leisure traveler. Sports fan? We re minutes to Safeco & CenturyLink Fields! We offer parking for standard sized vehicles at $10 per night (limited space). Whether you re visiting Seattle for work or fun, Holiday Inn Express will be your home away from home. Wake up to our complimentary hot breakfast featuring our signature cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, and more. Maintain your cardio in our free 24-hour fitness center or go for a swim in our heated, indoor pool. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to numerous restaurants and bars. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will get you where you need to go! The best of Seattle is waiting for you at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Book your hotel reservations now for the SeaHawks NFL or Huskies football season or choose from one of our great King Tut Packages. Great family fun is just minutes away! ... more less
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