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Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center
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Reviewed September 4, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

The hotel was clean and the service was fine. We were happy with our stay, until the garbage trucks started throwing the dumpsters around at 2am. That continued for 15 minutes and woke us up solidly. Then the garbage trucks came back again around 5am to repeat with a different set of cans. My family and I were all dazed in the morning - not even Starbucks could save the next day for us.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank CraigAWashDC
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

The Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center is just a few blocks away from downtown and the Seattle Center (Space Needle). It's within easy walking distance of the Needle (maybe 6 blocks) and near good public transportation that can get you easily around to tourist sights in central Seattle.

We spent 2 nights here. The hotel is modern and the rooms were clean and everything worked OK. No complaints. Our room fronted busy Aurora Avenue which can get a little noisy, so if you are sensitive to noise ask for a room in the back. On the other hand, we had a very nice view of the Space Needle.

The breakfast buffet was up to Holiday Inn Express standards, a big selection that fills you up well into the afternoon. However it got a little crowded in the breakfast room at peak times, we had to wait for a table one morning.

I didn't realize until we checked out that there are actually TWO hotels here - the HI Express and a "full service" Holiday Inn right next door (I thought it was just one hotel!)

If you don't mind staying a little ways from downrtown (it's just a few blocks!) or want to be near the Space Needle, you can't beat this hotel! We paid about $150/night for very nice rooms in summer season!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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3  Thank MichaelMorrison
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

We spent the weekend sightseeing. The hotel was 'attached' to the Holiday Inn which has a bar and restaurant. Sarah the barmaid was a delight and makes a mean margarita! The location of the hotel was great for touring. All amenities were up to HI Express standards and we had no problems. Front desk staff was very helpful with directions, suggestions. Our room did not get cleaned but then we slept until noon. I was able to grab extra towels, soap and coffee from the maid's cart. I liked having the fridge in the room!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jetsetgypsy
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

Space needle was a walk away. Enjoyed it at night especially. Area of hotel was safe and nice to walk around in the evening. Airport was far but the bus transportation was easy to arrange. Overall, it was great. I loved Seattle and I would love to visit again and stay at the same hotel... Staff was good. Place was clean. It wasnt the best or a five-star stay but it was a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank TheHils
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