This was an interesting place to stay. Last time I stayed in Seattle, we rented a car and it stayed parked in a garage our entire stay. Thanks to the other reviewers of Hotel Five, I saw we could take the Light Rail straight from SeaTac airport right to Westlake station - which is just a few blocks from Hotel Five! It only cost $2.75 per person verses a car rental or the $45 cab ride! The location is between the Space Needle and Pike's Place Market, so its a great location! One night we went to Zeke's pizza in Belltown near the needle which felt more local than touristy. (maybe it wasn't and we were blissfully ignorant, but to us it didn't feel like a tourist place!)
Hotel Five has an interesting decor. It seemed like IKEA set in Seattle. It had a lot of reds, bright yellows and reds. However, I don't stay in hotels for the day, so its not a big deal. When checking into our room, the outside of the room had a big handicap symbol right on the room number display. (and the numbers were big!) Gee. Thanks for making us feel so different and point that out to all the other guests that our room isn't like all the others. Honestly, what the hell is the point of making all the other guests know the room is "different"? Like someone in a wheelchair doesn't get enough stares anyway. I've never seen this before in a hotel and it was somewhat insulting.
Anyway, done with my rant. Back to the room. The floors don't have carpet, but a laminate which looks like wood. It had its pros and cons. The pro is that it felt much cleaner than carpet, but the con was that it could be very loud. Luckily we didn't have loud neighbors, so it wasn't a problem during our stay. They had the soap, lotion and shampoo dispensers. Unlike other hotels I've stayed, Hotel Five did a good job of not making them look tacky. The Air Conditioner was a wall unit, but I knew with the monorail and the floors, noise could be a problem. I brought earplugs with me so if you are a light sleeper, you may want to do the same. The room was decent size, but there are a few improvements I would suggest:
1. They should have towel racks or hooks inside the bathroom for towels. I would have saved my towels from one day to the next, but there was nowhere to hang them! So, I just threw them on the floor and got new ones after housekeeping came which was very unnecessary
2. Although it didn't rain on our trip, if you were wearing a wet jacket, there wasn't a hook at the entry of the room to hang it. Not sure where you would put a wet jacket.
3. We were right next to the elevators. The constant "DING!" of the elevators was pretty loud. (louder than most hotels)
4. Get a real door for the bathroom. The door was on a rail which slides back and forth along the wall - so it doesn't really lock or close tightly. This leaves a lot to be desired for better privacy.
Overall, despite the little issues, I would suggest staying here. It is right next to Top Pot Donuts which seems to be very popular. It is walking distance from the light rail from the airport, and walking distance to the Space Needle and Pike's Place. (plus it is much more reasonably priced that some of the other hotels in the heart of Seattle's downtown!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Check in. Then check out The Emerald City.The sights. The sounds. The scenery. Seattle is known for a lot of things and there's no better home base than Hotel Five. Located in the heart of downtown on the corner of 5th Avenue and Blanchard, you're mere steps from the city's most famous attractions. Just five blocks away you'll find the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, Experience Music Project and Pacific Science Center. And only six blocks from the hotel is the bustling Seattle Waterfront, World Famous Pike Place Market, and the city's best shopping areas-Pacific Place, Westlake Center and the Nordstrom flagship store. Even better, the hotel is conveniently located on the Free Transit Bus Line so it's just a quick ride to Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, as well as Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners' home turf. And after a long day of exploration, come home to a world of creature comforts while you Staypineapple at Hotel Five. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel 5
- Ramada Inn Seattle
- Ramada Downtown Seattle
- Ramada Seattle
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