My husband, son, and I stayed here for six nights while visiting Seattle and UW on a college-hunting visit. We loved the room (507, two-queen studio), the awesome modern-but-not-stark decor, the free umbrellas (one was in the closet, and we borrowed another one from the front desk on one particularly wet day), the friendly staff, the not-too-crowded parking garage (accessible by key card which gave a nice sense of security), the washer/dryer (one on each floor), the afternoon/evening coffee (the decaf was good, which is not common!), and even the pineapple mini-muffins (except for the icing).
I'm not lowering my rating because of the sheets, but I will comment.... yes they are short, but what bothered me about them was the noise! I worried that I would wake up my husband - or my son in the next bed - every time I moved. Speaking of noise, we did have what I call a "stomp-walker" in the room above us. It didn't bother us because we kept approximately the same waking/sleeping hours, but we did hear those heavy footfalls, so if that really concerns you, maybe you can ask for a top-floor room. (Personally, I can tell when my footsteps are reverberating in a hotel room, so I always try to make sure I don't do it. Sometimes it's impossible to be quiet, but I had no trouble with that at Watertown.)
I'll mention a few of the nearby amenities and conveniences. Right across the street is Trinity Market; it has a little bit of everything (bigger and nicer than a 7-Eleven), I got some Odwalla juices and some disposable plastic containers for leftovers (which we stockpiled in the room fridge and then took with us to our next hotel on the itinerary and then never ate). The Pineapple Cafe didn't have enough variety in its menu for our picky-eating teen son, so we walked two blocks every morning to eat at the spectacular Portage Bay Cafe. Two blocks in a different direction takes you to a 24-hour Subway (where we picked up breakfast early in the morning when we were leaving town) with a 24-hour donut shop right next door. Three blocks away is an all-vegan (if you're into that - we are) Thai restaurant called Araya's Place. Gas station two blocks away also (with air for your leaky rental car tire - I hope you don't need that, but we did). And the hotel is about an 8-minute walk to the edge of the UW campus. And of course you can imagine all the amenities that college proximity can offer.
A comment about several of the great photos that another reviewer added. As I'm sure you can tell, that is not an average room! I'll label my room photos with "2-queen studio" at the beginning so you can see exactly what that type of room is like. (As of this writing, I think the website has only one photo of a 2-queen studio, but I could be wrong about that.) Our room *did* have that awesome "port-holed" bathroom door, which we had some fun with.
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- Colorful and contemporary, urban and upscale-welcome to Watertown Hotel. Located just four blocks from the University of Washington, Watertown Hotel is the ideal hotel whether your goal is academic or adventurous. Here, you're not only close to campus, you're close to everything Seattle: The Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Seattle Waterfront and world-class shopping and dining. So check in and chill out. We're at your service. ... more less
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