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Review of Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel

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Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel
Ranked #24 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Nutley, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Stay in Seattle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was our family's first stay in Seattle and the Watertown Hotel was perfect. The rooms were modern, very spacious, and clean. The staff was very helpful with directions and a suggestion for breakfast. It is located near the University of Washington campus, but the free shuttle made it extremely easy to get downtown and back. I would definitely recommend it for a business stay or pleasure.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank joymom3k
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ConnieSchneider, Manager at Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear joymom3k,

Wow, we are delighted to hear your first stay at the Watertown was perfect. Let's hope we repeat that on future visits!

Thanks for being our guests,

The Watertown team
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Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Two blocks from the beautiful and serene campus of Univ. of Washington--absolutely a must for an early AM walk. Close to good food, the freeways, and an incredible hardware store, of all things--totally a kick to walk through while you wait for your table at the restaurant next door!
Free onsite parking and wifi, afternoon coffee and mini-cupcakes, clean and modern rooms, good service. I would return happily.

Room Tip: as in lots of hotels, a "queen" is really more like a double
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sailb0at
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ConnieSchneider, Manager at Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear JaneE1956,

Thanks for such a great response regarding your recent stay at The Watertown Hotel. We are glad you enjoyed our signature cupcakes as well as our breakfast offerings in the Pineapple Cafe.

Our fitted sheets have arrived and are in the wash as we speak. They should be in the rooms by the end of the week, which will solve out sheet issue.

Please come back and try them out!

The Watertown team
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Chilliwack, Canada
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We were very impressed with the friendly helpful reception that checked us in early to a large, immaculately clean room with a very comfortable bed, and more importantly good quality pillows. The only downside was that the bottom sheet was too small for the bed and could not be tucked in. This resulted in us waking up in a tangle of sheets several times during the night.

My husband found the modern decor took a bit of getting used to (he would have liked a rug by the bed instead of hard floors) but I found the chairs and sofas comfortable.

We enjoyed the coffee and cupcakes provided in the lobby and though that the breakfast in the cafe was pretty reasonable. We were pleasantly surprised to find that parking was included in the cost of the room.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oregon
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144 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is really fun hotel. The lobby is modern and cool with unique furniture pieces and some cool neon. The rooms themselves are what I would call a industrial modern and very comfortable.

The hotel offers movie loans and board games if you are staying with family. The lobby has a coffee service and café items. The food was OK, in keeping with a Starbucks type of faire. They also have complementary mini cupcakes in the evening with pineapple frosting. Um, lets just say I hope no one was counting how many I ate.

The location of the hotel is far enough off the freeway that it was quite. It is a bit north of downtown Seattle which does make for having to fight traffic when going back to the city. However they do offer a shuttle service. They also have a parking garage that is included in the price of the room unlike the downtown hotels that will add huge parking fees.

I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WCDiver
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ConnieSchneider, Manager at Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear WC Diver,

Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us... and just in case you wonder, we did not count how many of our signature cupcakes you consumed, that is exactly why we have them!

Hope to see you again soon,

The Watertown team
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New York
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106 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Second time at the Watertown Hotel. Our last visit was back in 2009. I had the positive review then, and again, I have the positive review and better rating. For UDub business, we were here before 8am, left the luggages and they shuttled us to the campus. It was the very easy fun walk back to the hotel through the beautiful campus and stores that cater to the students.

We got the 6th floor room this time. It is big, airy, comfortable, and bright. What I like about this hotel is the fact that you can open the windows, and there is the floor to ceiling windows in the room. WiFi is free (thank you!) but it disconnected itself all the time. I had to go to the iPhone setting to connect every 30 min. After all I gave up and just used my 3G network.

One complaint was the lack of iPhone dock near the bed. I had to recharge it at the foot side of bed.

As we do not need to do touristy things any more, we would definitely come back to this hotel in our next trip to Seattle. It is just over all nice neighbourhood, less costly, and more interesting restaurants and stores. And if we need to go downtown, we can take advantage of the hotel shuttle.

There is a great breakfast/lunch place called Portage Bay Cafe down the street.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cattledogs
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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130 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Hubby, Good Friend, and I came to Seattle for the wedding of Great Friends. No one could have gotten us on a cross-country flight on Friday evening and back the next Monday except Great Friends. Congratulations K & C!

Although Great Friends had arranged for a block of rooms near the wedding venue, we three decided we wanted to make the most of Seattle and after research and recommendations; the Watertown Hotel in Seattle was booked.

This hotel sits in the University (of Washington) district of Seattle, surrounded by little funky restaurants, and easy access to the I-5. This is not your typical name-brand hotel. The desk staff is funny, efficient and helpful. We arrived quite late and our rooms were ready, desk staff looking for us. Rooms are large and well planned out. One of the things that bug me about hotels is that the carpets are not especially clean. We are a family who removes shoes upon entering, and many people do not. This hotel had hard wood floors and they were white sock clean.

There is a little ding-ding café (micro waved food, not cooked to order) on premises, but really with the little ethnic options in the area, why would you eat at the hotel? Papers are available in the lobby each morning for coffee slurping and catching up. Free internet connection in room and a small “business center” where you can print out boarding passes. After being gouged by the Big Hotels for each and every little service this was way nice. Free (like not charging $45 dollars a night) garage parking under the hotel.

Draw backs: One is the lack of comfortable chairs in the room, which is a problem at many other hotels. We like to sit up and watch TV and read, and the only place to do so was the bed. The second draw back was the linens on the bed. Why hotels cannot buy fitted sheets I will never understand. We travel with our own fitted bottom sheet and just instruct housekeeping to not change the bed linens. Call and find out if you should bring a queen or king. You will not have to roll out of the bed three times a night to re-make it when the sheet comes un-tucked. The final suggestion: Bring your own bar of soap. They have the soap dispensers on the wall of the shower, dispensing a pina colada smelling soap. Anyone with sensitive skin will find this a problem.

The hotel and rooms are very clean – housekeeping gets the best marks for this. This hotel is a winner.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SidelineObservant
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ConnieSchneider, Manager at Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Dear Cattledogs,

Good to hear we still get great remarks after 4 years! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, our rooms, and amenties.

I am sorry about the challenges with our wi-fi. I wanted to let you know that as we are replacing our clock radios, our new ones have docking stations so feel free to request one on your next stay if they have not all been replaced by then.

The Watertown team
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New York City, New York
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99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

The U District was not the first place I thought of when it came to finding a Seattle hotel. But it makes perfect sense, even if your visit has nothing to do with UDub (mine sure didn't). The Watertown is an appealing hotel located on a relatively quiet street. Downtown is 10 minutes away in light traffic via I-5; and Capitol Hill is about the same.

The room is huge, the layout is great, and the furnishings are nice without being too fancy. The bath products have a wonderful fragrance, I loved the free WiFi, the price was right... all was good. Well, almost: I found the parking garage to be maddening. On the one hand, it was free. On the other, for a building constructed fairly recently (I think), it really surprises me that there were so many tight turns and tight spaces... and when I arrived back to it before 10 on a Saturday night, it was extremely difficult to find a spot. Some obnoxious guests take up two spaces with their huge cars (not sure what the alternative is, I'll admit). At this point, there's not a whole lot the hotel can do, but it was somewhat of a dissatisfier.

I'd stay there again, though.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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ConnieSchneider, Manager at Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear George_PConnecticut,

Thank you for such a nice review of the Watertown Hotel in the U-district. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hear you on the parking garage. It is a nice, and safe feature, meanwhile some of the spots are a bit cozy. I think vehicles have grown in size since this hotel was built!

In any event, please come see up again should you return to Seattle!

The Watertown team
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Property: Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel
Address: 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6009
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > University District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #24 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Watertown Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 always at your service when you Staypineapple at The Watertown. ... more   less 
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