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Arrived in the emerald city and walked the yellow brick road to my hotel via the Link rail system. Public transportation is so nice in big cities. Getting settled in, then SLEEP. Sitting on a plane all day is exhausting :) Very happy with my choice of hotel. European style hotel - yes, I have to share a bathroom with several other rooms and the …
Early morning flight from D.C to Seattle. Craig in usual state of stress whenever we have an early plane / train / ferry time (I think he's getting worse in his old age!). 5hr 30m flight to Seattle. Hotel in Belltown which was pretty close to most things with good cafe / restaurants nearby. Close to very heavy traffic too, which wasn't so great - …
3rd - 8th May 2008 Seattle... What can I say? We really enjoyed our time in Seattle, it was much more laid back and easy going than any anywhere else we stayed except for maybe at the Yosemite Bug, but that wasn't a city. We stayed in a funky little hotel in Belltown. The staff were really nice and helpful, the rooms were nice, and we had free …
1 & 2 May 2008 The bus trip to Seattle. We caught the bus from San Francisco to Seattle. We left at 3pm on the 1st and got into Seattle at midday on the 2nd. Oh boy what fun. Actually it wasn't too bad. The bus and seats were 100 times better than the one we got from Anaheim to Vegas which we were happy about. We jumped on at San Fran and then …
Believe it or not it SNOWED in downtown Seattle today - it melted as soon as it hit the ground but it was definitely snowing (if you look close you can see in the photo below) We braved the weather and cold and got the ferry across to Bainbridge Island where we looked around a bit, had some coffee and then came back. In the afternoon we went on the …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ace Hotel Seattle
What an overrated place! It was cold weather, and my room's heat was
Luckily we got one of the few rooms with a private bath. I looked at the shared bathroom and it didn't look super clean. Our room looked "cool" but felt really cheap and at $175 per night, it wasn't worth it.
Its in a cool part of town, but next time I'd stay in a nicer place even if it wasn't in the hippest part of the city. Staff was snooty and totally unhelpful.
I recently returned from a three night stay at the Ace Hotel. Let me start by saying that the staff was very friendly and eager to offer restaurant advice or directions to the hip spots in town. The rooms although very basic, were very clean and comfortable. We booked a deluxe room but, after one night and one look at the immaculate shared facilities, we moved into a standard room with a shared bath and saved some extra cash for all the nearby shopping. The only drawback to this move was the street noise which was fairly disruptive and I'm not exactly a light sleeper! The parking costs did not apply to us because we didn't even need to rent a car due to the extremely centralized location of the hotel and easily navigated bus system of the city.
Clean and simple!
I was highly skeptical of this place, but overwhelmingly suprised at how much I enjoyed my stay. It is a very basic, simple room. We actually got one with a bathroom but you totally don't need to spend the extra money as they have ample bathrooms. The location is fabulous...you are in the heart of the best restaurant district and you can walk downtown and to pike place market within 10 minutes. The parking fees are a drag but what city doesn't charge a fortune. If you want to save some cash for eating well this is a wonderful place.
I went to stay at the Ace Hotel despite the negative reviews on this website, and I am SO GLAD that I did. I had a very positive experience... the operation is small but the glory of the place is in the details. As an overview, it's an older, heritage-like building, our room had cathedral ceilings, huge windows, fixtures and furniture were an interesting mix of steel, plastic, and wool. Some nice amenities included the 2 pillows per person and the use of ACE bathrobes. The place was extremely clean, nice carpet, not dusty at all. But the charm of the place is in the details that reflect a concern for design (and wit), which had the effect of making the room seem personal, well-loved, unlike most hotel rooms I've stayed in before. Some of these perks included the tea light in the glass container, the COOL package of printed tissues instead of a standard box of Kleenex, the condoms and Kamasutra Book of Love, the SONY radio, and the painting over the bed. I woke up HAPPY. If you care about your environment, its design and aesthetic, YOU WILL RESPOND TO THIS PLACE. And the location is great: if you're visiting Seattle for the first time, this is it...
We booked a room at this hotel for a special birthday weekend. What a nightmare. First, the staff was so aloof and wound up in the trendiness of the hotel, that we actually had to laugh. The person at the reception desk was indifferent and unaccomodating. When they showed us to our room, we discovered we had booked a closet (no joke) that had no windows or ventilation and a window above the door that could not be covered- allowing light to shine into the room at all times. It was summer and it was sweltering, with no air conditioning. The halls were noisy and we had to pay for parking. We chose to leave immediately and once again, received total apathy from the front desk. We left, but there was an event in town, so all of the hotels were booked. We looked for 3 hours for another hotel and finally found one. Needless to say, I spent my birthday in a beat-up Travelodge in Bellevue. Do not waste your time or money on this place.
The flophouse was a flop
Ouch - the advertising is so much better than the real thing. No air-conditioning so we had to sleep with the window open. With no screen there we weren't sure if we were going to have squirrels or bats as bedmates. Fortunately, neither. We paid for a full day of parking for the second day. When we decided to check out instead firsdt thing in the morning, we were told there was NO refund on the parking even though we didn't use it. IN all fairness - the room was clean, the neighborhood wasn't - but that was alluded to in something I read ahead of time. We decided early on we would spring for the extra moneyand sleep in comfort. The romance of the "flophouse" was over quickly.
If you actually want to get a good night's sleep, do not stay here. This is NOT a hotel, it is a trendy youth hostel. If you are over the age of 30 or you do not want to party all night long, stay someplace else. Not only was it EXTREMELY noisy into the wee hours, there was no hot water for a shower and what the reviews don't tell you is that each room has a very large window over the door that you cannot cover up. This means that your room is totally lit up (from the lights in the hall) all night long! For young partiers, this is a great place as the location is excellent, near trendy cafes, shopping and nightlife. It is also very clean. Don't expect any frills. The rooms and bathrooms have the ambiance of a hospital. Also, there is not any parking close by. You will be hauling your luggage several blocks.
Almost but not quite
This hotel's PR is definitely better than the hotel itself.
It bills itself as a trendy boutique hotel, but uses that to compensate for the fact that it is a spruced up low class hotel with a few gratuitus items in the room that it uses to give itself that billing. Surplus army blankets and condoms might be good for the barracks, but not for my hotel.
I wanted to like it because the concept sounded so good, but try as I might I couldn't.
I have stayed at true boutique hotels that are correctly billed as trendy around the world and this is most certainly not one of them.
This hotel Rules!
This is my favorite hotel in Seattle! Stylish decor, friendly staff, in the heart of downtown, what more could you ask for.