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We have arrived safely in Seattle after a four hour bus trip (of which an hour was spent at the border going through customs!) We are staying at a funky hotel in the city and thankfully they have free wireless so we should be able to update often during our stay here. Tomorrow we are off to the boeing factory tour (which of course Richard is very excited about!)
This morning we went on the tour to the boeing factory which very cool (more so for Richard!) The place is absolultely huge! You are not allowed to take pictures inside the factory anymore because i few years back some idiot dropped their camera onto the wing of a plane below and caused $200000 damage. This afternoon we went to Pike Place market …
We had an action packed day today seeing the sights of Seattle. We went to the Seattle Centre and visited the Experience Music Project (Rock and Roll Museum) and also the Science Fiction Museum (which Richard loved). We then went up the Space Needle and saw the views of Seattle - it was freezing as it was very windy - you are allowed to go outside …
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 …
Gabrielle's turn to get sick, we spent our three days here in the funky Ace Hotel, all white and stainless steel with French army blankets and a weird guy resident. Right in the middle of the Grunge area, we saw the Crocodile club where Nirvana, Pearl Jam etc started playing. It was empty so we didn't go in, guess grunge is a bit passe. We missed …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ace Hotel Seattle
Cold, noisy, non-functional
What an overrated place! It was cold weather, and my room's heat was
off when I checked in at 10 PM. The anemic baseboard heater was
inadequate to the task and so the room was cold all night, which means
I slept poorly. What else was wrong?
* Dance beat from the club downstairs coming through the floor until the wee hours.
* Nowhere to hang a towel, expect around my neck or on a hanger by the door.
* Counter space at sink was all of 3" x 5", and there was no other horizontal surface nearby. Had to leave my toiletries on the desk at the other end of the room, and shuttle them one at a time to the sink.
* Sink was too low for a tall person.
* Could clearly hear every word of the conversation going on in the next room. Fortunately, talking was all they were doing.
* Desk chair was literally a beat-up hand-me-down from Kentucky State University, according to the sticker on the back.
* Platform bed was at shin height, and protruded into walkway.
* Tiny TV suspended from arm on the wall, like in a hospital room.
* Grungy painted old bricks on two walls.
* Person at desk didn't smile once when checking me in.
Can someone explain to me how crappy = cool ? I don't get it.
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.
Good Clean Fun
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.
Overall, the location, staff and cleanliness of this hotel highly outweighed any possible drawbacks mentioned. I truly enjoyed my stay in Seattle and hope to visit again soon, I will definitely book a room at the Ace for any future stays.
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.
Location, Location, Location!!
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...
there are bars and clubs down one flight of stairs. You are in the heart of downtown, the one drawback to this is that it's loud from cars and people, as it always in any downtown. One last thing, the waiting room next to the front desk is pleasant, a nice sitting area. I will definetely be back again.
No way, no stay...
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.
Over 30? Skip it.
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.