BEST WESTERN PLUS Pioneer Square Hotel
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Seattle has soul. And I'm staying at the Pioneer Square, where it all started for the western society. Nice town with a short history: a 100 years of Americanism has build this town into a funny place. Good music, foreign food and American girls for sale (US and Native). What more does one need? Maybe some genuinity? Typical American, don't …
Happy Birthday, Katie!!
We had some coffee and pastries in our room, compliments of Chip and Karol who had gone for a long walk and brought us goodies. I was having one of those days when I couldn't function, either physically or mentally so we decided it would be good if I just stayed in the room for the day. Not a good way to celebrate …
... The smile on his face.... He's already talking about his next visit! All this just to get ready for a trip. Next stop, groceries for Kath while she babysits the mutts. Spent more than we spend normally for us two and her when she's not commuting. Steak, chicken, veggies, beer, wine, and plenty of treats. Spoiled, yes most definitely. Oh, we forgot new jeans for Jeff. Back to the store. Packed and cleaned up, showered and ready ...
... t want to even think about how long this would take. One of the things we noticed in Seattle is there are a lot of Starbuck's around the city as we walked to this place recommended to us by Jessica (Lucky's workmate who used to live in Portland). The place was called "The Cheesecake Factory" Jessica warned us about the portion sizes but we were still amazed at the size when our food arrived. Lucky and I shared a dish but even with just one dish we ...
So its all over...unbelievable. Something we had been dreaming and planning for years is now over. So...lets analyze it! Since we've been back there are a lot of things everyone has been wanting to know so I'll put it all out there.
Are we glad to be back? Yes and no. Bittersweet. Wonderful to see Joe and Lola, friends, and the updates to the house. (Carpet was installed in the basement and we even got some furniture dropped off by some wonderful friends - thanks ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Pioneer Square Hotel Seattle
Fabulous!! I'll Stay Here from Now On!
Fabulous location, near downtown but you do not pay downtown prices.
The hotel is beautiful, the staff is extremely courteous and helpful.
The rooms are gorgeous. Free continental breakfast downstairs. High speed internet access downstairs. It is right near the entrance to the underground tour. Walking distance to most everything including Safeco Field. There is a little bar next door where you can sit outside and watch people. It is also within walking distance (about a block or two) from the waterfront. I recommend it highly. We were carless so I have no comments about parking with this hotel.
Best Western Pioneer Square a Gem in a Sea of Hotel Choices
I was ecstatic to arrive at this hotel and find it to be as charming and quaint and wonderful as the reviews said it was. It's always an experience to choose a hotel in a city you've never visited, without recommendations from friends or family who have actually stayed there.
It was such a relief to find that I liked this hotel so much that I would stay there again--and I am!! My next visit is December 2003!! My cousin and I spent some time in this gem in the Emerald City at the end of July/early August, 2003. The weather, the city, and the accommodations were all superb. Our room looked out on a cobblestone, tree-lined street and our windows really opened to let in the fresh air! Some rooms even have little balconies. The room was great, beds were comfortable, the continental breakfast was just right. And the staff was very courteous, fun and friendly--I left a poster behind on the day we checked out and called in a panic from the airport. They located it and mailed it to me. If you're looking for a hotel with a restaurant and bar or entertainment on the premises, then this might not be the place for you. You can find that just a few doors away. But if you're looking for a charming place that's safe, yet right in the hub of the goings-on and nightlife of this great city, then this hotel is for you! I love Seattle!
Pioneer Square....simply charming
Just got back from staying in Seattle at the Best Western Pioneer Inn Hotel! I was a little unsure of what I would find once we arrived in Seattle. I was told that the Pioneer Square area was 'interesting ' and lots of panhandlers. I live in Victoria BC, where panhandlers can be quite frequent. When we checked into the hotel, we were delighted. Our room was on the small side, but I didn't go to Seattle to hang out in my room! The hotel was SPOTLESS!!!!!!!!! The staff were all very helpful. The area around the hotel was interesting, not once approached by a panhandler.... that happened uptown around westlake center, and Pike's place Market. We attended 2 Mariners games, and walked both nights to and from the game to our hotel. We only used a taxi once, and that was from where the Victoria Clipper docks TO the hotel. Otherwise we walked everywhere, or took the Free Metro. Mostly walked. The two restaurants we liked best were: Il trattitoria Mitchelli's across from the hotel, and FX McRory's near the stadium. Both had excellent food and very nice servers.Definitely will tell all my friends that head to Seattle to stay at the Pioneer Square Hotel. I have stayed at other so called"upscaled " downtown Seattle hotels before, and next time I go...
I will stay at the BW Pioneer Square.
Love This Hotel!
My husband and I stayed here on our first trip to Seattle last year, and just loved it! We're going back at Christmas. This hotel has a LOT of charm! It's really lovely, and service was great, too. It's conveniently located to Pioneer Square activities, coffee shops, etc.
If you enjoy the simple pleasures of life, this hotel is it! But, if you're in a rush, need a lot of room to spread out, want a cocktail lounge and excitement, love big modern hotels with big cold lobbies, maybe this hotel's not for you.
Pioneer Square Hotel
Recently stayed at the Pioneer Square Hotel. This boutique hotel is in a great location - close to the wharf, historic Chinatown and "old Seattle". The rooms are comfortable and reasonably priced. Great value for the money with in-room coffee and continental breakfast. Also close to all public transportation. Took the bus to Pike's Market - walked to the Space Needle - took the tram to downtown and then the bus back to the hotel. Dinner along the wharf with a fun trolley ride to get there.
Reasonable lodgings in the older part of town
I have stayed here on business several times over the last few years and give the hotel high marks. Due to its age, the rooms are of various sizes and shapes. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and tastefully decorated (although the fiber-fill pillows are too "poofy" for my tastes). Thus, if you wish a large or small room, the staff can probablyaccomadate your request. Despite its location next to Highway 99 (the elevated Alaska Vaiduct), the interior of the rooms are quiet.
The staff is friendly and provided great information on restaurants, transportation, and the like. The free continental brakfast is adequate, but does the job. Indeed, the Pioneer Sqaure neighborhood can be "interesting" after dark, but I have always felt comfortable about the hotel's location. Despite its challenges, the neighborhood is much better than it used to be.
If you want more traditional lodging, stay closer to the convention center. If you want llodging that porivdes a unique Seattle expereince, the Pioneer Square Inn is for you!
Worst $150 a Night I Ever Spent in Seattle
I firmly believe that the other 3-4 people posting comments about this hotel are either hotel employees or happy-headed folks who have smoked too many organic chemicals from Seattle's Fremont district!
"Diamond in the Ruff"? You have GOT to be kidding!!! My wife, son, and I spent three nights at the Pioneer Square Hotel in late 2002. Although we had stayed downtown at other hotels on at least six other occasions, we figured that Pioneer Square Hotel lodging would allow us to walk to Seahawks Stadium to see the Hawks play, save us parking fees, and give us easy access to Pioneer Square and the waterfront.
When we made reservations at the hotel, we were promised "free parking" during our three-night stay. Unfortunately, this was not the case! When we arrived, we were given a "discount voucher" for a parking garage four blocks away from the hotel which cost us an additional $25.
I am sure that this 100-year-old hotel was, once upon a time, in the '90s (the 1890s!) very grand. Although the building has been "restored," it still leaves plenty to be desired. The hotel itself is small, featuring only 75 rooms, and the lobby is the size of a postage stamp. There is a nice, wide, regally carpeted (red, if I remember correctly) stairway leading to the first level of rooms, but it appears that other portions of the hotel have been converted into a number of different businesses with separate entrances (e.g., a Yuppie bar which you can only access from Yesler Way).
Staff was not discourteous, but they did not go out of their way to be helpful, either. The room was extremely disappointing: tiny, (REALLY tiny) with few electrical outlets. (Picture a small 10 x 15 foot bedroom with two outlets.) The bathroom was not much bigger than a broom closet! The room was definitely not a place that two or three people would want to spend much quality time! My wife and I definitely felt like giving this "boutique" hotel the "boot"!
In addition, the Pioneer Square / Yesler Way neighborhood near the hotel is generally unsavory after dark. We encountered several winos sleeping and/or panhandling in storefronts and on sidewalks in the same block as the hotel. Early one morning (1:00 am) we stepped around one of these "street people" urinating in front of the hotel entrance!
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Since our unfortunate experience with the Pioneer Square Best Western, we have opted to stay in Tukwila or Renton when attending Mariners and Seahawk games. (We attend 15 or so a year, traveling from Spokane.) If you wish to stay at a Best Western, I heartily recommend the Best Western Southcenter in Tukwila: it's less than one-half the price of the Best Western Pioneer Square and actually does offer free parking; it has much nicer rooms that are twice as large as those in the Best Western Pioneer Square, and it is located in a reputable neighborhood.
Also, from the Best Western Southcenter, you can catch a Metro bus which takes you within three blocks of both Safeco Field and Seahawks Stadium for less than $2.00 each way (30 minute trip). This enables you to avoid the Seattle traffic and parking hassles.
Would I stay at the best Western Pioneer Square Hotel again? Yes, but only if they paid ME!
Great staff and location
The staff at this hotel gave us some of the best customer service I have seen in a long time. Michael,desk clerk and Joseph, bell hop were outstanding. It is a historic hotel, almost 100 yrs old. Joseph will gladly tell you the history of the Pioneer Square area, which we enjoyed very much. Rooms are a bit smaller than regular hotels, because of the building's age, but they are very clean and tastefully decorated. It is very convenient to shops, restaurants, and only 1 block from the waterfront trolley. Great location to hop on the trolley and tour the waterfront. In the morning, they have a complimentary continental breakfast downstairs which includes bagels/cream cheese, muffins, fruit, cereal, juice, various coffees and teas. We really enjoyed our stay there and would definitely go back if in Seattle again. The staff was a standout in our eyes. Rare in this day and age.
A Diamond in the Ruff !
We have visited Seattle on a number of occasions and have always stayed in the center of town. Our travel agent booked us at the Best Western - Pioneer Square so that we could be close to the stadium and the cruiseships. What a lovely surprise this diamond in the ruff is, an elegant historic, boutique hotel that has all the amenities, convenience and excellent service - rom the bellmen / porters and front desk to the immaculate housekeeping staff. We definitely will be back.
Five stars in our book !
A Great Seattle Hotel Near Everything
THE BEST WESTERN PIONEER SQUARE HOTEL SEATTLE, WASHINGTONWe stayed at this hotel based on USER reviews, most of which were excellent.We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant and helpful staff, especially Michael at the front desk.This is an older hotel with old world charm that has ungone more than 6 million dollars in referbishing and, they've done a GREAT JOB! Our room (#224) although small, had two double beds, excellent Cherrywood furnishings and gold fixtures in the bathroom. Although our room only faced another building, it was quiet and comfortable. They do have rooms on the street side, some with balconies that cost a bit more.They have a beautiful eight chair conference room (could easily add more chairs if necessary) with a computer for accessing the internet.The location is quaint in an older part of town with excellent access to almost anything. It is within a block of the waterfront, the waterfront trolley, ferry building and the walkway along the entire waterfront and shops. About 6 blocks from Pike Street Market, and there are numerous resturantsalone the waterfront.It is a "fare free zone" where public transportation is free. Parking can be a bit expensive but the hotel provides secure parking in a parking garage for only $15 a day which is a bargain. And, while we rented a car to go to Bremerton, Chittendon locks and the Space Needle, we could have taken buses or taxicabs to everything except Bremerton and saved money. If you do take a ferry to Bremerton, be sure to take the self guided tour of the USS Turner Joy, a retired Navy Destroyer. It is excellent. The Turner Joy was one of the two destroyers that were attacked in the Tonkin Gulf that led to the escalation of the Vietnam war.If you do want to rent a car, use Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 2116 Westlake Ave. They have the most pleasant and helpful staff I've ever used, their prices are competitive and they will drive you to and from the hotel and their office.The hotel has a very nice Continental breakfast and, on thept secrets in Seattle, "Tina's Diner."Furbished like a 1950's diner, I can't see how she stays in business with the low prices and large portions of food she serves. We ate there for 2 lunches and one breakfast and although hungry, we never did finish all the meal. If you have a small appetite, share a lunch sandwich! They have a really pleasant staff too.By the way, don't miss the 2 hour Argosy cruise ship's"Locks Cruise" from pier 56. It takes you along Elliott Bays, through the Chittenden locks into Lake Washington with a bus back to the waterfront.All in all, we had an excellent vacation experience with great weather for four days with only one 10 minute rain shower. In fact, we had to start wearing caps to prevent getting sunburned.Pete HansenBillings, Montana