Homewood Suites Seattle - Tacoma Airport / Tukwila
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Historical Traveler Reviews Homewood Suites Seattle - Tacoma Airport / Tukwila
Booked online with the AARP rate ($69 per nite) last May. Our family of four arrived late in the evening -- the free hotel airport shuttle took a while to pick us up at the airport (it was 11 pm), but the driver was extremely courteous. Upon checking in, we were given the two bedroom suite -- it was huge! Very clean, very spacious -- too bad we were leaving the following morning to continue our journey. The front desk even made arrangements for us to be picked up in the morning by a limo. The service was wonderful. This is a great place to stay if you need to be near the airport.
Nice hotel stay
Enjoyed a very nice vacation here. Though out of the way, there are several nearby restaurants and mall within a mile. Downtown Seattle is about 15 miles north. Very large, tastefully decorated suites. Breakfast was okay, somewhat comparable to what you get at a Residence Inn. They seemed to run out of food constantly. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks are available free of charge 24 hours a day.
Minor complaints...for a room as large as this one, there was only one small garbage can in the kitchen. No desk in the room. There is free high speed internet in the room, but the access is at a small dining table.
Wonderful apartment like hotel
We have 3 children and needed more space than your typical traveller. This location has 2 bedroom suites that worked out great for our family. We felt like we were staying in a fully furnished apartment. The staff was also wonderful! The location was perfect - not too far from all the attractions. We will stay there again!
Excellant location, clean rooms. Think Embassy Suites at a reduced price.
Newly rennovated, fresh, apartment-like
Overall Impression: Fantastic. This is a recently remodeled, fresh hotel with a home-away-from-home atmosphere, beautifully decorated, reasonably-priced.
Check-in/service: Nice surprise. I had originally booked a double-bed room since no kings were available. The front desk person (Tarin) checked and found a king room that wasn't cleaned yet but would be available later that afternoon.
I do appreciate getting my room preference, but I appreciate more that she actually checked. I have encountered this situation in other hotels and the desk personnel can be reluctant to even bother to check their computer or maid's room checklist. Thanks Tarin!
Another interaction I had with the reception desk was positive where a different person made change for me out of his personal wallet when the cash register didn't have the right combination of bills. Appreciated.
Location: The hotel is conveniently located directly off Exit 1 on Interstate 405, yet is buffered from the highway sounds by another hotel that is between it and the road. The property is situated on the inside bend of a meander of a river that was almost cut off. This results in land that is surrounded on three sides by the river, with a walking/biking path.
Hotel neighbors: This parcel of land contains the hotel as well as several lowrise office buildings which are not occupied at night. The only access road, Fort Dent RD, takes a sharp left North before the hotel and crosses the river where it dead ends into an 80 acre park. Coincidentally, I arrived on the first day of the conversion of this park into a mega youth soccer sporting facility called Starfire. This may result in traffic jams on Fort Dent RD, especially on weekends when soccer events are likely to be at their height. However, this was not a problem and traffic was well organized at least on that day. I could clearly hear the sounds from the soccer kids a few hundred yards away at the park each evening and on weekends from my room which faced North toward the park (which doesn't bother me), and of course youth soccer is not an after-midnight noise issue. A larger concern for noise is the freight train track that is next to the hotel, just across the river to the East. Amtrak also has a stop nearby in a very hidden, unstaffed location behind the Embassy Suites across I405. Freight trains do travel overnight. If this is a concern, your best bet to avoid this noise would be to get a room in building one facing back toward the Fort Dent RD entrance (West side), which does get more highway noise but it's a muted, constant sound compared to the train. Interior facing rooms to the pool/sport court are a possibility, too, but you'll get happy kid sounds at least until pool closure time during warm weather months. I suspect that the soccer complex will change the makeup of the weekend hotel crowd as this would be the closest place for out of towners to stay and attend an event there (five minute walk along the jogging/bike path).
Restaurants: There aren't any restaurants within walking distance nor within the hotel itself. It's most convenient if you have a car to drive to the nearby Southtown Mall area which has a variety of restaurants. The hotel will also provide transportation in their shuttle bus for free.
Hotel Layout: The hotel layout is in four buildings. Building one is L-shaped, three story, and is located on the West and South sides of the property. Room entrances are off of an interior hallway, and the building has an elevator. Exterior rooms face the parking lot, and interior rooms face the common area (common building, outdoor eating area, pool/sport court, depending on room). Buildings two and three are located on the East side and are two story, garden apartment complex units with stairs to the second floor units. Building 4 is also two story, and is located on the North side. The two-story units all have doors that open to the outside. Parking seems adequate given the number of rooms, but if a few RV's parked in the lot it might reduce the number of spots too much (one large RV was taking 10 spots on the night I arrived) For those who prefer a bit more feeling of security, I'd suggest the third floor of Building one due to interior hallways and no walk-up access from outside. That floor also has one advantage that you're the maximum distance from the ground where the noisy air conditioner compressors are located. The compressors are located directly outside the windows of the first floor units.
Rooms (overall, living room, kitchen): The rooms continue the apartment complex look and feel. They really do feel like a one bedroom apartment. My room was a one bedroom suite with super large living room including a fireplace. I've stayed in a few Homewood Suites, and this is the largest living room I've seen (some of this space comes via sacrificing room in the bath/vanity areas). Inside the front entrance is the combination dining table/desk with one executive desk chair and another side chair. It's true that this isn't a good setup if you plan to sit a family of four-six down to dinner (others would have to sit on the couch or easy chair). However, it's great for one or two people. And the common area building is available for family use (I've ordered pizza and takeout food for family dining in that environment at other Homewood Suites). The desk/table has broadband internet access connection (FREE UNLIMITED). Many other Hilton properties charge $10/day for this. Behind the table is the kitchen with mid-size (not mini) refrigerator with true freezer and ice maker, electric two surface cooktop, microwave/range hood, stainless sink with disposal and granite countertop. The wood kitchen cabinets are excellent quality. Minimal cooking equipment and tableware is provided. Other furniture in the living room include an upholstered easy chair with ottoman, sleeper sofa, coffee table and side table, and television. There's a hall closet to hang up your coats. And yes. There was a working fireplace, although I suspect that all rooms don't have it.
Rooms (bedroom/bath): Diagonally in one corner of the living room are a set of french doors opening into the bedroom. The bed is a two-poster headboard king with ceiling fan overhead. Off to the side is a smallish separate vanity sink area with granite countertop and mirrored closet. Next to that is a tiny toilet, tub/shower room. The toilet/bath room is made tinier by a small locked closet that contains the furnace/blower. This does create some noise vs. having a central furnace like large mega-hotels do. The tub has marble walls and quarry tile floor.
It's hard for me to convey how pleasant the furnishings are in this hotel room. They are so fresh, functional, and non-hotel like. The recent remodeling must have taken the structure down to its walls because everything inside the room is new.
Common area: In the common area, there's the registration desk and off to the side a tiny shop with sundries. Next to that is the breakfast/dinner area. The breakfast is an enhanced continental breakfast which I give an A+. It's true that this is not a cooked to order breakfast like Embassy Suites, but they still have a few hot items (scrambled eggs & sausage or bacon or ham precooked depending on the day just like ES) and make-them-yourself waffles from batter on their waffle iron, yogurt, fruit, pastries, cheese, bagels/cream cheese, instant oatmeal. Coffee and a variety of teas are available even outside meal time in this area. Light dinner is another freebie here from Monday-Thursday, but my work schedule doesn't allow me to partake in this. The eating area itself, also completely remodeled, contains a dozen or so tables for four and a few tables for two. One review (pre-remodeling days) mentioned a lack of table space. I don't think that's a problem now although you may need to share your larger table with someone if you're a single diner. If the weather is nice, there are also tables just outside overlooking the pool. There's also a gas grill out there if you want to buy some food and have your own cookout.
Other facilities in the common building include a small exercise room (one treadmill, one stepper, one bike, one combination gym, some dumbbells. Ventilation there isn't great as mentioned by someone else. A fan and a window that opens would be a help here. There's laundry machines and a self-serve business center.
Wrap-up: This is a great hotel for:
- business travelers: home away from home feel, free breakfast, convenience to Seattle area
- romantic getaway: beautiful, relaxing room, gorgeous furnishings, in-room fireplace (some rooms)
- families: easy to sleep kids in the living room on the sofabed, free breakfasts for all
A great stay at the Homewood
I stayed here for four nights in March 2005. The hotel has been completely renovated, it was finished in January, and the result turned out quite nice. The rooms are big and tastefully appointed. Everything worked like it should, from the free high-speed internet in the room to the heating and air conditioning controls. Washington state declared a drought emergency during my stay and I thought it odd that the renovation had not included water-conserving fixtures. The stream of water from the shower head was anything but water-conserving. I was thankful for that but wondered how they managed to get by with it. Of the two complimentary meals offered, breakfast was by far the best. The scrambled eggs were quite good and were accompanied by bacon, sausages, or Candian bacon (rotated throughout the week). Dinner was salad and soup, or cheeseburgers, or chicken wings (which had a delightfully spicy coating). Our group went to some of the restaurants around Southcenter most of the evenings but to have the alternative to stay in the hotel and get something to eat was a good thing. The exercise room was small and not that well ventilated. But during my stay, it was not well used so it really didn't matter that much. Laundry was a dollar to wash and a dollar to dry. The staff was helpful and friendly. I've stayed in this area many times during the past year, and the Homewood has moved to the top of the list. For its category of competition, the Homewood was excellent. I had a great stay.
Wow, best hotel we've ever stayed in
We lived in this hotel for a month while we were looking for a home to buy. This hotel was just being remodeled and was like staying in a Pottery Barn catalog. It was beautiful to be in. Regina, who was the night manager was so great and she had a game night on Wed. that my kids loved. She was wonderful with kids of all ages and we just thought the world of her. The night manager's reception was great and the light dinners were really awesome and we went most every night. Like the layout of this hotel too - easy to get around. One of my favorite, reasonably priced hotels. We stayed at 5 in Seattle and this was the best!!
Stayed here in November, 2003. This HWS is very close and convenient to Sea-Tac Airport, literally a three minute drive. It is also halfway between Seattle and Tacoma, so a good base location for any business in the Puget Sound area. The property itself is going through a renovation period, but is spread out into four or five different buildings. Any construction going on did not affect our stay (or sleep!). Very nice patio area for outdoor seating, and covered from the NW weather. Staff was very accommodating, had some confusion at check-in, but the manager on duty handled it and check-in was painless. Very plentiful breakfast and dinner. Overall would recommend this property for its proximity to downtown Seattle (20 minutes), Southcenter Mall and Boeing.
Homewood Suites - Seatac
I stayed at the homewood suites Seatac Oct 28-29/03. I have stayed at numerous Homewood Suites and generally find them very good but didn't enjoy this experience. The non-smoking room that I had booked was obviously smoked in recently. I tried to change rooms but the hotel was fully booked. The staff didn't seem overly concerned and their solution was to send over someone with a bottle of "fabreeze" that I had to apply myself. I tried to get a room at the Embassy Suites but they were unfortunately full as well. The next morning all my clothes smelled of smoke. I also asked for a late checkout but all they offered was 1:00 (a whole hour!). The breakfast was OK but there was about 6 tables in the lounge so I had to eat sitting on the couch with my plate on my lap. I wouldn't recommend this Homewood suites.
Seatac homewood suites
I stayed at the seatac hws because there was a convention going on in seattle and there was a city wide sellout in the downtown area and i was going to see a concert and didnt want to drive down back to tacoma.
i was familar with the hws in downtown so i thought this 1 would be great, unforetunately i was incorrect! it wasnt the tidest of places and its off the beaten path, also the customer service there was almost non-existant, it was a rainy day and after stomping through the after going to a nearby bar it got on my companions shows and into the carpet slightly in the room and they advised me that it will be an extra $100 to pay for cleaning...come on i understand it may take a moment longer to clean, but it really wasnt that bad and i know it didnt cost them that much to clean it......they were rude about the whole situation....plus while at breakfast there were many unpleasant people...it seemed like the ghetto, there was actually a guy yelling in the room! it seemed more like motel 6 than anything from hilton! i definately wouldnt reccomend this hotel to anyone!
TripAdvisor Reviews Homewood Suites Seattle - Tacoma Airport / Tukwila
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