La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown

Address: 2224 8th Ave., Seattle, Washington, 98121, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located in the Downtown area of Seattle, is near Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Denny Park, Honeychurch Antiques, and Seattle Cellars.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown

          Great Hotel & Allows Pets!!


          All La Quinta Hotels allow pets and we had a small dog coming with us to Seattle, so we decided to stay here, also because La Quinta doesn't charge extra for pets and we were on a budget. We were really pleased with this hotel, having stayed at the Travelodge down the street just the night before and being very disappointed, we enjoyed our stay here at the La Quinta and ended up staying here 2 nights. Our room was really big,clean and warm and cozy. We had a balcony and a small couch in the room. The room colors were very warm and inviting. The TV had many cable and movie channels. The staff was very corteous and provided us with a map and directions. There is also free continental breakfast and a dining room where you could eat and a computer downstairs that you could use for free to print stuff. There is a hot tub. There is also a little conveience store next to the front desk. The location is also very close to the Seattle center/Space needle and within 1-2 miles to downtown and the Pike Street market. I highly recommend this place for people with pets and for those on a budget.

          Good Price, But . . .


          Stayed here Oct. 14-19, 2005, while attending a convention that was not paid for by my employer. Cost was the prime consideration, plus reasonable walking distance to the convention center. Paid $80/night, which was half of what the meeting's "approved" hotels cost, most of which were clustered close by the center. La Quinta was about an 8 block walk, which turned out to be very easy, around 12 minutes. Never felt unsafe along the route, which passes by the police precinct headquarters. The low price comes with some caveats. This is a tired looking hotel of old design, both exterior and interior. As is our custom, we asked for a room as far from elevators as possible. In this case, that is advice to be heeded. These were surely the noisiest elevator doors I have ever encountered, opening and closing with a freight-elevator-like bang. I pity the people whose rooms opened on the elevator lobby. However, the rooms at the ends of the halls, like ours, were very quiet and no elevator or other sounds intruded. The room we had (again, an end corner room) was quite large, with two queen beds, two chairs, small table, and a credenza for the drawers and t.v. All were adequate, but well-used and dated. Good curtains to block out any street lights. Walls were much in need of repainting, with many scrapes and marks marring the appearance. Bathrooms were quite basic (no style at all), but adequate. We liked having two sinks: one inside the bathroom and another just outside it. BUT: the mildew on certain tile areas, in the cracks of the wallpaper, and on the ceiling were deplorable. The desk staff was cheerful and efficient, no problems with the reservation. There's internet access only at a machine in a room off the entry, but it worked fine. They also provide a printer and paper. Breakfast came included with the room, and it was in a large room with many tables, t.v on in the corner, and provided make-your-own waffle machines, a nice touch, in addition to the usual cereals, toasts, bagels, yoghurts, boiled eggs, juices and coffee. If you regularly eat breakfast, and otherwise would have to pay for it, this is another bonus consideration of the price of the room. In sum, the price is right, given the alternatives, but don't expect anything grand. We used the money we saved to eat at some of Seattle's many fine restaurants.

          Met our expectations


          I wasn't sure what to expect after the mixed reviews of this hotel, but I was plesantly surprised. Our room was clean and up-to-date. There was a living room with sofabed, desk, tv, etc. as well as a mini bar with sink and fridge. The bedroom was separate with a door, which is what we wanted with 4 of us in the room. The bathroom was small, but adequate for a 1 night stay. We actually had a nice view out the big windows and a great view of the Space Needle. Our room was ready when we checked in. The continental breakfast had a lot to offer... even make your own waffles. This is not a fancy hotel, but great for families and everything was perfect for what we needed.

          Pretty good place for the price....


          We just got back from staying 4 nights at the LaQuinta in "downtown" Seattle.... We had a coupon from Southwest Airlines which got our room cost down to $60 a night -- so THAT was our main reason for picking this place. It is somewhat a hotel where "you get what you pay for..."

          All the front desk staff were nice and helpful. The free breakfast each morning was OK (although its better to get out of the hotel/area and experience some of Seattle's MANY breakfast and coffee spots). The rooms were clean enough for the most part (they did miss a few things here & there though). Our room was a little noisy from the street traffic, but that's to be expected.

          This hotel is at least 6-8 blocks from everthing fun or interesting, so it can get a little tiring to hike around that much. So we got used to the city's bus system -- they made it a lot easier to get around (taxis really don't come close to the hotel, but the front desk can summon one easily).

          But like I said before, you get what you pay for, so we were pretty satisfied for what we paid.

          10-15 minutes walking distance from all major sites!


          I needed to stay over in Seattle for a short conference in Downtown Seattle. Via the internet I found a great deal for a king size bedded suite for $99/night. The livingroom was spacious with nice chairs, a nice queen size sofa-bed, a kitchenette with dish-washer, toaster etc! Free coffee and tea were available 24/7! Bedroom was ok.

          The check-in was ok, I arrived 4 hours early travelling from the Netherlands, but they arranged the room within no-time!!! Rooms were cleaned every day!

          Breakfast was okay (eg eggs, fruit, juices, milk, coffee, tea, bagels, cakes, wafels, cheese, jam). If you compare it to the Grand Hyat in Seattle it was far better in La Quinta!

          The hotel is a 10 minute walk from Pine St, 10 minutes from the Space needle and 15 minutes to the Pikes Market. Public transport to/from Seatac is a 5 minute walk (direct bus 174) or a 10 minute walk (direct bus 194). You can transfer buses to get closer to the hotel (nearest busstop is 30 yards from the entrance).

          La Quinta has a small work-out room, and spa! All together I enjoyed my stay at La Quinta!

          Worst stay ever


          My boyfriend and I had booked 4 nights at LaQuinta downtown, but after the first night, we decided to hit the road and found a better hotel only $10 more per night.

          The room was dank and smelly when we arrived at 3am after driving in from Portland. The couch was gray and spotted, the receiver on the phone sticky and worse of all, our bed smelled awful when we pulled off the covers. I laid my head down on my pillow only to encounter another horrible smell. Because it was late and we were so tired, we had not choice but to stay the night.

          The garage is open to the back street, so passerbys can break into your car without anyone knowing.

          Not worth even looking into!!!

          I highly recommend the Silver Cloud Inn instead!! The staff is friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and comfortable, and the complimentary breakfast delicious!

          Not Worth the $$


          I have to agree with all the reviews here. Not being familiar with the layout of Seattle, I assumed this hotel was close to Downtown. Its about 5 blocks or so. Not a problem, as the curtious front desk woman called us a taxi.

          The rooms needed to be renovated, as they just didn't seem modern and fresh. I didn't like the bathroom either but it wasn't bad.

          The breakfast bar was wonderful, no complaints. I agree with the elevator comments, I was pretty sure we were going to get stuck in there, but we didn't.

          There are no close restaurants so we ordered in, which was fun and not a problem.

          I didn't have any problems with this hotel, its just not as classy as the others in the area. I didn't book this one for my second trip.

          By the way, the rate is too pricey for this hotel but that's Seattle.

          Great Hotel, Good location, Good price


          Visited in July '04

          First: the location. It is not IN downtown, but rather about 5 blocks from Downtown and about 5 blocks from the Space Needle. We didn't rent a car, so we walked everywhere, something I enjoyed doing. The area seemed safe, although deserted, and this was the only tall building within a 5-block radius. A police station was nearby, so I would assume that the area is more or less safe. One definite minus: no decent restaurants around the hotel (within the 5-block area).

          The hotel itself may look unappealing on the outside at first sight, but, in fact, it has a very nice mural of some whales, which makes it look that much nicer. Inside, the lobby was clean, although not very spacious. The hotel has a exercising room, a Jacuzzi and a small sauna room.

          The elevators seem a bit out of date, but they work, and that's all that matters.

          Check in: VERY smooth, no problems whatsoever.

          Room: Clean, comfy, spacious. One problem (not their fault) we needed two double beds, they didn't have that type of room when I made the reservation, so we opted for a room with a bed and a sofa sleeper. The bed seemed to be good, the sofa sleeper was not so good. Nevertheless, everything else about the room was good.

          One minor point: the light switches for the bathroom control both the bathroom and the sink area and are located outside the bathroom! (Some engineer needs a reality check!) But that was not a big problem.

          Their self-serve expanded continental breakfast was better than I expected. They had fruit, pastries, oatmeal, cereal, fresh-baked waffles (you make 'em yourself), and more!

          Checkout: Also, no problems!

          The staff: SUPER FRIENDLY! This is the first time I've seen staff this friendly! Truly exceptional! In most hotels that I've stayed in the past, the staff would put on their usual smile and greet you with that. The guys and ladies at this hotel were REALLY TRULY smiling and were genuinely interested in making your stay the best it can be! Two thumbs up!

          Overall, I was very satisfied with service, price, etc! The location's not the best, but I was very happy for what I got!

          Sleepless in Seattle


          This was the sort of experience I would have expected if I had paid only half the price or less.

          Calling the neighborhood "unassuming" is a compliment. The place is surrounded by fee parking lots with plenty of pock-marked pavement and a number of deserted buildings. The lack of pedestrian traffic made us wonder whether it was safe to walk around. Since the hotel is several blocks north of actual downtown Seattle where parking is precious, chances are you will opt to walk at least some of the time.

          The seven storey cinder block building squats on nearly every available inch of its lot. The lobby entrance, one of several doors on the outside, was not obvious. Inside just about every bit of public space -- lobby, garage, elevators, halls, etc. -- was small and cramped. The elevators were claustrophobic and slow. Our room was less cramped; on the floor map it appeared to be one of the bigger rooms. It was plain but clean. We dropped our stuff off and headed out for a few hours.

          Upon our return in the evening we began to discover problems with the room. The television was useless, reporting "Unusable signal" when turned on. When we called the front desk, the clerk's response was "what do you want us to do about it?", put us on hold and left us like that. After visiting the desk in person, this person agreed to have the maintenance man look at it the next day. He found a broken cable connector AND a broken jack on the back of the television. Other broken items included burnt out light bulbs and a cracked carafe with our in-room coffee pot.

          Sleeping in the room was a challenge. Light leaked in around the shut curtains from the exterior balcony light, which did not appear to have a switch, and the streetlights beyond. More light came in around, and especially under, the door from the very brightly lit hallway. Several LED clocks in the room added to the nighttime glow. Unfortunately, not much of the ambient light reached the one place you could really use it -- the bathroom -- during the night. There was no light switch IN the bathroom. It's light was controlled by the same switch at the door that turned on the entry light, so there was no way to turn on the bathroom light without lighting the whole room. Topping off the discomfort were stubbornly firm foam pillows.

          Our complimentary continental breakfast was cut short when business guests in the hotel took all of the tables and chairs in order to hold a meeting in the breakfast room. This would not have been a problem except that they started their meeting one hour before the advertized end of breakfast.

          The price per night for two adults: $119 for the room, $13.33 extra guest charge, $22.92 taxes. Definitely NOT worth it.

          A wee gem


          We happened on this hotel after a bad experience at the Kings Inn.

          This hotel is great. The room we had was bright, clean and spacious. It had a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Fresh coffee was provided daily. A full breakfast was offered and the facilitity to make your own delicious waffles. In the evening they served freshly made chocolate chip cookies (not for anyone on a diet).

          The hotel had an excellent spa and sauna.

          Very friendly staff.

          All in all a good hotel to stay in.

          TripAdvisor Reviews La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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