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I actually managed to sleep in a bit . . . until about 7:00 a.m. . . . so caught up on some things, including this blog!
After getting the sleepers out . . . and cleaning up . . . we decide to have breafast back at the Tin Lizzie . . . we had perused the menu the night before! We both saw something we thought we would like.
This repeats a little from the previous entry . . . sorry!!
The bus got into Seattle pretty much on time . . . on Friday afternoon . . . lots of traffic with arrival at 4:20 p.m. . . that was probably more like 4:30 p.m. . . . then figuring out where we were in relationship to the hotel . . . that took a little doing . . . then flagging a …
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... YUCK what is wrong with a state that doesn't have real bathrooms near the highway?!?) and we arrived in Seattle late, hungry, and cranky.
Thankfully our luck again turned and our Hostel in Fremont turned out to be a gem with a large and cheap room for our family, and we remembered that the wonderful Juan had pointed out a nearby perogie joint so the decision for dinner was easy and tasty. And to top it off, the baby monitor reaches to ...
Picked up! From the pub crawl the previous night. Hung it with Chris and signy but didn't do much cos we were too tired and hungover. Went and had fish and chips for breakfast then went and did some underground tour of Seattle. It was ok but the tour guides were annoying. Went to the baseball that night to watch the Seattle mariners play the Houston Astros...was fun! Settle won ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarQueen Hotel Seattle
A beautiful old brick building with hardwood floors in the rooms. Loved the suite with a nice little kitchen and very small alcove/sitting room. No elevator. Located about 4 blocks from the Space Needle.
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Historical Traveler Reviews MarQueen Hotel Seattle
Excellent and wonderful Marqueen
The Marqueen Hotel at the base of the Queen Ann area in Seattle is a jewel. One of two boutique hotels owned by the same company, the other is the Inn at Queen Ann. This is an older, lovingly restored hotel. From the great brick exterior to the beautiful lobby area, it has been wonderfully updated. We stayed in the Grand Suite, a top floor corner suite with great views of the Space Needle and the islands and ferries out of Elliott Bay. The bathroom has been updated and includes plush bathrobes and jacuzzi tub. The rooms all have 10ft cove ceilings and dark wood antiques. It felt more like a super apartment than a hotel room. A huge king size bed, +200 thread count sheets, fluffy comforter, oak armoire plus T.V. made for a comfortable night. A modern kitchen with very reasonably priced honor bar was a nice surprise. A local corner coffee, Caffe Lladro has delicious coffee and pastries available for room service as well. Very friendly and accomodating hotel staff - we will definitely stay again.
Quiet, Restful Stay
I truly enjoyed the nights that I stayed at the Marqueen. The hotel was very quiet. The room were great. I personally like the apartment look that it has. The location was great also. It was only minutes from the Seattle Center where the Space Needle is located. The price was good also. I'd glady make reservations again at this hotel.
Much better than reviews indicated
We purchased our reservation for a Seattle hotel through Priceline at an amazingly low price, but of course we didn't know where we would end up. After reading the tripadvisor reviews on the Marqueen, we were somewhat concerned. We needn't have been. We loved the location, since it wasn't in the middle of downtown, but was within walking distance to the monorail for easy access to downtown. The shops and restaurants in the area were charming, including the Cafe Ladro attached to the hotel.
We had read that there were only sheer curtains in the rooms and that the light came in too early in the day. This has apparently been remedied, as the room-darkening shades allowed our teen-age daughter to sleep in past 11 am! As for the noise level, we were in a room at the back of the hotel and there was no more noise, perhaps less, than most hotels. The beds were absolutely the most comfortable we have ever had while traveling. The kitchen area, complete with a sitting area, microwave and a stocked refrigerator was a real plus. We experienced a pleasant staff, and thought that the older structure added character.
Yes, it is an old building with a few related flaws, so if you are looking for a new "Motel 6" look, this hotel isn't for you. But if you want charm and style, try the Marqueen.
MarQueen was outstanding
There were four of us that stayed at the MarQueen the night before leaving on an Alaska cruise. The MarQueen was a unique and georgous place to stay. All personnel were courteous and very helpful. We were picked up at the airport on time and taken to the dock to the ship without any problems. Everything about the MarQueen met our expectations and more. The price may have been more than you would regularly pay, but it wasn't overly expensive.
Nice Staff & Clean Room
I stayed 2 nights at the Marqueen Hotel. My first room had plumbing problems and the staff was very accommodating to try and fix the problem. Since they were unable to fix the problem, they upgraded me to another room. The doorman was quite pleasant and the front staff was courteous. The room was clean and spacious. Located close by is Larrys Market for your grocery needs.Make sure to ask for a room in the back - it is much quieter. It is an older boutique hotel with personality. I would stay at the Marqueen again.
Can't wait to return to The Marqueen!!!
We drove across the country to visit our kiddo in Seattle; having booked the Marqueen on-line, we were confident that we HAD a place to stay, but were not sure if it would live up to the description/photos that were posted... it looked a bit elegant in the pictures, and we wondered if it would be a "tourist-friendly" place; we needn't have worried. The staff was friendly and eager to help us when we arrived road-weary and a little early. They could not have been kinder. The room was huge, sparkling clean, and beautifully restored... the location was fantastic... we even walked all the way back from Pike's Market, which was totally "do-able." The space needle is right around the corner, and there's a great little coffee shop on the same block, and an Irish pub across the street... we loved The Marqueen, and can hardly wait to return.
We stayed one long night at the Marqueen Hotel. When I asked if the room was quiet, the clerk replied that he had never stayed at the hotel as a guest, so how would he know. The noise started to be tolerable at about midnight or 12:30. Then, deliveries started at 3:08. By 5:30 in the morning I could hear tv noise, music and voices. If you don't mind staying at an old apartment building, with rusty water, drains that hardly drain, then this place is for you. It is near great food, Seattle Center, and grocery store shopping. Just camp on the street. Why pay for a three star hotel to get the noise that Marqueen offers.
Spoiled by the staff's attitude
Great location, near to Key Arena and hence a short walk and monorail trip to downtown. Room was good, liked the decor. Parking is $15 a day for valet service. Staff (apart from doorman) seemed unfriendly and arrogant. They talked down to everyone. Not that I need to be their best friend, but I expected better.
Sorry this is a bit long. In short: Location: A, Comfort: D, Value: D, Service: C (valet saved them here). I surprised my wife with a weekend getaway for her birthday. I selected the Marqueen Hotel after some research online. I know Seattle, and I know the variety of accomodations there. I chose the Marqueen after reading the reviews online. I also chose it for it's location near the Seattle Center, on Queen Ann Hill. So here's the review: Location = Very good. Queen Ann Hill is charming with a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and a few novel shops. It's just a great neighborhood. Plus, you can walk to the Seattle Center, Key Arena. Hotel itself: It has potential mind you, old, 1915ish structure that's been renovated but it fell well short of any of the reviews I read. They all cheered and showed the lobby in their reviews, but hey, it's a "lobby" and a small one at that. I reserved a small suite. Upon entry, it looks nice, and, it is ok. But as far as comfort and value...NO WAY! So, we pay about $180 for the night. A Motel 8 has more comfort. 1st, the old wood floor creaks at every step. Not just creaks, but REALLY, REALLY creaks. Next, the windows have ONLY sheers. It was bright at 5:00 a.m. in our room!! Next, the bus stop was right outside our suites 2 windows. They boast "soundproof" windows....NOT! Or maybe the walls aren't. Next, the cleaning closet is in the hall adjacent to our room (#208) and it's door slams shut when housekeeping uses it. Next, the TV reception was terrible, fuzzy, snowy...with cable??? Next, their policies state that if we need a different check-out time, just call. So I did, requesting an hour later and was told "no". I mentioned their policy and was still told "sorry, no." I was called back by another person 5 minutes later and after a 'mini-lecture'about house-keeping needs, was allowed the extra hour. At checkin and checkout, there was nothing special about the service. The only good experience I had was that the val
0. So, all in all, it was NOT the charming, warm, comfortable, professional hotel for us on our visit. Too bad.
Very poor guest relations
The hotel's core problems with guest relations became clear after plumbing problems arose in my room. I was denied showering in addition to having to change to a lesser room, and the hotel treated me as if it were my problem by refusing me any sort of compensation for my inconvenience.