Renaissance Seattle Hotel
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Hot Water Would Have Been Nice
I stayed at the Madison Renaissance for a business meeting recently, but I wouldn't return for a personal visit.
For the the four nights we were there, there was no hot water. Well, there was, but you had to wake up at 5AM to claim it. For some reason, and this was universal among the attendees, if you tried taking a shower after 6AM, hot water was absent. We all voiced our complaints, but nothing was done, so I assume it's a standard malady. No discounts were offered for our inconveniences.
Also, the hotel is next to a major freeway, so pity if you get a room facing this freeway. Would suggest you ask for an immediate relocation to a room facing in the direction of the waterfront.
Staff was very friendly, and the locaton is good for walking in the downtown area. But again, when it's cold, and the heater isn't working well, hot water is very important. Conference rooms were okay, but get the impression that this hotel is either very old or not very well-maintained.
Nice place, great location
We had a last minute reservation for one night at this hotel and were pleasantly suprised! We requested and got a room on an upper floor, city side and had no problem with noise. Beautiful view, great location and nice clean room with plenty of space. Only negatives...we never got our complimentary coffee with wakeup call (we were already up) and the drinks at the bar are OUTRAGEOULSY HIGH PRICED!! $11 for Sky vodka! I know it's the big city, but that's crazy!! We got a good deal on their website...$109 with free parking and bfast for 2 the next morning. If we didn't have reservations at the Red Lion in a few weeks, we'd stay here again (but find another bar!:)
We stayed here for three nights and found it quite comfortable. The service in everyway and department was fantastic. The pool was great (but a little cold!) and the fitness center large by hotel standards.
It had good, modern equipment. Keep in mind that you are at the top of a hill and if you have to walk to the convention center or pikes market, you'll be walking UP the hill on the way back to the hotel.
Think of it as good exercise.
Try the french onion soup on room service.
Amazing views with amazing style
We stayed for 3 nights in the Renaissance Madison Hotel. We booked a special price of $139 per night with free parking and free breakfast for two each morning. Our room was upgraded to the 21st floor and had outstanding views of the Seattle skyline. Although the room was a little loud at times, it added to the "city" feel of Seattle. The pool and health club on the 28th floor is the best I've ever seen. The Renaissance paid close attention to every fine detail in the decor.
Breakfast was very good and the buffet for two would cost $26 without the special offer. If you drive there, I recommend you drive a short car. We drove in a Chevy Tahoe and it was too tall to fit in the parking garage. We were moved to a nearby garage, but still received free parking. The hotel is extremely close to shopping, the waterfront, and the financial district. I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a fabulous time in Seattle.
Good price but ...
My wife and I spent a night at the hotel in October 2003. I got a package deal ($139) that included parking ($19) and breakfast ($20).
The rate was pretty good considering what was included and the location of the hotel (downtown Seattle). We could easily walk to the shopping district (6 blocks), and take the monorail from downtown to the Space Needle etc.
Unfortunately, we have numerous little issues with the hotel and its staff. At check-in I asked for a quiet room that would not face the freeway (hotel was right next to the freeway, which might also explained a bit lower rate compared to other similar hotels). After we declined an offer to pay extra to get a room that face the waterfront, we were assured that our room would not face the freeway. Also, we were informed that even if our room would have faced the freeway we would not noticed it because the rooms are so quite (more on this later).
Then I asked about the free breakfast whether it is a buffet or something else. The person at the check-in did not know basically anything about the breakfast. He had no idea whether a buffet breakfast was going to be served or not. Finally he gave us a breakfast coupon, which according to him would give us 20 dollars off from any breakfast we would like to have. Obviously he had never read the coupon because it said that it would be good for a breakfast buffet for 2.
So, we got a room on the 21st floor. Not only did the room face the freeway, but it was right by the elevators. I wonder where I room would have been, had I not asked for a quiet room!? By the way, you can easily hear the noise from the freeway even up to the 21st floor. We had hard time sleeping because of the noise.
We also decided to have dinner at the hotel's restaurant on the 28th floor. That did not go well either. First, we were completely ignored for at least 10 minutes. We considered walking out just before somebody finally came to take our orders. I had chicken which was good, however the potatoes were raw. My wife has salmon, which turned out to be completely raw inside. She had to send it back.
Service at the breakfast was not any better, although the food was good. I asked for tea, and got one cup and a promise that I would get a pot of tea. The pot never showed up. Neither did the glasses of orange juice that we ordered.
The only good thing about this hotel is the price considering its location (close to downtown). However, make sure that you get a room that does not face the freeway, or otherwise your room can be really noisy.
Overall, in my opinion this hotel does not deserve 4 stars. We are not going to stay at the hotel again. I am willing to pay another 50 dollars or so per night to try another nearby hotel, such as Sheraton.
Good location Great Pool/Health Club
4 day stay July 2003. Easy walk to Pike Place and Pioneer Square. Come without a car and take the Seattle Underground bus system; its free in the downtown area and about 3 blocks from the hotel.
Room was average size and had nice upper level view of the city.
Ran on the treadmills every morning. Beautiful views of Elliott Bay
from the indoor pool on the 18th floor.
Stayed two nites here before a cruise. The place is about 6 blocks from the waterfront but city buses serve the hotel about every 12 minutes and they are FREE! Just ask the concierge about the bus, which route you need, and they are very helpful. The hotel is nice. A typical upscale check-in with a lounge. Room was very clean and well-maintained. I would recommend this hotel as long as don't care to not be on the waterfront.
Great place & great service
From the moment we arrived it was a great experience. The valet was very helpful and gave great service.In house restaurants Pellini & Maxwell both are great, but expensive.Only quarrel was that the view could have been better. Try to request a view of the water front could be better than facing the I-5
Stayed at the Madison Renaissance for 4 nights end of May 2003. Staff were very friendly and concierge was especially helpful. Not located in the middle of downtown but still very convenient. It is at the top of a fairly steep incline from the waterfront but easily manageable especially if you go through the escalators of buildings. Rooms are clean and well maintained. For the price charged compared to other hotels in the vicinity, the Madison Renaissance offers very good value.
Not Bad, But...
Stayed there for a week in March 2003. Hotel is nice but I think there are better palces in Seattle. Room was very small and futniture looked like it was from a garage sale. Most staff was friendly and helpful. Booked through the American Airlines site (Expedia). Unfortunately found out that no Marriott Rewards points are awarded for this type of booking. Next trip I will probably stay at the Alexis or the Westin.
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