Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
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This hotel was a fairly typical Residence Inn with an especially nice and helpful staff. The 1 bedroom suite was spacious and clean. The breakfast buffet is inlcuded in the price of the room and they serve a colossal assortment of breakfast foods of average quality. They also serve a free meal on Wednesday nights. There are several good restaurants with great views on Lake Union which is just across the street. Although the hotel is a couple of miles from downtown and the market, we were able to schedule transportation to and from all the major sites on the courtesy van. Seattle Center and the Space Needle are just about a half mile or so walk. It's on a busy street but there's always a sidewalk to walk on. The walk back to the hotel is downhill and easier than the walk there.
We had reservations at another hotel in town, but decided against it once we read the not so positive reviews on this website. I browsed the reviews on other hotels and noticed the positive feedback on the Residence Inn. This hotel was very nice, with a great view of Lake Union. It is also right on the bus line to get to Pike Place Market, approx. 5 minute bus ride. The free breakfast was nice, but we opted to make food in our room. The room was fully stocked with everything a person would need to make a snack or even a meal, except the food of course. The staff was so nice too. I am so glad we switched our reservation from the other hotel.
We stayed in this hotel before cruising from the seaport in seattle. The hotel was lovely. The service very polite and breakfast buffet very tasty. They had shuttle service to downtown needle and farmers market. Great resturants across the street. We will stay again if in the area.
We stayed at the Residence Inn Feb. 26, 05 after bidding and winning it for $60 on Priceline. Our suite was more like a small one bedroom apartment and was clean and comfortable with 2 TV's, basic cable plus free high-speed internet. The staff was friendly, the breakfast buffet was way above average and the location is great if you have a car, since it's slightly off the beaten path and near but not really walkable to downtown. Note: Do not use the $15/day hotel garage--there is ample free street parking behind the hotel and the neighborhood is safe, even if it is across the street from Hooter's (and their stupid 'dude' clientele!). All in all, a nice place to stay, even at non-Priceline prices!
Terrific hotel -- wonderful location. The Front Office Manager is also great. Accomodations are better than I expected -- hotel was just redone in Nov. of 04 --- clean, beautiful lobby, terrific indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and gym. Employees can't do enough for you. Newspapers set out everyday, coffee in the lobby at all times. Directly across the street from Lake Union with all the restaurants (I mean, directly across the street from the restaurants, instead of how Silver Cloud Hotel is --- that hotel advertises that it is across the street from Lake Union restaurants but it really isn't. While it is across the street from the Lake, it isn't the portion with the commerical restaurants and harbor!!). I wholeheartedly recommend this hotel. The fact that I went on Priceline and got it for $55/night is almost inmaterial as I'd stay there now regardless of the web site I secure the reservation off of).
Better than expected
Stayed here for 3 days in December 2004. Chose it mainly because of having a family and needing catering facilities, the price was also excellent. We had a huge suite with 2 full bathrooms, enough bed space for 5, good kitchen, enormous balcony and lake views. Breakfast is included and a guest reception with food a couple of nights a week. Plenty of reading/seating areas in the lounge, along with 24 hour tea/coffee.
The hotel is not deluxe, they were renovating when I was there. But I couldn't have asked for more.
There is a small parking charge but we parked free of charge in the next street.
The best thing is the free shuttle which will drop off and pick up within a 2 mile radius. Pike's market is wonderful. We bought a fresh seafood banquet and cooked it up in the suite. The other nights we went to the adjacent restaurants. Chandler's Crab Shack is particularly good, although slightly expensive. We also visited Larry's market which is a great grocery store.
No complaints - except the weather.
Very large suite. Kitchen well supplied. Breakfast every morning, menu changes daily. Hot & cold eats. Great location. Blocks from Space Needle and Pike Market. Parking $15 a day, but can come and go whenever.
If you are looking for a GREAT hotel in Seattle, THIS IS IT!! The hotel is very clean, the staff is extremely accomodating and very friendly. Everyone there greets you with a warm smile and a verbal hello. The breakfast is SUPER! There isn't anything more you could want. If you are looking for an indoor pool and/or hot tub...it has them both. All this and a beautiful view of Lake Union. Don't miss this one!!!!
Looked at many, picked this one, turned out excellent
I spent a week here in early June with my wife, 2 year old, and my in-laws (yeah- recipe for disaster, right?). On the contrary. We had a great time and part of it was due to this excellent hotel.
I'm the trip planner of the family, so I pore over every scrap of info I can find when trying to choose the right hotel. I thought I wanted to stay in the downtown area, but I needed a suites hotel because of the family. I figured I'd be compromising by choosing this hotel because on the map it looks somewhat far from downtown.
Well, this place was great. First, the staff- always, and I mean always helpful, courteous, and professional. Next the facility- clean, modern, large enclosed atrium in the lobby gives an airy, bright feel, pool, laundry, etc.... The rooms are furnished in a basic fashion, but it fits. And the location turned out to be wonderful. Across the street from Lake Union, which is just beautiful (no hotels are on the edge of the lake so this is as close as it gets). Excellent restaurants right next door. Leave your car in the underground garage (for a fee) and instead take the free van shuttle to just about anywhere you need to go in Seattle (example- we used it to visit the Market, the Needle, and the zoo). Tell them when you are ready to be picked up and they are there for you. And, I walked to Pike's Market in about 20 minutes, so don't look at the map and figure it isn't close enough.
Other hotels I considered were the Westin, the Marriott, Inn at the Market, and a couple other small properties. After seeing those places in person (I always check out my runners-up choices to see if I picked the right one) I felt good about choosing the Residence Inn. I've never reviewed a hotel before, even to complain, but this one deserved a mention. It was as good as I've ever experienced.
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We enjoyed 5 nights in a roomy suite. We paid an extra $10 per night for a lake view and it was worth it. (Total w/o taxes about $139.) The staff is very friendly. We did not have a car which saved $15 a day and we used the free Marriott shuttle which takes you to any downtown location and will pick you up somewhere else if you wish. We did not use the full kitchen but may when we return. The hotel will even order groceries for you. The breakfast is somewhat of a zoo unless you get there early, and while there were scrambled eggs every day, meat (sausage) appeared only two of five mornings. There is a nice lounge with a small library. There are plenty of nearby restaurants (be sure to get chowder at Dukes). There is no bar so if you want cocktails or wine bring your own. Starbucks coffee is always available in the lobby.
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