Travel Blogs from Seattle
Without doubt, Seattle has provided the best coffee of the trip so far. We had hoped this would be the case. They don't understand chinos, but have been very accommodating with the kids.
Early start this morning for our 8am Space Needle entry, so we decided it was time for a coffee and donut breakfast as we walked along 5th Ave. Delicious …
Farewell Vancouver and Julie...or as Jen prefers to say 'see you later'. What a fantastic time we had with Julie exploring Canada. It would be great to go back there and we highly recommend it.
We caught a 9.30am Quick Shuttle bus service from Vancouver to Seattle and arrived just after 2pm. It was only 30mins from arrival to departure at …
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... guide instead of a bus, and he was really twitchy incase I was a critic that they're all scared of. No idea what that was all about. Anyway, he was good, the tour was good, but the process of getting on it was a pain in the ****. Things I did on my own on other days were taking the monorail to the space needle and going up to the viewing platform (it's awesome), having a proper look around the market, getting a Starbucks from the first ever one, and generally snooping around shops ...
... Purchased our fresh flowers at the market to enjoy on the boat...as long as we get them thru security! Having mimosas on the deck at Etta's on Western Ave. Enjoying their free wifi and setting up my blog to record our adventures. Not sure how to record more entries while we are on the ship, but I will see what I can figure out. Time to board the ship ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKings Inn Seattle
The hotel is very basic, don't offer breakfast, as usual here.
Wifi didn't work as we were expecting. The shower wasn't good, but it was cold.
We had a big room, with 2 bedrooms, 1 of them were queensize and it was good.
It was good because the location is perfect, you can walk to some of the most famous touristic places.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Kings Inn Seattle
My friend and I just stayed 4 days at Kings Inn...I walked in the room and could not believe I would allow myself to stay in such a place, but I did, and am glad...we were just a couple blocks from Pikes we walked there, 2 blocks from the tram to take you to the Space Needle and 2 blocks from the bus service that take you to the waterfront and trolly cars...Sure the room was low budget, but we spent little time in our room anyway...we got free parking..we were so close to everything we did not even use the car for 4 days, i wonder how much we saved on parking alone??? so we paid $59 a night w/ free parking....just allowed us to spend more money shopping and touring the city..the ramada was $99 plus you had another $25 in parking per day...and we were in our room from about midnight to 8am..why pay more?? if on a budget i would stay again..
Great Stay at the King's Inn
I did plenty of research before booking a hotel for myself, my aunt, uncle,and two cousins 15 and 7. I wanted to stay in Seattle and not on the outskirts. I tried to book a room at the King's Inn before my trip but they only had Smoking Rooms. So I picked another hotel. The day before my trip I decided I better read some reviews so I went to tripadvisor.com and read the reviews on the hotel. They were not only horrible but scary as well. I decided we'd have to try the King's Inn and hope for the best. When I called back they said they'd had some cancelations and now had a non-smoking room. I asked for a room with two double beds. When we checkin in they gave us a room with two QUEEN beds which was great. The hotel is by no means new, yet everything was very clean and I loved the old building look. Plus they have free parking, the spaces aren't big but we managed just fine. The hotel staff was so friendly and helpful I was amazed. Yet the best part was how close we were to everything. My aunt and uncle rented a care yet it was unnessesary because we walked everywhere so we wouldn't have to pay for parking. Everything was walking distance, we didn't even take the bus. The King's Inn is close to numerous shopping centers, incredible restaurants, and fabulous bakeries. Plus, Pike Place Market is just down the street. I'm going back in December with another cousin of mine and have already made my reservation.
Poor parking, and poor maids too!
We have a Ford F150 Short Bed pickup, and the parking at the Kings Inn was a nightmare! It ruined our whole weekend!
We also had the misfortune of leaving a hanging cosmetic bag with some jewelry and other things inside. We notified them the very next day, and were told that the maid hadn't seen it and they could not help us.
They advertised as being close to both the space needle and Pikes Place Market, but only the space needle was withen walking distance, not the market. We recomend any other alternative if you can find one.
Low budget but loved it!
I had read the reviews here prior to arriving and was a little worried.
True, the place is low budget. It was clean with the exception of the walls. Bare bones, that's for sure. But the staff (office and housekeeping) were wonderful! Very responsive to our needs and extremely helpful. They made our reservations at Elliott's Oyster House and when we arrived, we were treated to crab cakes courtesy of the King's Inn! VERY NICE! And talk about centrally located... we walked everywhere with great ease. There is a great grocery store just a block away that stays open late which was truly a plus. I will definitely stay again!
You can do better
Location is the only thing going for this hotel. The hotel is filthy, with patched wallpaper, stained sinks, walls and pillows. The rooms are not much larger than those found on a cruise ship. The hotel needs a complete reno or teardown.
This place is filthy and noisy. Nothing to reccomend Stay someplace else.....
Basic Motel Accommodation Downtown
This is a review when I stayed at the Kings Inn in August 2000 (I just recently discovered this site and wanted to share my experiences with others). Summary: Bland, basic, but convenient. Background: I'm a frequent visitor to Seattle and was on the lookout for something cheap that included parking. The Kings Inn fit the bill. It's an old motel type place located downtown alongside the monorail and perhaps a block or so from the Ramada. I knew when I booked that this was going to be a motel with no frills, and that's what I got. The bed is next to the window and the curtains leave something to be desired for their ability to block out light. Even though I had a non-smoking room, it was obvious other people have smoked in the room on a regular basis. The furnishings are old and not in great condition. All the lights, air con, tv and plumbing worked. The one nice experience was the helpfulness of the housekeeping staff. They were prompt to clean when asked and did a good job. The advantages of this place are: location, price and free parking. Summary - suitable for those travelling with a car by themselves or for those who are not particular when it comes to a dated budget-level form of accommodation. Would I stay again? No. My finances allow me to afford something nicer and cleaner now and as I've gotten used to better accommodation, I'd likely stay somewhere like Springhill Suites by Marriot.
One of the cheapest downtown motels, and for good reason. We stayed there three or four times when we had no other reasonably-priced downtown alternative. Very old and noisy (due both to street noise and the winos). Electrical outlets and plumbing should probably be inspected by someone from the Seattle Building Dept., and the matresses are the worst we ever slept on (picture "discards from the local landfill"). The King's Inn offers "free underground parking" down a steep (45 degree) one-way ramp with a sharp turn at the bottom and they pack 60 or so cars into stalls big enough for a Geo Metro or Volkswagen, but little else (hope you have rubber protection on your car doors). You definitely need a "spotter" when exiting or entering the ramp, because it is barely wide enough for a single vehicle, and is the only way into or out of the parking garage. On the plus side, the motel is centrally located, and the staff was very friendly on every one of our visits. Good luck!
This is the Pits
This is the pits. We arrived late and were greated by a very unfriendly gentleman who would not honour a price which had been agreed by earlier e-mails. This worked to our advantage as when we saw the room we would not have wanted to stay. The room we were shown was dull, drab and dirty.
Not to be recommended.
Good for Budget Traveler
If you are on a tight budget, but looking for a decent play to say in Seattle, I would suggest the Kings Inn. I got a dynamite rate of $49 per night for one room with a queen size bed. Don't expect first class style and amenities. The TV (with cable) and phones do work; the front desk guys were pretty nice and quite accomodating. The thing I didn't like about the Kings Inn was the elevator -- pretty old and it has a funky smell (probably the carpet inside needs cleaning or something). The shower wasn't the greatest but at least there was hot water. I was at the Kings Inn for 5 nights and have no 'major' complaints.