Looked at many, picked this one, turned out excellent A review of Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
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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