My husband and I booked 4 days while we visited Seattle for a wedding over July 4th weekend, and were extremely happy with our stay. I'll go through the various aspects of the trip:
1) Before arrival (excellent): We booked through a third-party website, paid ahead, and got what we felt was a fair rate, compared to other places around town.
2) Arrival/parking (excellent): The hotel was easy to find. There is short-term parking for arrival/check-in, and we found a space immediately.
3) Check-in (excellent): The check-in staff was friendly and helpful. Because it was July 4th, the desk staff recommended that we find a parking space and then not move the car until morning (since there would be locals booking one night to watch the Lake Union fireworks and the garage was likely to fill up completely). We were grateful for the tip.
4) Bikes (excellent to good): Borrowing the hotel's complimentary bikes was great/seamless, when the bikes are not already in use. They only have 6 (I think), and they don't take reservations. We borrowed them and rode to the Agua Verde Paddle Club for tacos on the water. The staff gave us a combination lock and code, helmets, and the bikes. The bikes were in good condition. The only downside is that for the rest of the week/weekend, the bikes seemed to be in heavy use, and we didn't get to take them out again. Hopefully they'll acquire a few more for when the weather was as amazing as what we had.
5) Room (excellent): We got the king bed we had reserved. The room was spotless. The soaps, etc. were all in dispensers on the wall and they were tropical-scented (pineapple?), and Tommy Bahama brand. It smelled great. There were lots of big fresh towels. The Maxwell does the "eco" system of only washing the towels you leave on the floor, which we liked. Sometimes the staff also washed the towels we didn't leave on the floor, which was OK too, but not necessary. The bed was super-comfortable. The sheets were clean and crisp. The floors were wood/laminate, and clean. The bathroom had a hair dryer. The room had an iron, ironing board, valet stand, refrigerator, desk & chair, and another chair for relaxing... and...... a Keurig coffee machine!!!! We used the heck out of that machine, and the room staff was generous in replenishing our coffee and tea pods. The coffee was quite good and a great amenity! We had a direct view of the Space Needle, and good black-out curtains for sleeping. The air/heat worked perfectly. We were very happy with the room!
6) Lobby/Front Desk (excellent): The lobby was comfortable, clean, and spacious, with cozy seating areas. In the afternoons, the staff serves little mini pineapple cupcakes and hot coffee. We really loved that! We relied on the desk staff many times for help, suggestions, and directions. They were always helpful and friendly, and quick to pull out a map for us, or make a suggestion for dining, or go online to try and book something for us. THANK YOU to all of them! We did not have an opportunity to try either of the lobby dining options, but at least they did exist if we wanted something.
7) Parking (very good): There was plentiful parking, except one night when we got back to the hotel very late. There were a few spaces left, but all were kind of small/next to big columns. We were able to squeeze in, but it was quite a feat (very tight spot). For the price (free/included) we won't complain about that.
8) Check-out (excellent): Super easy, no issues, except that we were sad to leave!
9) Neighborhood (excellent): The hotel is near Lake Union, Seattle City Center, and within walking distance to things like Alaskan Way, and Pike's Place Market if you like walking. There is a complimentary shuttle and public transportation nearby but we did not take advantage of these (the weather was gorgeous, so we mostly walked everywhere). Down the street is a large grocery store (Metropolitan Market) recommended by the desk staff, that had great quality food (comparable to Whole Foods). Lots of restaurants in walking distance. The neighborhood felt generally safe.
10) Gym (only "OK"): We did not use the pool, but we liked that it was indoors. It was very small and not suitable for exercise swimming, but since we didn't use it, that wasn't an issue for us. We DID use the gym on 2 different days, and while we were happy it was there, it was SO teeny-tiny! There was one treadmill, one bike, and one recumbent bike, and one resistance machine. The itty-bitty gym could have been helped immensely by a good range of free weights (or any free weights at all), a bench, and maybe a couple of yoga mats (either located in the gym, or possibly to be signed out from the front desk for use in the gym or in-room).
All in all, our trip to Seattle was wonderful and was made better because we chose The Maxwell. No, it's not ultra-luxury (there is the tiny gym, and no spa, etc.), but with all of the other wonderful things we felt we got every bit our money's worth. We loved it, and plan to return!
We had a view of the Space Needle from the 3rd Floor and it was good.
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