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Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

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Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

Me and my girlfriend will be headed to Seattle for one night (Friday Oct. 4th) before sliding up to Vancouver for 3 days (Saturday - Tuesday) before driving back down to Seattle to catch a red-eye back to the East Coast at 11:30PM out of Sea-Tac.

With all that being said, here goes.

Question #1: What area of downtown should we focus our hotel search on? We're both in our mid 30's and would like to enjoy a nice dinner as well some nightlife. We listen to Underground Hip-Hop, Acid Jazz, Downtempo and Neo-Soul as a reference point to club/area suggestions.

Question #2: I'm trying to avoid renting a car from the airport to avoid their astronomical taxes and surcharges as well as save a couple additional bucks by not paying for hotel parking for the Friday Night that we'll be in town. Therefore, I'm planning on actually renting the car Saturday Morning for our ride up to Vancouver. Is their a reputable/affordable car rental company in the downtown area that is near the suggested area (that you all will perspectively recommend) that will allow me to drop off at the airport instead of their downtown location that you guys can suggest?

Any advice/response would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

All of the major car agencies have downtown branches that are open on weekends, so probably I'd concentrate on the lodging/food/entertainment issues first.

That said, you'll have to shop carefully to be sure that getting a car downtown and returning it to the airport doesn't sock you with a drop charge. Some do, some don't. Of course another option would be to look for a hotel that doesn't charge for parking (there are a couple that are conveniently located) and set that against the overall costs. It IS known to rain in Seattle, so that might be another consideration. The light rail from the airport downtown is only $2.75, but if your hotel isn't walkable from the light rail stations (and many are quite a schlep, especially with bags) then a train + taxi scenario presents itself, or even a taxi-from-airport, which would probably soak up much of the rental car savings.

I'd use the Stranger - http://www.thestranger.com/ - for its listings of events and venues (you can jump straight to Oct 4) and start your research there. There are music venues all over town, with some clusters in the Belltown area (most downtown hotels will be convenient) plus Capitol Hill (fewer hotels but plenty of buses) and a number in outlying neighborhoods where taxis or a car would most likely be the best option. Depends on your tastes.

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2. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

you may take a chance but look at

hotwire.com

and put in Seattle vs Seatac and see what the cost difference is. You take a chance in that they may not allow an airport drop but if the saving is good enough the cost of light rail to the airport is easily saved. You can also go to expedia or similar and do the same thing and you'll see the rate then call those offices direct.

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3. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

I recently stayed at Hotel Andra. It was close to everything. We did not have a car to get around. We used the light rail for our return trip to the airport. It was an easy 10-15 minute walk from our hotel. We didn't use it when we arrived because it was late and we were unfamiliar with the area.

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4. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

Thanks for all the replies. I ended up renting from Dollar Rent A Car on Boren Avenue. They "ARE" allowing me to pick up from there and drop off at SEA-TAC when I return 3 days later. From what I've been seeing price wise, I think I got a decent deal on a 4 day rental ($155.00 for an economy sized vehicle ) which allows me to go into Vancouver for no additional fee.

Also, I attempted to book the Hotel Max through Otel.com at a listed rate of $121.00 for our one night stay, but after charging my Credit Card, I received an e-mail from them this morning saying that they were unable to book the room for me at the rate that I was originally quoted, Smh!!! Now I have to wait for these clowns to refund me what I was charged.

So with that, I ended up bidding on Priceline and "winning" (If you want to call it that) The Seattle Renaissance for about $140. Not bad, but not great. It's still relatively close to Pike Place and only a mile away from Dollar so I'm ok with it. I'm honestly glad that I didn't end up being placed in the Silver Cloud Hotel which I had no desire to stay in whatsoever.

Anyways, we are only there for one night and we don't pick up the car until the day after to avoid what I presume will be a $35-$40 charge to park for the night.

We'll also be taking Light Rail from the airport getting off at University Station and hiking the 10 minute walk to our hotel.

Thanks again everyone

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5. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

>> We'll also be taking Light Rail from the airport getting off at University Station and hiking the 10 minute walk to our hotel. <<

The vertical walk. The Renaissance is at the top of one of the steepest hills in Seattle, a former cable car route.

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6. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

I definitely saw that it was an incline when I google mapped it. Do you think we should take public transportation from University Station? We're in our mid 30's and both in pretty decent shape but will be carrying a bag or two.

After an extremely long travel day coming from Providence, the last thing we're looking forward too is a workout during our home stretch.

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7. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

It's about five blocks from the University station to the hotel. It might be raining, too (this IS Seattle after all) so it's your call. Public transit won't help you much - most routes downtown run north-south and you want to go east.

Frankly I'd splurge on a cab or a towncar (around $40) or the Airporter bus which runs regularly to the Renaissance. It will save a lot of time and hassle - the 10 min. walk to the airport station + waiting for a train + 40 min. on the train + an uphill walk schlepping bags, versus a 20 min. cab or bus ride door to door... meh.

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8. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

If you walk on University vs Seneca it's not quite so steep

A town car to the hotel is a flat $45 Or if you call flat rate for hire dot com it's $29 Versus the shuttle which would be $18 each sold the cab is actually cheaper.

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9. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

Earshot Jazz Fest is going on when you are here ...

http://www.earshot.org/Festival/festival.html

An article on live music venues around town

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60878-c176204/Seattl…

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10. Re: Loaded question but here goes (Car Rental/Where to Stay)

Another nightlife suggestion:

At the Nectar in the Fremont neighborhood on the 4th the Bad Tenants with Sophistifunk, Q Dot, Ayo.O

Daniel Halligan & DJ Einstein.

www.nectarlounge.com/index.php…

I think you might really like the Bad Tenants. They describe their music as "what happens when hip-hop and blues get drunk on whiskey and wine and make a baby."

See:

*Bad Tenants (listen to Mmhmmm, When I'm Back)

http://thebadtenants.bandcamp.com/

reigncity.com/calendar/…

*Ayo Dot (Listen to "I can't tell you why") ;-)

www.reverbnation.com/ayodot…

*Sophistifunk

http://www.SOPHISTAFUNKband.com/

https://myspace.com/sophistafunkband?play=1

*QDot

https://www.facebook.com/iamQDot

http://www.iamqdot.com/

This was from a show at the Barboza:

http://thebarboza.com/event/q-dot-5-5/

MC/Pianist/Producer Q Dot is a Grammy nomination finalist and BET music matters artist from Seattle…well, he’s really from Federal Way which is just south of Seattle and sometimes he’s from Tacoma which is a little south of Federal Way but that’s neither here nor there. Much like Q Dot’s locale, his innovative blend of hip hop is spread all over the board. A self taught pianist who makes his own beats and performs raps live with his keyboard, Q Dot balances his hip hop purest pleasing rhyming ability with smooth piano riffs and hard hitting beats that would make any college music major and J Dilla aficionado proud. Hip Hop from the soul is what Q Dot labels his brand of music but it’s more like what you’d get if you locked Andre 3000, Kanye West and The Neptunes in a recording studio somewhere in the middle of bumf*** Egypt and forced them to record an album under the condition that they’d get no food or water until it was done….Yep.

Danny Halligan aka Daniel Ryan Halligan aka DannyKosmo (check out Sleepless in Seattle)

He's also a saxiphonist (See video for Diamonds by Rihanna - Sax Cover)

https:/…app_2405167945

https://soundcloud.com/dannykosmo

dannykosmo.bandcamp.com/album/fresh-popcorn

There are some great new restaurants in/around Fremont.

Joule and Whale Wins (adjoining one another in the Fremont Collective space over on Stone Way) were Bon Appetit picks for tied 9th place in their top 10 new restaurants in the US.

bonappetit.com/restaurants-travel/…

Joule is run by Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang who cut their teeth at some of the top restaurants in NYC before moving to Seattle. Whale Wins is from one of Seattle's most high profile chefs Renee Erickson who runs arguably one of Seattle's most nationally lauded restaurants in recent memory The Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard.

The owners of Joule also run hot Korean/pan Asian streetfood joint Revel.

http://www.revelseattle.com/

Then there is new Westward on N.Lake Union between Fremont and the U.District (by the owner of Skillet).

http://westwardseattle.com/

The anticipated Roux (from the owner of food truck Where Ya At Matt should be opening very soon

http://restaurantroux.com/

Also expected soon Le Petit Cochon from Art of the Table chef Dustin Ronspies

http://www.gettinpiggy.com/

Then there is seattle master chef Maria Hines's Agrodolce

http://agrodolcerestaurant.net/home/

Fremont is a great drinks neighborhood as well. Aside from Quoin adjoining Revel arguably the most influential beer bar in the city, Brouwer's is there plus one of the top breweries Fremont Brewing (which is dangerously close to Joule and Whale Wins). The excellent Six Gill from the owners of Noble Fir in Ballard is also an excellent bar choice and one of Seattle's top multi roaster cafes, Milstead and Co is in Fremont

seattlemet.com/eat-and-drink/articles/milste…

http://www.milsteadandco.com/

http://brouwerscafe.blogspot.com/

http://www.fremontbrewing.com/

http://www.revelseattle.com/quoin/

http://www.thesixgill.com/

Good luck

-K

PS Fremont is about 5 miles from downtown which is about a 15 min drive/cab or a straightforward bus trip on a Rt. 40 or 26.