We are former residents who stayed here a number of times in the past when our power went out (it was under a different brand then). We've also now stayed again twice as visitors since the switch to the DoubleTree brand. We stay here more out of necessity than choice as the other offerings in the area range (in my opinion) from dowdy to downright sketchy. That said, here's a simple list of my DoubleTree pros and cons, along with a few tips for staying here.
- It was renovated recently and the rooms still look nice and clean. And everything - lamps, etc. - still works.
- Lots of outlets for your electronics.
- Crabtree & Evelyn bath amenities are a cut above many others.
- Beds and pillows are comfortable.
- There's a bar in the lobby where you can get beer and wine (full license in application process) and basic bar appetizers in the evening.
- Bar area serves as breakfast area in the morning, and while basic, breakfast fare is good.
- The hotel is convenient walking distance to everything of interest in downtown Olympia, and very close to some of the best restaurants in the area (Dockside Bistro and Basilico are two favorites).
- Staff are friendly and efficient.
- You get warm chocolate chip cookies on check-in.
- Coffee maker, small microwave, and fridge in the room.
- Two complimentary bottles of water in the room at check-in.
- Free, decent wifi.
- Free local calls.
- It's junk construction-wise. I know; I watched it go up.
- If you're room is on the third floor, north end, and someone closes a door on the first floor, south end, you'll hear/feel it. If your neighbor closes his door, your room will shake.
- Voices and TV noise from adjacent rooms can be heard.
- If you're not on the top (3rd) floor, you'll hear the people above you walking around.
- It will always be noisy because it is, as I said, the best option in the area, and as such is almost always booked solid.
- The breakfast mentioned earlier is NOT free. My wife paid, so I'm not sure, but I think it's around $10 a head. Used to be free.
- Coffee (enough for 2 cups) is replenished each day, bottled water isn't.
- No in-room safe, and the door locks appear to be of the type proven a few years back to be easily breached with the "Sharpie" tool.
- You get two barely adequate bath towels, two hand towels, and in our case, one washcloth.
- Get a room on the top floor. It'll at least save you from listening to people pounding around above you.
- Resist the urge to get a "water view" room. The "view" is mostly of buildings across the street and you'll be right over the parking lot, which is at times very noisy. The rooms over Capitol Way are much quieter, especially at night. (One caveat - a welding shop across the street from the southeast corner rooms CAN be noisy, but they close up at 5 PM).
- Leave your car in the parking lot and walk the few blocks into the downtown core. It's flat, funky, and fun.
- And, don't forget Percival Landing and the Market, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia hotel located in downtown Olympia in Washington State, just minutes off of I-5. Our hotel is near Olympia, Washington’s major attractions including the Downtown Waterfront area, Percival Landing, and the award winning Hands-On Children’s Museum. The hotel is just across the street from Budd Inlet of the Puget Sound. ... more less
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