Decided to fly to Seattle for a few days to take some photographs and enjoy the weather I knew was coming. Didn't make any hotel reservations before the flight. Pulled pricing information from several websites and compared to see which hotels popped up. I'm familiar with the chain, I knew Redmond was near Microsoft (a very nice area) and I knew wireless and breakfast were included. I called the hotel directly and they matched the online cost of $70 per night.
Location: The location was fantastic in that it was worlds away from the hustle and parking fees of downtown Seattle, yet via highway 520, it is a straight shot to downtown in about 20 minutes. However, the Evergreen Point Bridge (part of hwy 520) can get very backed up in the morning commuter rush and when University of Washington has a game activity at the stadium, which I personally found out about today. Backed up for miles!
Nearby Amenities: There is actually a nice little shopping area next to the hotel and a short walk into this quaint village area will provide you with some local restaurants and bars.
Exterior: The hotel is in a complex with two other Marriott properly and they seem to share a couple of parking lots. Your room key provides you access to the parking lot. It looks modern, clean and well kept on the outside. The area is upscale and appears to be very secure.
Room: I got a studio suite and let me say that is was gorgeous. Night quality furniture, a fully equipped kitchen with stove, a bed that would smother you do death (figuratively speaking), clean and very modern bathroom. Some photographs are attached. There was adequate storage space in the closet and thought it was a studio, it was quite spacious to me. I was real pleased.
Other things: The front desk personnel were friendly enough. The place offers wireless for free and I had no problem getting and holding a signal with an ipod touch. Download speeds were good. It is not an encrypted network, so I would be cautious about what you send, receive and view. Next to the front desk they also have a computer for guest use. Last of all, they have a hot breakfast and yes, it was quite good. Scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes and make it yourself waffles (regular and blueberry) that turned out to be quite tasty. They have cold items like fruit, cereal, breads and so forth as well.
The rates at hotels in the city for the weekend were about twice as much. Plus the rates at the Residence Inn can be high on the weekdays. But you can't lose with this place for a weekend stay. You are a winner.
Oops! The photos have odd angles, because I used a tripod and didn't align it properly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thrive on Long StaysWelcome to the Residence Inn Seattle East Redmond Hotel by Marriott, conveniently located in the heart of Redmond, Washington. We are minutes from Microsoft Headquarters and beautiful Marymoor Park on the shores of Lake Sammamish. Nearby Highway 520 goes directly to Bellevue then into Downtown Seattle itself. Enjoy easy access to the Space Needle, museums, sports arenas, harbor excursions and the Redmond Town Center Mall is directly across the street as well. Back at our Redmond hotel, enjoy a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet and a Wednesday night Social Hour, which includes free dinner and beverages. Each of our spacious hotel suites offers separate areas for living, working and sleeping as well as a fully equipped kitchen. If you are here to work, take advantage of our well-lit desk and free high-speed internet access throughout. Stay with us at our Residence Inn Extended Stay Hotel in Redmond, Washington and enjoy all the comforts of home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Seattle East/Redmond Hotel Redmond
- Residence Inn Redmond
- Redmond Residence Inn