I can almost hear the chatter of the maritime workers that used to occupy this space many years ago. Each room is simple, clean, quiet and most of all safe and comfortable. The halls are long narrow, dimly lit, but in a comforting way. The walls and woodwork are all painted white so the one stainless steel shelf, 3 wooden shelves and stainless steel sink just all fit together to create a mood in the room that says authentic, loved, and appreciated for what it is. On our floor, there are 5 or six large walk-in showers and the body wash, shampoo and conditioner they supply in large containers in the showers do the job just fine, even on long hair. The bathroom floors and shower floors are all white tile and are amazingly spotless. The floor is slick when wet, though, so be careful if you are traveling without shower shoes. The floor coverings in the hall are locker-room ready - indoor/outdoor and nobody wears shoes to pop from the room into the bathroom or shower. The hotel supplies nice robes too so everyone seems to just wear that to walk from your room to the shower - no bid deal. There are plenty of power outlets for all your devices. The room has a comfortable rocking chair and a desk and chair as well. There is no A/C, so on warm sunny afternoons the huge windows that actually open to the outside cool the room in no-time. There is also a small, but powerful, table fan that keeps the air moving just fine. There is a small TV with cable if you have any down time. 2 other amenities - a Britta pitcher and a hair-dryer. The rooms are large enough to spread out all the gear for 2 people, and not be tripping over anything.
There are lots of stairs to climb, but Seattle is so full of hills and everyone walks everywhere, so what's 2 or 3 flights of stairs anyway. Breakfast is in the basement. The granola is high quality, and they have yogurt to put on top. There are also breads, a toaster, and the waffle-maker. More importantly, they have COFFEE! And it tastes great. They also keep half-and-half in a thermos, which is wonderful if you like your cream. There are also washers and dryers, but we wash out hiking clothes in our room and set them on the window seal to dry.
Location doesn't get any better than this. The water front is just out the back and down the street a block. There are literally a hundred well-deserving bars and restaurants within 5 minutes of the hotel, so need to have a car. And the Pike Place Market is about a 10 minute walk away and is an absolute gem - clearly a great experience I will never forget.
The hotel staff are all nice, courteous, and very willing to help you anyway they can. They made me feel at home the moment I walked in the door. They will gladly get you a clean set of towels or whatever else you might want. We didn't need house-keeping services the entire time we were there. But it is available and no additional charge.
Despite being in the heart of everything, the area and the hotel are quiet, even at night. Sleeping with the window open is not a problem for those of us not used to noise. No cab drivers honking horns, no ambulances, no noisy pedestrians. Really more of a neighborhood feel.
Because of the culture of this hotel, and because of the location, I wouldn't stay anywhere else. It just happens to be one of the most reasonably priced hotels in Seattle, which is the icing on the cake.
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