Want to know what it's like to live in Seattle when you've got your first job right out of school? Stay at the MarQueen. This hotel is basically an old 1920s-era apartment building where the apartments became hotel rooms. They've swapped out some of the fixtures for nicer ones (basically the light fixtures and bathroom tile), but otherwise our "junior suite" looked just like the studio apartments in older buildings I looked at when I was just out of school and moving to Seattle. It had all the weird touches that those apartments did -- a "closet" that's a water heater room with a bar added in front of the water heater, outlets that actually weren't in the wall but were strung down from the light fixtures, a strange layout, etc. The only real difference was that it's a furnished apartment, outfitted with some fairly cheap contemporary furniture. Don't expect luxury (which you might for the price). What you do get is a basic apartment with a full kitchen in a very good location if you want to go bar-hopping (hence the price).
It didn't work well for us -- we were looking for a suite with a door between the living room and the bedroom, so our child could sleep on the sofa bed while we stayed up longer in the bedroom. The room description online said there was a door to the bedroom, and it wasn't incorrect, just misleading: There is a door between the bedroom and the entry hallway. But the bedroom is open to the living area and the rest of the apartment. We also wanted to go to sleep around 11, which didn't work well since there's a bar downstairs that plays loud music much of the night.
If you're looking for a nice-looking lobby, a full kitchen in your room, and nightlife, this is your hotel. If not, your money is probably better spent elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located on Queen Anne's main street, and just a short distance to downtown Seattle, the MarQueen Hotel is in the center of a vibrant neighborhood close to local tourist attractions. Enjoy some of Seattle's most popular restaurants, nightlife, boutique shops, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Space Needle, right outside our doors. ... more less
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