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“Value Boutique Hotel”
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MarQueen Hotel
Ranked #53 of 101 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Camas, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Value Boutique Hotel”
Reviewed 24 October 2008

In a city full of over-priced hotels, pretentious venues and expensive parking, my wife and I have struggled to find a reasonable place to stay for our occasional trips from Eastern Washington.

This hotel was a nice surprise. It is an old and partially renovated apartment building (I say partially, because the vault of the rooms are basically untouched beyond paint, the floors need a good polish and kitchens are not updated) with pleasant and tasteful decor. Our room had a fairly new Queen Anne (?) style bedroom set and a nice small sitting area, but really could not escape the feeling of just being old.

The advantages are clear: it is a good value if you can get a room in the lower $100's (the rack rates are not a great value), it is walking distance to a number of theaters, activities and neighborhood restaurants, the kitchen is a nice plus (so you can stay in a hotel and box your unfinished dinner), street parking is available in an area that is not so seedy that you don't get over the initial nerves and the rooms are pretty comfortable if you can get past the lack of updated trimmings.

By the way, our doorman was unusually attentive. Maybe someone reads these reviews...

;-)

  • Liked — Retro look
  • Disliked — Old fridge
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2008

As many other travelers have noted, this is a beautiful old building (actually a former apartment building) on the fringe of downtown Seattle.

The hotel is located at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, a lively commercial and nightspot area.

The building itself has a lot of potential. It was built around the turn of the 20th century, and is loaded with "Old World Charm", as they say. The owners have tried - rightly - to capitalize on this heritage, with historic photos on the wall, and Victorian-style potted palms and plants in oversized urns.

There are lovely oriental carpets and the rooms are large- - they are really "single" apartments (size-wise they are between a one bedroom and a studio).

So what's the problem? There are a few, actually. We noted that the management has TRIED to capitalize on the historic nature of the building, but they have come up a bit short.

To wit: The aforementioned potted plants? Fake. The oriental carpets (and the rest of the carpeting, for that matter) were tired and dingy. Not filthy, but dowdy. The red carpet (a nice touch) on the marble steps at the main entrance was marred by two crushed cork-tipped cigarette butts on the night we arrived.

These details belie a standard of cleanliness and care that is noticeably below par. The place aims to be your glamorous old aunt but actually comes off a bit dowdy. The old girl needs a good scrubbing and some TLC.

Then there is the matter of service. We have stayed at the Marqueen three times, and the service has been uneven. Sometimes very good, but more often simply lackadaisical, and occasionally surly. (Open note to management: An establishment that employs a "doorman" should instruct that person to OPEN THE DOOR for people as they approach, and not merely watch as patrons struggle to do so on their own).

One gets the impression that these problems -- irritating though they may be -- are not insurmountable. Nothing that a visit to the beauty parlor for the building, and a refresher course in boardinghouse manners for the staff couldn't cure.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2008

My family and I stayed at the Marqueen in early September, and we were thrilled with the lovely charm and ambience of the hotel. It felt more like our own little apartment room rather than a plain hotel room. My wife especially loved the little 'sitting room' area.

There was a nice little kitchenette in our room, but please be warned that there are little or no utensils in order to cook anything more than a very simple packet meal. We are used to self contained rooms in most hotels including mixing bowls, can openers, cork removers, olive oil and other basics, but you don't get any of that here.

Nevertheless, there are a couple of great supermarkets only a block away which can supply these and lots of great ingredients to cook.

The hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the Seattle Center and Space Needle. We stayed here for nearly 2 weeks, and had absolutely no noise problems from the surrounding bars or other rooms. We were on the second floor facing at the back of the hotel.

Definitely a highly recommended property, and we would stay there again if ever in Seattle.

  • Liked — Elegance and charm
  • Disliked — Minimal kitchen facilities, No laundry
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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sf bay area
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 19 September 2008

The pictures online tell a different story.. The Lobby area was nice, as were the staff. There is no ice in the rooms or in a self serve location. I had to call room service for ice, and after 20 miniutes I went down to the desk and got it myself.
Very dissapointed in the room, old and dumpy! The plummbing is not much better. Their restaurant is across the street, if you want room service from there it's 20% service charge + 18% gratuity???? Oh! and to park your car, it's $20.00 per night. My room was right across the street from a bar/restaurant that was noisy all night.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — room
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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Edmonton
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2008

As others have said, this is a little gem of a boutique hotel on the edge of the downtown. Its an old building and while nicely maintained and restored, some people might not like the slightly old finish. We loved it.

Our room was on the third floor at the back of the building. It meant that it was very quiet and we even had a fairly clear view of the Space Needle, which is only 5 blocks away. Our room had 2 queen size beds, a separate small sitting room and even a full kitchen. Everything worked and was very clean.

The staff were very friendly and professional. Valet parking was quick and easy. Its location is in a partial residential area, so it has a homely feel outside, with lots of good neighbourhood restaurants and pubs. A short walk to the Seattle Center provided access to the monorail for a quck trip into the downtown.

We will definitely stay here again when next in Seattle.

  • Liked — The old world style
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008
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Fresno, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2008

3 stories, no elevator. nice room that was a converted apartment. small kitchen area, nice view of the space needle. Close to city center. Was able to get on the monorail in city center and take it to downtown. Nice friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 June 2008

When people ask if we will stay at this hotel again, I would say yes. Just be more careful which room to be in.

I stayed at MarQueen for 4 nights for business trip. Although some of the review was mentioning about noise, we thought having a spacious comfortable room was important. When we arrived, there were one couple before us, and they were asked if they prefer quiet room. They took the quiet room on 3rd floor. When we were checking in, the front desk person did not ask our preference... I just let it go, and took the room she gave us. Which turned out to be the direct across the noisy bar on 2nd floor room 204. It wasn't very noisy when we checked in around 4 pm. It was Wed. The noise from the bar started around 9 pm and ended around 2:30 am. Even though the window was shut, it could still hear the screaming guys and gals smoking outside the bar. I believe the hotel knew the noise problem from the bar, because there were set of ear plugs in the snack basket for the guest. We had to use ear plugs for the night. It was still weekday, I could not imagine how noisy the weekend will be!!! Next morning we changed to quiet room on 3rd floor facing backside of the building. Rest of the stay was wonderful.

It is a funny thing... although we had loud noise problem, I still think staying at this hotel gave us sense of living in seattle. And we loved it. Maybe because the hotel is kind like an apartment, you feel like living there. Having a kitchen and dining area was very nice. It was very nice to have separate living area with sofa and coffee table.

One more thing... if you have a car, parking around the hotel will be tough! There are a lot of restriction for street parking. You should expect to pay $20 per day for valet parking at hotel. You will be able to take car in and out through out the day. but you also pay tip to valet parker.

When I went to downtown to meet my husband, I walked to monorail just about 10 min nice walk from the hotel. Once you take monorail, it only takes 2 min to get to Westlake Shopping Center which is the center of downtown.

If you decided to stay at MarQueen, avoid room on 2nd floor facing the street. If you want to have quiet room, ask for 3rd floor facing the back side of the building. You will have a little bit of the space needle in view from the window.
I noticed that 2nd floor facing back has no view at all. They are looking at wall of next building which is very sad...

  • Liked — spacious room with hardwood floor.
  • Disliked — some rooms are facing loud street noise.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Property: MarQueen Hotel
Address: 600 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-4012
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #53 of 101 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — MarQueen Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 59
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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