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“Lots of character!”
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MarQueen Hotel
Ranked #51 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Vancouver, British Columbia
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Lots of character!”
Reviewed 14 November 2006

We stayed at the Marqueen Hotel this past long weekend, Nov 10th - 13th. We were specifically looking for a hotel with a kitchenette. The property is an old heritage apartment building which used to house GM employees.

We checked in late Friday night and the staff was friendly and helpful. The bellman/valet (same guy) helped us carry our bags to our room. We booked into a junior suite and having read the reviews on here, made sure we asked for the quietest room available on the third floor. Our suite was large and spacious with a lot of character to it. Nice wooden floors, HUGE closet space, clean with high ceilings and the kitchenette even has enough room for a small eating area! The room had a really nice vibe. The only downside was the decor, it really could use some updating (ie. the drapery, bedding and couch).

The bath was decent. Shower pressure was so-so...soaps and shampoos were provided. The kitchen was adequate, wished they had more usable pots and pans as what we had was quite old. We tried making eggs but the "non-stick" pan basically ate up half of the eggs. The cleaning staff cleaned up all the dirty dishs and pots as they do not provide dish detergent. Conveniently connected to the lobby is the Cafe Ladro which is a fantastic coffee shop. It's a small chain (not affiliated with the hotel) and the coffees are the best I've had in Seattle. Similar to Cafe Artigiano quality if you're from Vancouver.

As for the noise that a lot of people have complained about, it was definitely there but that's just staying downtown and recommend using earplugs if you're a light sleeper. The suite is not super quiet! I found the bed and pillows to be a bit hard for my tastes but that's personal preference.

We also used the valet parking service which worked great although it was an additional $18 bucks a day.

So some pros and cons, the place isn't for everyone but if you like staying at places with some character and not the usual hotel chain we would really recommend this place. All in all we definitely liked the place and would stay there again.

  • Liked — The character
  • Disliked — The decor
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2006

Very unique hotel. Great deal, great location, excellent atmosphere. Upgrading to their corner suites was well worth the money. Many restaurants within walking distance, taxi cabs are also well worth it (parking in downtown Seattle is horrid).

Overall a great hotel, and a great change from the ordinary.

  • Liked — Great Views
  • Disliked — No Elevator (we were on the third floor)
  • Tips/Secrets — Take a taxi if you head to the water front
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2006

My wife and I booked one night at the Inn at Queen Anne in September 2006. The Inn at Queen Anne is the sister hotel of the MarQueen Hotel. Even though we had booked our room five months in advance, upon arrival we were told that they did not have a room for us but advised they had booked us into the MarQueen around the corner.

The MarQueen is an old style hotel. There was very limited parking out front but we were lucky enough to get a park whilst we unloaded our bags. Fortunately for us, we were taking the car back to the rental depot so didn't have to worry about parking.

The room we were given was large with a separate kitchen and lounge. The kitchen had a microwave and fridge. There was a large TV with all the usual channels.

Everything was really good until we turned off the TV to go to bed. It was then that we heard the noise from the music and the people across the road at a restaurant/club. The noise got progressively louder. We rang the desk to find out how long it goes for and were advised 2.00 am. They offered to ring the establishment if we wanted (couldn't imagine that working) or we could use the ear plugs in the 'honour bar' (at a cost - I think it was $1).

The fact that they had ear plugs available made me think that this is a regular occurrence. We certainly were not forewarned by the staff. Just as we were told, the noise continued until just after 2.00 am.

Breakfast was not provided at this hotel.

As you can imagine, we were not overjoyed at initially being turned away from the hotel we booked, only to be sent to another hotel ( allegedly a higher rating) where we were kept awake until 2.00 am.

Considering the stuff ups, I was concerned we may have been charged the higher rate at the MarQueen, than our initial hotel, so I enquired at the desk. We were then advised that, because of the mix up with the bookings, we would not be charged at all. We thought that was good public relations considering what had occurred.

  • Liked — Not being charged
  • Disliked — Definitely being kept awake by the noise
Stayed September 2006
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Greater London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2006

This is a good value hotel in the trendy Queen Anne district of Seattle. The rooms are large and spacious, ours had a kitchen and lounge ( left over from when the building used to be apartments I believe ). The hotel has lots of character, unlike the bland appearance of the big chains.

The staff were friendly and helpful, the doorman happily got us a taxi first thing in the morning before we set off.

The hotel is surrounded by a few coffee shops, bars and restaurants, which was nice at it saved going back into town in the evening.

A nice hotel in a nice part of town, we had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Liked — Large and spacious rooms
  • Tips/Secrets — Take a trip up the hill to Kerry Park, just off Highland Drive for one of the best views out over the city.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2006

As previous reviewers have rightly said, the rooms are huge and ours also came with a kitchen but they are the only positives we could draw from our stay. The hotel has an all-pervading stale smell and this extended to our bed which smelled as if the previous occupants were feline! We probably should have checked out after one night but we only had one full day in Seattle and we didn't want to waste it searching for a hotel. On our second night we worked out that if you leave the fan on the smell isn't quite as overpowering. While the Marqueen is within 10-15 minutes walk of downtown Seattle there must be better hotels more centrally located for the $175 per night plus tax that we paid. We are not going back to this hotel and would not recommend it to friends.

Stayed August 2006
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2006

The MarQueen Hotel is the result of a terrific renovation of an historic apartment building.

The guest rooms are huge. Mine had a walk-in closet, nice firm bed, a full refrigerator, high-speed Internet access--bring an ethernet cable because they don't have wireless!, double-insulated vinyl windows (important in historical buildings since new windows keep the street-noise out), and the bathroom looked like it was renovated last week.

The hotel is within walking distance of the Seattle Center and some terrific restaurants and bars.

  • Liked — For a historic renovation, the rooms were in great condition and very large
  • Disliked — No elevators!
  • Tips/Secrets — Each room has a full-size refrigerator--be sure and use it! A grocery store with a great beer selection is right around the corner.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled on business
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New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2006

If you don't need an elevator, this is a wonderful find in the Queen Anne district near Seattle Center. My room on the third floor was enormous, with separate well stocked kitchen and eating nook, living area with large couch, and recessed king sized bed, all very elegant and comfortable. Highly recommended.

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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 100 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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