First off, the air conditioning did not work for the first 2 nights of our 3 nights stay. It was warmer than usual in Seattle during our stay, otherwise the lack of air wouldn't have bothered us, but the room was hot and we were tired and worn out from a long day of flying. Upon check-in, the person at the desk failed to tell us about the broken air conditioner and we were only informed about it when my husband called to tell them our air wasn't working properly. That was when we were told it was broken. My husband later called and requested a fan, which they said would be brought up 'immediately' - which meant another phone call before it was actually delivered. They did give us a coupon for drinks (in their bar) valued up to $30 total; I thought they could have at least comped us for one night's stay, but...they didn't. Oh well.
Apart from the air not working - which is understandable (just the way they went about informing or not informing us about it was kind of annoying), the room we had could have been a little more updated but for the price we paid, I can't complain. My husband thought the room was small (we were in a standard Queen Room, with one queen bed) but I thought the size was o.k. for a short visit). The room and the small bathroom were clean (which is my main requirement when staying in hotels) and the bed comfortable. The shower head in the tub was way too low – never seen one THAT low; it was halfway up the tiled wall; my husband had to lean over to wash his hair. Water pressure/temperature was fine. We never used the WiFi so can't comment on that. There were only 2 elevators in the hotel and they were slow. The cleaning staff were very friendly.
The hotel is located right in the center of town, and very walkable to all the shops, stores, and restaurants, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market (great place). We had a few drinks in Oliver's - their bar inside the hotel - and it was a very nice place to relax and people watch.
Downtown Seattle is a shopper's paradise and good food, esp. the restaurants/bars at Pike Place Market. Unfortunately, downtown Seattle has a HUGE beggar/pan-handling/mentally ill/homeless population, in addition to TONS of grungy young people who have nothing better to do but hang out, skate board and smoke cigarettes (and other things??). Most of them were late teens/early to mid twenties...don't know if they were locals or not, but they were definitely of working age (why weren't they working, they were there all day and most the night and this was during the week?). They completely took over the cute little park/rest area at Westlake Center - which was a shame; we had to view it from across the street.
I know Seattle is a very liberal city but isn't there something they can do about all the hanging around and loitering? Sometimes the sidewalks would be congested because of groups of young grungy people would be congregated. We have young adult 'kids' in our family and our kids nor any of their friends dress the way these young people do. Another thing, the sidewalks and streets of downtown are littered with trash, papers, empty Styrofoam food containers, cigarette butts, etc. We've been to New York City twice (and plan on going back a third time this fall) and NEVER saw the 'weirdo' types that Seattle has, nor the dirtiness. The officials in Seattle should be ASHAMED or FIRED to allow such goings on in such an otherwise beautiful and interesting city to visit. BTW, this is our second visit in 3 years (the first time was during the 'Occupy' Seattle protests) and the bums, homeless, mentally ill and the wayward, grungy tattooed, pierced, young people have increased dramatically since then. Police sirens were going off daily; we saw about 8 cop cars stopped and chasing someone/something in Westlake Center park one evening.
We won't be going back to Seattle again. Still, if you've never been and with all of Seattle's problems of homelessness or just plain 'bums' and (truly) mentally ill people, it's an interesting place to visit; maybe stay in another area (we stayed in Belltown last time and didn't encounter all the weirdos, only when we went to the main area of downtown). Sorry for the long rant and this has nothing to do with the hotel, but we're just amazed that a city as big as Seattle with all the many things to do, that they would allow the city to be so dirty and have so many delinquents hanging around. NYC's former mayor - Rudy Giuliani – cleaned up NYC and Time Square; maybe Seattle should 'borrow' Giuliani ;)
In conclusion, the Mayflower Park hotel is a decent place to stay especially if you get a good rate (and if you don't mind all the pan-handling and grunge, etc. - the hotel can't control that) and centrally located within walking distance to all the attractions. It's probably the least expensive hotel that is right in the middle of things. I'm sure this hotel has larger and more updated rooms, you'll just have to pay more for them, but for us and the price we paid, it was o.k. - this was just a stopover on our way to an Alaska cruise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in thriving downtown Seattle, the Historic Mayflower Park Hotel is in the heart of the city. Built in 1927, the classic Mayflower Park Hotel has been lovingly restored with crystal chandeliers, gleaming brass and period antiques that offer an inviting European elegance to this historic Seattle hotel. The hotel is ideally located steps away from Seattle’s most exciting attractions, including the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Waterfront, and Space Needle. A full array of museums, theaters, shops and restaurants are at our doorstep while Washington State Convention and Trade Center is only 4 short blocks away. The hotel opens directly into Westlake Center, with 80 specialty shops and direct access to the Monorail, which means you are just a 2 minute ride away from the Space Needle, Seattle Center and Experience Music Project. ... more less
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