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Mayflower Park Hotel
Ranked #20 of 101 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had a quick over-night in Seattle and wanted to pack in as much as possible during our short stay. The Mayflower Park was perfect. Its location to all the tourist stops in downtown Seattle could not be better! Also, the property is right at the monorail station to the Seattle Space Needle (cash only for the monorail) and at the beginning of the light rail to SeaTac airport (a 38 minute ride)...perfect!!! More importantly, the service at the Mayflower ended up being amazing. From the moment we stopped on the street to unpack our luggage to the moment the bellman brought us our bags from storage on our way out, the service was really remarkable. The hotel is historical and older, but well maintained. We enjoyed a deluxe queen room (2 beds) and it was adequately sized for a family of four. Although the room was not large, it included a good sized entry area that could accommodate all our luggage and we had two bathrooms. [Tip: We ended up reserving our room by contacting the hotel directly at a lower rate than we found on any of the discount web sites.]

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Mobile, Alabama
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Booked for two nights returning from Victoria via Victoria Clipper. Arrived and checked in at 10 PM. Room too near elevator but not a problem. Reserved king but had to settle for queen as they were booked. Nice bed but very small bath. Less than a block to the entrance to for the light rail to the airport on Sat morning. Very easy and cheap. Cab approx $50 light rail less than $3 per person. Very clean way to travel. Our travel agent booked the Mayflower so we could be close to downtown shopping, restaurants and light rail.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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149 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We stayed for 3 nites to celebrate our anniversary. The Mayflower is a beautifully maintained historic hotel in downtown Seattle. It is within walking distance to Pike's Market, the monorail for travel to Seattle Center, and streetcar and bus connections. It has a fabulous bar named Oliver's which is famous for its martinis and other older drink recipes with modern tastes as well. Next door is an excellent Mediterranean restaurant called Andaluca - check it out on Zagat. The hotel staff is very helpful and informed for travellers.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We recently stayed at the Mayflower Park Hotel. About 10 days prior to our arrival we inquired about an earlier check-in than the usual 16h00 as we would be travelling for over 30 hours to get to Seattle.
Andrew responded: “… while we cannot guarantee an early check-in, I have placed a special request on your reservation for early check-in. We will do everything we can to expedite the availability of your room. If a room is available when you arrive at the hotel we will certainly get you in early. ”

However on our arrival at 13h00 (exhausted from 2 long-haul flights) we were told that our room was not ready. We killed a bit of time but then returned to the hotel to wait in the reception area for our room to be ready. It appeared to us that other guests were getting the necessary to check-in earlier. At 15h00 we inquired about our room and then magically it was ready. Clearly no effort was made to accommodate our request to check-in early.

We chose this hotel for the location and the reviews about the personal service & friendly staff. The staff were polite, pleasant but we could not describe them as friendly. Was in sharp contrast to the rest of Seattle. We are worldly travelled and this was definitely one of the worst hotels as far as staff attitude goes.

The location was good and the room was clean. Unfortunately the manner in which we were treated on our arrival overshadowed the remainder of our stay. Next time in Seattle we will look for a hotel that makes an effort to accommodate guest’s special requests.

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Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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IN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

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.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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David B, Front Office Manager at Mayflower Park Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Indybindy,

You are correct; unfortunately the hotel did have an unexpected and unusual maintenance issue with our A/C system, I apologize that you were adversely affected. Please contact me directly at David@Mayflowerpark.com so that I may review your account and assist further.

Our General Manager is active in our community and communicates regularly with local elected officials; we will pass along your comments regarding your experience here in Seattle.

I Hope to hear from you.

Sincerely,
David B.
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Nutley, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

This hotel is well-situated for exploring Seattle and is a short distance from I-5. It is located downtown which is central to Pike's Market, Seattle Center, Belltown, the Bainbridge Island ferry and other cool neighborhoods such as Ballard and Fremont. Downtown infrastructure is certainly not seedy at all (hotels, office & high end shopping) but it is home to a sizable homeless population. But I hasten to say they were totally peaceable during my visit and, anyway, they seem to stay mostly below 3rd Ave down to the bay. The hotel is historic; room was small but nicely appointed and clean; staff is very polite and friendly; there is a good hotel bar; and the hotel is readily accessible to monorail, light rail, and Avis. The concierge staff is great, with a special mention to Jane Marshall. She gave us absolutely perfect insights into dining options and the most worthwhile sights, and is so warm and down to earth. I think she's the best concierge in the world ;-)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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long island, ny
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Let me start by saying we are a family of four and have stayed in many places and are not very fussy or hard to please. There are some things though that are essential for at least a decent stay. The horrendous problem was a broken air conditioner that blew warm air into the room leading to poor sleep and miserable us. We checked out the next am for our cruise but would have switched hotels if we had to stay another night. When we got off the elevator to the lobby we were met with cool crisp air that just worsened the comparison of what we had to go through the night prior. When the topic was addressed to the front desk we were told there was no issue?!. That sealed my disgust.
Other less relevant issues that i would like to mention. For those of you with families traveling to Seattle, you should be aware that the Mayflower Park is located in the downtown area. It shuts down early so if you are looking for food close by its not so simple. Yes several blocks away was a diner or McDonalds but hello every block had a homeless person who was aggressively panhandling. We are from the NY area and are used to homeless but what was surprisingly different for us is the begging was very direct "in your face" here. At one point, two blocks away we entered a 7 11 on a Monday am about 9 am and we were immediately surrounded by begging people asking for handouts freaking my kids out. The mall that is attached to the hotel opens at 10am and closes by 6 so it is impossible not to have to walk amongst those less fortunate beggars for food and the Subway in the mall is open only on mall hours.Forget the hours on the weekend it shuts so early that its a dead zone.
The other negative our room was not ready until 3:55pm which maybe they couldn't fix but would have been better earlier so we could have grabbed an earlier jet lag nap.
On the positives, the concierge was very helpful and the doormen were delightful fun and very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Mayflower Park Hotel
Address: 405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101-1149
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Seattle
#16 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#26 Business Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mayflower Park Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 160
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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