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“Great hotel at the top of a hill” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Ranked #47 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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173 reviews
130 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great hotel at the top of a hill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

I stayed here for a weekend to enjoy some tourist time after working in the city for the week. Check in was very friendly and, as a Marriott platinum, I was upgraded to a higher Club room floor with an expansive southerly view. I was also given vouchers for a full breakfast in the restaurant. "We treat our elites right," said the front desk clerk and I tend to agree.

In addition to the view, the room was comfortable with upscale decor. If you want Internet, it is two-tiered ($13 for "standard" and $16 for "enhanced", unless your status or plan includes it). I took the "enhanced" and found the speed to be good (4.5-5 mbps). There is free internet in the lobby if you find this too expensive. There was nightly turndown service with chocolates and bottles of water.

The location is very convenient to I-5, if you are arriving by car. Parking is rather expensive. "$33 plus tax" it says on the website for self parking, but tax brings it to over $40. It is at least 6 blocks to the nearest Link light rail station. If you are on foot, it will be a relatively easy (if sometimes long) downhill walk to most everything downtown. Coming back, however, will be an uphill climb that will be quite taxing if you are out of shape.

This is a great property (especially if you are a Marriott elite), but going up that hill might be a little off-putting for some.

Room Tip: The upper floors have some great views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thank you so much for the opportunity to have you stay with us.
We try very hard to upgrade our platinum rewards members, because we understand the value you bring to our chain.

I am pleased you enjoyed your weekend with us and look forward to return visit real soon.

Rene Neidhart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

stayed for one nite before our Alaskan cruise. very nice hotel(used to be the Madison) in a good location., about a 15-20 minute walk to Pikes Market. Staff was vey friendly and accommodating when we asked for a late checkout for our sailing. Agree with others that the in room wifi charges are ridiculous but the lobby connection is free and there are three computers in the lobby with a free printer.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thank you so much for the opportunity to have you stay with us.
I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and I hope you had a great cruise.

Please come back visit us on your next trip to Seattle. We continuously work on improving our facilities.


Rene Neidhart
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We were on the 22nd floor but the external sound insulation was so poor that we felt like we were next to the highway. While the air conditioning drowned out the external noise, it did so because it itself was very noisy. Otherwise, the hotel was okay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thank you so much for your business and your feedback.
I am glad you liked your overall stay, but I am concerned about your comments regarding the windows. We are in the process of replacing all eastside facing windows. This will eliminate the noise level substantially , and improve the overall experience.

I am sorry about the discomfort you may have experienced and look forward to have you back when the new windows are installed.

Rene Neidhart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Great location and fantastic view, especially above the 10th floor. The breakfast buffet wasn't cheap at $19 in the weekdays, but what a feast, even have-it-your-way omelet. A hotel van have the best fscilities and have the best food etc, but without great service and personale it's nothing. Everybody was very helpful without being sticky, and that is what makes it one of my best hotel experiences so far.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thank you so much for the opportunity to have you as our guest and your great review.
We agree with you that in the end the service makes all the difference.
I will share your nice comments with my management team and staff.

We do hope you have another opportunity to stay with us in the near future.

Rene Neidhart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed my 3 night stay here. The room was large and bed was comfortable. Also like the reading lounge area and TV area downstairs in the lobby near the bar. Although it was at the top of the hill, I found walking down to the shopping and tourist areas easy and just caught a taxi back. Am curious to know what the seismic button does in the elevator, but it is earthquake country. Would easily stay here again.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thank you so much for your business and your great review.
I am so glad you enjoyed your three days with us. We designed the hotel to make it comfortable and enjoyable to sit and read and just relax after a busy day of activities in the city.
I am pleased to learn that we were able to offer you a great stay.

Looking forward to your next visit.

Rene Neidhart
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Sydney, Australia
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730 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

I got a room for less than all the other comparable hotels on price-line was the $ value was very good. The hotel is what you would expect from a standard 5* a cafe and restaurant on premises, centrally located in Seattle. It is on the high part so walking into the centre is down hill, the trudge back can be an effort. All the staff were very helpful from the front door through to the check in, and cafe/restaurant. Even the room service ladies had a smile whenever I came across one. The rooms are clean, and offer all the standards. I was on the highway side so there was a little road noise but it was not overbearing. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here in the future.

Room Tip: Go for a room overlooking the city and water, it is further from the highway which is on the entranc...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Geoff,

Thank you so much for staying with us and your nice review.
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and the services we offer.
We do appreciate your comments and please be back real soon.

Rene Neidhart
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

I recently put in a bid on a room in Seattle through Priceline.com name your own price. I got a four star hotel room for a very reasonable price of 100.00. The Renaissance is in fact fancy at least parts of it are. The lobby is stunning! The mirrored elevators are fancy. The fact that the hotel is twenty some odd stories is very fancy, but our room was not fancy. It looked a bit dusty. There were no linings in the waste baskets and smearing kind of marks on the desk. I wondered if this is one of the rooms for specifically for priceline cheap scapes. It was also very expensive to stay in our bargain room. There were bottles of water in the room for three bucks a piece. No free breakfast. The room service fees were outrageous. The cost of the meal plus tax plus three dollars and an 18% gratuity. Parking in the garage cost $44.00 per night or valet parking for even more. Even a charge for wireless internet.... So all in all it still cost me a fortune to be kind of fancy.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank journeyman52
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Rene N, General Manager at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Journeyman,
Thank you very much for the opportunity to have you as our guest.
I can assure you that we do not have any "priceline rooms". There is no way that we or any other hotel for that matter could do that even if we wanted to. It would be to difficult to pull this off.
Having said that you made a few good points.
1. None of our waste basket have liners. this is consistent throughout the Renaissance brand.
2. Parking. parking fees in Seattle are expensive, this is partially due to the high real estate costs and partially due to the 22% parking tax that is included ion the $44 rate. We are very competitive in our rates with comparable hotels.
3. The cost of water and internet. All these offers come with considerable costs to us.
4. The markings on the desk are scratches and we will starting to replace them in late November.

I do hope this answers a few of your questions and we look forward to have you back.

Rene Neidhart
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Additional Information about Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Property: Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Address: 515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104
Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#37 Business Hotel in Seattle
#41 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#51 Family Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Seattle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 557
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, a stylish hotel in downtown Seattle and one of the hotels conveniently located near CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, Pike Place Market, and upscale shopping. Our Seattle, Washington hotel eliminates travel stress thanks to easy access to major freeways and Sea-Tac International Airport. Unwind in spacious, guest rooms with stunning views of Puget Sound, the mountains and city skyline. From colorful paintings by local artists displayed in the lobby to a fully-equipped fitness center and high-speed Internet, our downtown Seattle hotel amenities outshine the rest. Bring a furry travel companion along to keep you company at one of the top pet-friendly hotels Seattle has to offer. Book your next event at our state-of-the-art 28th floor event space, and discover how our Seattle Marriott hotel seamlessly combines style, comfort and technology into an unforgettable urban retreat. ... more   less 
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