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“Adequate hotel in a good location”
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The Westin Seattle
Ranked #46 of 102 Hotels in Seattle
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a pleasant, functional (if somewhat dated) hotel and meeting host in a good location.

Wifi is usually for-fee, as in most the-more-you-pay-the-less-you-get hotels with intricate reward systems, but for our scientific meeting, it was complimentary. That was the good news. The bad news is that it required frequent authentications and multiple-click logins, and was at times so glacially slow that a simple web page would take two or three minutes to load. And in the bathroom, it often did not work at all. Now, there may be some curmudgeons out there who don't expect to use the internet to retrieve email in the bathroom, but the good Lord has not yet gifted them with an iPad.

The elevators are rather dated (incandescent indicator lights, some of which have died of natural causes; nice archaic terminology such as "motor entry") and tend to be slow to arrive. Our room was spacious, and the view excellent. Kudos to the Westin for investing in regular window cleaning! It's wonderful to be able to enjoy a view through beautifully clean glass, rather than through a depressing film of dingy crud, as is often the case elsewhere. Perhaps the seagulls, and the resulting need to remove their whitewash, contribute to this. Thank you, gulls. Thank you, Westin. For the voyeurs among you (you know who you are), the views of and into an expensive apartment complex nearby are most revealing. Not that I personally care for such things.

The bathrooms are good, with a large rectangular rain-head shower that produces a polite drizzle (you want real rain, try a tropical storm in the Panamanian jungle in which it's difficult to breathe, with added sound effects from the howler monkeys bellowing their disapproval). But, warm. The countertops are nice enough but I personally disapprove of fake stone mixed with glittery things like a toy wizard's table. The soap and shampoo are of good quality, just right for bringing along unused portions to places that don't have them such as out of the way island retreats.

The catered food for our meeting was good and imaginative (reception buffet) to boring and disappointing (rubber chicken for lunch). The buffet breakfast is reasonably good, if expensive, with a side selection including many healthy choices. The fresh fruit selection includes strawberries and blueberries - a pox on the many hotels that only offer cubed melons! The on-board restaurant where breakfast is served doubles as a rather basic burger joint at other times.

If you ask for directions to a nicer restaurant, the concierge will direct you to the BlueAcre, down Olive. Fortunately there is a superb and more reasonably priced restaurant just across on Fifth, the Icon Grille, which will definitely not disappoint. Il Fornaio on Olive is also close by and good. For those yearning to drop a wad of money, the BlueAcre, further down Olive, yearns for you in turn and will oblige your tastes. And a nice easy walk down Stewart towards the water brings you to the Pike Place Market with many fancy to funky establishments. All the usual high end stores are in the Westin neighborhood, mixed in with a rich cast of shambling, muttering, panhandling ladies and gentlemen of no fixed abode. Because Seattle, bless its generous heart.

Room Tip: The further up, the better, facing the water.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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AshleyGuestServices, Public Relations Manager at The Westin Seattle, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2014

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us and the TripAdvisor community. We are glad to hear that the location was a great fit for you during your stay. We hope you will visit us again the next time you are in Seattle!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The hotel was extremely quiet despite being right in the city. The vallets were very friendly and helpful. It was nice how the pool had a small patio outside, which guests could relax on. Room service was very quick at 1 a.m., although it would have been nice to have a slightly larger selected, even though it was late. The only negative was the check in desk tended to always have a line that didn't really move that quickly.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I stayed at the Westin for my cousin's wedding a few weekends ago. While it might be ideal for large wedding parties, I personally would not stay there again. The hotel is far too big and busy for my liking (I prefer smaller, boutique hotels such as Hotel Andra just down the street), with conventions being held and a very noisy/busy lobby/bar area at night.

The hotel is composed of two towers: North and South Tower and though our rooms had been block booked by the wedding party nearly a year in advance, they still could not put us all in one tower, which proved to be highly inconvenient since we were all family members and wanted to visit each other frequently. The elevators took AGES to arrive for the North Tower and we waited for 10 full minutes at one point just to get on!

The rooms themselves were also disappointing as they were tired and worn: our bathroom door wouldn't even close properly without a hard slam of the door (which is not ideal, especially at night) and there wasn't even body wash provided - just a bar of soap.

The location is very central, though, and within walking distance of most Seattle sites and restaurants. The views from the suites at the top floor of the North Tower (where a few of the wedding celebrations took place) were great. The sleep quality was okay (the beds are very comfortable) save that we were woken in the early hours of the morning with a staff member's walkie-talkie going on loudly in the hallway just outside our room.

I wouldn't return again unless I had a business conference, etc. to attend.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The rooms in the hotel are spacious and they are really well appointed. The talk of great beds and showers is all true, the rooms are modern and spotless.
Get a room on a higher floor with a view of the sea, the wide windows make for a spectacular view.
The location of the hotel is right where you want to be, the light rail is 2 blocks away, the mono rail has a stop outside the hotel you are a a short walk from the market and in the shopping district.

Room Tip: Get a view !
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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AshleyGuestServices, Public Relations Manager at The Westin Seattle, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2014

Thank you for the fantastic review! We hope to have you stay with us the next time you are visiting Seattle.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed there three nights. Good Location. We were on the 26th floor and had a nice view of the city. I have never been disappointed by a westin hotel. I do want to give a big shout out to the Concierge desk. They were very knowledgeabe about what to see, where to eat and how to get there. We enjoyed all there recommendations on restaurants. They seemed to really listen to us about what we wanted to eat and made sure it was easy and conventient for us to get too.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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AshleyGuestServices, Public Relations Manager at The Westin Seattle, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2014

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our Concierge team was a great help! We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Only one complaint we are SPG platinum members and there is a special line for those members to check in/out etc... Well there was nothing special about it we waited for 10-15 minutes and decided to go through the regular line which was much quicker. We did thus twice. My point, they only had one employee working that line and after seeing how long we were there no one offered to help us out. So much for Platinum perks here!!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We chose this hotel because of its location and our knowledge of other Westins. Our room was fine but with a view of the wall outside (7th floor). Staff were friendly and attentive. It's not far to the main centre of Seattle, Pike Place and Seattle Center. There's a nice cafe in the lobby but we chose to have breakfast at cafe Bacco just off Pike Place market on Pine St. Having stayed at the Westin St Francis in San Francisco this Westin does not have the same wow factor, but I'd still recommend it.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 1900 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101-1204
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > Belltown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Seattle
#23 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#41 Business Hotel in Seattle
#42 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
#48 Family Hotel in Seattle
Price Range: £142 - £376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Seattle 4*
Number of rooms: 891
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Downtown Seattle Hotel is the front door to shopping, dining and the vibrant downtown Seattle experience. Leave the car at home and walk to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the Great Wheel, the Aquarium and more all within just blocks of our hotel! Take the light rail to and from the airport for just $3 each way. Our brand is truly focused on healthy living while on the road. We feature our 10 layer signature Heavenly Beds for the most comfortable night's sleep. Our RunWestin program takes guests on a guided 3 mile run every Tuesday and Wednesday morning through Seattle's best attractions. With Gear Lending, no need to pack your gym gear, for just $5 guests can borrow fresh New Balance clothing and shoes including brand new socks that are yours to keep! Enjoy our fitness center, indoor pool, and outdoor pool deck. Grab a smoothie or fresh juice at our barista stand, or stay for lunch or dinner at our Relish Burger Bistro serving salads, burgers, and fresh, locally sourced cuisine. For families our Westin Family program provides kids with an interactive journal to document their visit to Seattle with fun games and coloring activities. And don't leave your pet at home! Pets stay free with us as we know they're just like family and our guests can even request a heavenly dog bed and dog food and water bowls at check in. Come enjoy Seattle and take comfort in knowing our staff values you like family. Explore our freshly renovated meeting and event space for your next event or head out for a night on the town with so much to see and door right outside our door. ... more   less 
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