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.
- 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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