We stayed at the Alexis 5 nights when we visited Seattle on our anniversary and I don't think we could have made a better hotel choice. The location is great, we reserved a car from the airport to get there and were able to walk or take the bus to wherever we wanted to go. It's a short 10 minute walk to Pike Place (uphill, but then what isn't in Seattle?) with plenty of interest to see on the way and several good restaurants in the area and a nice bar just downstairs. Like much of the city, the clientele on this street is eclectic, you'll walk past a wide variety of establishments, but nothing where I didn't feel comfortable going out on my own.
When I told them we were there for our anniversary, they bumped us to a king room with a sitting room at no charge. Additionally, we showed up early and they held our bags until check in, no questions asked (any good hotel *should* do this, but the response can be surprising) as well as holding the bags for the couple of hours between when we checked out and when the car picked us up.
The room was lovely - comfortable, spacious and well appointed. The view wasn't awesome, we just saw the top of the next building over, but we had curtains drawn for privacy most of the time anyway. The bathroom was beautiful as well, marble everything and garden tub - the Aveda toiletries were a nice tie in to the salon downstairs. Usually I don't really care about hallway decor in a hotel, other than that it's tasteful, but the artwork on display at the Alexis is wonderful. We have a ballerina in the family and took several photos of the displays just to show her.
The only drawbacks I identified were
- that I could have done without walking past the Aveda salon coming in and out, after a day or two, the fumes got to be a bit wearing.
- that the desk staff weren't terribly knowledgeable about the less tourist-y attractions in the area (we were doing more of an 'off the beaten path' focus)
Overall, it was a refreshing change to stay somewhere with personality and charm, rather than the usual cookie cutter modern hotel - definitely worth the extra $20-30. I make a point to recommend the Alexis to anyone we know visiting Seattle and now try to find Kimpton hotels whenever we travel.
Note: Be sure to sign up for the Kimpton rewards membership before you check in so you get points for your current stay. I didn't notice it until we were checking out (I'm sure they would have taken care of it if I had said something, but I was a bit flustered trying to get all those last minute things taken care of before we left town).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Consistently on Conde Nast's Gold List, Kimpton Alexis Hotel recently completed a $10 million renovation, making it the ultimate luxury boutique hotel in Seattle. The hotel's commitment to the Seattle arts community and its savvy, unfaltering service combine to make this Kimpton Hotel a unique downtown destination. Near the waterfront, the Alexis Hotel is close to Pioneer Square & the Stadium District, Pike Place Market, the Seattle waterfront and the Seattle Art Museum. Adjacent to the hotel is the intimate Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar. ... more less
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