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“Very good budget hotel.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center

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Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center
Ranked #69 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very good budget hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2010

We stayed in this hotel with our 2 young children (2 and 5). I was looking for a hotel in DT Seattle with free breakfast, a pool and under $150. This one has all of that + free wireless internet. It was all I expect from a quality "budget" hotel: clean no-frills rooms and good service.
The pool was warm but the adjoining weight room (where the washrooms are) is freezing and you need your key to get back to the pool! don't get locked out like we did... And I wish the shallow end were shallow (it's 4 feet), this one's not little kids-friendly.
The breakfast (which is included) is basic but plentiful and the service staff is excellent.
Parking is $10 a night which I think is excessive. Really, who walks to that hotel? it's a bit of a way to grab extra cash while posting a lower nightly rate.
Overall a pleasant stay for us. We will use that hotel again.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wwhog
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dhambrick, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center, responded to this review, 26 May 2010
Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to our hotel! In order to keep our guests safe, especially children, we are obligated to control access to the pool area. I apologize if this caused any inconvenience. Also, I always appreciate feedback from our guests regarding our service, and I will pass along your compliments to the breakfast bar attendants. I am pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us and I hope you will visit us again soon.

Best Regards,
Darcy Hambrick
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2010

Who: young couple with a 10 month old baby
When: March 2010

Pros:
The room was spacious, clean and stocked with goodies.
GREAT continental breakfast (they even had scrambled eggs!)
In the The Emerald Green restaurant food was average, but it was quiet, cozy & very baby friendly.
Pool & excercise room.
Location very close to downtown & Seattle Needle.

Cons:
Location area was a bit sketchy, especially in the evening.
Hotel is outdated.
We had the slowest coffee maker I've ever seen in my life.

Would we come back?
Yes

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jen M
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Columbia, South Carolina
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2010

The stay was good except for the mixture of smoking and non smoking on the same floor. I could have lived without waking up to the smell of cigarette smoke coming from another room on the same floor.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank working4food
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dhambrick, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center, responded to this review, 10 April 2010
Thank you for sharing your comments regarding our hotel! We do have two to 4 smoking rooms/suites on each floor, and they are all at the south end of each corridor. We understand that some of our guests are sensitive to the odor of cigarette smoke, so we make every effort to contain it as much as possible and honor requests for rooms at the north end of the building. I greatly appreciate your feedback!

Best Regards,
Darcy Hambrick
General Manager
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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

Reasons for staying at the HI Express: (1) our friends were staying at the regular Holiday Inn across the lane but we opted for the HI Express instead because they had a pool for the kids. (2) It's close to the Space Needle/Seattle Center where we were going on one of our two days in town. (3) Breakfast is included with the hotel price, (4) parking is only $10/night and (5) there's free Internet. Finally, (6) the staff were great. The downsides are: (1) the pool is tiny (but the kids didn't care). (2) It's right beside Hwy 101 so not a scenic location. (3) Strange room layout for "2 Queen Beds" room -- the bathroom sink is in the main entryway rather than in the bathroom. Recommended as a quick, no-frills stay for families with young kids.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank AbenaOhene
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Kennewick, WA
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96 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2010

This hotel is within walking distance to the Space Needle area and the Key Arena. It is attached to a Holiday Inn. It has underground parking for only $10 a night. The staff was great. We were there for a concert and the hotel offered a shuttle for $5 per person to the Key Arena. The Hotel next to the Holiday Inn had wonderful food and great happy hour prices. Will stay here again for sure. The traffic noise was somewhat noticable, but slept great and hardly noticed it. They have a great free breakfast in the morning with tasty cinnamon rolls and lots of great food options.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Halfwhit
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Denmark
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2010

We stayed three nights here. The view and location isn't that good, but the decor and size of the room is good. We chose the hotel because of the cheap parking and we would be able to walk into the center. I think the hotel is good value. The breakfast is also fine - better compared to many motels.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank KirstineDenmark
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San Francisco
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25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2010

I don't know if this is good value for money because I paid for it with priceline - but I want to recomend this place. The only downside of this place is the roar of traffic from Aurora St - so bring earplugs. Otherwise it is a decent place with a great staff.

  • Stayed July 2009
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank plevi1
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center
Address: 226 Aurora Ave., Seattle, WA 98109
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #69 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover all that Seattle has to offer at the convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Situated between Seattle Center and the heart of downtown s shopping, dining, and entertainment districts, it's an easy walk to Westlake Center Mall, The Showbox, or Benaroya Hall. The world famous Space Needle and Monorail, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Pioneer Square, Pier 66, Cruise Terminal 90/91, Microsoft, Boeing and more are so close our ideal location will suit the needs of any business or leisure traveler. Sports fan? We re minutes to Safeco & CenturyLink Fields! We offer parking for standard sized vehicles at $10 per night (limited space). Whether you re visiting Seattle for work or fun, Holiday Inn Express will be your home away from home. Wake up to our complimentary hot breakfast featuring our signature cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, and more. Maintain your cardio in our free 24-hour fitness center or go for a swim in our heated, indoor pool. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to numerous restaurants and bars. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will get you where you need to go! The best of Seattle is waiting for you at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Book your hotel reservations now for the SeaHawks NFL or Huskies football season or choose from one of our great King Tut Packages. Great family fun is just minutes away! ... more   less 
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