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“Friendly and spacious close to the UW campus”

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University Motel Suites
Ranked #74 of 103 Hotels in Seattle
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Spacious suites -- reminds me of older exurban properties except that it's a five minute walk from the campus and (my destination) Meany theater. Squeaky clean, fully furbished kitchen, and friendly competent management. The garage parking was a plus, and I was pleased at the overnight quiet. I plan to return.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Pluses: more like a one-bedroom apartment than a motel suite. Kitchen even has a cutting board. Comfortable beds, dining table and chairs, clean carpet, windows that open, plenty of electric outlets, easy access to public transportation, neighborhood is full of superb restaurants. Minuses: lousy cable, low water pressure in the shower, very non-plush towels. Bring your own coffee and filters. Coffee provided was one envelope per day, de-caf. For $88 a night (AARP), we would definitely stay here again. The pluses far outweigh the minuses.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

This place was completely unexpected. We were travelling as a group of friends and just wanted a place to crash out for the night with two bedrooms, and a place to park the car as part of an overnight trip from Vancouver BC to Seattle.

We ended up arriving quite late - fortunately we checked the check-in time and you need to get there by 10pm - we were going to cut this fine and called ahead and the staff member stayed on an extra 5 mins for us to arrive and check in.

This place is completely retro, but not because it's been refurbished and designed like that. Because it doesn't look like its been refurbished since the 60s! However that's not to say that it's shabby nor is it chic. It's been reasonably well maintained. Our room was large - very large. It was cold when we arrived and it took a little while to get the heating going and warmed up. However once the heating got going it was warm and comfortable.

There was a lounge diner that also had a double bed in it, sofa, dining table, bedside table, and an adjoining kitchenette. The kitchen was really something else. Totally 1960s/70s there was a pink general electric cooker that really should have been in a museum that we were able to use as a stove, along with a sink, microwave, and a selection of cooking utensils.

Adjoining the big room was a side bedroom, in itself larger than many modern hotel rooms and with a wardrobe that ran the entire length of one of the walls.

By comparison to everything else the bathroom was small. But again, genuine 1960/70s fittings

There was a phone in the room (we didn't use it) and there was Wifi throughout the hotel. Not especially fast but adequate. Web page to log into. Car Parking in the basement was ok, but would probably run out of space if the hotel was busy.

For the money we paid, and space for 4 people to stay in a "suite" in Seattle this was good value. If you're looking for all mod cons, then this isn't your place. But for something a bit different, with plenty of space and an opportunity to possibly stay somewhere kitted out in the style of when your parents grew up (depending on how old you are!) then this is worth considering.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

This was our second stay at the Motel Suites. The rooms are clean and roomy in a great location near the university. We like everything about our stay and we will keep it on our list when we come back.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

My husband and I booked a room here to stay while our adult son was undergoing brain surgery at U of W Medical Center. Needless to say, it was a stressful time. The staff was so helpful and friendly, our younger son flew in and they were able to put us in a different room to accomodate all three of us. Nice and clean, being able to cook in the room was nice, and all within walking district of the U District shops and restaurants. Thanks again to the staff for being so friendly and professional! By the way, the surgery went well and he is going to be fine!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

If you are expecting a 4 star hotel, do not stay at this hotel. If you are looking to travel on a budget, cook in your own kitchen, and have lots of space this hotel is for you. The manager of the hotel was extremely helpful, and takes pride in his job/hotel. I will be returning to this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Really enjoyed our stay. We were surprised at the size of our suite - larger than our apartment at home. Sure some fixtures are old - but the retro look works. Really good restaurants in the area as well.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about University Motel Suites

Address: 4731 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4401 (Formerly University Hotel)
Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Seattle
Price Range: £74 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — University Motel Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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