This was a short get away for my sister and I.. and I booked this hotel based on reviews here, and the fact that they were listed on the Kenmore Air site when I was also booking our flights down from Victoria. We had a bit of frustrating start to our getaway due to fog delays and ultimately a cancellation of our flight down to Seattle (Kenmore Air was excellent though keeping us informed of our choices and rebooking..). I kept the Maxwell Hotel staff informed of our delays and they were very helpful with suggesting shuttle/taxi arrangements to/from Lake Union and, in the end, the waterfront where the Clipper docks.
We finally got to Seattle about 10hours later than expected, and were greeted by friendly staff at the hotel, and promptly got checked in. Our room was very nice, just as in the pictures. Our view was horrible.. But we weren't there for the view, nor were we in our room long enough to really need to look at the view. It was just a bit disconcerting to see a pretty run down apartment behind the hotel, as it made us a bit nervous to explore the surrounding area (if we actually had time to do that!). Our room was comfortable. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom large, and I particularly liked the shower. There was a Keurig coffee machine in the room, which was fantastic, although some creamer in the minifridge would've been nice rather than coffeemate. Lighting in the room was adequate, but not the greatest. One thing that was missing from the room that we thought was a bit odd was one of those binders that hotel rooms usually have outlining the services and information of the hotel and the surrounding area. Maybe it was just missing from our room. Wifi was free and easy to hook into.
Breakfast was available in the lobby from the Pineapple Expresso.. a small little counter area where you can order a bagel and coffee, or an egg burrito along with your coffee. The food was quite nice. It would've been nice to have a separate area for the breakfast bar as it was located behind the check in counter and away from the seating area of the very large and funky lobby.
We ate at the Rock our first night and had drinks there the second night (in the bar area for both) and really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and drinks.
Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to use the fitness and pool area, or the bikes. But when we go back to Seattle, we'll likely be staying again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The spirit of Seattle comes alive at The Maxwell Hotel. Every member of our experienced staff delivers genuine service from the heart. Our colorful and original interiors provide a warm and inviting ambience with delightful details such as our large mosaic pineapple, commissioned mural paintings and children's art tiles accenting the indoor swimming pool. Fun, creative, and unexpected touches like these make this downtown Seattle hotel an original Seattle icon. A short pace from the Space Needle and other attractions, your perfect Seattle home awaits. Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel. ... more less
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