We drove from San Francisco to Seattle in order to see a concert of our favorite performer at the Seattle Zoo in Woodland Park. So we went looking for a hotel in the same section of town as the park and selected the Watertown. This hotel also happens to be right next to the University so if that is your destination it is very convenient. Also, being next to a major university, the area is full of stores and restaurants that cater to the college age crowd.
This hotel looks pretty new and is very well done. The lobby is modern and inviting and there is a very small coffee bar sort of place. Kind of like a mini Starbucks off the lobby which is OK for a cup of coffee and muffin but even though it has some other items like a sandwich offering and a few other things, I think one can do much better outside the hotel.
The room had a very unusual layout that I had never seen before, but one that worked very well. As usual when you enter you are in the room with the bed. In our room, on the right after you enter was a large wall unit consisting of a closet for hanging clothes and which contained the guest safe. Next in line was an alcove for the TV. Now here is where it's different than normal. This wall system actually forms a divider and the bathroom area is behind it.
The bathroom area consists of a sort of dressing area, a sink area and a toilet/tub/shower room. A nice feature is that the closet mentioned in the first paragraph has doors on both sides and can be accessed from both the sleeping room and the sink area of the bathroom. See me photos for a better appreciation of the layout.
Back in the sleeping room there is a large desk with accessible electrical outlets, the bed, and an easy chair with ottoman. All in all, very well designed and laid out with lot's of storage space, well appointed and plenty of light. On each side of the bed were very nice reading lamps on adjustable extensions
The bathroom area was also very well done. Large counter around sink, several large drawers for storage and a very good shower. As I said before, the TV is in an alcove in the room divider system that, of course, is viewable from the bed. Under the TV alcove is another space accessible from the bathroom side that contains the refrigerator.
The room was very clean, did not show signs of wear or damage and service was very good. Speaking of service, a very nice feature is a free shuttle run by the Hotel that will take you to and from most of the most popular tourist destinations in Seattle (Seattle Center where the space needle and Chehulie glass museum are, city center, pikes market, pioneer square, etc. The king bed was extremely comfortable.
As is always an issue with inner city hotels is parking. What attracted us to the Watertown is that free parking is included free (first come first serve). this is a 2 or 3 level underground lot with security gate that you open with your room card key.
All in all very nice.
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- Colorful and contemporary, urban and upscale- Welcome to Watertown Hotel. Located just four blocks from the University of Washington, Watertown Hotel is the ideal hotel whether your goal is academic or adventurous. Here, you're not only close to campus, you're close to everything Seattle: The Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Seattle Waterfront and world-class shopping and dining. So check in and chill out. We're always at your service when you Staypineapple at The Watertown. ... more less
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