Seattle/Downtown - Seattle Sheraton 4*

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Seattle/Downtown - Seattle Sheraton 4*

Zach Baker
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Joined: 08 Dec 2000, 11:59

08 Dec 2000, 06:23 #1

I stayed at the Sheraton downtown from 11/24 to 11/28. I immediately discovered two things that seem to be inevitable when you stay at a downtown hotel. One, it's between confusing one-way streets, and two, parking is a princely sum even for hotel guests ($22 per night). I noticed when I walked by the West Coast Vance that their guests pay only $17 a night, but unlike the Sheraton, they close the garage at night. Valet service was available.

The location is really great. It's six blocks down Pike Street from the Pike Place Market, near the Westlake Center monorail to Seattle Center, and across the street from the convention center. The lobby was quite spacious and attractive, though one entrance was still under construction. It had a Christmas tree and a few decorative displays, including an obligatory Dale Chihuly glass sculpture. There was also a wonderful charity exhibition of gingerbread-house style candy Christmas scenes, designed by local architecture firms and built by the hotel's chefs. The desk staff was cheerful and accepted my Starwood preferred guest number (which I had signed up for just the day before). Didn't check out the restaurants, but the nightly dessert bar at the cafe seemed clever.

The room I got was halfway up the 34-floor tower. It was nicely decorated and had a desk with separate phone, iron and board, mini-bar and coffee maker (yes, with Starbucks coffee). I believe the very comfortable bed was a king-size. I never noticed the noise or had to touch the thermostat on the A/C. I wanted to but didn't have time to take advantage of the pool (indoor, of course), sauna, and top-floor fitness center. Local calls aren't included, so you're better off using your mobile phone if you have one. The Wall Street Journal as well as USA Today were at the door on weekday mornings.

I enjoyed the stay and consider the Sheraton a solid four-star hotel. I would certainly stay there again for anything like the $53/night rate I got thanks to Priceline and AmEx.
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snowkitten
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Joined: 18 Mar 2001, 03:20

17 Mar 2001, 20:20 #2

I thought I would add our review of this hotel. We paid $39/night in Feb. and when we first got there the self-parking lot was full. So we had to do valet parking, but were given the self-parking rate, which was still the same rate as in the above review. So there went some tip money that I hadn't wanted to give away. When we checked into our room, it was supposed to be a non-smoking room. But the smell of smoke was so strong I immediately went down and complained!!!!!! What is it with people that they can't respect a non-smoking room????? There really are people with medical reasons for needing a non-smoking room and "freshening it up" does NOT do the trick, thank you very much!!!! Anyway, they only had one other non-smoking room available to give us and we took it. In that room the toilet was broken and kept running continuously. That didn't bother me but my hubby was greatly disturbed by it so I called down to complain again. They sent maintenance up right away and he fixed it in no time flat. Other than everything being astronomically expensive from sodas from the vending machine to the mini-bar (which is expensive in any hotel) we really enjoyed our stay. (They did add on a surcharge do to the energy crisis in the West, I think it was around $2-$4.) We simply went to one of the markets and bought snacks and drinks at a reasonable price and took it back to our room. They gave us a map of Seattle when we checked in that was REALLY helpful. This hotel was a great value for $39/night. Unfortunately, it wasn't where the Backstreet Boys were staying!
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cpdad
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Joined: 13 Dec 2000, 15:22

07 Jun 2001, 18:06 #3

I agree with much of the commentary in the two earlier posts. We paid $55 5 bonus for two weekend nights.

This is a large convention-oriented hotel so it lacks some of the intimacy one might want for a weekend get-away. We checked in very late Friday night and were told there were no non-smoking rooms available. We were given a smoking room on the fifth floor
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cpdad
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Joined: 13 Dec 2000, 15:22

07 Jun 2001, 18:17 #4

Previous post apparently got truncated due to a PL glitch with their "preview" feature.

We were given a smoking room on the fifth floor; we did not even have a view. The late-night staff was friendly and apologetic and showed us a number of other smoking rooms so we could select the least smokey one. The following day we were relocated to a non-smoking room on the 12th floor. My first impression of the hotel was not good, and it set my mood for the weekend.

As mentioned previously, this hotel like so many 4 & 5* hotels, has many extra charges: local phone calls are $1.25, the inviting bottle of Dasani water on the desk came with a discreet $5 price tag, use of the fitness center came with a price, there is a $2.50 + tax daily energy surcharge, and parking is $22 per day. I knew better than to even look at the prices for the mini-bar.

Overall, I would rate this a low 4* hotel with a good location. The next time I visit Seattle, I may explore PL's 3* hotels since I really don't need the costly services/amenties of a 4* property.
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og719
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Joined: 18 Jun 2001, 19:31

17 Jul 2001, 20:12 #5

I had to comment on the restaurant in the Seattle Sheraton. Fuller's is a Mobil 4* restaurant and just a superior place. My ex and I stayed there a couple of years ago during a camping/sightseeing trip through Oregon and Washington. We left the hotel in jeans for dinner, only to discover it was prom night and all the restaurants were just two-blocked. Went back to the hotel and were having a drink and moaning about being hungry when one of the waiters from Fuller's came over and asked if we were hotel guests. When we said yes, he took us to the maitre d' and told him our problem. The maitre d' promptly took us (jeans and all) to a quiet table back in the back and we had a wonderful dinner. They even bought us drinks and dessert! Class operation.
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nspoors
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Joined: 09 Jan 2001, 02:15

19 Aug 2001, 03:51 #6

I would grade this hotel only 3+ star. I found the rooms to be typical of a DT convention hotel, pretty standard, void of any real charm. I noted a little wear and tear evident here. The carpet in my room was dirty with one large stain visible. The bedspread was older and needed to be replaced. My room was on the 22nd floor. Upper rooms from 32-35 are reserved for Club Members. Views from this hotel have been eliminated for the most part due to the many new highrise office towers DT. The large US Bank tower is adjacent to this Sheraton and stands between it and views of the Sound.

I agree the location is great. The hotel has a small pool and excercise facility on the top floor. They try to impose a fee for using the excercise room, but do not monitor its use very closely. Pluses include a very comfortable mattress.

I choose to park in the Convention Center lot next door @ $16.00 per 24 hour period. It's even a better deal if you park for <12 hours.
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rgs5455003
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Joined: 27 Feb 2002, 06:12

26 Feb 2002, 23:12 #7

If you're looking for charm this ain't it. However, I've stayed at this hotel over the past 8 years on business and personal trips and have always been happy with it. The location is great as others have mentioned. The $22 parking is high but then it's downtown and you have 24hr in/out access.

They are in the process of refurbishing all of their rooms starting on the lower floors. As of this date, they are working on the 8th floor. I asked for a refurbished room this past week and was put on the 7th floor. There was some noise during the day but not much. The new rooms are nicely done. Extremely comfortable beds.

I didn't know about Priceline for hotels or this board until I returned from the trip. I paid $139 for a Thurs - Sat stay with airline discount coupons. I know better now.
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01 May 2002, 03:52 #8

Stayed 4/28-4/30/02. Agree with above, location is excellent, better than the Westin. Parking still $22. Received a renovated room on the 8th floor (room 80 . Linens and carpeting in good condition. Wallpaper was a warm beige. Bathroom small but adequate. Chihuly autographed prints in the room. Quiet, was pleased that I never had to wait more than 30 seconds for an elevator to arrive. The staff was friendly all-around. No attitude for being a priceline customer. Definitely worth $55 a night although with the parking, it adds up.
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onerpm
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Joined: 25 Jun 2002, 03:57

10 Jul 2002, 20:27 #9

6/27-29/02, had to go to $69 on this thur/fri night stay. Asked for low floor (claimed afraid of heights) to ensure we had a refurb. room. Circled around hotel some before checking in, couldn't find any overnight parking cheaper than the $22 hotel rate. You do get in-and-outs, though.
Everything was fine here. Pool area on 34th floor is nothing special; decent view. We hoped to try Fuller's restaurant but it was closed for a private event both nights. There is a movie theatre and Cheesecake Factory right next door to hotel.
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sjwilde
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Joined: 20 Aug 2002, 04:05

29 Aug 2002, 00:47 #10

8/24-26, $70. I was asked if I wanted a high or low floor and got a lovely big room. No negative comments about Priceline. I especially liked the quality of the room service menu. It was expensive, but had many more choices than the usual fish, beef, or chicken. I had firecracker prawns the night I didn't feel like going out for dinner and they were outstanding.
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