It was an admittedly bold choice for a man of my age to choose to stay at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle. I was worried that it would be too cool for me. To hip. Too loud.
Thankfully, this was the ‘mildest’ W hotel that I’ve ever experienced. Yes, there was a lot of red neon. But it was quiet. Relatively simple. Most importantly, most of the other guests were benign looking middle-aged people just like me. My peoples!
A full review of my one night stay at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle
For those of you who don’t know, the ‘W’ brand is Marriott’s attempt at attracting a younger / hipper / guest (the kind who craves social interaction). It’s basically the opposite of what I look for in a hotel. I took a gamble by choosing to stay at this property, and I’m happy to report that it was a really nice experience.
The W is located on the corner of 4th and Seneca St. in Seattle. It’s just four blocks from the waterfront, and very centrally located in the heart of the downtown area. It’s the perfect hotel to use as your home base while exploring the Emerald City on foot IMHO. The airport is just 20 minutes away airport via a taxi or Uber. There is no airport shuttle service.
The lobby (and checking in)
Unlike my last W hotel experience (The W Hotel in downtown Austin), I didn’t hear – or feel – any thumping bass coming from the lounge as I walked through the main entrance. The lobby was as quiet as a library – but visually exciting as a nightclub.
Getting to my room
I learned a lot from my last W experience. This time, to be sure that I would be as far away from all the party noise as possible, I chose a room on the 18th floor. It was a long elevator ride to the top, but oh so very worth it.
As soon as I opened the door to my room, it became fairly obvious that this property used to be a low budget hotel. Sure, it was a nicely designed room, but the structure of it was very simple. It was essentially a box with fancy wall coverings (not typical of other W Hotels).
Selecting (and paying more for) a room on the 18th floor was so very much worth it. The view was nothing short of spectacular – and it reminded me a lot of the view that I had in my room at the Westin in downtown Phoenix. I did have to wonder if anyone in the surrounding buildings could watch my every move, though.
Just like the rest of the room, the bathroom was stale, sterile, and reminiscent of the Hilton (or whatever) that preceded the W. It was large though, and very clean. I very much appreciated the robe.
It’s not very often that I’ll order room service, but it was late (and I was hungry). I reluctantly chose the $40 Kobe beef burger, and you know what? It was probably one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had in my life. No lie!
Pros and cons of the W Seattle experience
Whether or not I would choose to stay at this property again would depend on the price. There are a lot of other great hotels in the immediate area, so they would have to offer me a deal I couldn’t refuse to get me to come back. Honestly? A free Kobe beef burger is all that it would take.
The location is excellent. It’s within walking distance of everything in the core downtown area.
Maybe it was because I stayed on Thursday night (as opposed to a Friday or Saturday), but I didn’t get the loud / obnoxious ‘party’ vibe that I’ve felt in other W Hotels.
The views from the upper floor rooms are worth paying more for.
The rooms are very basic. This was not designed from the ground up to be a hip / stylish W Hotel.
There is no shuttle service from the airport. Expect to pay $70(ish) each way for an Uber or taxi.