Over December, I needed to be in Seattle over 2 separate trips and thus decided to book a one night stay at the W Seattle, a hotel that I had stayed before. While it was a disappointing stay the last time I was there, I decided to give it another try since the rates seems to be lower for the days I wanted to visit. The W Hotel in Seattle is located along 4th Avenue in downtown, and beside the iconic public library. Location wise, it is perhaps not the best since I think the Sheraton is perhaps the most conveniently located for Starwood properties while the Grand Hyatt has the best location for Hyatt properties.
The room rate I had booked came down to only $125+ for one night, which was amongst the cheapest for downtown Seattle hotels. And since it was a Sunday night stay, I was able to take advantage of free parking on the streets downtown as well!
Room No: 1820 Category: Fabulous Corner King Room
Check-in was very quick on the evening I arrived and I was given an upgrade to the highest category of room, which is the Fabulous Corner King Room on one of their higher floors too. The room had a view of the adjacent public library, surrounding office buildings and partial views of the water and Mt Rainier. On entrance, there is a long foyer with a bench for guests to place their luggage or it can also be used as extra seating.
Opposite the hallway foyer that has windows facing 4th Avenue, is the bathroom. Which is standard in W hotels with a bathtub/shower combination though it is slightly more spacious due to its long configuration. The lack of a walk-in shower was disappointing considering the market positioning of the W hotel.
Amenities in the bathroom are Bliss branded, which is the standard for all W Hotels, and it is quite complete since it includes a face wash. Nowadays all the W Hotels seems to include a make-up remover kit as well.
The bedroom was slightly more spacious as well with a work desk by the corner along with a chaise lounge with the better view from the room. There is also a large TV cabinet and minibar compartment along the window. With a nicer room this time around, I kind of grew to like this hotel. Not to mention, they seem to stock up on slippers as well, unlike the last stay here when they did not have any bedroom slippers available.
The only complaint I had was the blinds in the room which made it difficult to open the windows to admire the scenery outside. Otherwise the amenities in the room was quite complete.
During my stay, I did some work-out in the fitness centre below. The layout of the fitness centre was quite cramped since they do have a lot of equipment but not that much of a space. But like most of the hotel it was stocked quite well with headphones, towels, fruits and even water. They even have an assortment of magazines and newspapers along with a TV screen on the wall around the weights area. Equipment wise, they are quite good for a business oriented hotel in downtown since the treadmills are new and fitted with those individual TV screens while the equipments works a variety of muscles across the body for a good workout.
Being located right in downtown, the views were not the best, though I think the room I was assigned has some of the best views in the hotel. Thus I would recommend guests to pick rooms facing south towards the public library since the low-rise library would not block the views as much. For my second stay, I was pleasantly surprised and would consider another stay at the W while in Seattle, but I have to review the Westin to really tell you which SPG property I prefer the next time I am in Seattle.