I've stayed at Marriott downtown Seattle several times, but also at other locations around the city - Residence Inn, Bellevue (East), Renton, (South) and Bothell area (North); and usually stay at Fairfield Inn (SeaTac Airport) before flying out next morning. While in Seattle, take time to eat (lunch or dinner) at Cutter's Restaurant, on north end of Pike's Street Market, 2001 Western Ave. You can park underneath and take elevator into restaurant. If you have auto you might try the Yarrow Bay Grill at Carillon Point, Kirkland (just north of Bellevue); Anthony's Home Port, Des Moines (south of the airport), and for dinner, Stanley & Seaforth's, overlooking Tacoma (call for directions on how to access off I-5).
I've stayed twice at the CY downtown, which was a renovation of the old Alaska Building. My first stay was in a corner suite, which was tremendous, and probably the largest suite I've ever stayed in! The most recent visit (June 2012) was in a "standard" room, but still spacious enough, comfortable, and felt fairly fresh. They incorporated the Bistro off the lobby, but given the amount of space, it's quite large, and the bar/lounge area is actually a bit separate from the rest of the Bistro.
Access to things from that location is great, you can walk to the waterfront and ferry terminals, and much of the downtown shopping & dining. It's also just around the corner from the SoundTransit station which includes the light rail to SeaTac. For my "downtown only" trips, I don't need a car at all.
The front desk staff on both stays were exceptional, with service and an attitude that I'd expect at a FS Marriott or Ren.
So yeah, I'd give the CY a definite thumbs up.
I stayed there and was treated very nice. They have a CL for breakfast and offer nice snacks when open. They did not offer breakfast on weekends. It is in a nice location.
I am going back to Seattle and will be staying at the CY due to the recommendations on this site. NO breakfast but close to train. I may change to the Waterfront if the catagory returns to 6.
Thanx for the pic!
Gives new meaning to being 'locked up' in a conference all day!
I have not been to Seattle recently so have not tried any of the new properties.
Properties I have used multiple times and really enjoyed are the Downtown Marriott, and the Airport Marriott.
One of the highlights of staying at the Airport Marriott is to eat at 13 Coins, which is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire US.
There is also a restaurant in town, but I much prefer the airport property
Its a cross between a diner and a very upscale restaurant. The layout is like a diner, but the stools at the counter are very nice comfortable chairs that swivel. There is a cocktail lounge that when I have been there has had great jazz bands. They usually have 5-10 different varieties of oysters, and the menu has Sweetbreads with several choices of preparation. The chefs cook right in front of you if you sit at the counter, which is definately my preference and are more than happy to discussion recipes and cooking techniques.
Can't say I've eaten too many steaks - or any beef for that matter - in the Pacific NW. The seafood (especially Dungeoness Crab, Salmon and Halibut) is so good out there, it's the only meat we eat when traveling from Portland to Vancouver, B.C. If you go to Stanley & Seaforth's (Tacoma), make sure you try the Dungeoness Crab & Artichoke appetizer! If you get to Portland and stay overnight downtown at Marriott near the waterfront, try McCormick & Schmicks - you can walk to the restaurant - and Jake's Famous Crawfish at 401 SW 12 th St. in Portland is a must - BUT you must call for reservations and go early.
Do I like steaks!?!?!? I love them, especially the ones with a lot of fat, like the ribeye. As I get older I am trying to learn to like other things, so hopefully, I will avoid a coronary. If I get tired of things from the ocean on this trip I will look up the Met, which seems to be within walking distance of the JW.
I stayed at the Renaissance Seattle Downtown over the course of 2-3 years, 1 to 2 times per month. They had outstanding service, a great concierge lounge (although there are so many great restaurants, often the lounge was enough for a meal)
The rooms are great and many have a beautiful view of the Sound.
I'd recommend it in a minute and can't wait to go back.
Another tip, probably good for any of the hotels there. If you go to Pike's Place and buy fish, pay to have it packaged in a bag. They will deliver it (for a nominal fee) to your hotel and at least at the Renaissance, they put it in the freezer overnight for me. I just grabbed it when i checked out and took it back on the plane. Clean and easy.