I just completed a 3-night business related stay at the W – Seattle, and thought I’d share a few details of the stay with you. I think it’s important to note that the hotel’s lobby and restaurant are undergoing a major renovation that will not be completed until March 2012. I found the rest of the hotel to be just fine, but the lobby scene is a big deal at most W hotels, including this one. Just know it will be a little quiet there until March 2012.

With that out of the way, on to some details regarding my stay.

Getting There

The hotel is accessible by public transportation, but our business needs this week required a rental car. Be advised that parking at the hotel is $37 dollars per night plus tax.

Checking in

Arriving at the hotel just before noon, there were no crowds waiting to check in. I was immediately assisted and within a minute or 2 was on my way to room 2320, a “Fabulous and Cool Corner Room.” Oddly enough, this was the exact same room I was given during my last visit to the hotel in March 2010. Also, the hotel was offering a “green” option of opting out of housekeeping for up to 4 days in exchange for 500 Starpoints per day. I went for that….but for just 1 day!

The Room

Well, the room was unchanged from my last visit. 🙂 It was fabulous and cool. TouchĂ©. Seriously, it was a good room, with a partial bay view. It seemed more spacious that normal rooms because of its location on the corner, which includes a long “hallway” of sorts at the entry then along the windows before you get to the “living” area of the room. I really like this particular style of room, which was equipped with a large LCD TV, chaise lounge, and of course, great W bed. The work area was very large, well lit, and comfortable. I receive complimentary internet access as a Starwood Platinum, otherwise, access is $14.95 for 24 hours. In a change from my prior visit, access is complimentary in the lobby area. Since I was unable to post pictures during my last visit, here are a few shots of the room. My apologies for the lighting in some of the shots.

I really liked the bath at this hotel. It’s not uber-modern like many of the more recent W’s, but the lighting and furnishings were to my liking.

Around the Hotel

The lobby of the typical W is the first thing I talk about at most W’s, and I’m sure this one will be the same and then some when renovations are completed in the spring. The hotel has a video presentation running with artist renditions of the way the lobby area and restaurant will look when done, and I think it’s going to be good. In the meantime, the hotel has established a temporary bar and restaurant offering a limited menu on the second floor. I was also able to get in a couple of good workouts at the hotel’s gym which was well-equipped with cardio and strength training equipment.

I also identified a couple of great spots for dining and imbibing. One, great for watching a game and drinking a beer, and the other (which I try to get to every time I’m in Seattle, is a pretty darn nice spot for great oysters, other seafood, and steaks. The Owl & Thistle, slightly hidden near Pioneer Square is a wonderful spot. Try the Ninkasi IPA with a Reuben! For finer dining, I always seek out The Brooklyn, on 2nd Avenue, between University and Seneca. I like this restaurant a lot, and this visit just reinforced my feelings. Steaks and a Bakers Dozen of oysters really hit the spot!

The Bottom Line

This hotel is a favorite of mine in Seattle and I look forward to visiting again, after the lobby remodel (or “Re Wonder” in W language) is complete. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, and you need not “wonder” whether or not I’ll be back. You bet I will!