Hip and budget-friendly, Hotel Max is a happening place to stay if smallish rooms aren’t a deal breaker. Edgy artwork hangs throughout the boutique hotel, which has an entire floor paying homage to Sub Pop Records, Seattle’s iconic indie music label. Other cool amenities include a pillow bar (pick your preferred style) and a complimentary craft beer happy hour.
You can bring your dogs to this hotel. You can even order room service for them. Go ahead--order room service for your dog. We support you.
Simple and stylish, rooms feature modern light wood furniture, gray walls, and vivid pops of orange and hot pink. Single travelers will appreciate the value of the hotel’s Mini option, a pint-size room with a full bed and a split shower and powder room. The Modern and Max rooms are a bit more spacious, with queen, king, and double full bed options. The hotel’s Sub Pop rooms pay homage to the label with band posters, a vintage-style turntable, and a selection of records from bands currently on the roster.
Bring earplugs if noise bothers you--guests have been known to party.
Deep orange walls and a unique metal vessel sink lend flair to small but functional bathrooms. Don’t plan to spend too much time in there.
The spacious lobby is a youthful eye-catcher with high ceilings, dramatic dark walls, and an eclectic assortment of bold furniture, artwork and lighting. Accents such as a wall-mounted sculpture made from drums and the glossy red check-in counter add rock-star touches to the mix. Don’t miss the evening happy hour, which draws a crowd of guests who mingle over complimentary craft beer.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel's itty-bitty elevator only fits two people, so it can take a while to catch it when things are busy. Claustrophobes beware.
The hotel has a no-frills 24-hour fitness center.
Wood-fired food is the focus at Miller’s Guild, as is nose-to-tail butchery. James Beard-winning chef Jason Wilson designed a nine-foot long custom grill for his rustic restaurant, which is named for the craftsman from around the globe who once stayed at Hotel Max, which was built in 1926. Fittingly, the masculine-chic restaurant’s custom-made furniture comes from Seattle carpenters, metalworkers, and masons.
A five-minute walk gets you to one of Seattle’s main transit hubs. In the vicinity of Westlake Center, you’ll find Link light rail, which connects to the University of Washington, Capitol Hill, and ultimately Sea-Tac; the Monorail, which zips over to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union Seattle Streetcar; and a slew of buses that serve every corner of the city.
The hole-in-the-wall Urban Sushi (1-minute walk) offers terrific value for tasty rolls, while Blue Acre (2-minute walk) has a higher-end take on seafood, making it an attractive place for special occasions (reservations are a good idea). For high-quality Italian food and an appealing wine list, head to Barolo Ristorante (1-minute walk), a romantic spot replete with crisp white tablecloths and chandeliers.
Le Caviste is a cozy French wine bar, with offerings neatly written on a chalkboard. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is a five-minute walk away; the bi-level jazz club, open for three decades, books name acts and serves Northwest fare.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For budget travelers, Hotel Max offers up hip style at a bargain rate. Mixing minimalist design with punchy colors and edgy artwork, the hotel feels like the kind of place an up-and-coming band might stay. If you don't mind climbing hills, the city's coolest neighborhood, Capitol Hill, is close by with tons of eateries and bars where you'll find way more locals than tourists.