An ideal hotel for groups and cruise travelers, this Marriott near the waterfront features expansive views from many rooms. While it isn't trendy, it's close to the cruise terminals, popular tourist spots, and the financial district. Other perks include ultra-plush bedding, an indoor-outdoor connecting pool, and Marketplace, a lobby shop stocked with wine, snacks, and other sundries.
Rooms include high-speed Wi-Fi and large 42-inch TVs that can stream Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu.
Guest rooms are done up in standard hotel decor -- think patterned carpets, warm woods, and the occasional pop of color. All feature desks, an armchair, and comfortable beds. If you can, spring for a room that overlooks Elliott Bay; many waterfront rooms include Juliet balconies. The north tower has the best view, for a price.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms are on the small and dated side.
Bathrooms are clean and functional but nothing special, with beige wallpaper, granite counters, tile flooring, and a tub-shower combo.
The warm, modern lobby makes an impression with a round seating area encircled by curved wood-clad columns. At the center of the clusters of seating, a large-scale blown-glass art piece is reminiscent of a Seattle sunset. A distinctive fireplace is another focal point, as is the striking chandelier hanging from the recessed ceiling.
For Marriott VIPs, the hotel's new 24/7 M Lounge is an ideal place to hang out or work, with drinks, snacks, and high-tech touches like an iPad library and touchscreen boarding pass printer.
A heated indoor-outdoor connecting pool is perfect for a plunge any time of year.
The fitness center has the usual cardio equipment as well as free weights.
The hotel's Hook & Plow is a waterfront gastropub serving fresh Pacific Northwest fare with an emphasis on steaks and seafood. The restaurant also serves breakfast.
The hotel's Lobby Bar serves drinks and a bar menu.
If you plan to use public transit, this hotel isn't as close to transit as hotels in the Downtown core. A 15-minute walk (with some hills) will get you to Westlake Station, where you'll find the light rail, which connects to Capitol Hill, the University of Washington, and Sea-Tac; the Monorail, which goes to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar; and buses that service every corner of the city. Hotel parking is expensive. Consider car share options like Reach Now or Car2Go if you want to explore by car.
Etta's (5-minute walk) is a Seattle classic owned by local celebrity chef Tom Douglas. The casual eatery serves spot-on seafood like Dungeness crab cakes and salmon rubbed with Douglas' signature spice blend as well as a popular brunch (the monkey bread is sinfully good). Large plate-glass windows look out on Pike Place Market. List Restaurant (8-minute walk) is a stylish lounge with gourmet American small plates like grilled pheasant and Gnocchi Rosé alongside unique craft cocktails. Prepare to wait--it's popular.
Craft beer aficionados should check out Cloudburst Brewing (4-minute walk), a tiny taproom with seriously good suds on draft. The employees can be a bit snobby and the seating fills up fast (most of the warehouse space belongs to the vats), but it's packed for good reason. Head to Belltown for more drinking options. The Whisky Bar (8-minute walk) is a classic Seattle spot with craft beer, a huge whiskey selection, and occasional bagpipe music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
When it comes to location, this comfortable Marriott has it made, with expansive views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle waterfront from many of the rooms, some of which feature small balconies. It's a short stroll to from Place Market and other attractions, including the Seattle Aquarium. An indoor-outdoor pool and a 24/7 sundry shop are among the perks for all guests, while Marriott VIPs have access to the hotel's covetable M Lounge.