From the reliable Marriott brand, this 28-story high-rise has a calm feel to it, with contemporary decor and inviting common areas. Views from rooms above the 10th floor make it almost worth the proximity to the freeway, and rooms above the 20th floor have exceptional views of Downtown, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic mountains.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Seattle is a city built on hills and the walk from downtown to the Renaissance involves an uphill slog.
Spacious, recently refreshed guest rooms feature contemporary decor and notably comfy beds. This is a place to splurge if you can. Many of the guest rooms above the 10th floor feature impressive views of Downtown, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains, especially those above the 20th floor.
Spacious bathrooms feature a neutral palette, wall art, wide granite counters, large mirrors, tile floors, and a shower-tub combo or stone-tiled walk-in shower. Suites up the ante with stone-tiled walls and a soaking tub.
The stylish contemporary lobby has a colorful wall divider that separates the space from the hotel's cafe and lounge. Plush seating includes plush chairs with ottomans that face a stone fireplace.
The fitness center includes a solid number of the usual cardio equipment -- elliptical, bike, treadmill -- as well as free weights and strength machines.
The hotel has two dining options. The 515 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with emerging talents providing entertainment in the evenings on the casual restaurant's RStage. On Fridays and Saturdays, RView, on the 28th floor of the hotel, serves small bites and wines. The panoramic views are toast-worthy.
The hotel's Lobby Court Cafe is good spot for your first morning coffee.
The hotel's Lobby Court Cafe and Bar serves coffee by day and well-made drinks at night. Nicer than the average hotel bar, it shares the stylish decor of the lobby. The long granite bar faces eye-catching shelving with bright pops of color.
The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Pioneer Square light rail station, which connects to Downtown, Capitol Hill, the University of Washington, and Sea-Tac Airport. At the Westlake Station, you can hop on the Monorail, which connects to Seattle Center, or the South Lake Union Streetcar. There are also bus lines that reach every corner of the city.
Tulio Ristorante (2-minute walk), a longtime restaurant at nearby Hotel Vintage, serves excellent upscale Italian food in a sophisticated space with dark wood paneling and crisp white tablecloths. It's a popular spot for the theater crowd, so there can be early and late evening rushes. Reservations are recommended. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (5-minute walk) is a downtown standard. At the center of the lofty restaurant, which serves classy small plates, a huge tower of wine has its own spiral staircase.
Aside from hotel bars, much of the Downtown drinking action is close to Pike Place Market. Tucked behind a staircase at the market, Zig Zag Cafe (10-minute walk) is famous for its expertly poured cocktails, both classic and inventive. The large half-circle booths are especially inviting and the bar has gourmet snacks if you crave nibbles while you drink. People go to Radiator Whiskey (10-minute walk), a tiny gem inside Pike Place Market, for the small meat-centric menu (think terrines and a whole order-in-advance pig head), but it's the extensive whiskey and wine lists that keep the crowds buzzing into the late evening hours. The happy hour from 4 to 6 pm is a good bet; there's also a late-night one after 10 pm.
WHY WE LIKE IT
From the reliable Marriott brand, this recently refreshed Renaissance Hotel high-rise offers comfortable contemporary guestrooms, some with panoramic views, and a convenient location. Weary travelers will appreciate the hotel's amenities, including a new gym and a few drinking and dining options. It's also close to several good restaurants and walking distance to several attractions.