Hotel Review: W Seattle

May 13, 2014

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Following my first flight on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to Seattle for a short business trip, I arrived at SEA airport, called for an Uber ride, and the driver arrived within five minutes.  After an 18-minute, drama-free trip downtown, I arrived at my home for the night – The W Seattle.

Artsy lobby at the W Seattle
Artsy lobby at the W Seattle

This was my first time visiting Seattle proper (rather than Boeing Field or Bellevue), and though it rained the entire time I was there, I’m still glad I finally got to see the city. (Funny to think I’ve been to far-flung places like the Maldives and Easter Island, but have yet to visit so many gem destinations in the US.) Staying in downtown Seattle was a good way to get my bearings, and though I wasn’t actually at the hotel very much, I thought The W was a solid, affordable choice in a great central location.

The various benefits of Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum status
An overview of the benefits of SPG Platinum status

My Platinum elite status with Starwood Preferred Guest earns me 3 (elite-status-earning) Starpoints for every dollar I spend at SPG properties, and my Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card gives me 2 Starpoints for every dollar I spend at SPG properties. This combined earning of 5 Starpoints for every dollar in SPG spend means that my $186 purchase (not including taxes and fees) of one night in a standard Wonderful Room at The W Seattle netted me 930 points plus a 500 point amenity. Sadly, the W Seattle is not participating in the current 2x/3x SPG promo, or else I would have gotten an additional 3x points for a Sunday night stay.

My room-reservation confirmation email included a link to my Your24 benefit
My room-reservation confirmation included a link to my Your24 benefit

I also took advantage of an elite-status benefit called Your24, which allowed me to request my preferred check-in and check-out time – perfect for my mid-morning arrival and early departure the next day. I made the request right from a link on my reservation confirmation email, and received a Your24 confirmation email for my 11am check-in within 24 hours. No need to call ahead or haggle about time or extra costs at the last minute.

My upgradede corner room at The W Seattle
The corner room I was upgraded to at The W Seattle

Upon my noon arrival, my room was ready, and I was happy to find I’d been upgraded to a Cool Corner King Room on the 16th floor (number 1620), with a great view of downtown Seattle from floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s largest room (aside from a suite), this was the usual comfortable W setup with a big, comfy bed, a chaise lounge, dark wood furniture, a 32-inch LCD TV, and signature toiletries from Bliss, the resident spa found in many W properties (although not this one). With 450 square-feet, it was comfortable, with a hallway when you walked in and then another short hallway to the room.

Hallway towards the door, with wardrobe at the end
Hallway towards the door, with wardrobe at the end

The bathroom was basic with a small shower/tub, which was more Sheraton than W. I guess I’m used to chic glass showers that look out onto the bedroom, though I suppose this one was more practical.

Basic bathroom- at least it came with Bliss products
Basic bathroom- at least it came with Bliss products

My Platinum status gave me complimentary in-room Wifi and three choices of amenities:

  • 500 Starpoints
  • A local gift (e.g., a bottle of wine, olive oil or an artisan piece)
  • Continental breakfast in the on-site restaurant each day (including one in-room guest)

The continental breakfast at the W’s TRACE Restaurant was extremely basic and my flight on Monday morning was at 7am, so I skipped it and opted instead for the 500 Starpoints.

Hoping for sunnier skies - like these - on my next visit to Seattle (photo by Melanie Wynne)
Hoping for sunnier skies – like these – on my next Seattle visit (photo by Melanie Wynne)

Between a brunch meeting at a nearby popular Italian restaurant Tulio and a visit with some dear local friends, I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time in my room, the restaurant or the DJ lounge at the W. However, when I go back to Seattle someday (and with any luck, hit it during a non-rainy period) I’d like to check out the Hyatt at Olive 8, a LEED-certified hotel with an indoor pool and an on-site spa that’s set in a more happening part of downtown, or, if the Four Seasons ever gets it together to launch a loyalty program (c’mon already, Four Seasons – we’re waiting!), I’d love to stay in the Four Seasons Seattle, which has three restaurants, an on-site spa and sits one block from Pike Place Market, overlooking Puget Sound.

I’m hoping to spend more time in the Pacific Northwest in the future with Portland, Oregon next on my list. But for my quick hop to Seattle, the W was conveniently located and satisfactory for my needs, though not a hotel that blew me away in any particular way. But these days, a trouble-free hotel stay is a good one in my book.

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