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Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center
Ranked #69 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Healdsburg, CA
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18 reviews
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“Good for the price, will stay closer to downtown next time.”
Reviewed 2 February 2012

We got this place online and prepaid for a low rate. Next time I will stay closer to town to take advantage of the train from the airport. The front desk staff was great. They "upgraded" us from a king bed room to a king suite. It had a sofa bed, fridge, refrigerator. Not sure it was really an upgrade, but I can see where the fridge might come in handy. The room was comfortable enough, but it was SUPER noisy, as it is right next to a busy street. Had to take a cab to/from the airport. The hotel can get you a town car for $35, so check with them. The breakfast was what you would expect. Coffee was good and the staff helpful.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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dhambrick, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center, responded to this review, 22 February 2012
Thanks for your comments! I am glad we were able to provide you with an upgraded room type. The standard rooms do not have the amenities like the fridge and microwave. Being located in the busy downtown/Seattle Center area does have some challenges when it comes to noise. I would recommend inquiring about rooms on the "alley" side of the hotel. They tend to be quieter, although you do lose the view of the Space Needle. But as you mentioned, we are just a quick stroll away from the sights anyway. Thank you for staying with us! I hope you will continue to stay at Holiday Inn brand hotels!

Sincerely,
Darcy Hambrick
General Manager
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Technically I want to give it a 3.5 rating. We'd scored a really great deal on a discount-booking site, so when I called ahead to choose a king bed, I didn't expect they'd feel the need to extend much kindness to us, but they were fantastic. They made sure we had a non-smoking room, too. (There are still smoking rooms in Seattle??) Front-desk staff were super-friendly, and free wi-fi always earns my gratitude. The free morning breakfast had tons of options; the only downside was that on a weekend morning, jockeying for tables and toast was actually getting a little contentious. But that is more a commentary on the clientele than on the hotel.
Our bathroom door was made of a cheap material and looked pretty worn out, but the room was clean and the bed was really comfortable. It's a three-minute walk to the Space Needle and EMP, so if you don't mind walking fifteen minutes (ten flat blocks) to the shopping district and the Market, it's worth the savings. West-facing rooms have really great views, too.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

A great hotel only a few blocks from the Seattle space needle, and within walking distance to my destination, rendezvous and the jewel boc theater. Stayed in room 405, checked ou on jan. 29th.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Sherwood, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We stayed at this property primarily for its location to the Seattle Center. During our stay we also rode the Monorail to Westlake and the downtown shopping, and then walked back to the hotel. We have stayed at many Holiday Inn Express in our travels around the country, and I would say this property is less than the normal experience. The property is older and is definitely showing wear and tear. New carpet and paint are needed. Room is smaller but clean.The staff were not overly friendly, but did take care of requests, etc in a timely manner. The breakfast was the typical Holiday Inn Express menu but they have definitely trimmed some items ...reducing costs? As Priority Club members we prefer to stay within the Holiday Inn brand, therefore our next trip to Seattle downtown area we will return to staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. More expensive but excellant staff, service, but unfortunately no comp breakfast.

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Not my usual choice of hotel or even hotel class, as this was an atypical trip I took where budget trumped all else (got a two-queen room with free wi-fi and breakfast for less than $65/nt which can't be beat given the circumstances). Location is OK at best, though really depends on why you're in Seattle and what you want to do. It is located on a rather busy and grimy street but if that's not an issue, Seattle City Center is just a block away and Belltown/Downtown is a 10-15 walk or shorter bus ride in. If you have a car and need to get around, driving to I-5 or other major arteries seems easy. The room was clean, as were the rest of the premises. "Fitness room" really just consists of five outdated cardio machines and a treadmill, and the pool is really only usable if no more than 3 people are in it (or say, 4-6 little kids which, on this trip, were the primary users). Great for 1-2 night business travel, or perhaps a short vacation for young families traveling on a tight budget. Breakfast could really benefit from some fresh fruit, but then again it's there and free if you want it...mostly biscuits, eggs and a meat microwaved in bulk. There is yogurt, instant oatmeal, and some other assorted pastries available as well. I believe overnight parking is $10/nt though we didn't use it.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center
Address: 226 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-5007
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #69 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Price range (per night): $243 - $471
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover all that Seattle has to offer at the convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Situated between Seattle Center and the heart of downtown s shopping, dining, and entertainment districts, it's an easy walk to Westlake Center Mall, The Showbox, or Benaroya Hall. The world famous Space Needle and Monorail, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Pioneer Square, Pier 66, Cruise Terminal 90/91, Microsoft, Boeing and more are so close our ideal location will suit the needs of any business or leisure traveler. Sports fan? We re minutes to Safeco & CenturyLink Fields! We offer parking for standard sized vehicles at $10 per night (limited space). Whether you re visiting Seattle for work or fun, Holiday Inn Express will be your home away from home. Wake up to our complimentary hot breakfast featuring our signature cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, and more. Maintain your cardio in our free 24-hour fitness center or go for a swim in our heated, indoor pool. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to numerous restaurants and bars. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will get you where you need to go! The best of Seattle is waiting for you at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Book your hotel reservations now for the SeaHawks NFL or Huskies football season or choose from one of our great King Tut Packages. Great family fun is just minutes away! ... more   less 
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