Found a unique place to stay in Seattle. Market Side Flats is a small apartment in a rental building just off Post Alley and right below Pike Place Market. A company named Alfred's arranges the rental. If you google search Market Side Flats you will find information on the building and a video.
Pre payment of the rental is required. Parking is extra as is a $90 cleaning fee. The trip advisor site doesn't actually mention these extra costs. That puts the costs in the range of mid priced hotels but you may be able to save on your costs because the apartment has a kitchen.
Details - the room is a small size apartment with kitchen (stove top, microwave, sink, kitchen, freezer and wine cooler. No oven.) The main bed is queen sized inside a small section that has sliding doors. A bit cramped to walk around the bed. There were a couple dressers in our room.
There is free wifi.
Bathroom had a nice shower and apartment sized washer and drier. One picky thing - we were only given one bar of soap and so had to keep moving it back and forth between the shower and wash basin.
There is also a fold out sofa bed that fits one only. There is cable TV and a dvd player.
The room was stuffy. Reviews on other sites mentioned this too. Our visit was in March when the weather was cool and the room was still warm. Our room was on the 4th floor. Unfortunately the elevator was broken and that was a pain for getting our bags in. We had friends on the second floor. Their room was larger but it was chilly and the heat didn't seem to work.
Keys are picked up at a rental office and then you drive to the building itself. There is only pay parking all around. The building is up Union Street just off Western and there is a 3 minute drop off area to unload. There is a pay parking lot across the building on Western. This was a suggested parking place by Alfreds but when we went to the lot they would only give us parking for a maximum 10 hours. Instead we drove up Western to the Pike Place Parking lot and parked for $20 a day which is a decent price for the area.
The location was great - just below the market off Post Alley (near the gum wall). Short walk to the water and Seattle Art Museum.
Near the freeway and so there was that noise in the background but not an issue with the windows closed.
We would stay again due to the convenience of having a kitchen and nice location.
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