by Jeff Bogle
Located equidistant between the south end of Lake Union and the famed Space Needle and impressive Experience Music Project (EMP) museum, this downtown Seattle Hampton Inn and Suites is everything you want and expect from the hotel chain admired by frequent travelers. Three styles of suites will suit most any family, with multiple bedrooms and/or a sleeper sofa, as well as balcony, living room, fully equipped kitchen, coffeemaker, a pair of TVs, and of course, free Wi-Fi. For families not in need of a kitchen or the extra space as the extra cost, there are rooms with two queen beds and all the standard hotel amenities. Guests will love to save money in the morning with the free hot Hampton Inn breakfast daily and appreciate the coin-operated washers and dryers onsite.
Our Editor Loves
- Free breakfast
- Large two-bedroom suites
- Location to downtown
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
We stayed here for 2 nights. Great stay. Clean rooms. It is under renovations but they did a great job keeping everything easy to get around. The breakfast was great. We were able to walk to the Space needle (very close) and pikes market (a good long walk).
We stayed at this hotel twice during an 8 day period; once on each end of our cruise. We found the cab ride was cheaper ($13) returning to the hotel at the end of our cruise than the fixed price shuttle service at $8pp. If you had someone to share the cab, it would obviously be even cheaper. Lots of cruise people were going to Pier 91 that first morning. Just find someone who your mom would approve.
On our first visit, we got there early expecting to wait until the standard 3pm check-in time. But they had a room available, so they let us register. That positive attitude was typical at the property as evidenced by housekeepers who said "hi" and a guy walking around with a smile as he handed out bottled water during the morning breakfast.
If you are taking a cruise, they have a special rate that includes almost 1/2 price parking. The only have about 15 spaces to accomodate SUVs and larger trucks like a Ford F150. The other spaces are "underground" and I am sure there might be clearance/size issues. You'll need to contact them about that.
This hotel is a rather easy walking distance to Dale Chihuly's glass exhibit, the Space Needle, and Pike's Market. If you do some research, you can even stop by the very 1st Starbucks on your way to Pike's Market (if that's your thing).
The hotel is also surrounded by many restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. My favorite was McMenamins-Queen Anne a couple of blocks away and a restaurant I have reviewed.
The hotel's complimentary breakfast was an expanded version of the typical Hampton Inn requirements and kept well stocked. We were even invited to enjoy breakfast when we returned from the cruise ship 8 days later at 8am even though check-in was at 3pm. There was an adequate amount of tables and chairs despite the large crowd eating breakfast.