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June 21, 2010

Hyatt At Olive 8 Hotel Seattle, WA Review

Hyatt at Olive 8 Hotel Seattle, WA
2 night stay August 2009

I purchased a 2 night stay through Hyatt.com pre-paying for the room. All requests were done immediately and I got a confirmation email with my requests within minutes of booking. A few days after booking I received an email from the concierge asking if I had any additional requests. I did not, but I appreciated the thought and attention to detail.

We checked in early afternoon. There was a short wait, but all the staff were young and friendly. My intial thoughts of the lobby were WOW. It is simple, modern decor and the rooms are even better!

We booked a Deluxe King Room with city view. The room was very large. You walk into a hall with the bathroom immediately on the left. There is a wardrobe on the right as you walk into the room with bathrobes, iron, ironing board and safe. Take a look at the picture below.

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Here is how Hyatt describes the room:
Featuring state-of-the-art sophistication blended with sustainable resources, we welcome you to the first LEED Certified hotel in Seattle. The contemporary décor offers a soothing color palette and energy efficient fixtures. All guest rooms are equipped with Watt Stopper master power controls for lighting to conserve electricity. Additionally, the hotel's green housekeeping programs utilize cleaning materials and chemicals that are environmentally friendly.

Deluxe King rooms feature one Hyatt Grand Bed, fitted with plush pillows, soft sheeting and down blankets piled atop irresistible pillow-topped mattresses. The bathroom features a glass walk-in shower, with Bricor® water-reducing showerheads that conserve water without compromising water pressure, Toto dual flush toilet and Portico bath products.

Enjoy a 37-inch flat-panel TV, iHome clock radio with iPod® docking station, wired and wireless Internet access (for a fee) and expanded workstations with oversized desks. Read a complimentary daily newspaper as you enjoy something coffee or tea. Take advantage of every luxurious service and amenity offered in our new downtown Seattle hotel.

Amenities: Hyatt Grand Bed, 37" Flat panel television, iHome clock radio with iPod docking station, Glass walk-in shower, Generous work desk, Hairdryer, Iron and ironing board, Energy efficient fixtures, Wireless high-speed Internet access for a fee, Complimentary daily newspaper, Portico bath products, In-room coffee and tea maker, Refrigerator, Lounge chair.

I was most impressed with the bathroom. It was very large and offered two sinks and a large glass shower. The complimentary bathroom amenities were very nice too.

The location of the Hyatt at Olive 8 is ideal. It's located just steps from Pike Street on 8th Avenue. Pike Street is where you'll find shopping and restaurants all within 2 blocks. One block away is also the Paramount Theater.

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The only disappointment I had with the hotel was the coffee bar in the lobby. It is called Urbane Coffee & Wine Bar. My husband and I went here to have a light breakfast the first morning and did not return. The staff was uninterested in helping us, the coffee was WAY to strong and as we were sitting trying to enjoy breakfast all I could hear was the staff chatting about their lives. Seattle is know for it's coffee so walk a block to Starbucks or Seattle's Best Coffee to have a better experience!

I have visited Seattle many times and will return in the future. I highly recommend this hotel and I plan on staying here again soon!

Written by Denise Blackmore

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Posted by Denise at 03:54 PM | Comments (0)

May 26, 2008

Red Lion Hotel Seattle, WA Review

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Red Lion Hotel Seattle, WA
1 night stay April 25, 2008

I had purchased this 1 night stay through priceline, pre-paying for the room. After making my reservation I emailed the hotel and requested a king or queen bed, non-smoking.

We checked in at 3pm on April 25th with a friendly young man. His computer was slow so the check-in process took longer than normal. After receiving our rooms keys and asking where a good pub was nearby we took the elevator up to our room.

The room was small, but for only 1 night I wasn't concerned. We left our bags and walked a block west to the pub recommended, which was okay (not somewhere I would return to). After shopping for a few hours we went back to the hotel, watched a movie and went to bed around 10pm.

After settling in, some guests started checking into rooms down the hall. It must have been a group or family traveling together because they had to go room to room talking to each other in the hall. The talking and laughing was so loud my husband phoned the front desk and asked to have security come up. These guests must have heard him because they disappeared for 30 minutes. We think security did visit the floor during this time. Then the group started doing it again?going door to door talking to each other. I felt like they were in my room (it was that loud).

The walls are paper thin. Another example of this is at 6am in the morning the vacant room next to us had its radio alarm turn on and we listened to it until we left the hotel in the morning.

The bathroom was small and the toilet was very low to the ground. I would not recommend this hotel for a senior. The shower/tub combination had a large nuzzle, but the spray was wide and low in strength. I could not wash my hair under this nuzzle.

My husband and I were unimpressed with our stay. He had planned to say something while checking out, however the woman at the front desk did seem to care. She did smile when we first arrived at the front desk, but didn't ask how our stay was and took a phone call from someone while checking us out. She wasn't professional.

I have visited Seattle many times and will return in the future. However, I will not be returning to the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle on Fifth Avenue.

Written by Denise Lovrich

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Posted by Denise at 03:39 PM | Comments (0)

November 01, 2004

Le Soleil Hotel in Vancouver

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Hotel Le Soleil in Vancouver, B.C.

When I walked into the lobby I was immediately impressed by the decor, which follows into the rooms. Rich red, gold and black fabrics with a fire burning in the fireplace in the lobby and a friendly face waiting at the front desk to check us in.

We had paid slightly more for a Corner One Bedroom and appreciated the bonuses of that. We were in Room #808 on the 8th Floor Southwest corner. There were floor-to-ceiling windows on the west and south walls of the living room, a full sofa, large arm chair, entertainment center with a TV, fax, phone books, a desk with a chair, and two end tables with lamps on each.

On the desk was a large black binder that provided stationery and information about the hotel. There were also 6 books and magazines provided. Below is the list of books and magazines.

WHERE - A small pocket-guide that includes information about shopping, dining, entertainment of Vancouver and maps.

THE ESSTENTIAL VANCOUVER - A hotel magazine with articles about major attractions and lots of advertising about places to shop in Vancouver.

99 NORTH - A recreation guide.

GUEST LIFE VANCOUVER - A hotel magazine with articles about Vancouver and many ads for shopping in the city.

THE CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S BEST RESORTS & GREAT HOTELS - It's the 2001 collection and Hotel Le Soliel is on the cover. Inside it has information about the hotel and other hotels in the world.

NUVO - This is a magazine about style, celebrity and culture.

Plus, on the desk there are two sheets of paper from the Concierge of the Hotel Le Soliel. These sheets of paper are "Concierge Calendar of Events" for the week during which your are staying at the hotel and a "Movie Schedule" for the cinemas in downtown Vancouver.

The bathroom is inbetween the living room and bedroom, across from the mini-bar and closet area. Here there is a coffee maker, kettle, lots of glasses and inside the closet you'll find 2 terry-cloth bathrobes, an iron, ironing board, 2 extra pillows and a few hangers. The space for clothes is ample, however there were only 5 hangers provided, so I suggest bringing your own! Also provided is a folding luggage holder.

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The bathroom features a large window that opens with a curtain for privacy, a granite countertop around the sink, marble floor and tiles, and large bathtub/shower combination. Aveda products are supplied and replenished daily. Which includes shampoo, conditioner, facial soap and body lotion. There is one drawer which holds a hair-dryer, extra toilet paper and extra kleenex.

The bedroom features a king-size bed, two tables, an end table and bedside entertainment centre with TV, two drawers (for clothes), alarm clock, and telephone. There is a separate thermostat in the bedroom and the living room for temperature control. There are beatuiful curtains are in all the rooms and striped wallpaper. I think the room is well layed out and would highly recommend this hotel!

Written By Denise Lovrich, MCC

Complimentary In-Suite Amenities...

  • Complimentary Morning Newspaper
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Nightly Turndown Service
  • Complimentary In-room Coffee and Tea
  • Feather pillows and Silk Brocade Duvets
  • Aveda Body Care Products
  • Waffle Terry Lined Bathrobes
  • Personal Safe
  • Ironing Board and Iron
  • High Speed Internet (fee)
  • Concierge Service

    For More Information About This Hotel Or To Book A Room Contact Denise at #1-800-738-8837 ext 22 or email her at denise@cruising2alaska.com

    Posted by Denise at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)