The W Seattle has a great location right in the heart of downtown Seattle. There are a number of restaurants nearby and Pike Place market is less than a 15 minute walk. I moved to this hotel last year after a brief stay at the Four Points located just North of downtown and was much happier both with the location as well as look and feel of the property.
As expected for a W property, the lobby is very cosmopolitan. It’s located down a short flight of stairs from the front desk. There’s a fireplace and a number of private seating areas to have a meeting or relax.
Since I had made the reservation on short notice, they only had rooms with 2 double beds. Since I was staying on my own this was no issue. The room type was a Wonderful Room, their entry-level room. The soft-seating area is essentially a couch with an ottoman at the window. While the desk area was spacious enough to work in, I actually found the seating area at the window a better fit for me to catch up on e-mail for the brief time I spent in the room.
The bathroom was straight forward with a modern glass top vanity and a shower/tub, along with the standard Bliss amenities I’ve seen in every W property I’ve stayed at. My wife always loves the variety of Bliss amenities when we stay at a W together.
The gym was quite spacious given that the property didn’t feel that big. All the equipment was new and the gym was empty each morning I went down to workout.
The property was modern, quiet and well-located. The staff was attentive, my room was clean. A straight forward metropolitan hotel without a “big city” feel.
The W Seattle is a Category 5 property in the Starwood Preferred Guest program, which means 16,000 Starpoints a night. Considering that both the Sheraton and Westin located in downtown Seattle are also Category 5, I would pick the W over these properites.