Historical Traveller Reviews of Executive Pacific Plaza Hotel
good deal in the heart of downtown Seattle
The Pacific Plaza is a good deal in the heart of downtown Seattle. The rooms are small but nicely decorated and extremely clean. It is comparable to many other landmark hotels with small rooms -- charming and pleasant. Seattle is a fantastic city with not many inexpensive lodging choices. So this makes the Pacific Plaza quite a glorious find.
The service was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I had a great stay at this hotel.
Great deal, great location.
I was traveling alone when I stayed here and it was perfect. Yes, it's small (very much like European hotels), but when you're only sleeping there, who cares? It's charming and unique. Best of all, it's clean.
It's within walking distance of everything and the staff is super helpful. While this isn't someplace you'd want to cram a family into, it's a definite good deal for one or two travelers.
t mind it
Fourth or fifth time to Seattle on business, hadn't stayed here before, decided to try it. My title is not meant to be disparaging, it's just that having traveled Europe a decent amount, it's what you'd expect from a mid-level hotel ... older, smaller rooms and bathrooms (the sink was literally the size of a large mixing bowl), radiators and pipe noise as another reviewer mentioned. Good location for tourists, though, and for those looking for a clean place for a decent price, this would be it. Staff was a little discombobulated but I attribute that to the fact that the lobby is undergoing renovation so they have a temporary setup for the front desk right now. Not sure when lobby completion is expected.
Very comfortable, excellent location, excellent Price
Only stayed for 2 nights in Feb but found the hotel to be extremely comfortable. Room is not a bad size for this style of hotel, recently renovated, and the staff where helpful and nice. For the price this hotel is a bargain and it's location to the centre of the city is brilliant (it's next to the W and one black from the Fairmont Olympic hotel which are 3-4X more expensive). The Seattle's Best coffee shop downstairs is excellent for a pastry and coffee style breakfast. The room is cleaned daily and the bathroom has a shower/bath combination.
The bathroom is small but it's perfectly adequate and very clean. It is only 5 minutes walk from the city centre shops, about 10 minutes walk to Pike Place and 10-15 minutes in the other direction down to Pioneer Square. The Airport bus does not stop here, but it does stop at two nearby hotels including the Crowne Plaza 2 blocks away. There's another airport bus stop 1/2 a block away but I can't remember what the hotel name is (I think it might be the back entrance of the Olympic).
Otherwise it's about $30 using a cab to the airport. There's coffee making facilities with Seattle's Best brand coffee. The library construction next door is almost complete so the construction noise will be gone soon, not that it bothered me with the window closed. They are using a temporary foyer in the side entrance at the moment, but there are signs saying the new foyer will be finished in a month. The Shuckers restaurant 1 block away in the side of the Olympic hotel on 4th is excellent but expensive. Lots of seafood places down on 1st Ave and cheaper ones on the waterfront. The Fire and Ice bar on 1st Ave do an incredible duck dish. If you've got the time take a trip over the Bainbridge Island and I also found the Underground tour at Pioneer Square to be rather entertaining. If you want a more unique place to stay in Seattle and you have the money, a waterside room at the Edgewater is very cool (3rd floor seems the best), especially when the company pays because it was out of my travel budget.
Excellent service and comfortable rooms
I often stay at the Pacific Plaza Hotel in Seattle when I'm there on business and always find the staff and management very helpful, courteous, and willing to go out of their way to make my stay and my trip the best it can be. I began staying there in 1999 and have enjoyed seeing the owners of the hotel upgrade and maintain this historic landmark in a classic European style. The guest rooms are all newly renovated and while they are not large they are very sheik and comfortable. The hallways were most recently remodeled and they even added meeting rooms. The lobby now has an entrance through Seattle's Best Coffee on 4th street, and on Spring Street, and I understand the whole lobby will be remodeled soon. Parking is next door in the Fairmont garage and is only about $16 if you put it on your room, which allows for in and out privilege - very handy if you are making sales calls in the Seattle area. Across the street is Seattle's new library, quite an impressive site! I've always called direct to the hotel for what I feel is the best deal including breakfast vouchers for Seattle's Best. On my last visit I learned that they had just converted the entire hotel into Seattle's first totally non-smoking hotel! What a great move!
We were there last week and we loved the location (4th & Spring), right in downtown and near great restaurants and shops. The front desk staff very freindly and very profesional, specially Shayne!!! she is extremly helpful and polite, that hotel has a great employee. She helped me with reservations for restaurants. She maid us feel so special. The room was clean and nice. I work at a hotel in Boston and believe me the service and the hotel in general was excellent. Next time I am in Seattle I will definately stay at this hotel again. Gerardo Escalante and David Morris
Cheap, clean, old fahsioned place
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have been to Seattle twice now and both times have stayed at this hotel. Here's the deal people expecting Seattle glamour, it's a 1920s building that has been updated into a hotel. That means small rooms, small bathrooms. Yes, the pipes make noise when you use the radiator, but the heat is faster and warmer. The walls are thin, because it's an old building. But for the location (if you are "younger" or just near fit, you can walk to Pike Place, the Museum and all the good eye candy places. Hop on the free bus line (which is 1-2 blocks away so no noise from that.) then take the monorail to the city center. There is a Seattle's Best Coffe built into the bottom of the hotel and lots of place to eat right nearby. I often read reviews here and mostly they are accurate.. I just can never figure out who goes to all these places and STAYS IN THEIR HOTEL??!!! Not I. If you are looking to coop yourself up in massive hotels, this isn't for you. If you are looking for somewhere clean, bug-free, close to attractions and yet safe-- give it a try.
Could have been better!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My name is Brandy Braun. My boyfriend Pablo and I stayed at the Pacific Plaza Hotel on July 27, 2003 in room #215. It was a hot day, and the window wouldn't stay propped up, so I called the front desk to see if there was a trick to it, and they said they would send maintenance to come fix it. A few minutes later, the front desk called and said that maintenance was'nt working that day and asked if we would like another room. As I was talking to her I noticed the ceiling fan, so I said "no", that we would be fine staying in that room. After I got off of the phone with her, I tried to turn on the fan, and it did'nt work. I still was'nt upset, because we were leaving the hotel for the rest of the day and I propped the window up with the garbage can so that it would be cool when we got back. When we did get back, I went to the vending machine to buy some water, which was out, so I asked the guy at the front desk where we could get some water, and he said that since the vending machine was out, and the restaurant was closed, that he could'nt do anything for us. I find it hard to believe that there was no drinking water available anywhere in that hotel, and I also find it hard to believe the poor quality of customer service. To top it all off, we were awakened to housekeeping knocking on our door well before check out time. The hotel was decent but the service was'nt worth the money. I would not be submitting this complaint if the guy at the front desk just found us some drinking water. Please e-mail me if you have any questions or comments. Thank you.
Could be better
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from a week in Seattle and loved almost every minute of it. The Pacific Plaza, while a good buy, could use some improvement. We were on the top (8th floor) and all the heat in the builidng seemed to rise into our room. Also, while the room was non-smoking, the internal ventilation system seemed to draw in smoke from other rooms. The staff was very courteous and helpful, and the location is very good.
The Best deal in Seattle
from A TripAdvisor Member
I just stayed in the hotel for the Manchester United Celtic Football match. The staff were wonderful, the room clean, well decorated and very European. The staff were brilliant and made me feel very much at home. The review that said this hotel was on a hill must have realized Seattle is built on 7 hills so from any hotel there is a up or downhill walk - but it is also in the free bus zone and the London Double decker Tour stops right outside. For those of us from the UK and Europe I highly recommend this home away from home! Thank you staff for making my stay so enjoyable!
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