Hotel Max, Seattle
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Max
t wait to come back!from A TripAdvisor Member
The location is perfect, and there is a bar and sushi restaurant right downstairs. Since the first thing I always do when arriving in a new city is scope out the local sushi joint, this was right up my alley! I ate breakfast there, I have to say it was one of the best hotel breakfasts I've ever had. The menu was very creative, not your usual selection, the service was spot-on and the prices reasonable.
I would definitely stay here again, I just need to find more reasons to come back to this wonderful city!
Great Customer Servicefrom mjhutee
Pleasant Unique Hotelfrom ramblingranny
You should try it...from A TripAdvisor Member
We loved the modern decor, lots of orange and red with black and grey. The room size was fine for two, and the queen beds were like sleeping on clouds. The widescreen TV, honor snack bar and artwork were nice touches, and our room had a safe in the armoire.
The bathroom was a little weird with a step up as you opened the door - not after you open the door, the step was actually the threshold of the door. You'll need to be alert if you visit the bathroom in the middle of the night.
We enjoyed the Red Fin for breakfast - the offbeat menu offerings were delicious. We used valet parking, for which there was a nominal charge.
We will stay at Hotel Max again, and recommend it to all that are looking for someplace a little different.
Loved Itfrom A TripAdvisor Member
SERVICE: Prior to our arrival we made an early arrival request, but once we arrived they were unable to accomadate us. They took our bags and told us to come back at noon as we arrived at the hotel around nine. The staff was very courteous and helpful with our needs. Room service was exceptional as our room was very clean and inviting. The restaurant/bar joining the hotel (Red Fin) was reasonably priced but not very good. They did have a great happy hour with a huge selection of sake.
TIPS: My girlfriend and I took a bus from the airport to downtown Seattle for $1.50 each. We also took the bus when we departed Seattle at around six a.m. They have buses running early morning and late into the evening. A cab will run you $30-$45 from downtown Seattle to the airport. The transit system in Seattle is awesome. Across the street from the hotel is a small deli which serves great sandwiches and soup for a decent price. If you want a really good view of Seattle climb out of one the fire escape exits on every floor, and climb on top of the roof for an awesome view of the city.
CONCLUSION: I would recommend this hotel for anyone staying for a one or two nighter with not a lot of luggage. The hotel's decor was beautiful with a lot of eye candy. It reminded me of an Ikea store turned into a hotel. I would definetly come back to this hotel.
Creepy!from A TripAdvisor Member
I was hoping for free wireless as a courtesy, but no, you may connect to the internet for a "nominal" (how about whopping?) fee of $12.00 per day. Thanks, but no thanks. There's a coffee shop (with a scooter or mod theme - I forget the name) if you turn left out of the front door and walk up the street past the court building for a couple of blocks. The coffee is excellent as is the service and the wireless is free!
As for the "Red Fin" restaurant attached. I'd avoid it unless you want to spend some unscheduled time in the bathroom or you are a yuppie (in which case eat to your heart's content). The torte we had was cooked through - in fact it was burnt. Two carbon mouthfuls for $7.00! I sent it back once I could get the attention of a waiter which took a while - the place was virtually empty.
The part that bothered me the most was the lack of security. I walked in very late one night and was followed in by a streetperson. To get up to the rooms you need to slot your electronic card in the elevator to get up to your floor. He obviously knew that if he got on the elevator with me he could probably find somewhere to crash out in a hallway or worse, try to follow me into my room. I waited downstairs by the reception desk where the night clerk was doing her very best to ignore me rather than calling security (if they have any) to escort the fella out of the building. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for the next guest to walk in... he got on the elevator and - yes - was followed in by the homeless guy. Ummm... ok! The night clerk didn't even bat an eyelid.
I can't recommend staying there for the price they charge. The only good part was the location and in all fairness the day staff were very friendly and forthcoming with where to eat, what to do/see etc. which is normally information I'd get online...
Do not stay herefrom A TripAdvisor Member
About two weeks later, however, I checked my credit card statement and saw that I had been charged about $350 by the hotel, including a random, separate charge, of about $4.50. It turns out they had never actually checked me out, so while I had been staying at (and paying for)another hotel, this hotel had still been charging me. Also sounds like someone maybe charged a drink to the room.
The hotel was very nice about refunding the money, but it took a few phone calls, and was stress I didn't need after my brief and unpleasant stay.
This is basically an old, budget hotel with fancy water taps and a nice bed installed. I switched to the Hotel Vintage Park, which, when you add in the free wireless internet, was basically the same price. Plus at the Vintage Park they had a free wine reception and a free port reception every night. Really saved on the mini bar bill. Most of all, it was comfortable, inviting, well run and WARM.
Bottom line on the Max: Sometimes a bargain is no bargain at all.
Loved It! Great Timefrom Shocked1
Max props to Seattlefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is old, but completely redone from carpets to ceiling, including new euro-style sinks in the tiny bathrooms, fancy shades on the windows, and decent 27 inch flat screens on the minibar. Lots of interesting pictures and art throughout the hotel. The place has character, but still offers a quality room that feels modern yet comfortable.
If you want a fun hotel, try this place
Lots of postives - a few negatives....from Kosair
I liked my room. It was small but it had a Dell flatscreen TV and great bed. The bath was small but very functional and the Hotel supplies AVEDA toiletries, a very nice touch. Everything was very clean and well-kept.
This a trendy hotel and not a place I would take my kids. I would say they are going after the same clientele as the "W" brand of hotels - the upscale young crowd.
The Max offers Valet Parking, but they have an old garage which requires the valets to use an automotive elevator. When several people come for their cars at the same time, the service gets really slow as they can only take one vehicle up or down at a time.
Another oddity is the stairway. It does not lead to the lobby. There are two small elevators, but as I was on the second floor, I thought the stairs might be quicker to get the lobby. The stairs took me to the alley behind the hotel.
The Red Fin restaurant was excellent and had two happy hours - the first from 4-6 and the second from 10-1. The prices at happy hour were great - $5 for big appetizers and $2 for good beer.
The front desk staff did not go out of their way to be friendly, but the valets were exceptionally well-mannered and hard working. The restaurant staff was very friendly as well.
In the end I was happy with my stay and I will return to the Max on my next visit to Seattle if the rates stay where they are. The Max is an excellent value at current rates. However, if the Max, Westin, and W were all the same rate I would be at the W followed by the Westin.
Top Local Tips for Seattle
Free buses downtown If you only have a couple of days to spend in Seattle and are okay with staying downtown, don't even bother renting a car. The amount you'd spend in renting & parking is much higher than what you'd spend on cabs. Buses are free for the majority of the sights downtown. In a two-day period, we toured the International District, Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, caught a concert at the Paramount Theatre and dined at some of the best places--all without a car.
No need to rent a car Buses are free in the main perimeter downtown
Dining is overrated. I found dining to be very much overrated in Seattle. Menu items are expensive, double what one would pay in "flyover country". Seattle bills itself as a gourmet center, but menu items wind up being very pretentious "goose liver confit with swiss chard and cilantro vinegar glacee." This pretentiousness pretends to be innovations. This goes against the casual atmosphere that helps make Seattle a great place to visit. Stick to basics. Asian and Regional cusine. If you go Asian, go where the asian people go. etc.. If you do not see Japanese people in a sushi joint, run... run... away.
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- Address: 620 Stewart Street - Seattle - Washington - 98101 - United States
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