Usually I am a local-vore (person who only buys into locally sourced/made things), but for my hotel stay, I decided to try out a chain. Walking into the Homewood Suites (a branch of the Hilton) located in downtown Seattle, I was very skeptical as I walked into the clean and bright lobby. How could something be so perfectly lit? The front desk agent was professional and helpful, and pointed me to the coffee in the dining section of their lobby. Since it was a rainy and cold day, the coffee was a perfect pairing to their indoor fireplace.
Their decor is modern with many warm and inviting accents, providing an appealing balance. The hotel only has suites, which makes each room abound with square footage and comfort. Entering my personal room became one of those “how will I ever leave?” moments. With a full kitchen, queen bed, and an excellent view of the city (back-dropped by Lake Union), I switched on my in-room fireplace and enjoyed my balcony. Considering the hotel will even do your own grocery shopping, I don’t see why I would need to leave.
In addition to grocery shopping, there is a full breakfast bar, and dinner and drinks are served Monday-Thursday. Yes, why leave?
Fortunately, the location is prime, which motivates even the most homebound people to go out and explore. I walked to Pike Place Market to swish through the bustling aroma of fresh flowers, honey, pastries, fruits and more. Across the way from the hotel and in each direction are many different restaurants favored by Seattle locals and tourists alike. Whether you’d like to walk to Lake Union, Puget Sound, Capitol Hill, or Downtown, this location is only a few steps away. Also, there are bus stops and transit centers in a very short walking distance from the hotel.
Overall, this hotel is extremely versatile and can accommodate almost any visitor, tourist, traveling business person, etc. Centered in the rainy, cozy and eclectic city of Seattle, the Homewood Suites is essentially a true Seattle hotel.