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Watertown Hotel in Seattle, WA

Watertown Hotel in Seattle, WA


The Watertown is located in the University District of Seattle near Downtown, just 4 blocks from the University of Washington and only 18 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Offering comfortable, family friendly accommodations, romantic Spa suites, and for business travel, a wide range of extra amenities, and travel specials that will please both vacation and business travelers.  The Watertown is an ideal hotel choice for your next vacation, romantic weekend getaway or business trip to the Seattle area.

** Update: We do not offer a complimentary breakfast as noted in past reviews. However, Pineapple Cafe resides at this property and guests of Watertown Hotel receive a 15% discount.


Established in 2002.

The Watertown offers 100 smoke-free studio rooms and studio suites that include king or queen beds, free parking, complimentary shuttle to Seattle attractions, complimentary Internet access, and extra amenities at no extra charge that you just won't find at other hotels in Seattle. Our warm and friendly staff, relaxing accommodations, vacation specials, and our convenient location near top Seattle attractions will have you coming back again and again.


Company Info:

Rating: 4.26

Address: 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105
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Comments (93):

1. Erin W.
great location, fun in room activity carts, in-room snacky goodness, and cool functional modern decor. what a wonderful way to experience seattle!

28/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Steven C.
If you are staying in the University district, don't bother with anywhere else. I was seriously depressed when they were completely booked one night and I had to stay at Hotel Deca. Not that hotel deca is bad, it's just if I wanted to stay in a closet with an ambivalent staff and very little amenities I would  choose Hotel Deca. The staff at Watertown is friendlier, they have free underground parking, bigger rooms, filtered tap water AND free breakfast. Can't beat those things and there's so much more. Don't forget activity carts, free Internet, exercise room, bikes to rent, a washer and dryer that's free and a cool modern design throughout. As far as food, you are 3 blocks away from University where there is great cheap food available from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Can you say college town?  I tip more than the food costs there.  I wouldn't stay anywhere else if I had to. I'm a Platinum Marriott member, but when I'm here I stay at Watertown over any Marriott.  I suppose on the Marriott property scale, it's equal to a Category 4 but it has so much more that every other hotel doesn't offer.  Concierge lounge?  I don't need no stinking concierge lounge, this place is home.

14/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Paul L.
I first used Watertown in 2003 and it was a 5 star in my book. But stayed here a few months ago and it has gone down hill. Same good stuff like location, free bikes..., but the building is getting run down and the breakfast a little cheap on quality. Think the bedding is the same as 8 years ago, not comfortable.

13/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
4. Rebecca S.
What a cool little hotel! I really enjoyed being back in the U-District - so close to the Ave and within walking distance of movie theaters and restaurants.  The best thing however - the service at the Watertown is excellent.

28/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Holly S.
I used to stay here a LOT when I was shuttling back and forth for grad school.  At least ten times over a two-year span.  A little pricey for a student, but so worth it.  Always clean and comfortable, with a modern decor and nice amenities.  After a grueling day of class, a group of us would head back to the Watertown for wine tasting and snacks.  Great way to relax and rejuvenate.  We'd meet for breakfast, too - which was a complementary buffet and not bad at all - then walk to the university.  The UW health sciences shuttle stops right across the street, and will drop you at the south end of campus if you don't feel like walking.  They also have loaner bikes.  And a little gym with Precor ellipticals (love those).  Book early, though.  I ended up staying at Hotel Deca on this last trip.  It was fine, but can't hold a candle to Watertown.

29/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. anita c.
My new favorite hotel in Seattle!

We always rent a car, so the location's fabulous for us -- you're so close to I-5 and 45th Street that getting anywhere in town is simple and fast, and free parking in a secure garage can't be beat. If you're doing the usual tourist stuff, they'll drop you off downtown in their shuttle.

The design is modern but not too wild; the beds are comfy, and the views gorgeous. The bathroom layout is great for two people: the toilet and shower are in a private room, and there's a large vanity in the dressing area, separated from the sleeping area by a freestanding closet that opens from both sides.

Free breakfast is so-so, but you get what you pay for.

The people who work here were very helpful and polite; housekeeping stayed out of our hair when we wanted to sleep in, and yet managed to clean the room every day.

We paid $145 a night for a room that would have cost close to twice that amount downtown.

02/10/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. D H.
Amenityville, USA. And I love me some amenities. Lots and lots of towels. In-room refrigerator, coffee, tea, popcorn. Fresh chocolate-chip cookies every afternoon. Happy hour wine or beer and snacks every weekday. Free laundry facilities. "A la carte" program--we ordered up the kids' cart, which had games, books, and coloring books. Aveda toiletries. Free breakfast. Free parking. Free shuttle to downtown, Seattle Center, and other locations.  Great location in the U. District. Spacious and comfortable. Windows that actually open. Very nice staff. Only a couple of quibbles--the TV rotates into the bathroom, which is cool, but not so that you can see it in the bathtub. Too bad for my daughter, who could not watch Pucca while bathing. Noisy AC unit, whaddya gonna do.  We will definitely come back! Beats the heck out of the corporate hotels.

26/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Eva T.
This is a wonderful hotel near University of Washington. Service was awesome. The staff was also very courteous and will go out of their way to make your stay as nice as possible. Our room was very clean.

The hotel has very nice amenities that larger hotels often don't have. For example, they provide complimentary shuttle service to downtown, complimentary breakfast, loaner bikes with locks and helmets to explore the area, complimentary usage of computer and printer in the lobby, and different "carts" (like spa, movies, poker...etc.) that they can bring into your room for you to enjoy.

26/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Mary Alice M.
This is a great little hotel, perfectly situated if you need to be near UW. Its an easy 4 block walk to the campus. Also, I love the Trinity Market across the street - super convenient for anything you need, including made to order sandwiches.
Hotel is very modern and clean. Staff is pretty friendly, and generally helpful.They have a free washer and dryer, which came in very handy when we opened our suitcases to discover that a bottle of lotion had spilled all over my daughter's clothes in flight...
Breakfast was not bad, not great....eggs, bacon, fruit, cereal, muffins, etc.
I only have two small issues with this lovely little spot...the shuttle does not run on any set schedule, you call and find out when it would be available, so be sure to plan ahead, and don't wait until the  last minute. Also, for some reason this hotel doesn't have those little "do not disturb" hangers for your door, so one morning the housekeepers knocked on my door every 15 minutes.
Small issues, and I would recommend this hotel to ANYONE, especially if you have business at U of W. It's an easy walk to campus.

27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
10. Kevin O.
My extended family stayed here a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my niece's wedding.  This is an amazing hotel.   No detail is missed.  All the way down to fresh cookies at the front desk when you come in.  

Room was excellent.  The lobby was welcoming and the staff were incredibly helpful.  I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.

08/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Sandra K.
I travel a lot and stay in hotels 3 times a week. Watertown is a great hotel. Beds are comfy and the rooms are modern and roomy. This hotel could easily charge over  $200 a night but rooms go for about $129. They have hot freshly baked cookies between 5pm - 7pm. Breakfast included and parking is free and underground. A great deal for sure.

22/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Linda C.
Overall it's a great hotel, with a caveat...

Great because of amenities:
- nice new place
- solid location (especially if you have business near the University of Washington)
- free parking underground
- free breakfast daily (hot and cold stuff, up til 10am)
- free "carts" of stuff that you can have in your room (surf cart if you want a computer, "spa" cart, game cart, movie cart, etc)
- free shuttle to touristy areas

Just make sure you don't get the room next to the ice maker.  That is a monstrously loud machine, and the walls ain't that thick.  They're aware of the problem, which is why the machine is turned off at night, but that doesn't mean much when you get woken up at 8am to ice making cacophony... !

18/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. arielle g.
I stayed here for 4 nights while in town for a friend's wedding.  What a great place!  

First they had freshly baked cookies in the afternoon that were super yummy.  If you timed it right you could go to their happy hour and ask for a glass of milk and have it with your warm cookies!  

Second, their happy hour was really unmatched -- all for free -- you could choose from beer, wine, soda, milk, juice, mini quiches, crackers and meat and cheese, and more.  

I loved that the closet opened from the bedroom side AND the bathroom side!

13/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Laura C.
We stayed at the Watertown during a recent visit to Seattle for a friend's wedding.  The hotel is conveniently located, with walking access to the University of Washington and bus lines running in to Downtown.  

There are thoughtful touches in the room (studio):  a swivel TV that can be watched from the "bed" side or the "bath" side; fridge, microwave, and coffee maker; Aveda bath products; robes; and filtered water in the sink.  The beds are comfy and ours had a choice of pillow options for those who prefer firm or softer comfort.

The desk staff was helpful, and the complementary breakfast was tasty (though I recommend going to the Portage Bay Cafe just a few blocks down Roosevelt for a bite, if you have time).  Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will consider the Watertown again when we're next in Seattle.

25/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Anne B.
I stayed here twice as a corporate recruiter and thoroughly enjoyed my time here.  This hotel is central to campus and offers ample underground parking for hotel guests.  On both occasions, I arrived super early with no advance warning and they let me check in anyway.  Hooray!  Rooms are modern and nicely appointed with Aveda amenities.  They have a complimentary breakfast every morning that is superb.  My only gripe about the Watertown is that they are not connected to any major loyalty program, hence my nights there end up going unrewarded.  Staff is friendly and this is a great place to stay if you're visiting UW.

02/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Melanie V.
I stayed here for a business trip in December and WOW! what a great hotel. The rooms are nice and spacious with robes and Aveda toiletries. Each room comes with a cart full of stuff to make your stay a little nicer. The standard cart has a coffee table book about Seattle, and a coffee service set. You can request for a bunch of other carts including movie carts with a DVD player, a spa cart and even a board game cart.

Every afternoon they have warm cookies in the lobby and for hours before and after you can smell them baking. Because we were working, I was never able to take advantage of their happy hour, but they did have a nice continental breakfast and fresh coffee all day.

They also have a free shuttle to all the major attractions in Seattle. So on our last day we were able to take advantage and head down to the Experience Music Project, which was super cool.

01/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. jason s.
Amazing hotel!  

I travel extensively for work.  Usually about 50+ nites a year.  Mostly Holiday Inn/Mariott properties.

This is a welcome change!  Staff is really courteous and the prices are great!  Free wi-fi and breakfast!  Forget the chain hotels and stay here!

19/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Michael M.
Found this place via Yelp.  Great accommodations.  Good breakfast. Bike's as loaners.  Only reason I didn't give it 5 outta 5 is the fact that it's a little out of the way from the "touristy" areas.  But we'd definitely go back!

22/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Rick L.
"A refreshing change from typical corporate hotels!"

Whoever planned this hotel was paying attention to details. From the fresh cookies at the front desk, to the free breakfast and the Aveda products in the rooms, this hotel does it ALL very well. I was really happy that the beds were comfy. Most hotel beds are terrible!

The service and staff were top notch. The rooms even came with an Ala Cart menu that lets you select a Spa Cart or a Grumpy cart, for example. Espresso is across the street and there are a bunch of restaurants in the area.


04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Jason M.
hands down, the best hotel in the university district...stayed there a couple of years ago on new year's eve and had an amazing view of downtown and the needle. an amazing way to watch the fireworks in the comfort of a beautiful (and warm) room.

i only wish they had a small number of rooms that allowed pets (their sister hotel down the street that allows pets, the university inn, leaves much to be desired).

05/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Susan L.
The Watertown is a must-stay if you are visiting UW's campus or anywhere else nearby University District. Great location in close proximity to University Way and other restaurant/shop-heavy streets. I was a little thrown off entering the place because I felt like I was walking into a dorm or school building. Not sure what exactly tipped it off but it didn't feel like a normal hotel. The rooms were nice though. I was thrown off by the whole cart service thing but after thinking about it, it's a cute idea. I'm not sure why anyone would visit Seattle to hang out in their hotel rooms with arts and crafts though. Who knows, maybe people get seasonal affective disorder within hours of entering rainy city.

By and large, the stay was pleasant. The bathrobe, mini-fridge, and microwave came in handy. Little touches like the TV and light fixtures could use improvement. Complimentary breakfast had a decent spread but my co-worker and I noticed that everything was mini. Mini yogurt, mini glasses, mini trays. I guess that's their ploy to make sure you don't eat too much free food. Smart - Google should have done that.

03/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Bryan R.
A little hesitant to give a 5 star since I was only there one night but they really did everything perfect. Shuttle from downtown, easy check-in with a bump up to a nice corner room. Free wi-fi, friendly staff, let us keep our bags there all day after we'd checked out. All the reviews here about the details are spot on. Had I known how awkward the experience was going to be at Hotel 1000, I'd have just stayed here all weekend.

06/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Anastasia N.
You don't have to pay for parking. They got warm yummy cookies in the afternoon. The staff is very helpful and nice. I was dumb and left my lights inside the car on and killed my battery...(this was a first ever i think...well maybe when i was like 16 i did that once too). One of the front desk girls helped me out and I believe they did have some cables in the maintenance as well.
The rooms are nice, I loove the big mirror with huge lights on each side next to the bathroom. You do get a robe, although I didn't use it. The breakfast is not bad for a hotel. 7-10 and they never run out of stuff. They even have soy milk if you prefer that.
You get USA Today paper everyday outside your door and there are local papers downstairs..
I got no complaints really, I would def stay here again.

30/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Paige B.
I had a nice stay, but next time I'm in Seattle I'll probably stay somewhere else.  Although the drive downtown was short, it became tedious.  I think I'd rather stay within walking distance of all the festivities.  The staff was very nice and greeted us every time we came and left.  The room was okay, but the bed was pretty hard.  I think everything else had been updated.  I didn't spend much time in the room, but I noticed it was difficult to see the tv from the bed and it had been screwed down so it was impossible to move.

I had a room with a window view, which was nice but the buildings were pretty close together so I had to close the shades when I was getting ready in the morning/dinner/special events.  The shades were on a metal chain that looped through and instead of there being one big shade, there were several small ones.  It took me a good 5 minutes to close...I think a remote would have been nice.  Maybe I just change my clothes too many times, but I had an eventful trip.

I also struggled with the Keurig coffee maker.  I've used a machine identical to the one in the room, but I didn't think when I was filling up the water to use my coffee mug...instead I used a regular glass that was much larger than the mug and coffee went everywhere.  And the hotel provides non-dairy creamer in a little packet that reads "contains milk" on the back of it.  There was a microwave and fridge so I wish they had provided creamer there.

I complain, but really it's not a bad hotel if you don't mind the drive.  Like I said, the staff was some of the nicest that I've met at a hotel.

08/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Katie T.
very nice!
big room with LOTS of windows and great natural light.  nice decor.
wifi was free, fast, and reliable.
room & bathroom were clean.  lobby & hallways were clean.  room was spacious.  perhaps could have used a few more lights, a little dark at night.
front desk was nice & friendly.
no more free breakfast (stayed in Jan 2012) - the only reason i'm not giving 5 stars.  have a cafe in lobby where you can buy breakfast & lunch.
good location close to the UW.

27/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Nadege D.
fresh chocolate chip cookies at check in
free parking
super friendly staff
free breakfast
large rooms
AVEDA products!
free bike rentals
close to campus
very clean

gym is a little weak and smelly for such a clean and new hotel
breakfast was meh but free

27/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Kalli S.
This hotel was absurdly great. I would not hesitate to recommmend it to anyone traveling to Seattle. Some thoughtful people designed this place.

We lucked out finding Watertown after spending more for a hotel near the Space Needle in a Quality Inn where we could barely get out of bed without knocking into the walls, in a room with tacky wood paneling and a view of the freeway.

The Watertown hotel was modern, pretty, clean, had a little bit of a view from the University district of the city skyline (see photo), a huge mirror and semi-private dressing area. Nice bath products from Aveda that I actually used, filtered tap water piped through the sink, pretty linens, recyclable trash and free ethernet hookup. Other bonuses are the free underground parking, and a cart of party-starters that is available upon request (i.e. kids stuff, mixers and supplies for cocktails, aromatherapy, etc.) and a binder in your room with staff recommendations for food in the area. The night of our visit there was a free wine tasting. University of Washington is right around the corner, and you can rent a bike from hotel to go check it out! Geez, why would you ever stay somewhere else?

20/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Kelsey L.
You pay for what you get! I'm here right now with my family and we got a stay-for-2-nights-get-1-free deal so its definitely been more than worth it! There's pretty much everything you could ask for in a little hotel and more! In addition to the basics, there's free and fast wifi, a flat screen TV with cable, very nice room decor, filtered tap water from the sink (which has a sign saying that its actually filtered tap water), micro cotton towels that actually dry you off after you shower and stay dry on ground when you step out of the shower, even dispensers that have soap shampoo and conditioner from the well known brand, Tommy Bahama! I'm loving my stay here so far and do wish to return in the future when I visit Seattle again! Hopefully Watertown will have more deals like what they have going on now. ;)

14/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Roger K.
I was very impressed with my stay at the Watertown Hotel.  It has a good, easy location blocks away from the University.  They have great amenities such as secure parking, free Internet, coffee, popcorn, etc.  the rooms are very comfortable and modern (my room also had a mini fridge and microwave).  The staff was also very polite, professional and helpful.  Overall I highly recommend the Watertown Hotel and plan on staying there again.

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Yvonne L.
Adding on to Nadege D's accurate and concise review:

- chocolate chip and macadamia coconut cookies fresh and warm at 3pm (so good we wrapped a few up as a gift!)
- spacious King Suite with extra large mirror right where you want it
- Aveda's non-greasy, smooth as silk lotion
- movie cart and spa cart (vibrator included)!!
- big fluffy bathrobe!!

- bed was super comfortable but the blanket was not
- completely non-smoking hotel

20/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Christina R.
I'm writing this review half way through my stay here at Watertown.

Great amenities with a great price tag. The rooms are comfy and the staff is great!

The shuttle service is reliable and the drivers are always super nice. The hotel has free wi-fi (which is awesome).

The continental breakfast is very good and its until 10am!! I loved how I don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get a dinky breakfast! They serve eggs + a meat (bacon or sausage), bagels, muffins, other pastries. They have soy milk (super plus for my lactose self) and a decent selection of teas, coffee and juices. The only real thing I could ask for is a pork alternative (turkey) to the bacon and sausage sides....

The comforters could be softer, other than that a good place.

12/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Jainy S.
Considering the fact that I've been interviewing all over the country and crashing on friend's couches, a nice hotel was quite a great change. Additionally, this hotel was pretty close to the University of Washington. I was able to snag a great room rate on hotels.com which made the night more than worthwhile.

The Pro's:
- The hotel staff is super friendly and helpful.
- There is a shuttle that will take you to all of Seattle's attractions. If you need to get around to the medical center, there is a shuttle that leaves from across the street.
- They have free coffee 24/7 with cookies in the afternoon (chocolate chip and some sort of coconut/walnut cookie)
- The rooms are pretty spacious and modern with a flat screen TV and Aveda products
- They offer activity carts that can be scheduled to visit your room.
- You can borrow bikes from them...or umbrellas!
- Free Wifi and parking!

The Con's:
- Not much of a view if that is what you were looking for
- No in house restaurant

Overall: If you are thinking about staying in this area, definitely stay here!

24/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Julie K.
I've stayed at a lot of hotels all over, and the Watertown is one of my favorites in any city.  Before moving to Seattle, we stayed here several times while visiting UW and it's always wonderful.  It's a very comfy hotel with all the great amenities all included in the reasonable price for Seattle (e.g., WiFi, parking, breakfast, etc.).  The added touches like the warm cookies and the ala-carts make the hotel fantastic, and the staff has always been very friendly.

We loved it so much that we recommended it for all our wedding guests and also booked our wedding night for the hotel.  They gave us a complimentary upgrade to the jacuzzi suite and also allowed my husband's cousins into the room before we checked in to surprise us with flowers, champagne, chocolate, strawberries, and the spa cart!  Now I kinda wish I didn't live in Seattle, just so I could stay at this place more often.

29/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Linn P.
This wasn't our first choice, but with everything downtown either full or costing a car payment, we decided to try it out. It has exceeded our expectations. Cool room thoughtfully laid out, above average continental breakfast, and relatively quiet. It also has good security and dependable wifi, in my experience.

PS: We received a charge on our credit card for $40 of incidentals: two bottles of water, two Keurig coffees, and shampoo. It appeared as those these items were complimentary. Ridiculous. I knocked my review down a star because of this and now would think twice before staying there again.

28/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. Brigitte G.
I would give this 4 1/2 but given that I have to pick 4 or 5, I'm going for 5. The only downsides are the not-so-impressive gym and wifi, and the room was missing a table for my husband and I to play scrabble on. Otherwise, we were very impressed with this hotel, especially since we got a killer deal (we stayed between Christmas and New Year's).

The cart system, the free shuttle service, the free breakfast and parking, the coziness of the rooms, the overall cleanliness, everything was great. We will return next time we go to Seattle.

29/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Christine K.
Really nice hotel at an affordable price, conveniently located and they give you fresh, free WARM cookies?! SCORE!

So few hotels offer free parking (which is absurd) so it was so nice to know I could park my rental car here and it wouldn't cost me an arm & a leg and it would be safe since it was an underground secure garage.

Super friendly staff who gave out the above mentioned cookies. The rooms are wonderful, not too big or too small, high quality bath products, comfy beds, great tv and excellent water pressure.

The continental breakfast was nothing fancy but I appreciated that it wasn't only for the early birds up at 8 am and everything seemed fresh and was warm/hot.

Would gladly stay here again if I ever return to Seattle.

28/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Susan C.
This was our third stay at this hotel in the past year.  The previous stay I was in labor with our first child!  We've never had a bad experience.  The staff is friendly and informative about the area. The rooms are spacious and clean with comfy beds, soft towels, and Tommy Bahama bath products (smells like pineapples). There's free parking in a secure underground garage.  Free wifi access for all guests. Each room has a Keurig coffee maker with Tully's coffee pods..
I would give them five stars but I wasn't impressed with the cafe. It's fine for a quick snack but I preferred going to the Portage Bay cafe two blocks down the street (just under their sister hotel the University Inn). Why pay for mediocre food when you can have scrumptious, omelets, pancakes and waffles two blocks away?  
We'll be staying here again in the near future.

01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Gretchen J.
OMG! This was quite a find! It is super close to the university and close to downtown . The accommodations exceeds my expectations. Lots of plus: grumpy cart, spa cart, game cart, kids cart etc. In the lobby they always have coffee and little mini cup cakes ( while supplies last of course ). The gym is adequate and they have complimentary use of washer and drier     ( they even sell the washing detergent and fabric softener ).
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Definitely will book this place again on our next trip to Seattle!

25/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Susan B.
Very cute little hotel within walking distance of the University (great choice for parents checking in their offspring for school). Comfy beds, free wireless, great service... but no food service after the complimentary breakfast. That was the only part that was a bummer for me since I was sooooo exhausted after spending all day in a technical training class at UW and wished I didn't have to go out to get food. (You can have food delivered, easily, and Wallingford is a short cab ride away and has many great restaurants to choose from.)

Definitely gets my recommendation.

30/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Tina S.
It is not a 5 star hotel, but who cares!

I was happy to see free cookies at the front desk. They were delicious.

The amenities here are great, and the price isn't too bad. Free breakfast is always a plus :)

I was surprised to see how clean and new everything looked.  The room/hotel is modern. They also rent out bicycles for free so you can take a trip through the burke gilman trail, UW Campus or through the town if you don't have a car or don't want to use your car. After a long bike ride, rent the ala cart spa kit.  Also, there is a free shuttle service that can take you downtown or wherever you need to go. It is very convenient.

26/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Christina R.
Our insurance was paying for us to stay in a hotel in the city (home disaster damages remodeling), so not only was the Watertown Hotel horrible, but it was horrible even though we were getting it 100% free of charge.

We arrived after a long day to a rude reception from one of the front desk attendants (the night manager according to name tag).  They did not charge the correct credit card (which we had been told had been processed upon phone reservation) and made us present 1) a card for incidentals and 2) a card for the room charges 3) ID.

When we entered our room, it was burning hot (what we had been attempting to escape at the remodel).  We shrugged, turned the air conditioner on, but the heat did not become bearable until several (approximately five) hours later.  We called the front desk after about the second hour and received no assistance, so decided to take cold showers and go for a walk in the cool Seattle summer air.

Once back in our room, we went to bed only to be met with a restless sleep.  The bottom sheet was not fitted nor did it fully cover our bed (in ordered to be tucked under).  I called the front desk the next day and was informed that they had ordered the "wrong size sheets, but all the other sheets had been thrown out" and they were waiting on another shipment.  Were they expecting us just not to notice that the sheets didn't fit the bed?

Additional Issues:
**Poor lighting in room
**The "gym" is only a few outdated machines and has poor ventilation
**Continental breakfast is not worth eating (limited choices, quality of food)
**No room service or on-site restaurant
**Automatic charge for USA Today unless you opt out (by checking obscure box in fine print of check-in materials)
**No lock on the bathroom door
**Broken sink (not addressed by staff)

The rooms were not cheap ($160-ish/night) and for $160 a night I expect a lot more (and rightfully so in the current travel economy).  I in fact stayed at a lovely hotel last weekend for less (and not on a special).

We had a week reserved (well, a week minus one day where they couldn't fit us in anywhere and asked us to move without assistance to their nearby sister hotel), but checked out early on the second night - it was that unbearable.

26/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
42. Sha G.
great hotel.  king view suite is great.  get room 606. front desk staf were very good and helpful..  bikes looks nice but were hard to ride given the have no gears or handbrakes.  modern looking hotel very clean  parking was adequate...

12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Leah N.
Our standard room had the most amazing view at night! That along with the clean stylish rooms, free underground parking, and proximity to the fun university district make this my favorite hotel in Seattle.

They offer different in room theme carts, including a spa theme, and one with a computer. We reserved the computer cart before our stay, which was great because we didn't have to pack our laptop. We were looking forward to their free bike rental service, but alas, Seattle kept us too busy.

My only complaint is the size of the bathtub. I'm a tall lady, and this one was a little cramped. Other than that, this was a fantastic stay!

02/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Katherine H.
This was a great hotel! My biggest fear in choosing this hotel was that it wouldn't be convenient for visiting downtown Seattle as we had planned. As it turned out, however, it was really easy to get downtown and we were closer to many of the other things we wanted to see as well.

-We got a free room upgrade to an executive suite!
-The entire place was immaculate
-Tasteful, simple, updated decor
-Laminate flooring in the room instead of carpet
-Quiet! Even though we had a notice that they were doing room construction, we didn't hear anything. The only noise we heard were the footsteps of the people above us.
-Keurig coffee pot in room
-Free parking in the secure garage was easy and convenient.
-Friendly front desk staff
-Great price for what you get

-The bed. The mattress wasn't overly comfortable, but I've come to expect that from most hotels. The biggest problem, however, was the bedding. I've read from other reviews that the management is already addressing this issue and has plans to fix it soon, but it couldn't be overlooked in the meantime. The fitted sheet instead of a flat sheet came off within hours of going to sleep that night, to the point that we just gave up with it and slept on the mattress. The comforter is also covered in a material that constantly slides off the bed, so we woke up frequently during the night due to being cold.

Overall, once they fix the bed situation, this place is going to be excellent. Even as it is, however, I'd go back and I'd recommend to others as well.

21/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Dee W.
On a work trip here, I opted to stay close to the university where the event was held.  I thought that this was a great option that gets an A+ for walkability.  This is in a great location!

I didn't realize how walkable everything was so I had a rental car so I appreciated their free parking and accessibility to the highway.

Overall, the rooms were clean and staff was very friendly and accommodating.  I also liked how the shampoo/conditioner came out of a dispenser - super convenient!  I would definitely stay here again.

20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Sherry S.
Catching up a little on some Seattle hotels I have stayed at during my jazz venue visits.

This is the sister hotel of University Inn.. It's located in the university district which is an ok place to be but not that close to the center of town.  Parking is free which we always gravitate to because it just does not seem right to have to pay for a car space.

Hotel decor is the whole stainless steel/minimalist look.. I happen to like it as it has this clean line to it which also makes me feel like the place is clean. Older places seem to make me think, oy how long has that carpet been there and what is the history.. you get my gist.  

I'd stay here again but I would also stay at the University Inn even more. Feels a lot warmer to me as sometimes the whole minimalist glass/steel also can be colder looking.

Prices are very reasonable.

They also have an area where you can buy goodies if you wanted a late night snack.

22/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
47. Karen J.
Contemporary styling with good use of room space and all the basic amenities needed,coffee maker, microwave and fridge. And parking is free. Definitely cheaper than staying downtown. We used the free shuttle to get downtown and back. ..it runs regularly but be mindful reservations are required. We had to wait an extra hour when we showed up to go back but they were full cause we had no reservations. The hotel is clean and friendly staff.

19/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
48. Victoria C.
My fiancé and I booked this hotel for our wedding weekend.  We had our guests book here and at the University Inn as well.  It was a great experience.  The staff was helpful, friendly and knowledgable.  The rooms are modern, clean and thoughtful (Keurig, popcorn, microwave).  I am looking forward to staying here again when we visit Seattle.  Thank you Watertown staff for making our visit a memorable one!

03/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. K B.
Great value!!!
Perfect location for UW tours and hanging out on "The Ave."
Very quiet
Huge room
Frig, microwave, cupboard, espresso maker -- almost like a kitchenette
Lovely staff
Free, secure underground parking
Starbucks-type cafe in hotel

Duvets did not want to stay on the bed under any circumstances
Flat sheets don't stay on mattress; no mattress pads (why?)
Wifi didn't work in our room but if we sat in the doorway with the door open it was fine...
We would def stay again but perhaps pack our own fitted sheets... :)

07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Zachary G.
Room was pretty. Curtains were elegant and it sported a giant mirror. But the walls were thin, paper thin. Heard people walking around and talking, all over. The cafe was okay. But waaaay over priced.

11/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
51. Barbara W.
Again, another great stay from the first welcome to final checkout.  Check-in was fast and our room perfect, including a wonderful view.  Keurig machine + tea and coffee, mugs, free bottled water, popcorn, mini refrigerator and microwave make this the best home away from home.  Beds are very comfortable and you can ask for a movie cart & enjoy a movie or two during your stay.  Compact washer and dryer on each floor a great convenience if needed.  Free parking is a plus, unlike other hotels in the Seattle area, although many things are within walking distance.  You can also borrow a bike.  We book early since we wouldn't want to stay anywhere else!  The other hotels in the Seattle area could learn a thing or two from the Watertown.  Highly recommended!

31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Dave Y.
-Free Wifi
-Free parking
-Easy to find
-Free K cup coffee. Just dont expect them to be refilled if you stay longer than 1 night

-Free wifi is painfully slow
-Noise. It sounded like the Woodland Park zoo animals were staying in the room above.(Whoever thought that putting hardwood flooring in a hotel should trying staying a night there)
-The heating and air condition for the room looked like it was pulled from a 80s motel. It was super noisy if you turned it on.

For the price it was an ok Hotel.

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
53. Shelley S.
I have very mixed feelings about this hotel.

On the plus side: super nice people working there, very helpful. I really appreciate that. Hotel is well located for walking around and doing anything at UW. The rooms are very clean and have a small refrigerator, 32" tv, coffeemaker, good basic amenities.

Minuses: low ceilings and u-shaped space make room feel cramped and close. I was on the 2nd floor and there were two  good-sized windows that opened in one corner, but I couldn't keep the blinds open because the windows were very close to the street and the line of cabbies and anyone standing out there right outside the hotel had a clear view of me. sometimes you just want to be able to walk around your room in your pjs or relax in privacy without shutting your blinds. I couldn't do that, thus cave became even more cave-like.

My friend who was on the top/6th floor had a better experience, but the other thing that would keep me from returning is that from 6 AM on the person packing up on the floor above me seemed to be performing normal packing actions and yet every step sounded like a hammer on the ceiling and every drawer opening and closing was super loud. Couldn't sleep after 6 AM. Sheets come off the bed after a few hours of sleep, as many report, but I can live with that.

Maybe if you bring a sound machine and ask for a top floor room this would be a great experience. Or if you are not spending a ton of time in the room and are not a light sleeper, maybe this would work well for you given the good things. Too risky for me, however, that noise and lack of privacy from anything but a top floor room would ruin an otherwise lovely experience.

19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
54. Norm G.
I read the reviews on Yelp and wasn't disappointed. What a neat hotel. It's close to the University of Washington, and pretty close to the Wallingford neighborhood too. Those little cart things that you can order for your room are really cool. One night we ordered the art supplies and my kids had a blast making all sorts of creations. The next night we ordered the game cart, and I think I ended up playing Yahtzee with my kids after not having played it for about 30 years or so.

The breakfast in the morning was great. There was granola, fresh fruit, yogurt and eggs, too. My kids were so thrilled to be able to pick out what they wanted to eat, and so was I, since I will only eat healthy things if they are right there in front of me, so it made making healthy choices a lot easier. The other thing that was great was the free parking and very close proximity to the I-5 freeway. I would definitely go back!

20/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Kristine H.
Before we moved to here, we visited several times when we couldn't take the dusty heat of Phoenix. We wanted a place close to downtown and the Watertown is a stone's throw from downtown with excellent proximity to UW, only four blocks away. We stayed here exclusively on each visit so they have a soft spot in my heart...

Our rooms were always super comfortable and we always had quiet, uneventful stays there. There were Aveda bath products and plush bathrobes included with every room and I loved their cart service. You could reserve one of their specialty carts with your reservation and it would be waiting in our room upon check-in. We were fond of their spa and art carts! You could also book their shuttle to take you downtown or borrow one of their free loaner cycles to pedal your way through some of the neighbourhoods.

Free Wi-Fi, free secure parking + free Continental breakfast sweetened their online deals too. When we bought our home, we were staying here and management comped a bottle of champagne for us when we signed the documents. It was a very nice touch. And I've had a couple of friends visit Seattle since we moved and I've recommended this property for them. They enjoyed their stays here also so keep up the great work, Watertown!

17/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Angela C.
This place was wonderful in every way except for the beds! Sheets weren't fitted, so they slid down. Bedding was low quality and stiff. Mattress wasn't very comfortable. Not the best honeymoon bed, but the location and free garage parking made up for it!  The staff was also very friendly.

13/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Samantha E.
I stayed here once about a year ago when I was in the process of moving, and my parents stayed there somewhat frequently when I lived in the area for graduate school.

It's not as fancy as some of the options downtown, but it's a nice hotel-- nice furniture, comfortable beds, enough pillows decorated with a modern style, with some odd art thrown in.    Bathrooms are fairly big and always clean.  Views vary-- you can luck out and get a good view of the water, or be less lucky and look at Roosevelt Way or an alley.  The service is friendly, and WiFi is free.  There's a free secure parking garage, which is definitely a major perk in Seattle.  You can easily walk to a lot of restaurants in the U District, and it's not a long drive or bus ride to downtown, or most other major neighborhoods for that matter.  The location is very convenient to the University of Washington.

If you don't have to be downtown, I'd recommend the Watertown Hotel.

11/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. jim o.
This place is awesome.  The rooms are humongous - I got the corner room and it was the size of a one bedroom apartment.  It had a desk, couch, kitchen and king sized bed and there was still room to spare.  Very well laid out.  They provide umbrellas and bikes to borrow, the parking is free, they don't try to hit you up for water bottles etc like chain hotels.  The WIFI is free and works well.  They have dvds and board games to borrow.  The staff is super nice.  It is a great neighborhood to be in - safe, mostly student area and university ave has tons and tons of good little restaurants, bars, coffee shops, thrift shops, and whatever else you want.  This is absolutely the place I'll stay if I come back to San Diego.

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. JC W.
Everyone working there was young, upbeat and friendly.  The coffee shop was a nice stop for breakfast and coffee each morning.  I liked the Scandinavian style room with clean lines and plenty of storage with microwave and small frig.  The shuttle service was terrific - saving us from having to pay for a taxi. The drivers were friendly and informative. I would definitely stay there again.

23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Rick H.
I think I have a new favorite hotel in the Seattle area.

Located in the University District, this is a great new modern "boutique hotel," that is close to great food, good shopping, the University, and downtown Seattle, not to mention easy Freeway access for those just passing through.

Over all this hotel would be worth twice the price if it was in the downtown area, and would be able to compete handily with those large chain hotels.

For me the fact that they are dog friendly is a huge bonus. Our "child" has to go with us for a variety of reasons. But most "dog friendly" hotels are at the lower end of the spectrum for quality so it was refreshing to find a hotel that not only allows dogs, but caters to them. We were provided a little "gift bag" that had some doggie bags and treats in it. The only complaint I can really have is that the only "outside" areas nearby are grassy strips across the street in front of apartment complexes. But what do you expect being smack in the middle of the city?

The hotel itself certainly seems new. It has that modern blocky "concrete and glass bunker" look to it, but still manages to look fairly good. Inside everything seems immaculately kept. Carpets and walls were well taken care of and showed no spots at all. The flooring, furniture, and cabinets are all obviously IKEA brand, or very similar. Not quite my taste, but I can see the allure from a design, price and durability prospective. This includes the floor in the room, no carpet there so be sure to pack slippers if you get cold feet easily.

Despite being right next to the elevator, the room was actually fairly quiet. There was a bit of a gap under the door, but for some reason it seems that all "new" hotels have this issue these days. We were also on the backside of the hotel facing an alleyway so there wasn't much road noise either.

I have several small concerns that keep this from being a five star review, that little gap under the door, the pillows on the bed could have been a bit more comfortable, the check-in parking in front of the hotel could be better marked, the Cafe downstairs could have longer hours and/or room service, etc. Realistically those are all nit-picky things though and don't significantly detract from the bigger picture.

I also want to give a shout out to both the front desk people I dealt with, both were professional, courteous and as knowledgeable as possible about the locality and what to do/see/eat in the area.

10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Judy C.
I really enjoyed my stay here.  Love the decor and the ambiance.  The room was nicely decorated.  Love that the bathroom is separated from the main room so my husband could get up early for his conference and I could sleep in undisturbed.  Our room had a mini fridge, microwave, and a Keurig.  And free microwave popcorn and water bottles.  if you needed more coffee pods, the front desk was very generous.  Very friendly staff.  

While I chose to spend my time exploring the UW campus, museums and neighborhood, I loved that they had a free shuttle take you downtown, the zoo, and other areas of Seattle.  When I start here again, I'll take advantage of it.  And of the free bike loaner program, too.  I was too cold and drizzly for me to bike but the Burke-Gilman trail is close so it would be fun to do that in better weather.

Also free Starbucks coffee in the lobby, free mini cupcakes in the afternoon, and a small but decent exercise room.

I'll definitely stay there again.  For the price, this place is amazing.

14/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Kellie K.
I can't give this hotel enough praise.  I arrived about 3 hours early and was allowed early check in.  The room was super clean, updated, and well appointed with bottled water, popcorn, and Keurig coffee machine.  Not to mention movies and games available to borrow. Free Parking!  Free Shuttle!
While I was staying, I lost my car keys (ended up I left them in a cab after a night out).  Needless to say, I was freaking out.  Justine at the front desk was absolutely amazing.  She helped me through the whole mess.  Any question or concern I had in finding a resolution, she was offering to assist before I could even ask.  I was already very happy with my stay at the Watertown, but Justine made the best hotel experience I have ever had.  This may not be rated as a 5 star hotel, but the service will make you feel like it is a 5 star place.  
Save a couple of bucks from staying right downtown, the University District was easy to get around and seemed pretty safe.  Park your car for free for your whole stay (or free in and out) and use the hotel shuttle and public transportation to get around.  
Watertown is my new go-to Hotel when visiting Seattle!

02/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Lisa E.
Love this place!!

Had such a bad experience with Hotel Deca a month ago, I was weary about Watertown. Thankfully they were awesome.

*Nice, stylish, large rooms.
*Keurig in the rooms with free bottles of water.
*Bed was comfortable and great pillows (hotels always have terrible pillows).
*FREE PARKING!!! Cannot stress this enough. Free covered, gated garage. Awesome.
*The gym was decent! A little cramped but nice equipment. 1 treadmill, 2 ellipticals, 2 bikes and a great set of free weights.

The location is great, walking distance to the Ave, near fantastic sushi at Village Sushi, depending on room nice views and close to downtown. They had a free shuttle to downtown too!!

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Chris B.
Awesome hotel! This is my second visit here. The front desk staff have awesome customer service skills. The rooms are great and super clean! If your in the area and looking for a great place to stay pick this place!

02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Shirley B.
this place gets great revieiws, I don't know way. yes it's trendy and hispster, it "looks" great. Service is ok, not great but ok. The beds are hard, like sleeping on plywood, the only chair in the room we had was hard. The desk while h and, was poorly installed so that anything you placed on it rollded to the floor. The window coverings looked great, but a were a pain in the *** to deal with. Pineapple Cafe on site was lackeing. BUT go to the Trinity Market across the street. GREAT sandwiches. Points for underground secure parking but I wouldn't go back, it's not a  good value

01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
66. F. J.
I chose Watertown Hotel because it was part of the Pineapple Hospitality network of hotels. I had an enjoyable stay at their sister Maxwell Hotel, so I figured I could not go wrong with Watertown Hotel.

I booked the room for a Saturday evening in October 2014. I chose this location because it was close to Seattle and other parts of north of Seattle, such as Fremont. This location is a good location as it is near the University. The location is walking distance to many delicious restaurants, including the popular brunch spot, Portage Bay Cafe.

The golden rule is that your first impression is your last impression. Watertown Hotel, just like their sister Maxwell Hotel, has the best customer service that rivals luxury hotels such as the Ritz Carlton. I was not able to check into the hotel until 9pm. It was late for me and I was exhausted after a long day trip at Mt. Rainer National Park, but I'm sure the front staff was just as tired as well. Nevertheless, the front desk greeted me with smiles and checked me in right away. The photos on the website are representative of the rooms and decor of their hotel and lobby. Nothing deceiving at all.

I booked a room with a King size bed and a Queen Sofa bed (I think that's the Boardroom Suite). The only thing that was amiss was that I needed extra sheets, blanket, and pillows for the queen sofa bed, and also extra amenities for that person. It was not initially available in the room, but after a simple request, the front desk quickly delivered them to my room.

The other things that made me choose to stay with the Pineapple Hospitality hotels, especially with Watertown Hotel (and Maxwell Hotel) is the FREE and SECURED  parking. Parking is a luxury in busy Seattle with hard to find street parking or expensive parking lot rates. Other hotels in the Seattle area charge a lot for parking in their OWN hotel lot!

Other amenities that made me happy were the free water, Keurig coffee single roasters, and popcorn in the room that includes a decent size mini-fridge and microwave. The TV insides the room was modern and it also had a good selection of channels, such as ESPN. Also, there is free WiFi and the signals were strong in the hotel room. I also used the business center to search and print out itineraries. The hotel even has umbrellas for you to borrow. I think they may have bikes to lend out but I'm not sure since I did not see them readily available (however, the sister Maxwell Hotel for sure had bikes to borrow). Overall, the presentation of the hotel was neat, stylish, and trendy. As a Federal government employee, Watertown Hotel also accepted my government per diem rate.

I wish Pineapple Hospitality has a chain of hotels throughout the US/World. If they expanded, I would for sure be a lifetime patron of Pineapple Hospitality everywhere I travel. If you look at my reviews, it is very rare that I give 5 stars, as I am very difficult to please. However, I want to be fair and reasonable and give credit where it is due and Watertown Hotel/Pineapple Hospitality has earned this good review. If you are still on the fence in choosing a hotel in the Seattle area, look no further. You cannot go wrong with Pineapple Hospitality at least in Watertown Hotel and Maxwell Hotel, as these are the only hotels I booked.

24/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Karen M.
The fiance and I stayed at the Watertown while he had a conference at UW. I, luckily, got to go play in Seattle while he was busy at the conference.  One of the high points about Watertown was the free shuttle that drops you off at a couple points in Seattle. I took advantage of that 3 days in a row!  You just need to book a time to leave and tell the driver what time you want to be picked back up.  This was perfect for me, but there really is no reason to stay here if you don't have to be at the University.  Its much more convenient staying in downtown if you will be exploring Seattle. The first day I took the shuttle to the Space Needle, and the other 2 days I took it to Westlake station which is closer to Pike Place Market.  

The hotel was clean and much quieter than their sister property, Hotel Five in downtown. Watertown still has the laminate flooring which feels cleaner than carpet in the rooms, but the hallways do have carpet - which Hotel Five doesn't. This was nice because it helps keep down the noise in the hallways.  The Pineapple Cafe had decent food. I had breakfast a couple days there and was pleased.  

But, as much as I liked some aspects of the hotel (shuttle, cleanliness, Pineapple Cafe) the big downside to this hotel was our room.  Our section of the hotel was built in a "L" shape.  This means when our blinds were open, the other rooms on the other side of the "L" shape could look right into our room.  There were no sheer fabric shades either, just black out curtains. So either the blinds were completely open...or it was a cave.  

Adding to the weirdness was the bathroom.  We stayed in a room with two queen beds. So, obviously, you may have guests that sleep in separate beds which could be coworkers or friends. But the bathroom sink was WIDE open. So, if someone was in the bed right in front of the sink, the lights would shine right in your face like a UFO.  A lot of people share rooms with two beds who aren't in a personal relationship, so thats kind of weird that the bathroom sink is completely exposed - I mean, I wouldn't want a coworker or friend watching me perform my beauty secrets!

And, again the weird "L" shaped building strikes, because with the bathroom sink right next to one of the windows, the other rooms could look right in.  And, they could even look right into the shower/toilet area if that door wasn't closed. Really, it was quite awkward so I just kept the cave blinds closed all the time.  

Overall, this was a nice hotel.   But the room just felt so awkward that I probably wouldn't stay here again.

21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
68. Janie M.
Update 2/14/14:  Connie, the hotel manager sent me a Yelp message asking me to contact her so they could make this right.  I called and she wasn't available so I left a message with her staff for her to call me back.  I never received a call back.  I responded to her message telling her I had called and what had happened and she has never responded to my message.


Oh my.  This was the third hotel I stayed at during a 2 week ordeal with a family member in the hospital.  I left a ridiculously awful hotel and came here, thinking you get what you pay for.  Not so!  What I got here was an unclean room and so much noise!  

My first impression:  I got into my room and you're hit with a sense that you're in Ikea.  Not bad but not warm and fuzzy.  I was okay with it.  Until I came across a hair band on the floor.  Ew.  And then 3 hairs in the tub - one a pubic hair.  Black, certainly not mine.  I was too tired to complain, and on my way to the hospital so I kicked the hairband out of the way and figured I was just going to shower so the hairs in the tub would wash down the drain.  Whatever.

It was pretty quiet when I got back from the hospital.  I climbed into bed and then I heard the upstairs neighbors come home.  Then the noise started.  I don't know if they were just heavy walkers or if they had kids or maybe were practicing bowling or what but dang they were loud!  They couldn't possibly have just been walking up there because it was constant and it went on most of the night.  It stopped for a while sometime late, then restarted at around 2:30AM.  When I left for the hospital the next day, I asked the staff if they could talk to them and ask them to please stop whatever they were doing.  I think the main problem is that the floors are hardwood, there is no carpeting to insulate from sounds.  But still... nobody can walk all night in a hotel room!

Night two, I came back from the hospital and got in bed.  It was quiet so I thought they solved the problem or maybe the upstairs folks had left.  Then.... a bunch of young people started running up and down the hall.  Again, no sound-proofing.  They were in and out of rooms, knocking on doors, giggling, screaming, yelling at each other.  This went on for hours and every time I thought I'd call the front desk, it would stop.  I'd settle in, and they'd start up again.  Finally I called the front desk, they said they'd take care of it, and of course the kids never came out of their rooms again.  But....

The upstairs neighbors came back.  To be clear, this was a noise that could not be drowned out with the a/c on high, a sound machine, a fan, AND an MP3 player.  This was not normal noise!  I gave up at this point.  I was exhausted from 2 weeks in the hospital and 2 nights of no sleep.  I decided to just leave the next morning and never, ever, go near one of these "Pineapple" hotels again.  I don't know what it is about this hotel, and possibly the whole chain, but it seems to attract a very noisy crowd.

(As an aside, if you want to take a bath, forget it.  The shampoo, conditioner, and soap are mounted in a dispenser high on the wall.  You can't reach them from the tub.  And the mattress is very hard.)

20/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
69. Julia S.
Recently stayed at Watertown and was very pleased.  It is a pet friendly hotel with a small pet charge of $20.  I prebooked the pets and when we got to our room they had a little bag with doggy treats and poop scoop bags.  They have a "free" secured underground parking garage which I was thankful for since U district is know for car break-ins.  The room was hip and modern with all the little amenities you need (coffee, water, popcorn, fridge, microwave, safe, flatscreen tv, comfy bed with lovely bedding, and smell-o-rific Tommy Bahamas bath products).  Also the rooms don't have carpet which is ideal for pets and/or any one with allergies.  They also offer a small nightly "reception" with delicious mini cupcakes and coffee - YUM!  The staff is really friendly and the location is walking district to the Ave and 45th.  Highly recommend.

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Darryl T.
My first visit to the Watertown Hotel was serendipitous.  Born and raised in Hawaii and requiring a hotel in the University District how could I not stay at a Pineapple Hospitality property? Rooms were awesome, staff friendly and helpful. Amazing restaurants close by. I see no reason to stay in downtown Seattle when the Pineapple Express is available to take me to all my errands and return me back to my home away from home, the Watertown Hotel.

14/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. David S.
We stayed at this hotel for a wedding taking place near the University.  The hotel had it's strengths and weaknesses.  
Weakness: Our room wasn't ready until an hour and half after we arrived, although they checked our luggage this was a pain.  The cafe downstairs doesn't serve alcohol.  Our room was a deluxe "view" room, which meant you could see the space needle in the distance but really was of an abandoned lot next to the hotel.  They've done the hotel rooms with hardwood floorings, which look nice but sure make for noisy stomping around upstairs!
Positives: The staff went out of their way to help us.  For example, the iron in our room was broken, after calling down to the desk not five minutes later two different people were by with new irons.  The free WiFi throughout the hotel and free parking are a major plus.  The room was clean, big, and bright.

I would stay in this hotel again if I needed to be in the University area.

04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
72. Shawn S.
Perfect location, very helpful & friendly staff, clean room with all the amenities.

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Shayane G.
Free mini pineapple-coconut cupcakes served everyday from 3pm-7pm? That was my deal breaker!

In all seriousness, the Watertown Hotel was a great find for me and my significant other during our recent trip to Seattle. The location was perfect for all the places we had planned during our stay and my only regret was not taking advantage of the free shuttle services they offered.

It was a plus being in the university district because there are a lot of great food spots within walking distance - and most places closed late.    

The only reason why I knocked off a star was because of some noise level I encountered during the night. I don't know if our up stairs neighbor was stomping around during the witching hours, but it was really loud! Luckily it didn't occur for long, so it wasn't too much of a bother to complain to the front desk. However, I will state that I was awoken from the noise at least twice. Also, during the morning (6am) it sounded like housekeeping was starting their duties - or there was a runaway vacuum running into the walls. Maybe I just have super sonic hearing :/

All in all - I'd definitely would stay here again in the near future. The staff was informative and accommodating at all times and our room was available for early check in when we arrived. We didn't have the best view, but the area was spacious and clean - and really, those are the two things I look for  the most.

02/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. joelt t.
My kid goes to school at UW and we live out of state so I have become a frequent guest here.  Rooms are generously large, clean and the  beds comfy.  The staff is super friendly and offered very helpful dining tips.

The only downside is there isn't a place to sit in the room, other than the bed or desk chair.  It's a minor thing but it would be nice to have a place to sit when you want to watch TV or read.

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. B D.
Just check out today stayed for four days in town for my daughters wedding we had a total of six rooms throughout our stay. The staff was really great and extra accommodating placing our rooms together, early check ins, late check outs, super clean property, parking garage a plus, grocery mart across the street has everything you need quickly too. We ate three mornings at the pineapple cafe easy quick breakfast items and coffee barista bar. The nail salon across the street next to the grocery mart was nice access too for our bridal party. We checked in super late 130am and Sam was the guest service representative he was very helpful, professional and gracious after our long trip to Seattle. Thank you Watertown Hotel for a memorable stay.

18/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Kerrie C.
This was a great experience for my first time in Seattle. I was attending a conference on the UW campus, and The Watertown Hotel was a walk away. The hotel is also a short cab ride to downtown Seattle. The rooms are modern and clean, and I always appreciate free cupcakes! The attached Pineapple Cafe is fairly priced and very convenient.

The staff are all very friendly and super helpful in recommending any type of cuisine and things to do in the area.

I would absolutely recommend The Watertown Hotel and would not hesitate to stay there if I find myself visiting Seattle again!

27/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Jill L.
Pluses- huge room, liked the dispenser soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel far more than the typical 'use once and discard' wasteful system at other hotels. The bed was comfortable and the room had a mini-fridge, microwave, Keurig plus coffee, bottled water and popcorn to pop.

Minus- all that space and no comfortable chair to sit in to have coffee or watch TV. Two hard chairs (think kitchen table type) but just an end table between them, not a normal height for eating table...and a desk chair at the desk. Room has plenty of space for a soft chair or love-seat, which totally would have made it 5 star.  

Didn't mind the lack of carpet at all, likely makes for a cleaner room.

Will definitely be happy to stay here again.

24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Kyle W.
Free wifi with no password which is nice and not annoying. Nice hotel but they're cheap with their coffee. No coffee in the mornings... What?

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Doug O.
I'm a heavy duty business traveler.  Wanted a  break from the standard fare.  Well worth it! Excellent location. Close to University Mall. Super comfy beds.  Splurge for a corner view room. The little coconut pineapple cupcakes are super addictive.  (Yes, I ate more than 5!).  Parking is safe and secure.  Park on the lowest level.  It's less crowded.  Easy to get to freeways and downtown. We'll be back.

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Mary O.
While the rooms were clean and I would
give 5 stars for the service and attentiveness. I cannot get over the fact the channels are outdated and there is not a very good connection, as well as the fact there is no movie list but old DVDs downstairs. If you want to be close to the university this hotel is perfectly located. Unfortunately their shuttle service does not take you to very many places and limited to one place.

The free parking and wifi is always a plus. Very comfortable beds but the small TVs and lack of view was a big downfall for our stay. I do however love their lotion and shampoo and conditioner dispenses in the bathroom. Really nice quality and smell. I  would recommend the hotel due to the outstanding service and cleanliness of the rooms but I would probably not come back to the hotel due to the fact it was limited for entertainment and vacation aspect as far as just wanting to rest in the room.

20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Daren D.
I enjoyed my brief stay here. Amidst a busy ongoing project at work, I decided a day vacation was in order and narrowed down my options to hitting this place up.

I placed my reservation over the phone with a gentleman of a rather soft-speaking yet smooth demeanor. Upon arriving, the front desk staff was totally pleasant from check-in to check-out.

The facility is great! The building has that crisp and modern feel while not entirely boring. Super clean, vibrant but not _too_ vibrant and welcoming. The business/visitor use center behind the glass walls is a good little spot.
My room was awesome. I asked for the cheapest place and was given a western room with 2 twin or full (I never get bed sizes right). It's pretty cool! The room is sort of horse-shoe in that you enter to the beds and TV, the back-cranking large windows (sort of odd but I digress) then turn right around and the bathroom is there with the tub and shower at the end. The TV cabinet unit has front and back exposed; hence, previous mention horse-shoe. Snacks and water inside, which I _think_ water was complimentary. The amenities for this appeared to be above-average, certainly; I didn't experience all they had to offer since I was here briefly but can imagine the reviews from the other folks.

When it was time to return back to reality so soon, checked out and then got my rental motorcycle from the _free_ garage.

Long, extended vacations or--like me--just wanted to play local tourist for a bit, check this place out! =)

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Joy K.
I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this hotel. Even though it is not next/in downtown,I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL PLEASE CHECK IT OUT SO WE CAN RAVE ABOUT THIS TOGETHER.

1. Hospitality/service is amazing. People are ridiculously friendly. Is this just a Seattle thing? I love it.
2. Parking is FREE. Just remember to get your parking pass at the front. But be aware that in the evening it can get full, try to do a good job parking because some people sucked :(
3. FREE SHUTTLE TO TAKE YOU TO POPULAR SITE SEEING AREAS (Pike place, downtown, everything on the Seattle City Pass). Be sure to reserve a time for when the shuttle picks you up AND drops you off. I made the mistake of not reserving another pick up time so I just uber-ed my way back--no biggie.
4. FREE MINI CUPCAKES FROM 3-7PM. SO GOOD. Like..exceptionally good.
6. Super comfy bedding, room was clean and modern.
7. Also there's a gym, free bike rentals, a small cafe next to the lobby.

I will say that it is kind of easy to hear people outside the room, I wonder if it's the same the other way around b/c at one point I was singing some Celine Dion.....

Either way, I would definitely come back here.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Tiffany K.
I'm really not sure why this hotel is rated so highly.... We had an okay stay, but it was nothing outstanding. I much preferred our previous stay in the U-District at Hotel Deca.

The Watertown Hotel feels very much like a nicer hostel or dorm. Yes - it is clean, the underground parking is nice, as is the wifi. However, the rooms look like they are IKEA furnished, the beds are so uncomfortable, the rooms have linoleum floors... The pictures on the website are very much misleading. No robe, no carpet, not even a bedspread in the rooms - just a thin duvet and sheets. Great for maybe a student visit to UW, but not for a real adult stay. The check-in desk feels like the entrance to a dorm, with all of the offices exposed and overflowing with stuff.

Overall - very meh. The price is good, but you have to know what you're actually getting.

21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
84. Ashton J.
LOVE LOVE LOVE This hotel!
This review is overdue. My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon back in October. He happened to stumble across this hotel when he was researching things to do in Seattle and booked it. We arrived a bit early and were allowed to check in, so that was a big bonus for us! We stayed on the top floor, or room faced the University Inn down the street. We had a great view of the city as well. (when it wasn't foggy) The staff was incredibly friendly and always willing to make suggestions of places to check out! Also upon arrival when they asked why we were visiting and we mentioned it was our honeymoon, they gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne! Thank you again!

So lets get started;
1. FREE SHUTTLE!! If I had known this, I never would have rented a car. They let us know about this awesomeness when we checked in, and the front desk gal even mentioned the Seattle City Pass (Which we ended up purchasing) and the bus drops off at all of its locations!

2. It is walking Distance from the University of Washington, (which is surrounded by a ton of amazing places to eat! Also it is 2 blocks up from PORTAGE BAY CAFE! If you are in Seattle you have to go here for breakfast! It is absolutely amazing! I had the Phil's Breakfast one day & French toast the next and they were heavenly!

3. FREE CUPCAKES in the lobby from I think 3-7pm. I am a cupcake whore, these mini delicious things were perfect for the afternoon pick me up!

4. FREE COFFEE PODS/WATER BOTTLES/POPCORN & TEA in your room and it's restocked daily if you use it!

5. The bed spoiled me, we had a King and it was so soft and wonderful that I honestly want to buy whatever brand it is when we buy our next mattress. The bedding was light, yet warm.

6.They had Tommy Bahama shampoos and toiletries in the bathroom. What I loved was that there was a dispenser on the wall in the shower that had the body wash + shampoo. Sometimes those mini bottles aren't enough and this was perfect!

Make sure that you check in on YELP and they'll give you a free pineapple luggage tag! I love pineapples! I can't wait to come back, and am so excited to hear that you have sister hotels in San Francisco & Portland. We will be back!

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. Barb B.
We booked three rooms for our family to attend an evening wedding in town. We called several times ahead of time to see if we could check in earlier into at least one of the three rooms so we could change our clothes at the hotel since we were coming over from Port Townsend earlier in the day. We talked to three different people and all, except one, were very kind and accommodating. The one woman, who was quite snooty when I called the day before, said it would be impossible to check in earlier than the 4pm check in. I tried one more time by calling the morning of the wedding to check if they would be able to have at least one of the rooms cleaned earlier. Nicole was extremely nice and said she would check with the front desk. She got back to me and said they would call as soon as a room was available and they would do their best to accommodate. Sure enough, the front desk called and one of our rooms was ready a little earlier so we were able to change by mid afternoon.
Stellar service.
And the rooms were beautiful, quiet, comfortable and clean. The view rooms were amazing.

We will certainly come back to this hotel when in town and highly recommend them to our friends.

19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Denis C.
The Watertown is our home away from home.

On our fourth stay at the Watertown, we enjoyed the same quality experience that we've had in the past.  After spending a month at sea, it was great getting back my land legs while staying here. The staff was nice enough to keep my bags before we had the opportunity to check in.

We were lucky to have great weather for our stay in early June.  Our room gave a clear vista toward Mt. Rainier.  In all of my visits to Seattle, I've never been fortunate enough to see it on such clear days.

The room was extremely clean and the bed was very comfortable -- perfect for someone that was still rocking and rolling from being out at sea. As in our previous visits,we took advantage of their free protected underground parking. They also have really good mini-cupcakes offered up in the early evening.

I really appreciated the help given by the front desk. One evening, after enjoying Seattle's finest restaurants, we experienced some heartburn. They were able to give us some antacid tablets to relieve the discomfort. It's little things like this that make hotels like the Watertown stand apart from the others.

I really cannot imagine staying anywhere else while visiting Seattle.  The staff, the property, and the location, make the Watertown THE place to stay.  We look forward to coming back again very soon.

25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Heather E.
Stayed here for a girls weekend with my mother and sister. Our goal in booking a hotel was charm and access to the city. We were quite satisfied with our stay. Beginning with the staff, we had no complaints--the front desk was always obliging and gracious. "Cupcake o'clock" lives up to our standards--quite yummy. We loved the modern layout of our room, the Tommy Bahama products as well as the Keurig machine in the morning. We tried out the Movie Cart one of our nights--it was cute; my sister was a tad cynical regarding the "old" tv and DVD player. The movie selection  was not updated and was relatively limited but really that's nothing to scoff at. We will be returning again when time allows!

12/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Laura K.
Seriously the best hotel we stayed at on our West coast road trip!!  A last minute find, we were super impressed with the price, free parking, room layout and amenities.  The robes were the most comfortable ones ever!!  We couldn't ask for anything more!!

15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
89. Sarah V.
My husband and I stayed here on a recent trip to Seattle and were thoroughly impressed with this hotel. The location is great (it is within walking distance of good restaurants and things to do), and the cost of your stay includes free Wi-Fi and secure parking in the property's garage: both things I always look for when booking a room in Sea-Town. The hotel itself is modern, fresh, and very clean; and our room was great. The bed was comfortable, we got a complimentary husky stuffed animal on the bed (cute touch), and the convenience items were very nice as well. The entire staff was awesome. Not only was someone available to open the lobby doors for us and greet us with a smile, but the front desk staff were extremely welcoming; it was refreshing! I would highly recommend this hotel and I am sure we will stay here again in the future.

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Bonnie Y.
Hotel staff was super friendly and very helpful. The room was very nice and clean. The location was ok, a bit far from the touristy attractions but the free shuttle helped. Free water and cupcakes is always a plus

15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Christine P.
Easy access to the freeway and walking distance to the PCC Natural Market. Secure underground parking was a plus. Service was great and the pineapple cupcakes were tasty. We stayed in the studio King, very comfortable bed. The access to a free washer and dryer was nice for longer business trips. The bicycle checkout was an added bonus!
Tip: Ask for a room away from the outside air conditioning.

13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Erik N.
First let me say that the reason why I didn't rate it 5 stars was because it has a few minor problems and I am saving my 5 stars for the best of the best. Okay start the review. We went to this hotel to see the sighs in Seattle for 2 night and this hotel was good home base for our operations.

First it was near downtown with a shuttle to get the the start of the mono rail (downtown downtown Seattle. ) And the shuttle was helpful so we didn't have get a taxi and they picked us up when we were done.

The rooms were also nice clean well laid out, didn't have a TV guide for some reason and the clock was not on the right time zone so a few things for housekeeping to fix but when we did run into he asked if we wanted to have some extra popcorn and we took some and watched divergent on tv on some tv channel.

Some other extra bonus that there was  underground parking which was good because it was either no parking or paid or this so another convince. The trinity market was very good right across the street with some pretty awesome sandwiches and had a good (but expensive) breakfast right down the street. Yeah good hotel. If your staying in Seattle than this hotel is a great option!

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. Joe S.
great location and a nice comfortable room at a very reasonable price (having the view of mount reiner was an added bonus)

the café is nothing special however there are several good spots for breakfast and lunch within minute's walk as well as mini-market across the street for those misc cravings.

the best part was the staff who were ALL very friendly, eager to help the out of towners  and always had a smile on their face... A+++

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0