Review: W Seattle

In March, the Frugal Flyer writers got together for our annual team trip, where we stayed at the W Seattle to enjoy good food and attend a Mariner’s baseball game together. For a remote team, catching up with everyone in person is always refreshing, and a great opportunity to exchange miles and points knowledge too. We had a great time in Seattle and the W Seattle pulled through as a comfortable and convenient place to stay for the weekend.

Read below for our review of the W Seattle.

Booking & Check-in

Booking a night at the W Seattle can generally cost between $213 and $435 US Dollars. Using an AAA/CAA membership can save you a few extra dollars on the nightly rate. Alternatively, if you are interested in booking with Marriott Bonvoy points, rates range from 50,000 to 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

After chatting with the front desk through the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app, several team members received complimentary upgrades, including the infamous WOW Suite.

A few team members were also automatically upgraded to a suite without even asking, which was a great early indication of the level of Elite status recognition we would be receiving during our time at the W Seattle.

Location

Located in Downtown Seattle, the property was close to many attractions, including Pike Place Market, the Sky View Observatory, and a few sports stadiums. 

Parking

On-site and valet parking is available. Both are a $68 USD daily charge or $16 hourly. The entrance to private parking on the property is located right next to the main entrance. 

Room – 1 King Bed Corner WOW Suite

This WOW Suite corner room had fantastic views of the Seattle skyline, facing north and east. With electronic blinds, the windows fully illuminate the room with daylight.

The closet is adjacent to the door with ample space to store luggage and coats. It is not enclosed by a door, however. An iron with an ironing board is provided as well as a hand dryer for clothes.

The office desk comes with a Nespresso Pixie espresso machine next to a bottle of water and a bottle of Heritage Cabernet, both for purchase. On the other side of the desk were some complimentary water bottles instead.

The WOW Suite came with a few complimentary items such as a pair of tickets to the Wings over Washington, a pair of VIP Cabin tickets to the Seattle Great Wheel, a pair of drink vouchers for the Living Room bar in the lobby, and a pair of locally made dark chocolate.

The bedroom has its own TV and some more panoramic views of the Seattle cityscape.

The minifridge came stocked with a selection of drinks, with an adjacent snack shelf, all for a cost.

If you wanted something more filling, room service is an option with ordering done through scanning a QR code on your TV. Some dishes we chose included the Crispy Potato Bites and the Pulled Pork Sliders.

The bathroom is fairly large, with a shower and jacuzzi tub. Two bathrobes were provided for use.

This variation of the WOW Suite bathroom meant that the room was able to cater to those who required accessible facilities such as a roll-in shower and toilet grab bars.

The bathroom window provides another picturesque city view of Seattle. A bath with a view!

The counters came stocked with bathroom essentials like moisturizer and soap with a water bottle for purchase.

Room – 1 King Bed Corner Studio Suite

Some other team members also received an upgrade for their reservation, to a Corner Studio Suite. Although smaller than the WOW Suite, the Corner Studio features some of the same amenities such as a large seating area.

The desk also had a Nespresso espresso maker as well as some Marriott Bonvoy complimentary water bottles.

A similarly stocked pantry and bar can be found under the desk.

The bathroom had a combination style shower and bathtub. A bathrobe was also provided.

Room – 2 Doubles Spectacular Guest Room 

The 2 Doubles Spectacular room had the standard room layout you would expect. Entering the room, you are immediately greeted by the open closet and safe.

The two double beds were in a predictable arrangement side by side with a shared side table. Next to the window was a long couch and across the room was a large office desk with an LCD TV situated above.

Just like the Corner Studio Suite, the bathroom had a combination shower and tub with the same linens and bathroom essentials.

Restaurants & Bar

Trace Market – Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Complimentary Breakfast

For Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite members and above, a complimentary breakfast credit of up to a generous $40 per day is provided. Ordering takes place at the cafe style counter. We had to inform the worker that we had an elite credit tied to the room, as the hotel and the restaurant systems apparently didn’t communicate. 

A selection of egg styles and bagels were offered as mains. Some smaller bakery items were also for sale as well.

If you do not spend the $40 daily, the remainder rolls over towards the next day’s breakfast. We found it hard to completely use the $40 for breakfast each day, though if you get two entrees and a drink, you can probably use it all up per day.

W Living Room Bar

During the evening, the lobby lounge area opens up for bar and restaurant service. On some nights, they host events such as silent disco parties.

We got drinks from the Living Room Bar using complimentary beverage vouchers provided. A selection of cocktails were available as well as some food options.

Facilities

Fitness Center

For exercise, the fitness center provides ample amenities for use. Cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals are in good quantity, with a variety of hand weights available as well.

A couple of Pelotons were available for use as well as some boxing equipment and a functional trainer.

Conclusion

The W Seattle provided us all with a comfortable stay, with plenty of options for food and entertainment within the property. The rooms and amenities were modern and provided the same consistent upscale atmosphere that has come to be expected from the W brand. 

We had a great time in Seattle and the team trip was both enjoyable and productive, in large part thanks to the W Seattle.

Andy Leung

Andy Leung

Andy started his miles and points journey at a young age when his family signed him up for his Aeroplan account. However, only in 2022 did he start really digging deep with different credit cards and loyalty programs. Between graduating from university and finding a career in urban planning, Andy took advantage of flight and hotel deals, traveling to many new cities and learning about their urban planning methods along the way.

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