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Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown {US-WA}

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown {US-WA}

Old Feb 11, 02, 11:31 pm
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Should I use 50K HH points for two nights in Seattle at the Hampton Inn downtown (Seattle center)?
I booked 3 nights in Vancouver prior to 7/16 (3 star hotel) through priceline for $45 a night and 3 nights post 7/18 in San Francisco (3 and 1/2 star hotel) for $62 a night. I need to figure out if I should take a chance w/priceline, pay(Hampton Inn or similar), or use the HH points (considering their average value, maybe to be used at another time/place), for the above dates in downtown Seattle. Please advise if you can on any or all of the above issues (taking so many mind-numbing possibilites into consideration). Any comments on the property? I don't mind using the points (best available rate so far is around $140 for HI SEA downtown) to save around $300 if its worth it.
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Old Feb 11, 02, 11:48 pm
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Check out www.biddingfortravel.com for Priceline bidding strategies and hotels that come up in Seattle. I personally would not spend 50K for two nights if you have VIP status (you listed it as a $300 value), when you can spend 100K points for six nights in Hawaii or 150K points for six nights in europe.
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Old Feb 12, 02, 12:37 am
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In a word: NO! Don't even think of spending those on the Seattle Hampton Inn. And, not even the Hilton. I was at the Hilton earlier (yes, I'm from Seattle, but had a really late arrival, and work is only 4 blocks away, so it was easier for me to sleep there, then drive north to little ol' Mukilteo)..Anyways...Don't use your points that way.
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Old Feb 12, 02, 1:02 am
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Knowing the city as I do there is no way i'd drop the 50k points for either property. It looks like you'd be staying Wednesday - Thursday, big business so you won't find any of the "weekend" specials, I'd keep checking the sources ou have been.
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Old Feb 13, 02, 10:02 am
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FWIW, I just got back from 3 days at the downtown Hampton inn. They upgraded me to a suite with a fireplace and bathtub whirlpool. The property seems to be pretty new and the breakfast was a good spread. I've heard that the SEA downtown hilton is a dump, and I was happy with the hampton inn at 80/night. I don't think its worth 50K points though... You should have not problem getting upgraded.
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Old Feb 13, 02, 4:00 pm
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If possible, stay at the Homewood Suites -- just north of downtown and west of Seattle Center (Space Needle). Very nice property, probably nicer than the Seattle Hampton Inn (which I have not stayed in).

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Old Feb 13, 02, 6:57 pm
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I've stayed at every Hhonors property in the downtown Seattle area. The best by far is Homewood Suites, and thats where I try to stay whether on business or award stays...

For that matter, I've grown to enjoy the relative consistency of the Homewood Suites properties when there is not a decent Hilton or Embassy around...
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Old Feb 14, 02, 1:44 pm
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Thanks for the feedback. Now, I am thinking about using the 50K HH points for Homewood Suites, however it seems as if they charge for parking and Hampton does not. In that case I need to decide if it is worth the extra out of pocket money to pay for parking to stay at Homewood Suites. Does anyone know the cost of parking?
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Old Sep 15, 03, 3:11 pm
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The downtown Hampton (just past Seattle Center) - well, its a lot of money for what it is, and although 1/2 the property is "suites" being a diamond doesn't get you on that side (not that we expect one). In any case, the room had a very noisy ceiling (loose floor boards, and so on, making sleep difficult) and no hot water for the morning shower. Also, I don't know what the "Hampton Touch" for diamonds is, but I didn't get one (unless that ceiling noise all night long was it...)

When I checked out, I told them of the problems (I didn't even inquire as to the "Hampton Touch), and without having asked for anything, she gave me a little form to fill out for the Hampton satisfaction guarantee and told me she was not charging me for the stay.

So while I can't really recommend the place and am in no rush to go back, at least they take care of problems, immediately, without issue.
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Old Sep 15, 03, 4:23 pm
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Glad you got a nice goodie. Sorry to say but almost all the Seattle area HH properities are really lame (and I have been in all). I switched to the Wyndham SeaTac (see my review) and it is what many USA Hiltons are and the Seattle ones should be. FWIW other than Seattle I think HH has a lot going for it.

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Old Sep 17, 03, 5:43 pm
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I had decent stays at that Hampton - I was upgraded to suites each time, and usually got the water & cookies. However, this was a few months ago (late fall 2002/early winter 2003).
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Old Sep 17, 03, 8:39 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by MisterNice:
Glad you got a nice goodie. Sorry to say but almost all the Seattle area HH properities are really lame (and I have been in all). I switched to the Wyndham SeaTac (see my review) and it is what many USA Hiltons are and the Seattle ones should be. FWIW other than Seattle I think HH has a lot going for it.

I agree with you about "almost all" Hilton properties in SEA are lame. I dislike the downtown Hilton and will not stay there. But, I was just at the Homewood Suites in lower Queen Anne (end of Belltown) and pleasantly surprised at the service and the way they recognize HH elite members. This is a nice property. I was given suite 518 which had a great view of the water. Although it was next to Western Avenue, the traffic noise was not noticeable.

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Old Sep 17, 03, 9:37 pm
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I had a totally opposite experience at the Lower Queen Anne Homewood last week. I quote a posting I made the other day:

"As an aside, regarding Seattle. If the Hilton is not available, the Homewood Suites west of the Space Needle is very mediocre. Stayed there last week and was very unimpressed.

Check-in conversation:

ME: "What do you do for Diamonds"
CLERK: "We give you a morning newspaper" [he turns to the other clerk to verify, and the other person nods her head yes]

Next morning, every room on the floor had a paper delivered, of course."

I also head a decent room location, #614. Hotel was sold out when I booked, and had to get the Diamond Desk to open up a room. Consequently the price was a bit high ($169).

Room was very plainly decorated, and the HVAC control had a mind of their own. Also the pillows were like rocks, but that might be appealing to some people, I reckon.

Maybe my irritation over the property was there was a 75 cent bag of peanut butter cookies left for mr, when I arrived. And, I hate peanut butter.

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Old Aug 9, 04, 11:30 pm
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No air conditioning at HI Seattle? Yes, sir!

Checked into the HI Seattle Downtown (a misnomer, as other posters have pointed out) to clinch Diamond. Was given a suite. Not so sweet, as it turned out. While using the free high-speed Internet in the living room, it got stuffy and went over to the thermostat. Didn't work, so I called the desk for help, whereupon I was informed there was no air conditioning in the living room. "They didn't design the rooms with them," was the rueful reply.
In its stead was a fan secreted in the closet. Just what I need, hot air blowing on me on a day when it approached 90 degrees in Seattle. They offered to move me to a standard room with air conditioning throughout, but I had already settled in and largely confined myself to the bedroom. Never heard anything so absurd, especially at $125 a night.
Barely made up for it with Hampton Touch, two waters, Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Andes Mints.
As if they were saying "Welcome to Diamond, Sucker!"
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Old Aug 10, 04, 12:17 am
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This one's easy. Call them on their satisfaction guarantee. Free room.
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