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Meaniefest - Hotels and related issues

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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We have settled on Oct 12-14. That was fairly easy. Now on to the matter of accommodations. This will be a bit more difficult to resolve since it is obvious we have varying needs, wants, budgets etc.

See next post.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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My feeling is that there are distinct advantages to:

everyone stay in one hotel.

a hotel that has a bar.

a hotel that is within walking distance of downtown and some of the things everyone will want to see. This will also obviate the need for everyone to rent a car.

I originally suggested the Edgewater Inn. It is a mid priced hotel (for downtown), on the water and within walking distance of Pike Place Market and the entire waterfront and has ample parking. There are classier hotels, but the price goes up accordingly.

The only way to find something cheap is to be located pretty far outside the city, unless you want to mingle with prostitutes.

There should be enough vehicles (including those from Vancouver) to ferry everyone around.

As I mentioned before the "published rates" for the Edgewater are $150 - 200.

Another choice is The Renaissance Madison Hotel. It may be the same or a bit higher than the Edgewater, is fairly centrally located, not on the water, but has a shuttle from the airport.

Staying near the airport is probably cheaper, but you will need a car, there is nothing at all to see near the airport and it is a 30-45 minute ride to Seattle.

It does make sense to do some room sharing.

If anyone has any better ideas, speak up. Needless to say I don't spend much time in Seattle's hotels.

DISCUSS

Cooking_Monster's picture

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How many people can squish into a room at the Edgewater, and what would their rate be for multiple occupancy?

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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The Edgewater has a new website (wasn't there a week ago). You can e-mail questions etc...to them and check rates for varying combinations of people and beds

http://www.edgewaterhotel.com/

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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here is the site for the Renaissance Madison Hotel.

http://www.themadison.com/

Cooking_Monster's picture

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In poking around I also found this site:

http://www.seattlesupersaver.com/pages/hotels.htm
These rates run from October 1 through April.

What about B&B's? Even if someplace lacks a bar, there might be one nearby.

AP_on_KP's picture

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I don't think I can come to the party, but wondered about the 4 Sisters B&B on the waterfront. I think it is called the Inn at Harbor Steps, or something like that. These inns are usually very nice, spacious and less expensive than hotels. (We often stay at the White Swan in SF and love it.) It would be pretty close to Pike Place.

We were in Seattle a couple of years ago for a meeting and stayed at the Four Seasons. It was nice, but quite a hike from Pike Place Mkt. and more expensive than the Edgewater. Mean's choice sounds like a good one. We loved visiting Seattle and I know you will have a great time.

aussiechef's picture

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Kai mentioned the Y for people who really can't afford a hotel. Isn't that close by?

Maybe a combination of hotel, with bar of course, plus a lower cost nearby alternative is worth looking into.

Peter_Durand's picture

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The Edgewater looks quite nice from the pics on their site. I noticed at seattlesupersaver.com that there is a Best Western in Pioneer Square for $79. Pioneer Square is central isn't it? Walking distance to Pike market and F.X. McRorey's (sp?). Now there is a bar!

Cheers, Peter

RuthAnn's picture

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here's a site that lists Seattle's B&Bs - seems the closest one is a 15 minute walk from downtown.
Seattle B&Bs,

Rates can be less than Edgewater, unless you score one of those SuperSavers CM posted.

Although, like MC said - definately better to have everyone in one place, and if there's a bar there as well, less distance for some folks to crawl - not naming names though.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Eliminated for the following reasons:

Located right in the heart of the Pioneer Square historic district, this hotel is only recommended for urban dwellers accustomed to dealing with street people and noise. Pioneer Square is Seattle's nightlife district and gets especially rowdy on weekend nights. However, if you're in town to party (or to attend a baseball or football game), there's no more convenient location in the city. Care should be taken if you are on the streets around here late at night.

Glenys_'s picture

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I used to stay at the Alexis but with our sad dollar I think it's out of the question. I'll have to see if any of the Seattle "Dames" are hoteliers and see if we can get a deal. It is however, the big holiday weekend so I might not have much influence. Not that I would necessarily any other time for that matter, but what the hell good is this "sisterhood" anyway other than free wine.

aussiechef's picture

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Free wine is pretty good............

How's this at the Edgewater. They have a Presidential Suite. (I always go for the top). It has two stories, about 6 rooms , 3 beds including kingsize, plus room for sleeping bags, 2 bathrooms - one with a jacuzzi which fits 8 people (yuck!) , balcony , kitchen, living/dining area - $750 night. Divide that up between about 8 people and you are down to less than $100 bucks a night.

Anyway, I'm kidding (I think) - but there are a lot of combinations of suites and adjoining rooms, rollaways etc which would bring the price way, way down if people want to share.

Peter_Durand's picture

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Oooooh, the Alexis.

Very fond memories of that place. I wonder what they want now?

BTW, what holiday is it that weekend? I never keep track of these things.

MadMom_'s picture

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Aussie - sounds like a plan! Since Mean hasn't been jumping at my subtle hints that we all camp out in his yard, I think we ought to find a (relatively) cheap place, book the best rooms they've got, share if necessary...it must be funky, and it must have a bar.

Glenys_'s picture

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I thought we'd settled on the weekend that's our turkey trot and their controversial Columbus Day weekend, which usually doesn't mean rock bottom rates.
The Alexis website had the base rate at $265 US per night.

MadMom_'s picture

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Good point, Glenys - any idea
b why
the one weekend that seems like it's the most problematic to get cheap tickets or cheap rooms is the one that was chosen?

Glenys_'s picture

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I don't know, I either missed that meeting or moving into the cusp, was having a less than Capricorn moment.

Peter_Durand's picture

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Good point.

Mean...your input is required here.

Peter_Durand's picture

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USD$265/night!! Yoiks already! So I suppose that group rates of less than $75 CDN are probably out of the question.

Glenys_'s picture

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You can take the boy out from under the Jacques Cartier but...

I think it's a mixed blessing choice; long weekend for all but then the bookings have to be done in advance.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Tis the only weekend that CM could come and no one objected. Columbus day doesn't mean squat here. I don't think rates will be higher for that reason.

I really don't care when we do it.

Glenys_'s picture

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I thought it was a long weekend in the U.S.? It's always Fleet Week in San Francisco. All those sailors.

Peter_Durand's picture

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Glenys....sailors!?!?

care to fill us in ?

Glenys_'s picture

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I was having a "cougar" moment.

CLS's picture

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As I said about the date - I don't care. I can do whatever. I do need the place to take small children.

RuthAnn's picture

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Actually, CM said if it was purely a weekend thing, any of them were fine, but she has to back to teach on Monday.

I will have to fly out on Sunday night as well, as DH has to be at work on Monday and wouldn't get much done if he had a three year old with him.

Wolverine's picture

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I saw an add for a hotel very near the Market, I think it was called something like the Inn at the Market. I'll keep checking and find some rates,etc. So far, all of MC's suggestions sound fine to me. And Aussie - I think that suite would be, well, sweet! ;-)

Wolverine's picture

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here's the closest B&B I've found: http://www.greengablesseattle.com/rooms.html

As for Hotels, check on sidestep.com, or lodging.com. a ton of hotels come up with rates all over the place. The Renaissance Madison that MC mentioned seems to have the most room for the middle money - about 179/nite, that could be split between 2 people.

I checked for hotels within / under a mile from Pikes Place Market.

Cooking_Monster's picture

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Exactly. If it's a purely Sat-Sun thing I can make it any weekend. If you want to add Monday as well then I'm limited to Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving.

ashleyd_'s picture

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Hotel Booking Advice. There is an optimum "window" for booking hotels in advance. More than 3 months or so in advance you tend to get quoted the rack rate, then 8 - 12 weeks, unless they're heavily booked you start getting good offers (because now they know they're unlikely to get a mass booking and fill the hotel). The closer you get to the date depends on how bookings are going, if they're filling up they'll hold for rack rate, if light then the offers continue. Within a month you tend to get rack rate because that's what folk on expenses will pay to ensure a place. Within a few days it depends on your negotiating skills, state of bookings and the rest.