What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location just two blocks from the University of Washington
- Knockout city and mountain views from the smallest Studio Suites to sprawling Junior Suites
- Seasonal comfort fare at the hotel's District restaurant
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There’s a small fitness center, plus easy access to the 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail
- Popular with families visiting university students, so book in advance during school events
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On Brooklyn Avenue and 45th Street, just two blocks from the University of Washington, Hotel Deca, a Noble House Hotel, is an Art Deco gem dating to 1931. The lobby is a colorful mismatch of oversize armchairs, designer light fixtures and modern artwork, but feels cozy thanks to an enormous fireplace and bright, patterned carpets. Upstairs, most of the 158 guestrooms and suites have spectacular views of the city skyline and Olympic Mountains, and all come with a king or two queen beds, flat-screen TVs, glass desks and Art Deco–inspired monochrome bathrooms. For family stays, consider junior suites, which start at a spacious 450 square feet and have pullout sofa beds. The hotel’s District restaurant supplies room service from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., or head down to the dining room for simple, seasonal fare like mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon, chicken pot pie and burgers four ways. For fitness fiends, there’s a small gym with cardio and weight lifting equipment, or the 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail, a favorite with joggers, walkers and bikers, is just a few blocks away.
In the Area
Make the most of the campus locale with a visit to the University of Washington’s landmark Suzallo Library, the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts and must-see Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, or, for sports fans, catch a Huskies game at the nearby Husky Stadium. Outdoor lovers can soak up Seattle’s spectacular scenery on the 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail, a former rail trail that traces the coastline around Golden Gardens Park, Lake Union and University Village. And for nearby eats, try U-District’s Ram Restaurant and Brewery and Blue C Sushi. First timers shouldn’t miss visits to the Seattle Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park.
How to Get There
Very cool old school retro ambiance, furnishings and deco. Rooms are small but very clean and in new condition. Beds a little soft for my liking. Nice new 56" flat screen tv. Coffee shop on site. Bathroom was very small but nicely finished and spotless. Room rate was very reasonable at $140 USD for 4 of us. 2 queen beds. Would stay here again and recommend it.
I stayed at this hotel when it was the Deca a couple of times and is now the Graduate. While the lobby has new graduate-esque furnishings, and a chic/loud rooftop bar, the rooms are exactly the same. Decently sized, nice desk, USB ports, all the stuff you want in a room, except a fridge. The bathrooms in both rooms I looked at and the one I stayed in were very small. Like a 20" wide toilet-adjacent vanity, same older bathtub shower with curtains, not a glass enclosure. Nothing to write home about, but nice none-the-less. Wish they had breakfast here other than the little lobby coffee shop that basically has danishes and egg sandwiches. One elevator was not functioning while I was there which was very unfortunate because they are very old slow elevators to begin with, it made choosing whether to leave the room a chore. The room cleaning people were in the elevators every single time I was which was odd and having to stop at various floors, but not a big deal. The front desk service was pretty good although I got the key to an occupied room the first go around. For the relatively lower price, and decent rooms, I will likely stay again.
My husband and I stayed at the Graduate Seattle recently. I though the decor in the lobby was great. The decor in the rooms was less of my style, but there is certainly a strong design aesthetic and I like that they stick to it. Our room was huge and very clean. The bed was very comfortable and the location is great if you are visiting University of Washington. The staff was all very friendly. We had drinks at the rooftop bar and the bartenders were also very friendly.
The only thing I didn't like was a cleaner or some product they are using in this hotel. There was an overwhelming, bad perfume-y scent in our room and on our floor of the hotel. I am not sensitive to smells at all but this was too much. Old grandmother/Chemicals is how I would describe it. I would have rated the hotel higher but this smell did make the trip less enjoyable.
Just so you’re aware, this hotel caters to young college aged people. If you’re not in that group you might want to try the Marriott or the Hilton down the road. If you are in that group you will not find a better hotel to stay in. We were astonished from the moment we walked in about the eclectic decor and rooftop bar. It’s like they read my mind and designed a hotel exactly for me. Also, if you are old you should still go to the rooftop bar. They will treat you like royalty and you can get a great view of the city while enjoying a cocktail.
We went to a concert at the Neptune Theater which happens to be across the street. Our room was very clean, they have a roof top restaurant/bar which was very delicious. Everyone there was very nice and helpful, oh and valet parking. I highly recommend the Graduate!