Hotel Max, A Provenance Hotel
What We Love
- The daily, free craft happy hour in the lobby
- More than 350 original art pieces decorate the hotel, including striking photos on all 163 guestroom doors
- The onsite Miller’s Guild Restaurant and its 75-day dry-aged beef, nose-to-tail butchery, locally-inspired craft cocktails, and rustic baked goods
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Small bathrooms have mod style but little elbow room; some have full tubs, but others are shower-only
- Downtown location makes for a prime home base but it can be noisy: earplugs are free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Seattle’s cutting-edge side is on full display at this downtown boutique hotel, along with hundreds of original pieces of artwork, including giant photos on every guestroom door. Curator Tessa Papas selected 350-plus works of original art for the hotel walls and devoted each floor to a single photographer. Floor-to-ceiling rock prints of sweaty Kurt Cobain and Seattle darlings Pearl Jam adorn the doors on the fifth floor, while the 10th is devoted to the more abstract “isolation and alienation” theme. Decor accents are in bright oranges and pinks that pop in the dark halls, and furniture comes in minimalist shapes. Look up in the lobby to see Art Deco stained glass chevrons — a reminder that this modern hotel is in a hundred-year-old building.
Bed and Bath
Every room is a slightly different shape, as befits this century-old space, but the simple, sharp lines of the furniture make the most of the modest-size rooms. Window air conditioners can mar the sleek look, but the pillowtop mattresses are as comfortable as they come. Red walls and funky metal sinks distract from the size of the small bathrooms, but Lather products make up what’s lacking in shower square footage.
Each room comes equipped with a varied Spiritual Menu; call down to have a copy of the Tao Te Ching or What Is Scientology? delivered to your door (atheists can stick to the pillow menu). A small gym fits treadmills, ellipticals, weights and workout balls. Pets are more than just tolerated; the staff will spoil them with a dog bed, a dish, bones and bottled water by request.
How to Get There
My booking and stay was great but super annoyed about the resort fee (this is not a resort). I did read the fine print so was prepared just unimpressed that such a obvious money grab exists. My annoyance was increased when I arrived early and checked to see if a room was ready. There was a room available but I would have to pay $20 to get it. Seriously!! Anyway, they kept my bags for free until the 4pm check in. There is nothing wrong with this hotel except their obvious grab for extra cash. I’m sure it isn’t just them but in the future I will look for an air b&b if hotels don’t stop charging extra for everything (and nothing....what exactly did I get for that resort fee?!) (also, be sure to check your credit card statements. I was charged for a soda from the mini fridge that I didn’t take, they did refund it without hassle (well, except the hassle of having to call and inquire))
Dirty carpets, small space in the bathroom and shower area. Place has a nice vibe not much for the room. Similar to a dressed up hostel. Great location and nice staff. Would suggest it for a quick trip it works as you're just going to sleep there not really hang out.
Great location. Beer hour is fun. However the rooms are small especially the bathrooms. I could barely fit in the shower. The Guild restaurant is expensive and the service is slow. I felt like I was an inconvenience. I wouldn’t go back to the restaurant.
Hotel Max is a great little boutique hotel, within walking distance to everything you could need. Staff was friendly enough and able to answer questions we had.
Additionally, the attached restaurant had great food and even better service!
We've stayed in this hotel a number of times and it's always been a great place to stay. Check-in is easy and friendly, the beer hour is enjoyable (although we often have a hard time tearing ourselves away from whatever else we're doing in Seattle to get to it). It's convenient to the Westlake stop on the light rail, so we don't rent a car when we're staying in Seattle. Public transportation is easy so we use it but most of what we want to see and do is within easy walking distance of Hotel Max.