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
The lobby area is nicely appointed, staff were helpful and courteous. Morning coffee is a nice touch. I bought a room/rate with valet parking for $5 (normally about $50!!!!!!!), but of course the room rate was adjusted accordingly. Valet service for parking was nice.
However this appears to be an older remodel/conversion from an apartment building to hotel. Consequently the bathroom floors have been raised about 12 inches, which means you need to really step up to get to the bathroom.
We stayed on the 2nd floor, a small room and bathroom with a king bed.
The hallways tend to bring a lot of noise into the room. Other guests closing their doors, etc. We were woke up early (about 6:30AM) because of people leaving.
Of course, there are lots of add on fees.
The wood window blind in the bathroom was quite dirty/water stained because the sink is adjacent to the window. It should be regularly cleaned to keep water, soap, and toothpaste stains off.
Overall, we felt the price to value to be low for this hotel.
Unfortunately I had an extremely poor experience staying at Hotel Max and can't say I'd recommend it, or that I'd stay there again.
Staff were polite and the free beer and coffee hour was a nice touch, however the real issue is the room itself.
My bathroom made Harry Potter's cupboard underneath the stairs look palatial. When I stood up to clean my teeth, my left thigh touched the wash basin and my right thigh touched the toilet seat. It was probably no more than 1.5sqm - I've stayed in youth hostels that have bigger bathrooms.
There were no drawers in the room, only a cupboard without a light. My measly 30ml toiletries were only changed once in a 7 day stay, so I had to go out and purchase my own. The bathroom had long black hair all over it and a few odd towels had stains on them.
The "fitness centre" is woefully inadequate. Quite literally - 2 treadmills (1 out of order), 1 weights bench, 1 exercise bike and 2 cross trainers (1 out of order) and after 4 consecutive days of using this 'facility', they ran out of towels. I had to go down to reception to ask for more as they clearly don't bother restocking.
At over $200 a night, you can do much much (MUCH) better than this place. Avoid if you can.
Rented through travel site. The extras really became extras. To park car $50 per day and no discount becasue you are staying there. Rooms are small, rooms have no extras like coffee or frig. The hot water is warm not hot and you would be better off staying a major chain.