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
This is an older but revamped hotel in the middle of downtown Seattle. It ended up costing me almost $900 for 2 nights. I have never paid that much for a hotel, ever. It was very clean and the beds were comfortable, but the room is very, very small. An additional cot would not fit. There is no microwave, nor coffeepot. I asked for a coffee pot, which they brought but did not provide coffee, cups or cream and sugar. ??? I had to ask for that in addition to the coffee pot. It was further to the Space Needle and other attractions than indicated on the website. Parking is $40 per night. My daughter and grandson loved it, but next time I will book a place with updated accomodations.
I'm definitely not staying here again. The biggest plus is the location to my office. The bathroom smelled like sewer at times; once I checked in I had to ask them to send me basic toiletries like body wash, shampoo, etc; and at the end of me checking out there was a surprise $20/day service fee. I asked what on earth for because my company had already prepaid and I booked through Priceline. The receptionist just went "uh huh, it's on the site even when you use a third party". Well I didn't see that or I'd have used the random extra $100 and added on another one and just stayed somewhere nicer, not gotten approval on a different cost. I've never prepaid for a hotel and then had random fees tacked on. The room is really small but I already knew that so I can't complain about that part and other than getting surprise fees while checking out the staff was pleasant. I don't care how nicely I'm told "surprise, somewhere in the checkout flow we tell you we'll charge you extra at the end. If you already know this then include it in the actual price or make it very apparent. It's not a deal if you tack on crap when I checkout". I read my checkout page and didnt see anything about that fee.
It was okay staff was not very friendly not very helpful acted like it was a bother when asking them about places to eat at or things to do need to hire friendly staff and do better training and be more helpful with your quest make them fill welcomed
My husband and I stayed here for my birthday in January. We love it, we can literally walk everywhere from here. The modern vibe is cool. The staff is friendly and the hotel is very clean. The rooms are small, but for the price and location, it was reasonable. Wouldn’t suggest this hotel if we were traveling with our kids, because of how small the rooms are. Overall a great experience.
I'll start by saying that I'm in my early 20s,so I'm used to hotels (especially nicer ones) just kind of allowing me to stay there. This hotel exceeded all expectations.
Everyone at the front desk was super helpful. You could tell they loved their city and were happy to answer any questions I had. Joshua in particular was super sweet even though there was a bit of trouble with my reservation. (on Groupon's end) him and the manager Caitlin made sure that me and my boyfriend had an amazing stay. The room was comfortable and embodied everything I love about the Seattle music scene. I can't wait to come back