What We Love
- Central location near all the downtown sights, including Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront
- Guest rooms range from compact Queen rooms to large corner suites with views of Elliot Bay
- A whole floor is stocked with vintage vinyl as a dedication to Light in the Attic, a local record label
What To Know
- Book a water-view room for guaranteed views of Elliot Bay; most rooms have skyline views
- The best of downtown Seattle’s eateries are within walking distance
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Downtown Seattle digs in a modern Art Deco building, with pet-friendly rooms and Elliot Bay views
In the heart of the Emerald City’s restaurant-lined downtown, Hotel Theodore—formerly the Roosevelt Seattle—is in a plum location within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the waterfront district and all the sports stadiums and arenas. Housed in a historic Art Deco building dating from 1929, it has interiors that are classically styled to complement the character-rich architecture, with a working fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows in the street-side lobby lounge, and a royal palette of rubies and greens and archival artwork courtesy of the Museum of History & Industry in the 151 guest rooms. The best of downtown Seattle’s eateries are within walking distance, but don’t miss a meal at the restaurant, Rider, whose menu spotlights produce from the region’s foragers, farmers, and fishermen.
In the Area
Make a beeline for the historic Pike Place Market to get a fix on why this town is such a powerhouse when it comes to epicurean pursuits. Seattleites have been coming here since 1907 to buy produce from local farmers, with a focus today on sustainability and artisanal ingredients. Hit Pioneer Square for an art and culture fix and to admire the neighborhood’s Renaissance Revival architecture. Galleries like the impressive Foster/White showcase big name artists like glass prodigy Dale Chihuly, while the Thursday Art Walk offers visitors the chance to meet and mingle with artists at such spaces as the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Building (the TK, for short). If you’re curious to check out the roots of the Seattle grunge movement, take in a gig at Belltown’s legendary The Crocodile, where bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam once played.
How to Get There
There was a persistent smell of burning kitchen grease (from Rider, the great restaurant on the first floor) throughout the hotel, but it was particularly bad within certain wings of the hotel. I stayed along the north/northeast corridor (turn left out of elevator, then turn left again). I called guest services on the 1st night and mentioned the smell. They told me it was Rider's, and that they close the kitchen down at 10pm and that the smell would soon go away. It never went away. No one from the hotel followed up with me.
Night 2 was equally gross, but we managed to sleep through it owing to the poor sleep we had the night before. We checked out, and I mentioned all of this to the check out clerk, and they acted sheepish and embarrassed that my stay was so poor, and that the room smelled bad; however, she tried to brush off the smell as being a "wood smoke scent, like a fireplace" which was ridiculous, and she knew it. Bizarrely, she then suggested that I recommend the hotel to others. I was never rude or abrasive, nor did I demand anything, but I was surprised that there no effort to make things right - even a small gesture showing their contriteness would have been nice.
I likely won't stay here again. Good location, but frankly, the rooms are very small and stink like a fast food's kitchen. They also could never get their room card technology to work
Lovely staff, comfortable rooms, warm atmosphere. Rider had amazing food and drinks, definitely visit during their happy hour. Staff were friendly and helpful, efficient check out and check in. Room was comfortable and clean.
Thought this would be a nice place, but it reeked of the smell of a traitor. Used to be nice back when it was the Roosevelt, but now it has more of a Trump hotel feel to it. Maybe the presidential suite is keep up nice.