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
- 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
So there were some great moments and some not so great moments...Overall we enjoyed the Theodore but it could use some improvements.
First, my wife and I stay at a different Seattle hotel every December. From boutique to brand name.We play and shop and simply enjoy the amazing city that Seattle is and continues to be for us.
I was excited to try the new Theodore. Formerly it was the Roosevelt, and I had stayed there and it was desperately in need of a major redo, the Theodore delivers that major redo.
The rooms are nice and comfortable, although the bathrooms are still small and it has the worlds smallest sinks...really...
I liked th edecore and the color scheme as well as the various items on loan from MoHi museum on each of the floors.In some ways it felt like a clean and modern version version of the art deco era...
The bed was comfortable, the room felt nice and was large enough for a yoga mat for those who like to start and end there day meditatively, and the Theodore will get you a mat...very cool.
Check in for us was smooth, and the location was perfect if you are going to see a broadway show at the Paramount of simply walking around the downtown shopping area, the Theodore offers a superb location.
Some other things I liked were:
* The Rider Bar...The bar was excellent. The service was fast, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was alive.The bartenders were truly great at mixed drinks and the wait staff was on if if you know what I men. The atmosphere was charming and comfortable. I will definately stop back in.
* The hotel lobby was warm and inviting with some great games to sit and play, which we did and it =was fun and relaxing.
*Made Coffee off the lobby was great onday 1. Clayton was the barista and he was excellent. I am a coffee snob and he was knowledgable, polite and made a great cuppa.The next morning Clayton was not there and the gal was not knowledgeable and kinda rude, so we went to Starbucks, so sad It's hard when you have to try to convince a barista that a latte has espresso in it.haha.
So the areas that were less than satisfactory were:
* Well, the barista on the second day, enough said.
* Breakfast at the Rider restaurant. Wow is all I can say, in a bad way. While the bar was great, service at the restaurant was perhaps the worst I have ever had. We finally left and grabbed something at Starbucks across the street, again, so sad because yo9u know that is not that great. Forgetful wait staff. Never recieved am coffee or water o0r food, so we finally left. The meniu looked good though and I bet it would have tasted great if you had a server that would actually get the order in.
* The extra resort fees and the cost of parking. They will inform you there is an additional 20.00 resort fee, but it really doesn't cover anything extra. It is just a way to get another 20..000 bucks a night out of y9u...Poor form Theodore.
Also the valet fee is WAy to high for Seattle prices. I have never paid that much in any of the Seattle hotels we have stayed at.
* The smoke form the RIDER restaurant. While I didn't mind too much, if you were Vegan or Vegetarian, the meat smoke smell from the restaurant invades every floor and evry room. They should have invested in a far more robust ventilation system...they are available :-)
So, I'm torn. There was much I liked, but much that I equally disliked.
We stayed at the Hotel Theodore not really knowing what to expect based on reviews and photos. We were pleasantly surprised and left very impressed. However I can see why the hotel is still short of hitting the 5 star mark.
The room itself; the studio suite was clean spacious and the view was decent. Closet space is lacking a bit so you might have to keep things in your luggage.
Some reviews mentioned this and it is true: the hallways and the room can smell like a steakhouse. I don't mind the fragrance of rosemary being cooked but it can be overwhelming at times. When we arrived it was very noticeable but by the third day it was gone or maybe we acclimated to it. If you have a sensitive sense of smell you might want to reconsider.
Along those lines the vents themselves carry sound all too well especially in the restroom. You can CLEARLY hear the television and conversations from another room as your on the toilet. Not sure. If the same is true in reverse.
The bathroom for the studio suite is separated into the shower/tub and the toilet. Although the pictures didn't seem inviting the bathrooms are clean and modern. Quite pleasing. Something to note, the shower has a clear door so if you're rooming with someone your not comfortable seeing shower then consider an alternative?
The location: you're right in the middle off downtown with stores restaurants and the Pike Market and the Starbucks Reserve only a few blocks away. For those not familiar with Seattle though, everything closes by midnight. And when I mean everything I mean EVERYTHING. Even 7-11 closes at 10! The front desk was unable to assist us in getting a bottle of drinking water on one evening.
The restaurant/bar: delicious food, in particular the burger. again though by 11pm they are closing up shop.
All in all it is a decent hotel with some caveats that keep it from perfection. It can be a love it or hate it for some specially if certain things rub you the wrong way easily.
Great location in downtown, everything you need is walking distance. When I first checked in the room was a little small for my liking with no view so I went downstairs to ask if they had any bigger rooms and the young lady who helped me was very nice and professional and tried to find me a bigger room and she was able to find me an upgrade for only $20 more which I thought was pretty fair and the room was more to my liking with a very comfortable and king size bed as well as the bath robes were probably my favorite part of the room; very comfortable. If staying here with no vehicle it's the perfect hotel for you, but if you have a car use the parking garage right next to the hotel for $30 instead of Valet for $45 also you'll get charged a resort fee that I didn't know about but it's whatever. I'd stay here again ! Definitely recommend upgrading your room and ask for a room with a view when checking in.
We enjoyed our room, bar and dining room. The hotel is centrally located, in the downtown shopping district, walking distance from Pike's Place Market. We were charged an automatic $23.00 nightly "facility fee." So be aware that your room will be $23 more than advertised.
Booked this hotel for the close proximity to all the shopping and restaurants within the city center. We were given an upgrade upon check in and was placed on the 18th floor. The room is nicely renovated and was warm and welcoming. And my view was Spectacular! I could see water views as well as the Macy’s Star being lit for the Christmas festivities.
I stayed one night just for the Christmas light and tree lighting at Westlake center. And it fit the job well!
Front desk staff are polite and welcoming and very professional. As well as auxiliary staff. I would definitely stay here again .