What We Love
- Original street art by famed international artist Gaia
- House-made butter beer at the hotel’s speakeasy
- Vintage board games like Clue and Operation at the onsite library
- Pulp poetry on the pillowcases
What To Know
- In lieu of a typical lobby, guests can relax in the Living Room, the hotel’s version of a modern clubhouse
- The property’ Extreme WOW Suite features a DJ booth and a king bed hanging from the ceiling
- Cabernet-speckled carpets in each of the 220 guest rooms pay homage to the region’s thriving wineries
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Channeling a high-end lake house, this Lincoln Square hotel is as rugged as it is indulgent
The W brand’s first foray into Seattle is a trendy, reinterpreted version of the city’s cozy lakeside abodes. That luxe-lodge aesthetic is especially palpable on the hotel’s fashionable porch (a covered outdoor lounge with a crackling fireplace) and the log cabin-accented take on a traditional lobby—all A-frame beams and wool plaid throws. Industrial-modern rooms nod to the city’s nautical past: tufted headboards take cues from inflatable floats while side-table lighting resembles dock lamps. If the Seattle rain dampens your evening plans, don’t fret. You don’t have step out of this hip haunt to have a memorable night. Start with a farm- and sea-centric dinner (locally-caught halibut; Dungeness crab) at the airy Lakehouse steered by James Beard Award-winner Jason Wilson, then make your way downstairs to the very sultry lounge, Civility and Unrest (its “secret” entrance is strategically covered by a mural), for a taste of seasonally-inspired cocktails, rare scotches, and vintage whiskeys.
In the Area
The arts and technology spheres come together seamlessly in Seattle. Witness that fusion in action at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, just a short walk from the hotel, or at the Microsoft Visitor Center, home to interactive gadgets and a jewel-box of a museum dedicated to computing history. You can also get a glimpse of the locality’s hallowed ’90s grunge scene at the Puget Sounds Record Store, tucked inside a tattoo parlor. These days, the Pacific Northwest is more famous for its burgeoning wineries—we recommend Guardian Cellars, a joint venture between a local cop and reporter in nearby Woodville.
How to Get There
The W never fails to impress me. Great location, clean modern rooms. The hotel bar is fun/funky/trendy. The associated Lake House restaurant is fantastic and I would definately recommend to have a meal there.
The Good: Clean, modern, hip with fun artwork.
The Terrible: Service. Never experienced so much attitude from anyone working in the CUSTOMER SERVICE industry.
Last month my brother and his then fiancée - now wife, booked 2 separate rooms here and informed the hotel that this was a wedding party. Other couples in the party also booked here (total of 6 rooms). I'd say that it's pretty standard in the wedding world that the groomsmen and bridesmaids get ready in the respective rooms right? That includes makeup artists and hair stylists. My fiancé and I stayed at a hotel next door and walked over to the W to go to the rooms to get ready and was greeted with nothing but an annoyed stare by the girl at the front desk. Not even a "Hello! How can I help you?" I spoke first, "Hi I'm here for the wedding party..." She replied shortly, "What room number?" I tell her the room number. "What's the last name?" I tell her and she rolls her eyes, gets on her radio and calls someone to let us up the elevator. "Okay... thank you." I say. While in the room getting ready I disregarded the attitude and forgot about it until one of the other bridesmaids showed up later and called us from the lobby because the front desk girl would not allow her up to the room! One of the wedding party girls spoke to the front desk and told her that we all needed to get ready for the wedding together and that some were customers who had rooms booked there as well. The front desk replied with, "It has nothing to do with how many rooms you have. It has to do with how many people you have in the room. It's a fire hazard." WTH!? I've never heard of a hotel cracking down on wedding parties getting ready together for a few hours. Have they never heard of that before?? Is this not a customary thing to do before a wedding? When the wedding photographer showed up, he also commented on the rudeness of the front desk. (Side note: the photographer has been voted multiple times as one of the top PNW wedding photographers by the Knot magazine. He has photographed hundreds of weddings and even he was surprised by our treatment!) With that said, after getting ready, we started taking photos near the lobby and around the hotel. Again with attitude from the desk. Turns out that you have to let the hotel know in advance if you're going to do photos so that they can CHARGE you. WTH!? First off, I've never heard of a hotel charging you to take photos on the premises. Second, why didn't they communicate that to my brother in the first place when he booked the hotel rooms? It's not like he gets married everyday and knows this! Because again, isn't taking photos at the hotel pretty customary if there's a wedding party present? Apparently this hotel lacks not only customer service but communication as well. Even the night before I called the hotel to make sure to put a mini fridge in the bride and grooms rooms so we can store food for the wedding party while we have fresh snacks to get ready. Nope. Neither had the fridges, they had to call for them again.
Lastly as a whole, we were a respectable group who were enjoying this special day with my brother and his now wife. It was not a busy day at the hotel and we were not in the way of other customers staying there, in fact, passerby's were very excited to see us and even congratulated the couple. It is just a damn shame that this particular W Hotel had to be pretentious jerks to us on a very special day. I am incredibly disappointed at the lack of professionalism from the front desk and how it ALMOST ruined such a beautiful day.
The service industry is what I do for a living and has been my profession for the last 20 years. I would NEVER treat guests the way they did. Completely unacceptable!
I stayed here with my girlfriend in early Saturday in December for a little get away. The rooms looked just like on the website. I’ve stayed at W’s before but not this one. This one was a little funkier than most. Check in was great. Free bottle of water. Room was bright and clean with more free water. We came back from a late dinner Saturday night and the party was def happening in the lobby bar. Used to be the days that I would join, but in my early 50’s and a crowd there that was between 21-30, we didn’t partake. It wasn’t crazy though and we couldn’t hear it uostatirs.
Overall it was a very good experience. I feel it is tailored more to the 25-35 crowd though.
First time in Seattle – loved this trendy hotel. This location is in the heart of downtown Bellevue. You can easily walk to prime shopping and restaurants. Great job - Gold recognition Check-in person – Colombian lady (sorry forgot her name) was truly amazing. The room was gorgeous, spacious and had a shower in the center which was lovely. One little comment you should hire more bell / doorman staff. It seemed very understaff. Will be back.
We did a "staycation" from Seattle to Bellevue for a great weekend. We never left the " Bellevue Collection". The W is brand new and certainly the latest thing in Bellevue .
We stepped out front door of the square to watch the Snowflake Parade (every evening Thanksgiving to new Year at 7). We dined at Barons , great Pan Asian fusion food ( try the 3 cup chicken). We at at lakeside Grill (comfort food) and attended a party at Asend Sushi and Steak on the 31st floor. Right there at least 9 dining options coffee and bakery in Lincoln South without leaving the building. The room appointment is artsy chic. It's a little unpractical [ I mean a glassed In shower in the center of the room, come on]. There is little place to put things out of sight.
Fun place. Super fun holiday atmosphere in the block of downtown Bellevue. Some hidden charges taxes phone fees, so check what your total will be.
Some of the restaurants include a 20% service charge so check your bill before tipping.
Free parking at the hotel Friday eve thru Sunday.