After spending a weekend in San Francisco, it was time for me to head back to Seattle. While at the San Francisco International Airport, I checked out the new outdoor terrace, which they opened earlier this year. I haven’t been much to San Francisco this year and never got a chance to actually check it out. The flight from SFO to SEA on Alaska Airlines was smooth and quick.
After arriving at Sea-Tac and grabbing my bags, I called the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seattle-Sea-Tac Airport to figure out how they handle their shuttle service. All you need is to go to the Courtesy Shuttle Area, which is located on the 3rd level of the parking garage across the street from terminal and let them know at which location you are. The pickup islands, as they call them, are numbed like 1A, 1B, and so on. I walked over there and called them back to let the agent at the front desk know that I am at island 1D. Only a few minutes later the hotel shuttle showed up. We loaded my bags and off we went to the hotel. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seattle-Sea-Tac Airport is just a 5 minute ride down the street from the airport. By the way, the shuttle also takes you to other places within a 1-mile radius of the hotel.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seattle-Sea-Tac Airport is conveniently located just under 2 miles south from the airport. Besides the close location to the airport, there is not much around the hotel. The only interesting thing worth mentioning would be Angel Lake and Angel Lake Park, which is just a short walk from the hotel.
The airport shuttle dropped me and a few other guests off at the hotel. I was the last one to walk in and two people were in front of me. The receptionist, Michelle, was super fun and friendly and this greatly improved the whole check-in experience. I felt welcome and not just like another person and they just check me in because they have to. It was a great experience but it took unfortunately quite a while, as she also helped out a person who called in to the hotel. Unfortunately he had a ton of questions, but I get it. If you are going somewhere the first time, you want to be sure you do everything right. So I had to wait but once it was my turn, the process was quick. I signed the registration form, swiped my credit card and even received an update to a King Suite from the Two Queen Bed room I had booked through the app.
I grabbed my room keys and headed to the elevator which are located directly opposite to the front desk. Took the elevator up to the fourth floor and my room was almost all the way at the end of the hallway.
1 King Bed 1 Bedroom Suite Nonsmoking (Room 419)
First thing to notice before I even opened the room door was, that the hotel uses the contactless room keys. I love these keys way better than the old-school room keys with the magnet stripe on the back.
From the room entrance there is a small hallway with the door to the bathroom. The bathroom is very spacious and comes with a walk-in shower with glass wall and door. The vanity is located opposite from the shower with a lighted mirror. The lights and ventilation fan turns on automatically via motion sensor once you enter the room.
Past the small hallway is the living room area. It comes with a wall mounted flatscreen TV which has a shelf below and some drawers for storage. Opposite of the TV is a sleeper sofa bed. with a cocktail table in fornt of it. There is an additional comfy chair located in the corner next to the TV.
To the left of the sofa is a small work desk, which is big enough to set up your laptop. On top of it is a room telephone and a light. Just over the top of the desk is the wall-mounted A/C control unit. There is another one in the bed room, and both rooms can be set individually.
Next to that, in the corner of the room is a small kitchenette. It comes with a sink, microwave, coffee maker and a big refrigerator with a seperate ice-chest. Perfect for longer stays. Unfortunately there are no dishes or cutlery. You can pick up some pre-packed plastic cutlery in the breakfast area of the lobby.
The bedroom is seperated by a door from the living area which is next to the TV. In the middle of the room is the King-sized bed with a nightstand on either side. There is an alarm clock and room telephone on the nightstands. Either side of the bed also has a light with seperate switch, power outlets and USB ports. Opposite from the bed is another flatscreen TV which is also wall-mounted. Below it another closet/shelf combination with a few drawers for storage. Inside the bedroom, just behind the room door is a wall-closet. Inside the closet you find an iron and ironing board in addition to hangers and additional blankets and pillows for the sofa bed.
There is one window in the bedroom and one in the living room. Both of them slide open half way and there is a screen in front of the windows to prevent flies from coming inside. Directly underneath each of the windows is an airconditioning unit.
The lobby area offers a cozy area to hang out and sit down on the right side while entering. To the left is the breakfast area with lots of dining tables and chairs. There is a small business center with 2 workstations and one printer on the right side of the lobby just before the stairs to the mezzanine level.
On the mezzanine level you can find a set of restrooms, besides the one on the lobby level, and the fitness center. The fitness center is well sized for the property.
The hotel has a guest laundry facility and is located on the fourth floor. Both, the washer and the dryer, accept credit cards (except Amex) for payment. Thats very rare, usually they are all coin-operated.
The hotel offers complimentary breakfast to its guests. Surprisingly it already starts at 5 a.m. every day of the week. This is awesome as most other hotels usually start the breakfast at 6 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. The breakfast buffet is what are you used to from Holiday Inn Express including the “famous” pancake maker. The staff keeps the breakfast buffet well stocked and clean.
Seating for breakfast is located in the lobby and the actual buffet area is seperated with a sliding door from the lobby, which gets closed after breakfast hours. Next to the sliding door you can find coffee and water 24 hours a day. Another great service which is common in Holiday Inn Express hotels.
Next to the front desk is a small market where you can buy small snacks and beverages. There are also multiple vending machines throughout the hotel. Another surprise, the vending machines accept credit cards.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seattle-Sea-Tac Airport is a great choice to stay for an overlay or even while visiting Seattle itself. A Light Link Rail Station (Angel Lake Station) is within walking distance from the hotel. Just one block south of the hotel. The hotel would even drive you there with their shuttle or you can take the shuttle to the airport and hop on a train there to Downtown Seattle. A great perk here is the free parking as long as you are staying at the hotel. Usually hotels around airports charge outrages fees for parking, but thats not the case at many hotels around SeaTac. Staff is friendly and nice. Breakfast was great, even tho it’s just your usual Holiday Inn Express breakfast buffet. The hotel just got renovated recently, which is another big plus for this property.
Overall a great place to stay, no matter for what reason.
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