Hotel Deca Rating: 3.5 Pearls
University District, Seattle, Washington

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Pros

  • About as close to the University of Washington as you can get
  • Fun boutique decor
  • Great views of downtown Seattle, Lake Washington, and the mountains
  • Stylish lobby for socializing
  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Art Deco history

Cons

  • No room service
  • 12-minute freeway drive to downtown Seattle
  • No valet parking

Bottom Line

If you need to stay near the University of Washington -- and want to avoid chain hotels -- Hotel Deca is a solid option. While it certainly lives up to its name as a fun boutique hotel with swanky, bold decor, it lacks the polish and sightseeing perks of many of Seattle’s downtown properties.

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This updated boutique hotel is convenient, but not luxurious

The Hotel Deca
The Hotel Deca

Most visitors to Seattle head straight for downtown, with its access to the waterfront, Space Needle, and Pike Place Market. But if your trip calls for time spent at or near the University of Washington, Hotel Deca is for you. One: because it’s one of the few non-chain hotels (i.e. Silver Cloud, Hampton Inn) in the area. And two: because the ambience and view beats those chain hotels hands-down. Built in 1931, the property capitalizes on its Art Deco roots, with an exterior shape that’s not unlike the lower half of the Empire State Building. Though a bit tired and worn on the outside, the inside has been completely renovated, with a welcoming lobby that offers plenty of stylish, sit-and-mingle seating (think: high-backed, upholstered chairs in bold colors), plus iron railings, and oversized period art pieces. And once you’re upstairs, you’ll find that the 12-room-per-floor set-up preserves Hotel Deca’s boutique status.

 Location

Minutes from the University of Washington, but not much else

Whether you’re attending a college graduation or sporting event, conducting business, or just feel like steering clear of downtown Seattle, the "U District" -- where Hotel Deca is situated -- is a reasonable option. Just a few blocks off of Interstate-5 and minutes away from the sprawling University of Washington campus, the property is smack-dab in the heart of student country; you can walk to dozens of mid-range restaurants (sushi, subs, and more), in addition to the multiplex Metro Cinema just a couple of blocks away. By the same token, expect to see knapsacks everywhere you go, and a somewhat seedy night scene on and around University Avenue (known simply as "The Ave."); the area doesn’t lend itself to comfortable evening strolls. If you’ve got a car, the entrance to Highway 520 -- the floating bridge that takes you to Microsoft and the east side -- is a five-minute drive from the hotel.

  • 5-minute walk to University of Washington
  • 10-minute walk to Henry Art Gallery
  • 5-minute drive to University of Washington Hospital & Medical Center
  • 5-minute drive to University Village Shopping Center
  • 5-minute drive to Husky Stadium
  • 5-minute drive to Museum of History & Industry
  • 12-minute drive to downtown Seattle
  • 30-minute taxi drive to Sea-Tac Airport (about $50)

 Rooms

158 boldly decorated rooms and suites; some with balconies and views

Sky Junior Suite
Sky Junior Suite

Anyone who has stayed in the hotel before its 2005 purchase by Noble House Hotel & Resorts will be happy with the design overhaul. Rooms, which include a downright swanky Presidential Suite, channel the hotel’s original Art Deco roots. Decor includes gutsy pops of color (like royal blue headboards and orange mosaic bath tiles in the suites), sleek black furniture, and sweeping drapes that pull back to showcase the views of mountains and water on the Sky Level. Those looking for large digs will be happy to know that the Presidential Suite (already 1,000 square feet) has connecting doors to the Isabelle Suite, which together, turn the space into a sprawling 2,500-square-foot apartment. Despite the stylish renovation, however, it’s important to remember that this hotel is 80-plus years old; not surprisingly, some of the rooms -- which range from about 250-400 square feet -- have begun to show their age.

All Rooms Include:

  • Down-filled bedding
  • 32-inch flat-panel LCD TV with premium cable channels and pay-per-view movies
  • Clock radio with iPod docking station
  • In-room safe
  • Free Wi-FI
  • Free newspaper
  • DVD player
  • Shower/tub combination with toiletries
  • Iron, ironing board and hairdryer
  • Microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker upon request
  • Climate control
  • Desk

Room Types:

  • Studio Single: One double bed
  • City Level Room: One king or two queen beds
  • Sky Level Room: One king or two queen beds
  • Sky Level Junior Suite: One king and full-size sofa bed
  • Suite Talia: One king-size bed plus terrace
  • Suite Isabella: One king-size bed plus terrace
  • Presidential Suite: 1,000 square feet; one king bed plus terrace

 Features

Typical amenities at this out-of-downtown boutique hotel

The fitness center
The fitness center
  • Self-parking only ($12/night)
  • Small fitness center with two treadmills, free weights, an elliptical machine, and a recumbent bike
  • Free shuttle van
  • Safe deposit box
  • Business center is a small alcove with two computers
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Conference and event facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour front desk staff
  • Banquet facilities and event catering

 Food

A stylish lounge, but no room service

  • The District Lounge restaurant, with red walls, candles, and dark wood tables, serves lunch and dinner, and is open late-night.
  • Tully’s coffee shop, open for breakfast and all-day snacks
  • No room service

 Bottom Line

If you need to stay near the University of Washington -- and want to avoid chain hotels -- Hotel Deca is a solid option. While it certainly lives up to its name as a fun boutique hotel with swanky, bold decor, it lacks the polish and sightseeing perks of many of Seattle’s downtown properties.

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Address

  • 4507 Brooklyn Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98105, US

Room Types

  • City Level Guest Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Sky Level Guestroom
  • Studio Single
  • Suite Isabella
  • Suite Talia

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 158
Pool: No
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: University District, Seattle
Address: 4507 Brooklyn Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98105, US
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