Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Belltown, Seattle, Washington

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Pros

  • The ultimate waterfront experience
  • Jacuzzi and indoor/outdoor pool
  • 2-minute walk to cruise ships
  • Near the Bell Harbor Conference Center
  • Seattle attractions and seafood restaurants minutes away
  • Easy access to ferries and sports venues

Cons

  • Inconsistent views of the water
  • Small balconies
  • Next to railroad tracks and freeway overpass
  • High parking fees
  • Daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi (free in lobby)

Bottom Line

There are very few Seattle hotels this close to the water, so if you want to enjoy everything this scenic city has to offer -- with an emphasis on harbor attractions and cruise access – the Marriott is a great pick. But note that not all of the rooms capitalize on the water views, balconies are small, and the five-minute trek to Pike Place Market is all uphill.

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 Scene

This comfortable chain hotel gives you a true Seattle harbor experience -- Puget Sound and mountains included

The lobby
The lobby

Seattle is all about the water, which is why it makes perfect sense to want to stay at a waterfront hotel; and this eight-floor Marriott certainly affords that opportunity. Despite the harbor-centric location -- particularly attractive to cruise-ship travelers -- the hotel has a strong business base as well: It boasts large function rooms, which are frequently booked for Seattle philanthropic gatherings, and sits across the street from the 10,000-square-foot Bell Harbor Conference Center, which draws an even bigger corporate crowd. Unless you have a specific reason for wanting to stay closer to the heart of downtown (for shopping, say, or you desire a more luxurious hotel, like the Fairmont, Four Seasons, or Alexis), the Seattle Waterfront Marriott is fine choice that capitalizes on what is, undoubtedly, one of the city’s proudest features.

 Location

The quintessential Seattle scene -- with a bit of a climb to some local attractions

Water, water everywhere could be the tagline for the Marriott, which is perched across the street from the boardwalk. The property is literally steps away from the Aquarium, cruise-ship terminals, Sculpture Park, antique warehouses, Argosy harbor tours, and a plethora of seafood restaurants (like the iconic Crab Pot, where -- in true Seattle style -- fresh seafood is literally strewn all over your table). But be forewarned: Unlike the Edgewater Hotel down the street, which literally hangs over the water, the Marriott is located next to the railroad tracks, across a busy, four-lane road, and below the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a local freeway overpass, which can be noisy. To get up to the Pike Place Market, be prepared to climb the eight-story hillside stairs from Alaskan Way up to First Avenue, or hire a taxi for about $5. (Note: You can also take a security-patrolled elevator up to First Avenue -- it’s located right next to the hotel -- but it attracts a bit of an unsavory crowd at night, so probably not a good idea to go it solo.)

  • 2-minute walk to waterfront, Aquarium, and boardwalk restaurants
  • 2-minute walk to cruise terminals at Pier 66
  • 5-minute hill-climb to Pike Place Market
  • 10-minute walk to Seattle Art Museum
  • 10-minute walk to Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Free downtown Metro bus service, with a stop in front of hotel
  • 5-minute drive to Qwest Field (Seahawks) and Safeco Field (Mariners)
  • 10-minute drive to the Space Needle and Seattle Center
  • Sea-Tac International Airport is a 20-minute drive south on I-5 (about $45 by taxi)

 Rooms

345 waterfront guestrooms and 13 suites; some with the best views in town

Double Standard Guest Room
Double Standard Guest Room

If you’re booking the Marriott Waterfront, presumably you’re doing so because you want a great view of Puget Sound. And one would think that you couldn’t go wrong, given the fact that this property sits on Alaskan Way, literally across the street from the water. But beware that the hotel is shaped like the letter M; unless you end up at one of the front "points," your view of the water will be partial at best, and (as a front-desk staffer himself admitted) “barely” at worst. Another caveat: The hotel advertises balcony rooms (again, on the assumption that you’ll want to take advantage of the spectacular views), but they are uniformly tiny, so you’ll probably spend limited time out there. That said, the perfectly pleasant, perfectly neutral rooms (beige, beige, beige) are comfortable, if a little small, and rather pricey, considering their non-luxury status. Without question, you’re paying for location.

  • Pillow-top mattress with featherbed and duvet
  • 27-inch TV with pay-per-view and premium cable channels (larger rooms have 42-inch LCD TV)
  • Large club chair with ottoman
  • Empty mini-fridge
  • Half of the rooms have balconies
  • Least expensive rooms have no water view or limited bay view; upgrading gets you a waterfront and mountain view.
  • Concierge Level rooms are identical to the other standard rooms, but offer access to the Concierge Lounge
  • One-Bedroom Junior Suites have sofa beds and some of the hotel's best water views.

 Features

An indoor/outdoor pool and a solid fitness center

The pool
The pool
  • Indoor Jacuzzi, and indoor/outdoor pool (you can swim through hanging strips of plastic to get from the indoor half to the outdoor half). There are views of the water from the outdoor deck -- but also of the freeway overpass.
  • Quality, 24-hour fitness center with modern cardio machines with personal TVs, exercise balls, and free weights
  • 11,354 square feet of meeting space
  • Pricey valet parking and less expensive off-site parking available
  • Free boarding pass printing at a computer station in the lobby
  • Concierge Lounge (for Concierge Level rooms only) with free breakfast, snacks, hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic drinks (cocktails for a fee)

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 Food

Bistro fare at 2100, plus cocktails and appetizers at 2100 Bar

  • 2100 Bistro and Bar serves bistro fare, including regional produce and meats, for all three meals
  • 2100 Bar serves cocktails and light lounge fare for lunch and dinner
  • Club Room offers private dining for up to 40 people, by reservation only
  • Trolley Cafe and Gift Shop serves snacks, alcohol, and souvenirs
  • Local restaurant delivery available

 Bottom Line

There are very few Seattle hotels this close to the water, so if you want to enjoy everything this scenic city has to offer -- with an emphasis on harbor attractions and cruise access – the Marriott is a great pick. But note that not all of the rooms capitalize on the water views, balconies are small, and the five-minute trek to Pike Place Market is all uphill.

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Address

  • 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA, 98121, US

Room Types

  • Concierge Level Guest Room
  • Elliott Bay View Guest Room
  • Guest Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Waterfront Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 358
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Belltown, Seattle
Address: 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA, 98121, US
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