Living the Suite Life – Hotel Deca in the U District of Seattle

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Hotel Deca wins the award for the BEST balcony in the city of Seattle! My husband and I recently had the extreme pleasure of staying in the Isabella Suite at Hotel Deca. I think I could write an entire post just on the balcony!

The balcony of the Isabelle Suite has a full 250 degree view of Seattle. We could see the Space Needle, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Gas Works Park, University of Washington, the 520 bridge, and the Olympics, the Cascades and more. Simply amazing! Oftentimes, in Seattle, the “views” are just other buildings. This view is everything you could want in the Seattle area.

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The balcony had 2 wood lounge chairs and 4 deck chairs with a table. All the cushions were located in a box on the deck. There was some greenery, too. Keep in mind, our visit was at the end of November, so container gardens aren’t at their best. We didn’t use the balcony much and it really made me wish we would have saved our visit for August!

My second favorite feature of the Isabelle Suite was the bathroom. I could have stayed in the bathroom for a full week! The tile shower was amazing. There was a stationary shower head and a handheld shower head which had an adjustable bar. Each had their own faucet so one shower head could be a different temperature than the other. The glass door had a fairly tight fit to create a steam room, if you’d like. The tub, though not jetted, was easily large enough for two. The shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and bar soap were all beautifully scented, the type I would almost consider stealing from the maid cart. I didn’t even consider it, but I can see how someone might. The room also had a lovely gas fireplace in one corner, a mini-fridge, and a nice TV.

The low point was the coffee pot. I know this sounds nitpicky, but in Seattle, coffee is pretty important. It was a tiny pot with only one cup. It was a ceramic cup, but only one. The coffee was very light, almost like weak tea, and the only coffee “goodies” were powdered creamer and sugar. I wonder if this is part of a larger conspiracy to get guests to purchase Tully’s from the shop connected to the lobby.

After a restful sleep on a luxurious king size bed, we went to the restaurant for breakfast. My husband had a Farmer’s Breakfast. For $10, it included 2 eggs, bacon, toast and fried potatoes with garlic that were out of this world! For the same price, I had vanilla waffles with fresh blackberries and raspberries with whipped cream. Totally delish!! I thought about having a bloody Mary with bacon flavored vodka. We chatted with the bar tender the night before about why in the world they stock bacon flavored vodka. I am a firm believer that bacon makes everything better, but really? The coffee at the restaurant was nice and strong with plenty of cream.

The lobby area is dark and cozy. It has modern furniture, lovely candles and it’s quite swanky. In the main lobby there is a large mural depicting a party scene from the roaring twenties. There is also a fireplace. On game day, there seems to be a stub hub right in the lobby. One weird thing was the hotel had a little organza bag with one set of earplugs. Is that kind and considerate? Or is it telling you it’s going to be loud? I’m still not totally sure. I didn’t hear a thing, but I’m a pretty heavy sleeper…or maybe the bar serves pretty stiff drinks. It’s hard to tell. Either way, no earplugs needed.

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Other Details:

  • Complimentary shuttle to Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo, the University, and more. Of course, it’s based on availability.
  • In the elevator, you need to use your keycard. Somewhat typical, except it didn’t work very well.  Even employees had trouble with it.
  • They have a DVD library so you can check out a free flick
  • The hotel has free wifi and you are given the login information at check in
  • Parking is $12
  • Front desk staff is friendly and helpful

I would absolutely recommend Hotel Deca to a friend! This is on the top of my list for Great Weekend Getaways for Couples. We will be back!

In the interest of full disclosure, our original visit to Hotel Deca was not great. It was the last home game of the Huskies and it was against the Oregon Ducks from Portland. The hotel was filled to capacity. My husband and I had purchased a Sky Level room from PlumDistrict, but the room we got was a broom closet (Room 1509). In addition, the website looked very different from the actual hotel room. There was no way to move us that night so, after showing them the description on the Deca website compared to our actual room, the manager offered us a one night stay in the Isabella Suite, which was the room described as the Sky Level Room. She also gave us a bottle of wine upon our arrival, free parking and breakfast the next day. The website has been corrected, too.  I am beyond impressed with how this situation was handled.


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