REVIEW: Hampton Inn & Suites, Seattle Airport/28th Street

When a major windstorm knocked out our electricity early one cold January morning, my wife and I decided to check into a local hotel for a hot shower and a warm bed. I’m not sure we could have chosen better than the Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle Airport/28th Avenue.

It’s important to note that this review is for the property on 28th avenue just south of 188th Street, because there is another Hampton Inn about a third of a mile away on Pacific Highway South.

This Hampton Inn is the newer of the two and has a lot to offer. Our suite had a huge living area of about 285 square feet, not counting the entry area which had a sink, fridge and microwave, or the closet and bath area.

An open desk/workspace divided the room. A couch and sitting area occupied one end, and a very comfortable king bed was at the opposite side. Baths were fully equipped with Neutrogena amenities, a hair dryer, and plenty of towels. An extra blanket, iron and ironing board were in the adjacent closet.

Neutrogena bath amenities

Rooms offered both wired and wireless internet connectivity with speeds that were significantly higher than most hotels at which I’ve stayed recently. Wi-Fi offered speeds of 26.2 Mbps for downloads and 27.5 Mbps for uploads, as measured by The wired connection was slightly faster, at 29.8 Mbps and 28.7 Mbps, respectively.

Breakfast is included each morning with both hot and cold items on offer. The morning we were there, scrambled eggs, diced ham and potatoes were on the steam table. Guests could make their own waffles, and a variety of pastries was also provided, accompanied by several types of coffee and tea.

The property also offered a business center, an indoor pool, fitness center, and guest laundry. A pantry near the front desk has snacks and other items travelers might need. Meeting rooms are available, as is a complimentary shuttle to nearby Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA). Complimentary parking is offered in the hotel’s underground garage.

As nice as a property might be, service can make or break an experience, and ours was positive indeed. Esther, the front desk clerk who greeted us when we showed up cold and bedraggled, was most helpful and quickly got us checked into our suite (which, given the very favorable rate, may have been a complimentary upgrade). Other staff members acknowledged us, even from across the room, said “Hello,” when passing in the lobby or hall, and asked if there was anything we needed.

The one downside about this particular property is that it does not have a restaurant or lounge, so guests must go off property for evening meals. However, there are several restaurants within walking or short driving distance, and the hotel next door has a bar that is open in the evenings.

While there are many hotels in the area near the airport, including some properties that are more upmarket, we were quite pleased with this Hampton Inn & Suites, and recommend it without hesitation.

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