On my last night in Seattle I switched to the Holiday Inn at SeaTac airport. This was my last stay for the IHG Big Win promo, although this nearly went horribly wrong (more on that later.)
The hotel is very close to the tram line station at the airport, as you can see from the picture below. The white bridge over the road, leads to the station and hence on to the airport.
I was fairly early for check-in but there was no problem as my room was ready. I was offered a choice of 500 Priority Club points, a welcome kit or a credit for the small shop near reception. I picked the points which the agent added to my account and appeared the next day. There was no noticeable upgrade as a Priority Club Platinum member.
The hotel is recently renovated and the public areas look very smart for a Holiday Inn. Lots of seating areas.
I paid $99 for the room on a AAA rate and was allocated room 1001. A smallish room, at the end of the corridor, but effectively on a corner. The decor was refreshed and there was a large king bed in the room.
The bathroom had also been refreshed and featured a large shower, but no tub.
It was a good night’s sleep and I found both the pillows and mattress comfortable. Others have complained about the pillows and being foam they were a little lumpy. However, I had none of the temperature problems that others have mentioned. (I do tend to like a cold room, so it works for me).
I had a 5am flight and so was up early the next morning. The shuttle runs 24 hours per day at :00, :20 and :40 minutes past the hour and drops on the mid level at the car park, about 5 minutes walk to the United gates. I was the only passenger and we were there in five minutes.
Of the hotels that I have stayed at in Seattle, this comes in as my second favourite after the Radisson.
After a few days my reservation posted to my account, but as a non-Qualifying stay. This was odd as I booked via the IHG web site using a valid rate. I emailed the hotel and got a reply within 24 hours confirming that they had added an extra stay, which posted correctly. This is jolly lucky as it was the last stay in The Big Win for this quarter and I had only a few days to fix it before the end of the promo.