Seattle Journals

SEA

A travel journal to Seattle by panda2

Sea-Tac Crest Motor Inn Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: I flew into Seattle to change planes.

SEA

Overview

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Seattle is a seaport and a hub air terminal. The Space Needle is a landmark, as is the Pike Place Market. Take a train early morning to Vancouver, BC. It has a nice tablecloth on the table for your morning breakfast, and it's a scenic route.

Quick Tips:

CityPass

Best Way To Get Around:

Driving is best, and the public transit is the alternative.

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center

Hotel | "Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center"

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We got a room at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center compliments of the airline after being re-routed back to Seattle. From the airport terminal islands, pick up a white courtesy phone to be picked up. It was a decently nice-sized room, and the bed was nice and comfortable. It feels like they'll nickel-and-dime you on every little thing, though. They charge a hefty fee for any calls except the toll-free ones, so I called someone using my pre-paid MCI calling card via a toll-free number. There's exercise equipment, swimming, crib for $10, pets accepted for $50, self-parking for $14, and valet parking ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2003

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd
Seattle, Washington 98188
(206) 244-4800

Sea-Tac Crest Motor Inn Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This is a low-end accommodation. It looks run-down and second-rate, but the sheets were clean, with no bugs in the room. You get free local calls, there's an 800 number for reservations, a complimentary continental breakfast, and complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the airport with a phone call to the front desk. The airport is about a 30-minute walk away. There's a Denny's Restaurant really close by, as well as higher quality restaurants around the area.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 19, 2003

Sea-Tac Crest Motor Inn
18845 International Blvd
Seattle, Washington 98188
(206) 433-0999

Moore Hotel

Hotel

Moore Hotel Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Moore Hotel is located downtown and one bus ride away from Pike's Place. The hotel is older, with the option of either a private bath or a cheaper European-style room with the toilet and showers down the hall. We opted for the European-style kind to save on money, and it wasn't a problem being able to use the facilities. There were people down below on the street yelling a bit. The downtown location is good, close to different things. The evening desk clerk was nice. There's Internet access in the lobby with a limit of 15 minutes. There's a lounge-bar next door, but I wouldn't want to go in there. The elevator i...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Moore Hotel
1926 2nd Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98101
206.448.4851

Poulsbo Inn & Suites

Hotel | "Poulsbo Inn & Suites"

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Poulsbo Inn & Suites is a nice, comfortable, spacious, quiet place to relax and rest when we visited. There's a hot tub and a swimming pool, next to the convenience snack food and ice dispenser. The swimming pool and the hot tub were both covered when we visited. The clerk informed us that we may take the cover off and use the hot tub if we wish, the swimming pool wasn't available to use during our stay. There's a microwave, mini-coffee maker, mini-fridge, tv; high speed internet is complimentary, bring a RJ-45 cord to plug in. The hotel will loan one to you if you don't have one but will charge you ten dollars if they don't acknowledge the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2008

Poulsbo Inn & Suites
18680 Highway 305
Poulsbo, Washington 983700
(360) 779-3921

Il Fornaio

Restaurant

Il Fornaio Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Il Fornaio is a fine Italian restaurant chain mostly in California, with a few in Colorado and Nevada and one in Seattle. We went with a couple of friends my partner knew, and they liked this place. There's two floors; go to the one downstairs for a lower price. We were presented fresh, good-tasting fresh-baked bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to soak the bread in. I ordered one of their specials of the day and it was good. I had peach cream champagne gelato since I had never heard of that flavor before; it was okay. The atmosphere, food, and service were all very good. Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-9pm, Friday-...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Il Fornaio
600 Pine Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 264-0993

Ticket/Ticket

Attraction | "Ticket Ticket"

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Ticket Ticket offers half-price tickets for same-day performance but have a service charge. On weekends they may list as many as 50 different events or venues. Another location is at Pike Place Market, daily from 12pm to 6pm. Matinee tickets are available the day prior to the show. Cash only.

Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 30, 2005

Ticket/Ticket
401 Broadway East
Seattle, Washington 98102
+1 206 324 2744

Pacific Place Shopping Center

Attraction | "Pacific Place"

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Pacific Place is a large shopping center, but not so large as to feel lost or unwelcome. Going between the floors via the escalators, you need to walk across the other side to continue, which gives you some exposure to look around to perhaps delay your destination with something interesting. Ticket/Ticket offers half-priced tickets on Level 4. Store hours Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm, restaurant and AMC Theatre hours vary, Barnes & Noble daily 9am-11pm. Pa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Pacific Place Shopping Center
600 Pine St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 405-2655

Pacific Place Cinema

Attraction | "AMC Pacific Place 11"

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AMC Pacific Place 11 is a 11-screen complex on two floors with food choices, including Pizzeria Uno's pizza and fresh desserts and pastries, along with the usual fare. There is stadium-style seating as well as special love seats for two to snuggle, but like most large movie chains, the movie was just slightly out of focus. After dinner below, we came up to see what's playing to our liking and schedule. Adults $9.50, senio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Pacific Place Cinema
600 Pine St
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 652 2404

Westlake Center

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Westlake Center Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Westlake Center is a shopping center in a four-floor glass pavilion, including a food court on the top level. P.F. Chang's China Bistro is on the street level.

Monday-Saturday 9:30am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

(206) 467-1600

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Westlake Center
400 Pine St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 287-0762

Godiva Chocolatier

Attraction | "Godiva"

Godiva Chocolatier Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Godiva chocolates are quite pricey: a large strawberry dipped in dark chocolate was $6.50 and a sugar-free chocolate bar was $3.50. After tasting the chocolate-dipped strawberry, I decided that it was nice but not worth the $6.50.

Phone: (206) 622-0280

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Godiva Chocolatier
Westlake Center.
Seattle, Washington
206-622-0280

Mee Sum Pastry

Attraction

Mee Sum Pastry Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Mee Sum Pastry, established 1983, Jack Fong, general manager, sells Chinese pastries at the counter to go only. I wasn't familiar with this place and tried looking them up in the Pike Place published directory but I couldn't find the listing. I came across someone who works there and he showed me where this place was finally. There's humbows made with pork, chicken or vegetable filling in a big bun, Chinese BBQ pork on a skewer for $5, Crab Rangoon for around $2 which were really good, that I went back to get some more of the Crab Rangoon, but they were closed before 7pm so try before 6:30pm. Credit cards accepted. Daily ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2006

Mee Sum Pastry
1926 Pike Place Market
Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market

Attraction

Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Pike Place Market is a huge area to cover, but you can get a glimpse of what is sold here: food, crafts, merchandise, and services. Ask for validated parking from merchants as you shop. Some restaurants may offer free parking after 5pm. Individual merchant hours vary.

Parking Garage: 1531 Western Ave.

Pike Place/1st Avenue level: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Lower-Level Stores: Daily 11am-5pm

Phone: (206) 682-7453

Email: info@pikeplacemarket.org

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2006

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

SEA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Attraction | "Pacific Marketplace"

SEA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd. of Denver, Pacific Marketplace provides a very nice setting for the air traveler to shop, eat, relax a bit in a visually appealing, spacious atmosphere with an expansive glass pane view outside scenery of the mountains and planes.A multitude of place to dine and/or drink includes Anthony's Restaurant (upscale seafood cuisine), Dilettante Chocolates, Ivar's Seafood Bar, Kathy Casey Dish D'Lish (upscale deli), Makai of Japan, Pallino Pastaria, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Seattle Taproom, Vino Volo, and Wendy's. Shops include Borders Books, Discover Puget Sound (gifts and artwork), Ex Officio (clothing), Kids Works, National Geographic's Store, Made ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2007

SEA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
17801 International Blvd.
Seattle, Washington 98158
(206) 433-5388

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The Amtrak SEA - Seattle, WA station has three routes: Amtrak Cascades, ...Read More

510 Cascades

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510 Cascades Photo, Seattle, Washington
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510 Cascades is the morning Amtrak service from Seattle to Vancouver, BC at 7:45am, arriving at 11:40am. The d...Read More
SEA Photo, Seattle, Washington
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SEA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, has one main terminal, four concourses, and two satellites, and serves as the Pacific Northwest hub. A small subway train system loops around, linking passengers.If you have time to spare, checkout Pacific Marketplace in the Central Terminal, inside the secured area between C & D gates before going onward.Ground transportation includes shuttle, bus, taxi (Phone 206.246-9999), limousine (Phone 206.431-5904), and public transportation. Metro Transit routes 140, 174, an...Read More

Metro

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Metro is King County's transit system. Using Trip Planner links the transit with King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Give your starting and ending destinations and time of departure or arrival; it will either come back with questions or provide your route and cost.

There's a ride-free zone where it's free to ride bus from the Amtrak station to somewhere beyond Pike's Place. Bus nos. 174 and 194 will take you to the airport or downtown.