Andy and I knew that we wanted to stay in downtown Seattle so we could walk all over town to explore. I did some research to find a hotel and found that it was looking like we were going to be around $200 per night for a nicer hotel in the part of town that we were looking at. This seemed a little steep, but with it being Memorial Day weekend, I wasn’t too shocked that hotel prices would be somewhat high.
Whenever I am looking for a room, I always check Rocketmiles. Sometimes their rates are in line with what I could find on my own, and sometimes they are more expensive, but it’s always worth looking. I was happy to find that the rate they offered for Hotel Andra was the exact same rate that was available on the Hotel Andra website. This is the perfect scenario as we would pay the same and get miles for our stay there.
Andy had received a 2,000 point Southwest bonus when I referred him to Rocketmiles, in addition to the sign up bonus, he would also receive 1,000 Southwest points per night for staying at Hotel Andra. Both of these would post to his account upon his first booking. As his referer, I also received 1,000 United miles upon his first stay. All in all, Andy would receive 3,000 Southwest points and I would receive 1,000 United miles for a 1 night stay.
When we arrived we parked our car across the street as it was $25 per day, cheaper than paying $39 for valet through the hotel. The lobby was really nice, it felt homelike and not fancy or pretentious. The check in process was quick and we were up to our room in no time. Our reservation was for an Andra Room, which I read was small at only 250 square feet. We didn’t think it was worth it to pay more for a larger room as we weren’t going to be in the room much. Imagine our delight when we opened the door and realized that we were upgraded to a Superia Room which was almost double the size at 400 square feet.
The room was very clean and I really liked the design style of the room. The furniture and choice of fabrics made the room feel like an upscale boutique hotel, not the cookie cutter room that you expect when you stay at a hotel. The bathroom although small had a really nice feel as well. I particularly liked the glass tiles that lined the shower walls. The shampoo, conditioner and body wash were in pumps in the shower instead of little bottles which I appreciate from an eco-friendly perspective.
After dropping our stuff off, we went out to explore the city, heading over to Chihuly Garden & Glass, took a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island and visited Pike Place Market. The hotel was extremely centrally located so walking to all of these places was easy. We were very easily able to map out our walking routes by taking advantage of the free wi-fi at the hotel to pull up maps on our iPad.
After a day of exploring, we crashed and have to say that the bed was extremely comfortable. We both slept like babies and enjoyed the good water pressure in the shower before we left to journey down to Portland for the rest of our trip.
If I was in Seattle again I would absolutely stay at the Hotel Andra again. I really liked the vibe of the hotel and prefer to support small businesses vs. large hotel chains whenever possible. The location was really great and the price was in line with other hotels in the area.