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Review: Four Points By Sheraton Seattle Airport South
Review: The Club At SEA Seattle Airport
Review: Xiamen Air Business Class 787 Seattle To Shenzhen
Review: St. Regis Shenzhen
Review: Shenzhen Airport Lounge
Review: Xiamen Air First Class 787 Shenzhen To Seattle
For the most part I don’t bother with airport hotel reviews within the US, given that I stay at them on an almost weekly basis. I reviewed my first Four Points by Sheraton stay a few months ago, and found it to be unmemorable. That’s why I want to review the Four Points by Sheraton I stayed at on this trip, since the hotel was exceptional for a limited service property.
Due to my schedule it made sense to spend a night in Seattle before my Xiamen Air flight to Shenzhen, so I decided to book the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South. I’m a Hyatt and Starwood loyalist, and this was the closest hotel to the airport with either of those chains. The rate for my one-night stay was ~$100.
Upon arrival at SeaTac Airport I headed to the shuttle area. The Four Points shuttle runs every 30 minutes, leaving on the hour from the hotel. That means it tends to pick up from the airport at around 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. However, the shuttle driver explained to me that it still makes sense to call the hotel when you arrive, so they can be on the look out for you.
I arrived at the hotel late in the evening, and was impressed by how gorgeous the lobby was. The associate checking me in was extremely friendly, recognized my Platinum status, asked if I needed late check-out, and offered me a choice of welcome amenities.
The lobby smelled great, so I asked what the scent was. He said “oh, it’s the Four Points signature scent.” Who knew that Four Points had a signature scent?
He also explained that I had been upgraded to a loft suite thanks to my Platinum status.
“An airport hotel with loft suites?!”
“Yeah, a lot of people are surprised.”
Once the check-in process was complete, I turned right and headed towards the elevators.
I was assigned room 703. Upon arriving on the seventh floor I turned right, and then my room was on the left.
I generally don’t have very high expectations of Four Points properties, and have even lower expectations of airport Four Points properties. So suffice to say that I was blown away by my room as I entered.
There was a foyer with the bathroom on the left and a closet to the right.
As it turned out, the full bathroom on the left was just a guest bathroom, and not even the main bathroom.
As is the norm at Four Points properties, there were wall-mounted toiletry dispensers.
To the right of the entrance was the coffee machine and complimentary bottled water. The coffee setup consisted of a single serve Mr. Coffee machine.
After that I found myself in the large living room which opened up to the full two stories. There was a couch that could seat three people, as well as two lounging chairs that were close together.
On the wall closest to the entrance was a TV, as well as a cool-looking artificial fireplace.
To the side of the living room was a dining room table with four chairs, as well as a wet bar.
Up two sets of stairs was the bedroom, office area, and master bathroom.
There was a king size bed with a plush mattress and pillows.
Across from that was a dresser with a flat screen TV on top of it.
Then further into the room was a desk with a rolling leather chair.
The desk was well designed, with four well placed outlets. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the bed, which didn’t have any easy to access outlets. In order to charge my phone bedside I had to remove the cord from the clock.
The bathroom featured double sinks, a toilet, and a shower/tub combo.
Once again the toiletries were in dispensers, which I don’t mind aside from actually having to push the buttons to dispense the liquids, since I always wonder how often (or well) they’re cleaned.
The room’s view was just of the nearby road and a parking lot, though perhaps there would have been better views in the distance if it weren’t so foggy.
I got caught up on work in the evening, though unfortunately the hotel’s wifi was on the slow side (not unusably so, but it certainly wasn’t high speed).
After getting a good night of sleep I headed down to the lobby in the morning, where I saw that they had a setup with complimentary coffee & tea. As a coffee addict, I love when hotels do this.
Eventually I headed to Olympus Grill for breakfast, which is the hotel’s restaurant. The Four Points by Sheraton brand still sort of confuses me, since it’s not truly a limited service hotel, given that it has a restaurant. However, I can’t imagine anyone not staying at a Four Points ever visiting their restaurant.
The restaurant was in an “L” shape, with a bar and small buffet near the entrance.
The breakfast menu read as follows:
The Platinum breakfast benefit at this hotel is for the $8 “Classic Continental,” which includes pastries, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. However, the hotel also lets you apply an $8 credit towards anything else on the menu if you prefer.
While the Classic Continental was the best value breakfast, I figured eating pastries for breakfast probably wasn’t a good idea, so instead “upgraded” to the breakfast buffet, which costs $15 ($7 after the credit was applied).
It was a rather simple buffet, though it worked great for me. The buffet had cereal, yogurt, fruit salad, whole fruit, croissants pastries, and a few hot dishes (scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and pancakes).
I decided to take the 9:30AM shuttle back to the airport the following morning, to arrive plenty early for my Xiamen Air flight to Shenzhen.
Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport bottom line
While my last Four Points by Sheraton stay was unmemorable, this one really impressed me. I got a gorgeous loft suite, which I didn’t realize was a thing at Four Points properties. The hotel was new, nicely furnished, and had great service across the board. This property is much nicer than its Four Points branding suggests. I’d definitely return if faced with a similar layover.
Have you ever stayed at a Four Points property that’s this nice?