It took me about four trips, but I finally found a hotel near the Seattle airport that I liked. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites SeaTac Aiport at 19621 International Boulevard (just down the street from the airport) was easy to find, clean, relatively inexpensive and had nice “mini-suites” with high speed internet that was actually plug-and-play.
There are several things I usually dislike with hotel internet access. Charging extra for it is at the top of the list, followed closely by overly-aggressive firewall port settings and login pages that plant cookies and/or require a pass-code from the front desk. None of that here–even video chat worked smoothly.
My room had a small living room in front with a couch, coffee table, desk and TV. Then came a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and microwave, a full bathroom and a bedroom with king-sized bed and another TV. All very clean, quiet and priced under $140/night.
The bed was comfortable and I loved that the pillows had “soft” and “firm” stitched on the sides. The bathroom was stocked with their own line of toiletries and high quality, soft linens. There was a Seattle newspaper outside my door in the morning and they include a free breakfast buffet that was like my dream meal: hot cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, bacon, milk and apple juice.
Oh, and one final thing. When I checked in, they knew I was a Priority Club member and gave me a free bag of microwave popcorn and bottle of water. Similar to the Wyndham hotel I stayed at in Arizona, this little token gift that cost them practically nothing got me to write this and will probably get me to stay there again in the future. Nice.