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Old 11-26-2011, 09:48 PM   #16
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I googled Seattle Sheraton and then clicked on directions. I put in Link light rail Westlake.

It said it was .6 miles. Of course you have to know they are routing by car so it went down the one way street (which you do not have to do walking) to go around the block leaving Westlake.

Then it went 3/4 around another block because of one way streets there.
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It looks to be about 3-4 blocks. However, a slight uphill grade there.
It's doable. There are some hills I would say no way with luggage.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:51 AM   #17
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Does anyone know if the Sheraton hotel that is working with Disney is walk able from the west lake station light rail? It looks to be only a few blocks but want to make sure.
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It is a block and a half.

You can exit the Westlake Station at Nordstrom which is on Pine St. between 5th and 6th Ave. The Sheraton is on the corner of 6th and Pike.

If you have tons of luggage, take a cab. If you travel light the light rail works great.

Great info NWMom. Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:19 AM   #18
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Any locals have an opinion on these hotels...

We are flying in the day before the cruise and have been looking at the Doubletree Seattle Airport. It is suppose to have free shuttle to Westfield South Center Mal (l think that was the name) and we will have a few hours in the late afternoon/evening.

We will also be spending 2 nights after the cruise. We were looking at the Homewood Suites Seattle Convention Center - Pike Street. Is this a good location for at least some of the local attractions? We are thinking of getting the CityPASS.

Thanks for any advice!!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:11 AM   #19
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Any locals have an opinion on these hotels...

We are flying in the day before the cruise and have been looking at the Doubletree Seattle Airport. It is suppose to have free shuttle to Westfield South Center Mall (l think that was the name) and we will have a few hours in the late afternoon/evening.

We will also be spending 2 nights after the cruise. We were looking at the Homewood Suites Seattle Convention Center - Pike Street. Is this a good location for at least some of the local attractions? We are thinking of getting the CityPASS.

Thanks for any advice!!!
I have stayed at the Doubletree Seattle(by the airport) in 2002 for a conference, It was nice and clean. The food was good.

Westfield Southcenter Mall is in Tukwila. It is a regular mall, It has a Rainforest Cafe.
Unless you are looking to shop, there is not much to do there. There have been some problems at that mall in the last few years so we now avoid it at night.

Just want to clarify that Westlake is the name of the mall in downtown Seattle and they are not the same place.

Homewood Suites Seattle Convention Center is east of I-5. You may need a taxi to get to activities.
Others will chime in and may feel differently, but I think you will not be able to walk with the traffic. You are also getting into a steeper walk.
More info on the Homewood Suites- the pedestrian problem seems to be okay, however the rooms come with ear plugs. This is right over the freeway.

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I have stayed at the Doubletree Seattle(by the airport) in 2002 for a conference, It was nice and clean. The food was good.

Westfield Southcenter Mall is in Tukwila. It is a regular mall, It has a Rainforest Cafe.
Unless you are looking to shop, there is not much to do there. There have been some problems at that mall in the last few years so we now avoid it at night.

Just want to clarify that Westlake is the name of the mall in downtown Seattle and they are not the same place.

Homewood Suites Seattle Comnvention Center is east of I-5. You may need a taxi to get to activities.
Others will chime in and may feel differently, but I think you will not be able to walk with the traffic. You are also getting into a steeper walk.
Thanks for the advice and quick answer!!
I think we will go for the DoubleTree by the airport for the one night. We were only looking to walk around the mall for a little while and get something to eat. We will be leaving our house around 4:00AM that morning so we will be exhausted even with the time change.

As for the Homewood Suites....I think we will rethink that one. I don't want to take a taxi or have a hassle to get places. Any thoughts on the Residence Inn Downtown/Lake Union on Fairview Ave North?

Thanks again for all your help and for setting up this thread!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:00 PM   #21
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Thanks for the advice and quick answer!!
I think we will go for the DoubleTree by the airport for the one night. We were only looking to walk around the mall for a little while and get something to eat. We will be leaving our house around 4:00AM that morning so we will be exhausted even with the time change.
Any thoughts on the Residence Inn Downtown/Lake Union on FairviewAve North
Thanks again for all your help and for setting up this thread!!
Residence Inn Downtown/Lake Union on Fairview Ave North gets good reviews as long as you are not parking (Narrow parking spaces). There is a **** stop right in front of the hotel. (****=South Lake Union Trolley) This also puts you close to a really nice grassy area park. I figure that is really important for anyone that has kids.

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Thanks for the advice and quick answer!!
I think we will go for the DoubleTree by the airport for the one night. We were only looking to walk around the mall for a little while and get something to eat. We will be leaving our house around 4:00AM that morning so we will be exhausted even with the time change.

As for the Homewood Suites....I think we will rethink that one. I don't want to take a taxi or have a hassle to get places. Any thoughts on the Residence Inn Downtown/Lake Union on Fairview Ave North?

Thanks again for all your help and for setting up this thread!!
The Residence Inn is not really within walking distance of anything downtown. (Pike Place Market, EMP, Space Needle, etc) It's probably close to a mile to walk to Seattle Center where the Space Needle, EMP, Science Center, etc are. It's not a walk I'd want to make. It's partially uphill, part of it walking on a narrow sidewalk through an underpass. To the best of my knowledge, there aren't any real "family-friendly" restaurants in close proximity to the hotel. You'd have to go back closer to downtown for that. As NWmom said there is the trolly close to the hotel that would take you more into downtown. I don't consider the location of the Residence Inn "downtown'.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:30 PM   #23
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I am going to presume that most activities families are interested in (in Seattle) will include the Seattle Center, Waterfront/Pike Street Market and possibly Pioneer Square areas.

Being as many that go on Disney cruises are families, and most families are on budgets . . .

I am asking the others to suggest/share their best thoughts on family friendly hotel stay for a family with say 2-4 kids with:

1- Inexpensive or some ability to cut expenses on meals by either having free breakfasts or cooking abilities in the room.

2- that are close to Westlake Center, Seattle Center for ease of transportation as these seem to be the hub of downtown for connecting to one place or another.

3- Safe walking

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I haven't seen it mentioned, but Pier 91 is the same pier that Holland America uses, and there is quite a bit of information about how to negotiate it out there on other boards. It's not easy, even with the upgrades this past year.

For those who plan to buy liquor for their cruise, know that the liquor distribution laws will be new ones next year, so don't depend on what you read now as to how and where to buy. The changes will be in effect as of June 1, 2012, and there is expected to be some confusion during the months surrounding.

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The Original Starbucks- across the street from Pike Place Market, but closely note that it is the only Starbuck's with the original logo and original logo merchandise is available. It took my daughter a couple of hard looks to realize the woman was baring skin! It's not actually the original. It's the oldest still around, but it's not the original.




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Food court at the Seattle Center where the Children's museum is located
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I would love to have all the Seattle area locals contribute as well.
While I live on the Eastside, I'm also frequently downtown, in Ballard (Pier 91 is halfway between downtown and Ballard) and most of the other more trendy neighborhoods. I'm a foodie who likes to look for a good deal and I'm a champion of all things local, and I have several friends who work at the market. I'd love to be able to help out with questions, if you need something answered quickly, PM me so that I'm sure to see it.


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Old 11-29-2011, 11:51 AM   #25
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For those who plan to buy liquor for their cruise, know that the liquor distribution laws will be new ones next year, so don't depend on what you read now as to how and where to buy. The changes will be in effect as of June 1, 2012, and there is expected to be some confusion during the months surrounding.
I'm thinking Costco is a sure bet once they put it in place

(For those not in the state Costco spent beaucoup bucks on commercials to encourage votes to change the law)
Details on this won't really be known until mid May for cruises after June 1.

For cruises before June 1- State Liquor stores will be where you have to go.

We do however promise it will be available.
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Wonderful thread! Thanks for starting this. Anyone know if an 11:30 am flight out of SEA is do-able on debarkation day or should I target something that leaves later?
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Subbin to thread - Thank you for all the wonderful information!!
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Toying with the ideal of driving from Ct. Thanks for the info on Seattle.
I was there once on 1982, but so much has changed.
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Toying with the ideal of driving from Ct. Thanks for the info on Seattle.
I was there once on 1982, but so much has changed.
You're welcome. As for CT. I used to go there in summers. Clinton, CT

If you can figure out your driving time from Ct to Toledo, OH. I can help with the drive from Toledo, Oh to Seattle. I've done that several times. It's a great way to teach your child "America the Beautiful" as you encounter new things from the verses.
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Can anyone recommend the best travel guide for Seattle? I am not a Fodor's type of person, In like the more off the beaten path type of books. We will probably only have 3 days if we do this so I'd like to do some research!

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