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Holiday Inn Express, Seattle-Tacoma Airport

AdventureMan and I are what we call “Michelin Red R” people. When we were younger, living in Europe courtesy of Uncle Sam, every now and then – not often enough – AdventureMan would take some leave and we would go off adventuring, all over, but our greatest love was traveling in France.

We always had the latest Michelin, but through the years, we discovered that the fanciest places were not the places we liked the best. We would save up and go to a multiple-starred restaurant, order their speciality, and discover that the food was so rich, even with the small portions, even a three course meal would have us awake in the middle of the night, busy digesting the richness of the food.

We discovered, by trial and error, the Michelin red R, which stands for good local food at reasonable prices. Most of these places, you could order a la carte, and while the food remained rich, we found we could enjoy it more eating less of it.

There was also a red R equivalent in the hotels and inns section, but I think maybe it was a red rocking chair. It’s been a while since we’ve made a big trip into France . . .

The Holiday Inn Express at the Seattle Tacoma Airport is a red R in my book. I actually have free nights available at a higher priced chain, but we stayed there on our last long trip, and while the surroundings were luxurious, we found we felt crowded, we like more space and we like NOT to have features we really don’t care about. The rooms were actually about the same size as the one I am staying in, but over-furnished, over-stuffed, crowded.

For being by the airport, it was very very quiet. The shuttle picked me up at the airport almost immediately, they had my room and keys all prepared and waiting for me, it was about the fastest I have ever been checked in.

They are refurbishing the hotel and I like it. I got a new room, with serene furnishings, and all the furnishings I need without too many furnishings. I even had my choice of soft or firm pillows – right in the room. The bathroom was about 6 feet by 10 feet, and had a BIG feel, with terrazzo floors and one of those outward swooping shower curtains.


This is VERY handy, especially if you are tired and don’t want to go out looking for a place to eat, and especially if you are a female traveling alone. I ordered miso soup and salmon teriyaki and had it in under an hour, delivered to my door. There were a huge variety of restaurants to choose from. Wooo HOOO.


I like a room to have a clock I can see in the middle of the night, with an alarm:


I would prefer wi-fi, which is available in the lobby, but they provide a cable in the room, so I have no complaints:


My own little coffee maker, my own little refrigerator, and a little sink and microwave. In the closet is also an ironing board and iron. Yes, it matters to me.



And didn’t we just read that metal showerheads gather less bacteria than plastic ones?


Just the right toiletries, not too much, not too little, and a hairdryer. I know it is becoming standard, but even in the nicest hotels sometimes you can get a surprise, and – sometimes they don’t work!


And, just in case there is something missing, they provide it – complimentary – at the desk. I like the graciousness of that.


September 17, 2009 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Tools, Travel, Women's Issues


  1. […] original here:  Holiday Inn Express, Seattle-Tacoma Airport By admin | category: outward | tags: always-had, based-on-some, book, europe, latest, […]

    Pingback by Holiday Inn Express, Seattle-Tacoma Airport Outward | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks–I was looking for a place to stay prior to leaving for the east coast at O dark thirty next month. This looks great.

    Comment by momcat | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. Quick, Momcat, go join their Priority Club, then make your reservation. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 17, 2009 | Reply

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