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Where to stay when attending PNB performancesHotels in Seattle


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#31 Helene

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:58 PM

The food at the theater is pretty good to excellent, and, yes, they are efficient -- I once got there at 7:14 and was in my seat in the theater by 7:33 -- but the prices reflect the convenience, and it's pretty noisy.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:47 PM

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I don't know how adventurous I can be this trip, as my funds are limited, and I'll be spending a couple of days in Victoria B.C. where I'll have to eat restaurant food the entire time. I'll have use of a fridge and microwave at the hotel in Seattle, so Metropolitan Market may be my good friend. ;)

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:53 PM

The Met Market is expensive - but Safeway is just 2 blocks away from you and much, much more affordable. You'll have partial sun next weekend, and full Sun on Sunday, which should help. Be prepared for the VAT in Canada. When crossing the border in Blaine there is a sign that says "Welcome to Super Natural British Columbia". My friends used to joke the the real message is "Welcome to Super Taxable British Columbia"

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:59 PM

The Met Market is expensive - but Safeway is just 2 blocks away from you and much, much more affordable. You'll have partial sun next weekend, and full Sun on Sunday, which should help. Be prepared for the VAT in Canada. When crossing the border in Blaine there is a sign that says "Welcome to Super Natural British Columbia". My friends used to joke the the real message is "Welcome to Super Taxable British Columbia"


Yes I fully expect my 2 days in B.C. to be pricey, but that's to be expected. As you say, it looks like I will luck out with the weather at least.

Hopefully there will be no problems and everything goes swimmingly. And I'll add my impressions of the performance to the group...

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:28 PM

You can eat well in Viictoria on a budget. If you like fish and chips and/or fish tacos and don't mind waiting outside on line, go to Red Fish Blue Fish. The fish is amazing. The cod's as good as most haddock.

I would also look up the site for the TV show "You Gotta Eat Here" for suggestions on where the locals eat.

You can take a city bus to and from Buchart Gardens, and they have afternoon tea. The Fairmont afternoon tea is overpriced and the room is huge and loud; it's fine corporate tea. There's another place that's a bit of a walk from downtown -- I'm not sure about public transport or the route -- that might be worth the cab or the walk. I'll try to remember the name and come back to post it.

It's the White Heather Tea Room. Check for current hours and reservation info.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 06:32 PM

You can eat well in Viictoria on a budget. If you like fish and chips and/or fish tacos and don't mind waiting outside on line, go to Red Fish Blue Fish. The fish is amazing. The cod's as good as most haddock.

I would also look up the site for the TV show "You Gotta Eat Here" for suggestions on where the locals eat.

You can take a city bus to and from Buchart Gardens, and they have afternoon tea. The Fairmont afternoon tea is overpriced and the room is huge and loud; it's fine corporate tea. There's another place that's a bit of a walk from downtown -- I'm not sure about public transport or the route -- that might be worth the cab or the walk. I'll try to remember the name and come back to post it.

It's the White Heather Tea Room. Check for current hours and reservation info.


Both Red Fish Blue Fish and White Heather Tea Room have their appeal - I do like fish, and I want to have some decent fresh fish while I'm in "fish central".

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:56 PM

One more Victoria suggestion, the James Bay Tearoom. I don't know where you're staying, but it's an easy walk from the Inner Harbor and all the hotels down by Parliament. We often eat breakfast there, and don't need anything else until dinner.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:19 PM

One more Victoria suggestion, the James Bay Tearoom. I don't know where you're staying, but it's an easy walk from the Inner Harbor and all the hotels down by Parliament. We often eat breakfast there, and don't need anything else until dinner.


Excellent! Thanks Sandik, that looks like a good choice for breakfast.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:08 PM

Thanks to everyone for their input - it really helped me out in organizing my time. I ended up staying at the MarQueen Hotel for 3 nights, the Oswego Hotel in Victoria for most of 3 days, and then the Mediterranean Inn for the last night in Seattle.

For future lookers, here are my rambling comments -

I can recommend any of these hotels for location, and each has some form of kitchen to work with for those of us who like to prepare our own meals, or heat leftovers. The MarQueen rooms are large by the usual standards (with really high ceilings), and an 'antique' look to the rooms. They have their own separate kitchen rooms with breakfast nook, which was 'just fabulous'. The fixtures are older and rather worn, but not dirty, and overall seemed a good value. And it's hard to beat the MarQueen's location - on the other side of the block (about a 1 minute walk) is the Metropolitan Market and Bartell Drugs, both open 24 hours. So there's no problem getting supplies. And there are so many little restaurants in that area of Queen Anne that it's just a matter of coming to a decision about buying groceries VS dining out. McCaw Hall was maybe a 5 minute walk down Mercer, so a very good location for Ballet-goers.

The Mediterranean Inn is only a couple of blocks down Queen Anne from the MarQueen, so basically all the same benefits of location apply. The Med has a very different setup in its rooms though - the standard is quite small, but cozy - looks to be oriented toward techie commuters. Very small refrigerator and microwave in the rooms. All the usual amenities are there, but compressed into a quite small space. A bit on the claustrophobic side in the standard room. One big plus is the rooftop observation deck which has a fantastic view of the city, including the Space Needle just across the way. This made up for the fact that I didn't want to pay the 30 freakin' dollars to ride the elevator up to the top of the Needle.

I bought a package deal through Victoria Clipper for the stay at Oswego in Victoria and that was a pleasant surprise. An excellent hotel for the money. I had a "small suite". The little kitchen was to die for: marble counter, refrigerator, microwave and DISH WASHER (not that I needed to ever use it). They are definitely set up for longer stays. Lots of nice kitchen implements: toaster, blender, good quality pans, etc. Ultra modern "european" styling, very clean (the hotel is fairly new as well). And tremendous views from both the bedside sliding glass door/windows and the huge bathroom windows on the other side of the suite. Since Victoria harbor is something of a fairytale setting, it's awfully pleasant to watch the long slow sunset from your suite in the Oswego. And then the parliament building's lights come on as the cherry atop the sundae.

I ate the big breakfast at the Oswego which lasted me until dinner and then trundled over to Red Fish Blue Fish on the wharf, or Sam's Deli (which has the only cheap but tasty eats in the area). Red Fish was what some would call "hella good". The lines are ridiculous though. On my last day I went to the end of the line and waited for almost 7 minutes for an elderly couple at the front to order. Then the next person took at least 4 minutes. That may not seem like a big deal, but when there are 15 to 20 people ahead of you, you could expect to wait an average of 60 minutes at 4 minutes a person. So I gave up on that last day and went over to Sam's Deli and then consoled myself with a large sundae at the Soda Shoppe on the corner. My greatest worry in Victoria was whether or not I was going to be able to get fresh salmon for dinner. Life can be so difficult. Victoria has to be the most pleasant place on this side of the planet. Simply nothing bad going on anywhere. Oh, and besides walking about the harbor district I also took a couple double-decker bus tours to see more of the area - a must do.

McCaw Hall and the PNB Ballet building next door looked really impressive - they are definitely setup well to maintain the company into the future. I think there must be some really envious regional companies, wishing they had something, anything, like the PNB's setup.

And now for some REALLY BAD cell phone 'pics' ( definitely can't call them images) -

Oswego kitchen images:
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Salmon!!!

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Glimpse of the bathroom (also good-sized) with granite tiles and big picture window:
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I'm not sure if it's OK to quote the price, but the Victoria Clipper/Oswego Hotel package (2 nights) was $355. The round-trip on the Clipper was about $109, so Oswego was $123 a night, in JUNE. Nice.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:12 PM

That is an incredible price for a centrally located hotel at the beginning of high season with that decor!  The salmon looks lovely, too :)



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:20 PM

That is an incredible price for a centrally located hotel at the beginning of high season with that decor!  The salmon looks lovely, too smile.png

 

Mmmmmmm, Saaaallllmooonnn. The crabcake salad was good too. I'm guessing it's a good thing to purchase the package in wintertime - I would expect the good offers disappear soon.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:22 PM

I should have mentioned this before, but for anyone coming to Seattle:  The ride to the top of the Space Needle is ***only*** worthwhile on a completely clear day, when you can see all the mountain ranges.  

 

Otherwise your $30 is much better spent having a nice meal. 



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

One last thing: I hadn't been in Seattle in many years, and I was very impressed by how good looking much of the central city is, and culturally and architecturally eclectic, and CLEAN. I think the constant rain must have something to do with that. I also think the rains are what keep the city from over-expanding into an out-of-control megalopolis. I could live there, if it weren't for the weather.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:27 PM

Part of the price differential in Victoria has to do with whether Parliament is in session -- most the hotels in the Inner Harbour area serve the members during the session (one of the reasons so many of them have ensuite kitchens)



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:27 PM

I could live there, if it weren't for the weather.

Ah, the weather is one of the reasons I stay!




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