Redmond Marriott Town Center, Redmond, Washington Review
Business travel to the Pacific Northwest frequently means a visit to Microsoft’s campus in Redmond. Although many visitors assume they should stay in Seattle, it’s far more convenient to stay in the town of Redmond, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. There’s a lot to do in the area – nearby wineries and breweries include Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Redhook Brewery, and Mac & Jack’s, and there’s a very nice Marriott hotel tucked away in the Redmond Town Center.
WHERE IS IT
The Marriott is attached to the Redmond Town Center, a vertical mall, and is the tallest building in the town. The lounge on the seventh floor offers incredible views of the Cascade foothills and Mt. Rainer. The hotel is within minutes of the offices of the many major companies in the area including AT&T, Expedia, and Nintendo. The hotel is 39 km (24 miles) from the Seattle-Tacoma airport, a 45-minute ride.
My room was modern and comfortable and came with the Marriott Revive mattress and bedding that ensured a good night’s sleep. The room also had a 37” flat-screen television but it lacked an in-room safe (although the hotel has a safe at the front desk).
The gym is open 24 hours a day and the hotel also has a pool and Jacuzzi.
Internet access costs $12.95 per day (the fee includes local and long-distance calling) but I used my laptop’s built-in Verizon broadband in lieu of incurring the additional cost. The work area featured a comfortable desk chair, outlets atop the desk, a two-tier desk perfect for computer work, and good lighting.
There are many dining choices in the immediate area but guests would be wise not to overlook Meritage, the hotel’s restaurant, where executive chef Steve Scaia presides over a kitchen that produced one of the tastiest duck confit (served on gnocchi) and oxtail ragout I have ever experienced.
The ability to provide top notch service is a given in the best hotels but few hotels take the opportunity to surprise and delight a guest, thus making a lasting impression. In my case, I had to leave the hotel at 6 a.m. because my flight back to New York was at 8. Although both the restaurant and the Concierge Lounge would first open at 6:30, Daniel, who was managing the lounge the morning I left, was more than happy to give me early access to the lounge and allowed me to help myself to what was available, which included fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, and coffee.
As I checked out, the front desk clerk handed me a small container with a Washington apple and a fresh-baked muffin, dispatched to the reception by Daniel since he hadn’t had any muffins 15 minutes earlier. Needless to say, I look forward to my next visit.
Marriott Redmond Town Center
7401 NE 164th Ave., Redmond, Washington 98052 USA
Phone: +1 425-498-4000
–Cody Burke is a Contributing Editor at Executive Road Warrior and Senior Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.