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Strictly anecdotal, but my son works at the Marriott Waterfront, and they were trying to find a hotel room for a couple (as a courtesy since they were full) a few Saturday nights ago. Everything in Seattle, Bellevue, Seatac, etc., was full: They found exactly one room, in a cheapo hotel in Kirkland, for $160.

Yes, it's the height of tourist season, but this was also a weekend, when there is very little business travel, particularly in the summer. So there seems to be quite a bit of demand.

Posted by rjh | July 31, 2008 3:37 PM

yeah, 2 weeks ago was nuts. there was nary a hotel room available, seriously.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 31, 2008 4:04 PM

Just take the light rail to Sea Tac and get a hotel there - and you can get a B&B in most Seattle neighborhoods for a fraction of that.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 31, 2008 4:06 PM

Please stop saying "staycation", oh and "veepstakes".

Posted by Slim | July 31, 2008 5:00 PM

So when are condos going to get turned into apartments? When?

Posted by Greg | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM

@ 4) You're right, "staycation" is a gay word, but it serves a function. "Veepstakes," on the other hand, is repugnant and should be discarded.

@5) Most of the new housing going up around town--especially 3-6 story buildings in neighborhoods--are apartments. Even many buildings originally proposed as condos are being built as apartments.

Posted by Dominic Holden | July 31, 2008 5:10 PM

1 Hotel's hotshot restaurateur, Stephen Hanson, is featured in today's Restaurants & Institutions magazine. Twas Hanson who named the hotel's restaurant..."Ocean." Obsessive-compulsive guy should have checked first. "Oceanaire" is just up the street, "Earth & Ocean" even closer.

Posted by Cornichon | July 31, 2008 7:14 PM

Yeah, well, that doesn't explain why hotel prices in such hot vacation spots as Walla Walla or Richmond BC are through the roof.

Posted by K | July 31, 2008 8:37 PM

Check out the bar at the new Arctic Club Hotel--it's fantastic!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 1, 2008 8:06 AM

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