Hotel Max: Downtown Seattle’s Premier Art Hotel

After four days of camping with a friend in the North Cascades National Park, Hotel Max was the perfect place to catch up on some R&R and reconnect with city life.

The hotel is conveniently located in Downtown Seattle, minutes away from nightlife in Capital Hill and sightseeing in Pike Place. The Space Needle is within view and can be reached by foot in ~20 minutes. If you love to shop I do, the Nordstrom flagship store is literally around the corner. Based on my travel style, I couldn’t imagine a more fitting location!

Hotel Max Seattle Art Hotel

We arrived right on time, as the hotel’s signature craft beer happy hour commenced shortly after we checked in. Every evening from 5:30 to 6:30, the hotel offers a rotating selection of local craft beers. Seattle was recently listed among the county’s best beer cities by Travel + Leisure
Hotel Max Seattle Art Hotel

In the lobby and throughout the hotel, you’ll find works from several well-known contemporary artists and photographers, including Jackie Barnett, Andrèe Carter, Jay Backstrand, Pam Baker, and Junko Yamamoto.

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One of my favorite features of the hotel was the photography on every room door. With the hallways serving as an oversized art gallery, each door displays an overlay of images from various artists. Our door featured a quirky street performer.

Hotel Max Seattle Art Hotel

Each floor has its own unique theme, but my favorite was the 5th floor, which is known as the Sub Pop floor. This floor’s rock theme was established in collaboration with local record label Sub Pop Records.

Here you’ll find works from Charles Peterson, who documented the evolution of Seattle’s grunge music scene. Images of Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam, among other local bands, adorn the doors and walls. The rooms on this floor feature special amenities for music lovers, including vinyl record players, band posters, and more.

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Our room was on the third floor and offered nice views of Stewart Street. The room, a Max King, was spacious and featured ample room to work or chill. We loved the assortment of local coffees and teas, as well as the organic toiletries. Local art was displayed on the walls, which appeared to be rotated periodically.

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If you check out the hotel’s TripAdvisor reviews, some complain that the rooms are on the smaller side. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case for us, as we stayed in a corner room. 

The smaller room sizes can be attributed to the hotel’s history. Built in 1926, Vance Hotel was the original occupant of Hotel Max’s building. Vance Hotel was built to accommodate laborers and craftsman who relocated to work at the Vance Lumber Company. 

Hotel Max Seattle Art Hotel

However, whatever Hotel Max may lack in size, it definitely makes up for it in amenities, service, and atmosphere. 

One of my favorite amenities was the text concierge service, which allows you to text the front desk 24/7 for a speedy response to any question or request. They also have an awesome pillow menu, ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This ended up being a huge plus for me, as I was quite stiff from camping and really missed my memory foam pillow!

While I wasn’t traveling with a pet, the hotel is adorably pet-friendly. Next to the elevator, they have a small sign welcoming their furry guests, plus a water and snack bowl for Fido! Hotel Max offers a room-service menu for pets, pet-welcoming amenities, and even a pet spiritual menu featuring books on everything from dog massage techniques to pet psychology. 

Hotel Max Seattle Art Hotel

On the ground floor, you’ll find Miller’s Gild. The restaurant features American fare, aged meats, and local seafood on its wood-fired menu. Though we didn’t visit the restaurant, we did enjoy the room service options. I would definitely recommend the bloody marys – ours were immaculately seasoned with unique garnishing options!

Hotel Max Seattle Art Hotel

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Hotel Max. From the perfect location to the wonderful staff and cool vibe, there was really nothing not to love! For more information on Hotel Max and Provenance Hotels, click here.

I received a discounted media rate during my stay at Hotel Max. However, all opinions are always my own!

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    July 12, 2015 at 1:25 am

    The pet options are too cute, thanks for sharing! I’m struggling to pick a hotel in SEA (they’re all SO expensive in the summer time) and your reviews of this hotel plus the Kimpton one were super helpful. Which one did you prefer?

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    Danielle @ EscapingEssex
    July 12, 2015 at 3:32 am

    This hotel looks amazing! I’m so used to reading budget reviews of hostels, that it’s actually a surprise to see such a beautiful hotel on my computer screen haha!
    Danielle /

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      July 12, 2015 at 4:58 am

      Hi Danielle! Thanks for the kind words, the hotel was definitely a HUGE step up from a hostel, which is where you can usually find me!So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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    July 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I love the pet options, that is so cute! Seems like a great hotel. I’ll have to remember this if I’m ever in the area! 🙂

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    Mark @ NWHotspots
    November 28, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Nice write-up of a place I would’ve never even heard of. Got to definitely put it on the list now. Love unique accommodations like this.

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