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August 22, 2005

Vacation in Beautiful Redmond, WA

Saturday morning we were sitting around the house and realized we had nothing much planned this weekend. So on a whim we decided to decamp for a couple of nights at the Redmond Mariott Town Center. This is a hotel located in the Redmond Town Center shopping mall in downtown Redmond. I suppose many visitors to Microsoft stay there. It's also about a mile from our house.

The hotel was nice, although the air conditioning in the rooms was very loud (strange for a hotel that is only a year old). We swam in the pool, wandered around the mall (which is outdoors), and ate in the restaurants. It's the same mall-wandering and restaurant-eating we usually do, but it seemed neater when we were walking from the hotel. We also discovered that the hotel has a nice restaurant called Meritage that has a reasonable wine list and good kids' meals. We probably never would have discovered the restaurant if we hadn't been staying at the hotel.

Posted by AdamBa at August 22, 2005 08:13 PM

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Ya know, when Valorie and I decide to do that, we go someplace like.... Downtown Seattle to decamp.

Not Redmond :)

I guess it's a matter of taste :) It's been interesting, we've been sort-of doing a "tour" of downtown hotels. I still like the Olympic the best currently.

Posted by: Larry Osterman at August 22, 2005 09:43 PM

Well, with kids I can see how RTC is a good choice. FWIW, its actually very un-mall-like in many regards, its very well designed (I don't know of many 'outdoor' malls) and its got something for everyone. Heck, you can find me drinking away during happy hour at Matt's or even Desert Fire (great happy hour). If its just you and the missus, I've heard good things about Salish Lodge and the W

Posted by: anonymouse at August 25, 2005 12:51 AM

Oh and heres a cool factoid about the RTC Marriott - our good ol' president Bush stayed there one nite last year when he made a visit to Seattle for fundraising. Ok , I'm not 100% of this since I never saw Bush but (a) there were about 50 cop cars parked along the main street to the mall (b) there were a handful of placard wielding protestors (c) tons of cops holding everyone in place

Posted by: anonymouse at August 25, 2005 12:54 AM

Bush definitely did stay there. The hotel has a "Presidential Suite", which in this case can legitimately claim the title (assuming he slept in that room!).

Larry, we have stayed with the kids at the Olympic and the Westin downtown also. Nothing like a vacation with no flying...that's why we liked the Alaska cruise from Seattle.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at August 25, 2005 07:20 AM