Hotel Max

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When I was looking for a hotel to stay at for SIGCOMM 2008, I had trouble finding one in downtown Seattle which wasn’t insanely expensive. In the end I picked Hotel Max because it was only moderately expensive, instead of insane like the Grant Hyatt. The hotel is interesting because apparently it was quite run down until a few years ago when it was done up. Now every room has its own unique art, and the halls and lobby are filled with different bits of art as well. Very hip.

The room itself is quite small by American standards, which means its about the same size as the room that I stayed in while staying in London a few years ago. The shower and bathroom are literally cupboards off a corridor, but the bed is a full size queen. I’m not surprised about that given the yelp.com reviews.

Given all I do in hotels is sleep and work on my laptop, I like this place. If I had the kids with me I would go insane however. Also be careful to get a room that faces Stewart Street. Mine faces an alley and I can hear the binging noise from the streetcar until about 10pm, and the air conditioning plant from the building next door for a while after that. I still slept ok though, so I guess people turned all that stuff off at some point during the night.

Update: I was wrong. The binging isn’t the street car, its instead the beeping thingie that all underground carparks seem to have here to warn pedestrians that there is a car about to enter the sidewalk. Its very annoying.

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Frys

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As I sit here an sip on my blueberry smoothy (yes, I have turned into a Californian w**ker), I see that Frank has been to a Frys. Frys are indeed very cool — the stores are huge, and they have a vast selection of excellent toys, all at quite cheap prices.

You need to be careful though, the staff are remarkably clueless, their returns policy is amazingly draconian, and there is a lot of variance between the quality of stores. For example the store in Sunnyvale is nicer than the store in Palo Alto, is nicer than the store in Santa Clara… At least in my opinion.

On another note, I am toying with the idea of going up to Seattle for a week sometime in the next couple of weeks. Frank — how long are you going to be in town?

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