Since we arrived at the hotel rather early, we were told we could not check-in until 4pm. When we came back, we were given a room with an anti-view. Thankfully, the hotel gave us a better one on the top floor facing the street.
Considering we came from a dungeon, this room was heavenly. It was an Artist King room on the 10th floor. But before we even got there, we were already digging the hotel's hallways which feature full-length black and white photos on the doors. (The themes vary by floor.)
Inside, we were giddy about the views of downtown Seattle and the room was quite spacious. The bathroom, however, was on the teeny side with a super small sink. But the shower had great pressure and the hotel offered a bath mat just for added protection. Some might see this as too "grandma-y" but we liked that the Max was looking out for our safety.
Also, there was an in-window heater/AC unit which looked kind of odd but was functioning and we liked having complete control over the room temperature.
The room featured a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar with a host of goodies, Aveda bath products and bathrobes. There was also an iPod dock/clock and the alarm went off at 6am the next morning. We had no idea how to turn it off so we unplugged it.
In-room WiFi was free as part of our room rate but usually it costs $11.95 for 24 hours. Also, when you try to sign on in the lobby it redirects you to a Starbucks/AT&T hotspot page. Annoying.
Drinking and Dining
Adjacent to the Hotel Max is the Red Fin Sushi restaurant which serves (duh) sushi for lunch and dinner but also a good, old-fashioned American brunch. The best part is that it has two Happy Hours. One from 4 to 6pm and another one from 10pm to 12am daily. After we took in a Seattle Mariners baseball game, we hit up Red Fin for small sushi bites and drinks before passing out in our hotel bed. Convenience is key. You can also order room service from Red Fin.
We paid $129 a night for our room which was part of a special deal that included free WiFi and free parking. Obviously, we didn't need the parking but this was still a great price for the room we got. Studio rooms, called Solo Art, start at $119 a night, sometimes lower if you can get a sale price.