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Moxy Hotel opens in South Lake Union

Marriott’s kookier little sibling has arrived in Seattle

Courtesy of Moxy

Moxy Seattle Downtown opened up at the corner of Boren and Republican in South Lake Union last week. The hotel is the first of Marriott’s Moxy line, a little more affordable and targeted to a younger demographic, on the West Coast.

Moxy has a more whimsical and busy brand than the more traditional Marriott: The decor takes an off-kilter mix of Pinterest-lifted ideas, from a headboard that nods to a steamer trunk to type-heavy pillows. The general manager is dubbed the “Captain.” A complimentary cocktail is issued upon check-in. (A plan to set up the elevator as a selfie zone was ultimately scrapped.)

The hotel’s 146 guestrooms, ranging from 195 to 205 square feet, each make room for a king-size bed with motion-activated LED lights underneath and a two-person rain shower. At the bed’s foot, a wall is lined with a 55-inch TV (with Netflix and Hulu) below a hanging strip that serves clothing storage, as well as a mount for some of the room’s art.

At the hotel’s entrance, a bar and a lounge provide some space to stretch out—as well as, a press release promises, “a teeter totter.” Bar activities include one Geeks Who Drink trivia night and another hosted by local drag queens, plus dance-a-thons and Dr. Sketchy art classes.

Other hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a grab-and-go snack bar, meeting rooms with writeable walls, and a “communal ironing room.”

Moxy Seattle was designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, with interiors by The Society.

This article has been updated to correct the spelling of “Marriott”