New name for the motel you love to hate

The ex-Travelodge on Alaska just west of 35th, where the sign had been under a blue bag for months, is now suddenly redubbed SEATTLE WEST INN & SUITES. (We know you won’t believe it without a picture, but it’s such a dark & stormy night, ours didn’t come out.)

10 Replies to "New name for the motel you love to hate"

  • wsangel July 21, 2007 (9:28 am)

    My! I just read all the blog entries about the area north of Alaska street. I didn’t think anybody cared anymore about our wonderful little area of the world. It’s truly a mess! I’m glad to find out there are others who think like I do. Let’s hope the owners all get the word and start cleaning up their act.


  • Forest July 21, 2007 (9:34 am)

    I predict two weeks before the Westin Hotel chain instructs them to drop the name WEST INN. In the meantime, they’ll get some free publicity from the potential lawsuit.

  • elevated concern July 21, 2007 (9:46 am)

    Indeed, let’s hope the business owners in the triangle area north of Alaska put some effort into the appearance of their businesses. Maybe Seattle West Inn & Suites can start with cutting down the dead tree in front, or Alki lumber could remove all of their pallets and scrap metal from their property on 37th. Does Gee motors really need razor wire around their annex car lots on Alaska? No wonder a previous blog responder spoke of the “scary neighborhood” around our business district.

  • CandrewB July 21, 2007 (2:46 pm)

    Alki Lumber will never do a single thing to make thier business presentable. It is not in their nature.

  • Nancy38 July 21, 2007 (7:41 pm)

    Here’s hoping that the change in names at that unsavory excuse of a motel will bring positive changes. Does anyone know if there’s new management? At a minimum they need to clean up the landscaping, put a fresh coat of paint on everything and try to project a classier image. And they need to encourage their neighbors, primarily Alki Lumber to clean up their act. Alki Lumber should be ashamed to be there right at the entrance into West Seattle and let their business look like such a dump!! They should know too – they won’t get any of my business as long as they continue to disrespect their neighbors by keeping the place the way they do. Apparently, they also own the junky looking building on 37th SW – the one that had an old sofa sitting out in front. It’s really inexcusable.

  • Texas July 21, 2007 (11:36 pm)

    It’s a LUMBER YARD, for cryin’ out loud, people! It’s a family-owned business that’s been in operation since 1921. You can find just about any size and type of lumber you need there, and if you can’t find it, the super salespeople will hold your hand and find it for you. The business supports West Seattle sports teams and makes charitable contributions. Like McLendon Hardware in White Center, the staff waits on customers hand and foot, providing the type of customer service you will NEVER see at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Everything in life isn’t always nice and pretty. It’s called character. If you don’t like it, please move to Kent or Bellevue and enjoy the security of your nice and pretty and familiar strip malls and the nice and tidy parking lots of Home Depots and Lowe’s and other national chain stores.

  • Sean July 22, 2007 (8:59 am)

    “Character” and customer service are no excuses for keeping your place like a dump.

  • patrick July 23, 2007 (7:07 am)

    As owner of a buliding/Business (Mary North Travel) at 37th & Alaska street (53 years) I would like you to know that we work very hard to make our building and street inviting to the public. I don’t think it would take much effort from the owners on Alaska make huge difference in the overall look of disrepair. -Patrick

  • elevated concern July 23, 2007 (3:57 pm)

    Mary North Travel has always been the exception on Alaska. All of the businesses on Alaska could make a substantial impact on our gateway. I recognize Alki Lumber as a great resource for our area, I’ve been shopping there for 24 years. But, to drive up to the traffic light at 35th from Fauntleroy and have the first view of West Seattle be of a lumber yard that appears they can’t make use of their own products to impact their own sales or our neighborhood is unacceptable. At least clean up your sidewalk and storage on 37th daily. Please before someone trips over your trash.

  • kb July 24, 2007 (7:16 pm)

    Ack! I don’t think from my experiences at ALki Lumber (which had been numerous), I would ever consider their customer service super. Actually, I’d struggle to come up with anything positive to say about it.
    Family-run & west seattle supporting or not – they should clean up their act (both attitude and appearance). I’ve stopped shopping there. I’d rather drive to Burien and go to Dunn Lumber.

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