7401 164th Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington 98052
The hotel is on Seattle’s Eastside, just 10 miles east of Seattle and adjacent to Bellevue. The hotel is part of Redmond Town Center, a beautiful open-air shopping center with many shopping and dining options. The Marriott is completely non-smoking, and features high-speed wireless internet access.
Pets: The Marriott allows guests to bring pets (up to 45 lbs.) but requires a $75 pet fee (not a deposit, but a non-refundable fee) to cover the stay.
Book online or call (800) 218-7141 and mention the Foolscap Room Block. Note that this year the room rate does not include parking. This will provide a savings for those of you who carpool or take the bus, as well as those of you who have flown in from out of state.
Parking near the hotel
Overnight parking for hotel guests is $16/day at the hotel and at the Redmond Town Center garage just across the street. Valet parking is also available.
Daytime parking at the Redmond Town Center garage is free. However, cars left overnight without overnight payment will be warned, ticketed, or possibly towed.
Most of Foolscap’s activities take place in the Ballroom. You’ll find it configured into smaller areas for panels, art show, auction, and conversation areas. Even more is going on in the conversation areas just outside the Ballroom doors.
The Ballroom is just around the corner from the elevators to your rooms and it’s completely dedicated to the convention.
The hotel has a great bar, and a restaurant that serves a killer breakfast. A lounge outside of both the formal bar and the formal restaurant has a fireplace and comfy chairs and sofas to sit and read a good book. There is a pool on the second floor
Redmond Town Center
The hotel is part of Redmond Town Center complex, which has more than 25 great places to get food within a three-block walking distance (and most of that under cover). You’ll find both Starbucks and Tully’s (Tully’s is across the street from the hotel) and one of the best Thai places in the Puget Sound (Thai Ginger).
There is a nearby hiking trail and, within a short driving distance, access to Marymoor Park.
Directions and Transportation
Local Bus Commuting
Metro, the King County bus service, provides service to the area. If you are commuting, check the Metro TripPlanner to find the best route. TripPlanner includes information on Metro, Everett Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and the Sounder commuter rail. It also has information on the monorail, but the monorail doesn’t go to Redmond.
The five closest stops to the Marriott are:
- NE Redmond Way & NE 79th St 0.09 mile (e.g., walk Redmond Way, make a left onto Leary, another left on Bear Creek Way, and one more left eft on 74th — for less than 1/10th of a mile)
- 164th Ave NE & NE 80th St 0.12 mile
- Cleveland St & 166th Ave NE 0.12 mile
- 164th Ave NE & NE 83rd St 0.25 mile
- NE Redmond Way & 168th Ave NE 0.31 mile
Coming in from SeaTac airport? Shuttle Express runs a service to Redmond (on Seattle’s Eastside).
Seattle has some of the worst traffic in the nation — check how it’s flowing at the Department of Transportation’s site.
From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Take I-405 North to SR-520 East (Redmond exit).
Take West Lk. Sammamish Pkwy exit, turn left at light.
Turn Right onto Leary Way.
Turn Right onto Bear Creek Pkwy.
Turn Left onto 74th St.
Turn Left onto 164th Ave NE.
Hotel is on the left.
The Seattle Times forecast tends to be the most accurate. Remember, this is a maritime climate and, therefore, very changeable.
On a February day in Seattle, expect the temperature to hover between 50 F to 37 F (though it’s been known to rise to 70 F and plummet to 1 F. Of course, there’s usually rain, which is generally a heavy mist but can turn into an outright downpour.
So: Anything could happen over a three-day weekend. Even three days of sunshine.
This means your best defense is a recent weather report and the layered look. A sweater over a shirt, blouse, or t-shirt, plus a water-repellant coat, will work for most situations. An umbrella is almost always a good idea. (But for some reason, none of the natives ever carry them.)