I had taken my wife and I over to the Jeremy Todd Wellness Spa which is located in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle for our anniversary, and we were impressed.
We both had a massage and a manicure, and my wife additionally had a pedicure as well. We had no complaints about our treatments which cost us about $350 or so in total for everything which was worth it.
The decor was nice and relaxing although the facility is a little bit small as compared to some other spas that we had been to in the past.
So, if you're looking for a nice spa in the downtown Seattle area, be sure to look up the Jeremy Todd Wellness Spa & Salon.
We had stayed at the Westin Hotel in Seattle a few months ago for a couple of nights, and I was expecting pretty nice hotel stay to get away from it all.
Well, the Westin has some things going for it:
1. Location - It's location off of 5th Avenue makes it really close to lots of shopping and restaurants.
2. Roy's Restaurant - It's a nice plus to have a good restaurant like Roy's on the property. We had dinner there one night and had a pretty good meal.
3. Gym/Pool - The Westin does have a decent sized indoor pool as well as gym equipment that is separated into different rooms (for the gym equipment that is).
Some of the things that we didn't like were:
1. If you get a lower level floor then, you're view isn't likely to be exciting at all. We had to request to be moved to a higher level floor which I would defintely recommend that you do.
2. The service was spotty and not consistent especially with the valet who in our opinion weren't really deserving of a tip.
3. Sure, the beds and pillows were a lot more comfortable than what you would find in a Motel 6 or Best Western, but I really didn't think that it was THAT comfortable. Actually, I thought that the pillows were just too soft to sleep on myself. It would've been a different story if the beds were Tempur-Pedic or something like that.
4. On the 2nd night, we actually left very early in the morning as we were awoken by sounds of our room creaking. Yep, the kind of creaking that you would hear in an old house not what you would expect from a multi-floor hotel.
In our opinion, this was a decent hotel, but definitely not up to par with other hotels that cost over $100/night.
PROS: Gym/pool facilities available and Roy's Restaurant on-site.
CONS: Inconsistent service and creaking sounds in our room.
The actual agent for this location, Tony Brooks, does a pretty good job and is attentive and responsive to his clients, but the shortfall is with some of his staff.
Not that any of them were rude or anything, it's just that they didn't necessarily follow-through with everything as we have had to call them multiple times in order to fix something with our coverage. They also were quick to blame our Las Vegas State Farm agent for certain things with our coverage, and we've have always been well serviced by the folks in Las Vegas (see my other recommendation for State Farm Insurance).
If we would've stuck around in the Seattle/Tacoma area, we might've changed our insurance to another State Farm agent in the area.
CONS: The staff's customer service needs to be worked on.
Yep, the 24 Hour Fitness health club in Lakewood, WA isn't anything to write home about. It is located in the Lakewood Towne Center amidst a ton of other retailers like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, GI Joes, Old Navy, Safeway, and etc.
However, beyond it's location the actual club leaves something to be desired. Sure, it has the basics of what you would want to see in a health club, but that's it. They've got a limited selection of the cardio and strength machines and freeweights, but if there was an influx of members at any given point and time, then there would be a shortage of what you could workout on. There is also an aerobics room, a tanning bed, and a sauna (in the locker rooms).
Another minus to this club is the low ceiling to the place. Comparing this to the 24 Hour Fitness and Las Vegas Athletic Clubs that I had been to in Las Vegas isn't quite fair as both of those facilities are far superior to the Lakewood club.
And the cost? Well, paying about $35 for a all-club "sport" membership is nice and all if you intend on visiting several clubs, but since the Lakewood club was the closest to us at the time, it didn't make sense to drive a longer distance to another one. In my opinion, this club is worth a $15/month fee and not anything more.
CONS: Too few machines and low ceilings.
I had been a member of 24 Hour Fitness at the Wigwam & Pecos club for several years. It is a "Sport" club that has been rebranded to become an "Agassi Sport" club.
It has most of the essentials for your workout:
1. Treadmills, ellipitcal trainers, stationary bikes, stair climbers, etc.;
2. Strength training machines;
3. Free Weights;
4. Aerobics room for various classes;
5. Pool and jacuzzi;
6. Basketball court.
However, in my opinion it doesn't compare to the much newer Las Vegas Athletic Club on Eastern/I-215 unless you really want to play basketball. The LVAC on Eastern is a much larger facility with tons of more machines, a ladies only workout area, two aerobics rooms, two racquetball courts, a much larger lap pool, a much larger jacuzzi, etc.
The main reason why I made the switch from this 24 Hour Fitness to the LVAC is the price. I think that I had been paying something like $30 per month for a one-club sport membership at the Wigwam/Pecos location; in comparison, I am paying a flat fee of $15 per month at the LVAC (for all of the LVAC's in town). Talk about a big difference there! Sure, they don't have Las Vegas Athletic Clubs in other states, but that's OK with me!
CONS: The cost of the monthly membership is excessive.
I had ordered a couple of unique floral arrangements for my wife from Flowers2u.com which included a "Lemon Fresh" which has cut lemons inside of the vase and "Applicious" which has obviously apples inside of the vase as well.
My wife absolutely loved both of these arrangements as they are truly unique.
They're not exactly cheap, however, but then again when are floral arrangements cheap anyway? They're available in three sizes for $65, $100 and $150.
So, if you're looking for something different, check out Flowers2u.com either online or on south Eastern at St. Rose Pkwy.
This State Farm Insurance office has got to be one of the best around as they staff are great (very friendly, pleasant, accommodating, and understanding).
For example, when my wife got into a car accident, they were on the ball, and reassured us that everything would be taken care of. They recommended that she go to a chiropractor to get everything checked out, and my wife did eventually need some adjustments, physical therapy and massage therapy to feel better!
Even though our house now is located a lot farther away from this office than it used to be, we still have no thoughts of changing agents. Randi and Leslie there take care of you!
PROS: Great staff and customer service!
I've been going to Dr. David R. Jones for at least a decade and a half or so as my dentist, and it's always been a pleasure going in for a visit.
The office is located in a nice business park adjacent to a golf course off of Wigwam & Green Valley Pkwy in Henderson, NV (of course), and the office itself pleasing as well although not overally decorated.
The staff have always been very friendly there, and it seems as if the dental hygenist and Dr. Jones and I are close friends since I have been a patient for so long.
A ways back, Dr. Jones had placed some porcelain veneers on my two front teeth as they had been badly discolored due to the old style braces that I had for 4 years back then, and those veneers did a great job as they still do even after the years have gone by.
If you're looking for a good dentist in the Henderson area, give Dr. Jones a call, you'd be impressed!
PROS: Great staff!
I had taken our son to Dentalville (previously known as DentalLand) several months ago to get his first check-up/cleaning (our son was only 4 years old at the time). I thought that this would be a better environment for my son to visit a dentist, and I was not disappointed.
First of all, in the front lobby area they have several things to keep you entertained:
1. A ball pit to play around in;
2. Several Nintendo/Playstation little kiosks for playing games;
3. Even a bank of televisions for adults to watch CNN and etc.
Then when we went back into the room for his check-up/cleaning, I found that the staff were very gentle and knew how to handle kids as our son wasn't bothered a bit by what they had to do. They also had a television in the room, so that he could watch some cartoons.
In the end, they offered my son a balloon, but he didn't want it, so one of the staff offered him another toy, and she opened up a cabinet full of decent sized toys for him to chose from which probably cost about $10 a piece or so.
So, if you're looking for a dentist for your child, try taking a look at Dentalville.
PROS: Toys and games to keep your child entertained.
Both my wife and I have had our wisdom teeth pulled from Dr. George Bonn, DDS with no surprises and not too much pain after the procedure. Both he and His staff were great as they were very pleasant and attentive.
The office is located right off of Wigwam and Pecos in Henderson, NV in a small medical/office business park. He also has a back entrance/exit, so that the exiting patients who are usually in a little pain and under some strong pain killers can easily be taken to their car for their designated driver to take them home.
I would highly recommend him for any oral surgery needs that you may have!