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Seattle hotels offer incentives to beat Viaduct congestion

Seattle hotels offer incentives to beat Viaduct congestion (PHOTO: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - The end of the Viaduct this Friday could bring unprecedented traffic but there are some extreme options emerging to help people beat the commute.

It’s widely projected that once the roadway gets shutdown, the ripple effect from the detours could be a disaster. A hotel group is suggesting that a simple fix is to stay with them - at a discount.

“If you have a meeting at 8 o'clock in the morning and there's such horrendous traffic, you don't know what to do, getting a hotel room makes perfect sense,” said Tom Waithe, regional vice president with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

The month of January is typically slow for the hospitality industry, Waithe said, so his company is offering steep discounts at the Alexis Hotel and three other downtown properties commuters who don't want to deal with the viaduct.

“You're talking about a 30 to 40 percent rate reduction,” Waithe said.

Aside from the Alexis, the other properties offering discounted rates are the Palladian, Monaco and Vintage hotels.

So, is there a market for it?

“If a person can afford it, I think that's a great option,” said Lynn Reinke.

However, Michael Zimar thinks commuters will stick to be road warriors, and won’t take on a hotel bill on top of their rent or mortgage.

“There isn't going to be anybody that is going to stay in Seattle,” Zimar said. “I think people are going to fight it and just drive home."

At the very least, the hotel deals offer another option to taking the bus or carpooling, and they may start a trend.

“I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the other hotels get on board," Waithe said.

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