I used them via my new employer for temporary housing. They lease and furnish a number of apartments in different apartment complexes around the area, and then provide it as corporate housing. The furniture they provided was nice and fully functional. They even provided cookware and such for the kitchen. We contacted them a couple of times for extra items (fans, etc.), and they were quick and responsive. They did show up a little too early in our apartment on our move out date, but left when we told them we weren't ready yet. Overall, we were pretty satisfied with the services - nice choice of apartment, nice furtniture and accessories, quick response time for requests.
PROS: Nice choice of apartment, nice furtniture and accessorie
CONS: Very expensive, only affordable for big companies
I had my employer pay for their survices during relocation, and I still don't think those people are worth the money. They organized an apartment hunting tour for me. They had a real estate agent show up that did the tour. He showed up with someone else for some reason, so they had two people besides me and my wife in the car. The only thing they did was drive us to three apartment complexes in the area where we were looking. They did not help us in any other way. When we would get to the apartments, they would stay in the clubhouse and talk to each other, instead of going on an apartment tour with us, and explaining us pros and cons of the properties that we were seeing. So basically we got almost no kind of help from them. Then when we rented one of the properties that they did not take us to, they tried to get some referral fee because it was one of the places on the list that they emailed to us. (They emailed us a couple of dozen places, could've as well been the entire "For Rent" magazine). Overall I found the service utterly worthless and bothersome. Get a copy of Apartment Guide and For Rent magazines, and you can do much better yourself without being hustled for the referral fees.
PROS: They drove you around
CONS: Not much else was provided, no help, no guidance.
I had them perform 120,000 mile service on my car. I wasn't really impressed with the service. After they called my wife and told her the car was ready, we drove over there to pick it up. They had us wait almost an hour to get our car out! I was under impression that they weren't really done and instead were working on the car while we were waiting.
They also seemed to have been recommended stuff regardless whether I needed it or not. They told me my belts were never replaced. When I told them they were supposed to have been replaced at 60,000 miles and if that's not the case I will sue the other dealership, they immediately backed off saying the belts easily could've been replaced. They also told me that my coolant pump needed replacement because it was leaking. When I pressed them on that and asked them to show me the leaks, they said they couldn't as it was "deep inside and hard to see." When I finally got the car back, I could hear the fluids making weird noises, so it sounded like they did change at least some of them. So I guess they have done at least some of the work they were supposed to do, but were recommending stuff I didn't really need.
PROS: Actually did something, and gave us a loaner car for a day
CONS: Recommended stuff that I don't think I needed
This is a local gym that is not a part of a big chain, but it tries to be nicer and more luxurios than anything else in town. For the most part, it succeeds. They have very impressive and clean facilities. The towel service is excellent. The locker rooms could be improved though. They are pretty croweded and it is hard to get to your lockers most of the time. They do have built-in combination locks, which is very nice - you don't have to carry a lock around. Showers can also be hard to get to, especially during the peak times. Also, during the peak times, the locker rooms smells very-very bad.
They have three different cardio rooms, one of which is mostly dark room with several TV screens (this way self-concious people don't have to be emberassed of working out). They also have a nice and large weight room with vaulted ceiling. There are lots of machines, bench press stations, free weights, etc. Most of the time, you don't have to wait for a machine.
One of the main complaints (besides the locker rooms) is that there are very few TVs, and most of them are on the sports programs most of them time. That's pretty silly. Not everyone that works out likes watching football.
They have fitness classes, large bascketball/volleyball courts, a swimming pool, saunas, and some other amenities that I don't use a whole lot.
Overall it's not a bad gym, although it could've been better for the money they charge.
PROS: Lots of equipment, three cardio rooms, mostly nice and clean
CONS: Cramped locker rooms, few TVs, pretty expensive
The apartments themselves are a decent place to live. They are fairly nice and quiet. Pleanty of parking, no limits on how many cars you can park. Apartments failry spacious, although a little older. Appliances older, but mostly working OK. Rent was reasonably low most of the time. They have a swimming pool they keep open June-September. There are a few squirrels that run around, making the place look even nicer.
The worst part about leaving there was management and owner. It used to be managed by a few older people, and they would complain about you all the time. We were even lied about. They told us we were making too much noise after 10pm several times, which was simply not true at all. We also had a couple of financial disagreement with the owner, where we were unfairly charged several hundred dollars. Finally he agreed to return half of the money, but then went back on his own word. Fortunately we recorded the conversation, and told him about it, after which we ended up getting the promised refund.
We also heard from apartment managers that the owner kept cutting their benefits without giving them any compensation.
Overall, I would not recommend leaving there based on all the problems we've had.
PROS: Nice, clean, quiet place. Low rent, big apartments, swimming pool
CONS: Horrible owner. Management varies, but had problems with them as well
We've spent here half a day and only saw about a quarter of the zoo. The zoo is very large wih many animals and animal habitats in different parts of it. Some of the habitats are pretty ordinary, other ones are really interesting. The orangutan habitat was very neat. I was a huge indoor and outdoor area with trees, bushes, hammocks, etc. There is a bridge over the open area, so you can stand on the bridge and look at the habitat on both sides of you and under you. It creates an impression of you being in a jungle. Very cool.
They also had two baby tigers that were playing with their mother in an open area. That was very cool to see. Normally you see lions and tigers sleeping and doing nothing else.
They also had a couple of weird looking bears that were play-wrestling for good 10-15 minutes. That was also pretty neat.
We got to the elephant habitat too late, but it looked like it is also worth seeing.
They had peacocks running around on the grounds, which was neat as well. Except for the parents letting their children chase them and pull out their tail feathers. Pretty unbelievable what parents let children do these days.
You have to pay for the parking (I think something like $3), but we used free street parking nearby.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience for us.
PROS: Lots of interesting animals and animal habitats
CONS: Too big to see in one day
We spent close to an entire day wondering around this place. It doesn't seem very big, but they do have quite a few exibits. The coolest one is a big octopus in a round vertical tank. I took a picture of it with my wife close to the window, and it looked like the octopus was trying to get her.
Besides that, they have some open tanks where you can touch star fish and some other sea creatures, which is always fun for kids. They have, of course, tons of tanks with various exotic fish. They have a whole room of sea horses (where you cannot take picture - I was yelled at for that one). They have a few sea mammals - mostly otters and seals in larger pools/cages outside of the main building. They also have a number of neat looking sea birds.
The admission wasn't too bad, and during the off season you can get a buy one - get one free coupons. I think it was around $10-12 per person.
They are in the same building as the IMAX Dome theater, which is neat as well. Beside that, they are right on the Seattle waterfront.
PROS: Lots of fish, sea horses, sea mammals, and sea birds to see
CONS: Mainly the same as most aquariums in other cities
This is a nicer failry modern drive-in. They advertise as having the largest screens in WA. That could be true. It is nice a big. They have only one screen though, so once you've seen the movies they are showing, you have to wait a couple of weeks before you can come back.
They have a snack bar with popcorn, soda, etc. And they do not let you bring in your own food - they have a sign on the ticket booth stating that. I didn't see them enforce it too much, but be aware of that.
Sound is available via FM radio or speakers (they still have those). Admission was $7.50 the last time I went (that's for a double feature). They do normally show double features.
Bathrooms are clean and reasonably big.
Nice place to go and relax watching a couple of new movies in the privacy of your car without paying $10/ticket like most movie theaters now charge you. I would defintely recommend this drive-in to anyone.
PROS: Inexpensive, clean, moderznized drive-in
CONS: They don't let you bring your own food
I hope these guys keep staying in buseness. I keep hearing rumors that they are closing, but they were still in business this year. This is a drive-in movie theater with 6 (six!) screens. During the peak season (summer), they actually have all six going! Each one of them is showing a double feature. So there are twelve movies going to once during most nights! Almost like a contemporary multi-theather movie megaplexes.
You have to have a car radio, that's the only way to get sound. You have to tie a wire from a post to your car radio antenna, and after that you get sounds on your car radio. It's pretty decent.
They also have a pretty big snack bar with many items (popcorn, soda, hot dogs, corn dogs, candy, etc.). The bathrooms are acceptable.
We totally love this place and come here several times during the summer. The last time tickets were around $7/person for a double feature, which is way cheaper than regular theaters. Also, you don't have somebody talking, kicking your chair, etc., like you get in the regular theaters. I love drive-ins, and this is a super drive-in.
PROS: Six screens, 12 movies a night are shown, only $7/person
CONS: Quite a bit of a drive for me
We haven't gambled here a whole lot, but we've gone to their shows a number of times. They bring "Legends in Concert" impersanators from the Las Vegas show (it's in Imperial Palace in Vegas, and it costs you about $40/person there). It is totally free in Muckleshoot Casino. They have some other fun music & dance stuff for free there pretty often. Their machines are weird (those new totally electronic/computer screen machines, with dozens of weird zigzag paylines that make no sense, etc.). My wife put $5 on a penny machine and hit "max bet". Turn out that "max bet" was 450 pennies, i.e. $4.50 in one bet on a slot machine! She was pretty shocked. Of course, we didn't win anything. So we got pretty disgusted with the gambling part of it. Free shows are still great. They even have soda machines so that you can get a free (tiny) cup of soda any time you want.
I'd recommend checking out their web site and giving it a try. Not a bad place to relax and blow off some steam.
PROS: Free shows, free soda
CONS: Weird slot machines