I wonder what the proper adjective associated with Seattle is. Wikipedia claims it is Seattlite, however wordsense and Wiktionary just say this is a noun (demonym). An autochthon from Seattle also told me:

I lived in Seattle for 24 years, that's not how it's used. – Azor Ahai -him- 15 mins ago

So what's the proper adjective associated with Seattle?

Example of use:

I was surprised to read that hotel customers must check out after 13 days at the Seattleite hotel and 4 weeks at the Californian hotel.

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    Indeed, even "Californian" to describe a hotel stuck out to me, but I'm not from California so I didn't comment. I don't think there are many adjectives in English that would be used this way to describe that a place is located somewhere. To me, "an American hotel" sounds more like a hotel in the American style located somewhere else, rather than a hotel located somewhere in America. Since you posted on ELL, I wonder what your first language is and whether it has constructions in this style Sep 3, 2021 at 18:10

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As pointed out by ColleenV in the comments, both "Seattle" and "California" are most idiomatically used as noun adjuncts in this context, i.e. you can say "the Seattle hotel" or "the California hotel."

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    But not Hotel California (!)
    – James K
    Sep 3, 2021 at 20:36

A person might be a Seattleite (although this isn't a particularly common demonym) Not a hotel. The -ite suffix refers to people who are members of certain groups.

There isn't really a common adjective form, similar to "Californian". And "Californian" may indicate a style, rather than a location (in this case though the context makes it clear). So simply

...hotel customers must check out after 13 days at the hotel in Seattle ...

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    There's nothing wrong with "after 13 days at Seattle hotels, and 4 weeks at California hotels" though.
    – ColleenV
    Sep 3, 2021 at 18:47
  • @ColleenV Grammatically, no, but it would be slightly ambiguous as to whether the rule applies across hotels or in only one (which is what the context was) Sep 3, 2021 at 19:27
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    @AzorAhai-him- "hotel customers must check out after 13 days at the Seattle hotel and 4 weeks at the California hotel." would be OK too.
    – ColleenV
    Sep 3, 2021 at 19:34
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    @ColleenV that should be an answer
    – ajd
    Sep 3, 2021 at 19:51
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    @ajd Not by my standards. If you want to write a proper answer explaining "Seattle hotel", feel free.
    – ColleenV
    Sep 3, 2021 at 19:56

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