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Seattle Travel Guide: Top Hotel Destinations

There’s something about Seattle that captures the essence of the Pacific Northwest. With one part mountainous terrain and trees and another part metropolis buzz (plus bodies of water mixed between), Seattle greets all with a warm embrace. Rain or shine, visitors and locals exude an excitement to explore the variety of landscapes and attractions like Pike Place Market, the iconic Space Needle, the waterfront, the original Starbucks and more.  The remarkable dining scene, vibrant shopping and hip nightlife are all framed by natural beauty.

Discover four Seattle hotels with luxurious accommodations, exceptional personal service and a true Seattle spirit.

Pan Pacific Hotel

In the heart of downtown Seattle, the Pan Pacific Hotel presents an urban oasis for those who crave to be close to the action. Whether business or pleasure, the Pan Pacific accommodates all travelers as it reflects the city’s energy: contemporary, edgy and pristine. Each of the 153 guest rooms and 22 suites soak in the light; windows are large and expansive, opening the space and capturing views of downtown, Lake Union or the Space Needle. The real star of the suite, however, is the bathroom. It’s the epitome of luxury with a European soaking tub, modern shower and generous mirror and sink space. By night, you’ll slip away into the Hypnos beds padded with soft Egyptian bedding.

Once you finally descend from your room, the hotel’s lobby offers an inviting fireplace lounge area next to the Lobby Bar and Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Both the bar and restaurant offer a range in cuisine and cocktails that locals enjoy just as much as the hotel guests. Seastar Restaurant is renowned for its sushi, sashimi, ceviche, poke and freshly shucked oysters. It’s all part of the 2200 Plaza block, which also features Vida Spa, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria (be sure to inquire about the President Obama visit here).

Details: Travelers can take advantage of the complimentary town car service, wireless internet access, a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center and in-room dining provided by Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Vida Spa, located just across the courtyard of the hotel, is the ideal stop for relaxation and rejuvenation on your vacation. Their practices are based on Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old system of holistic Indian medicine incorporated into wraps, massages, exfoliations and more.

Bonus: The Pan Pacific is proud of its PanEarth Program, which incorporates environmentally and socially sustainable practices. They’re also a dog-friendly hotel and accommodating to your four-legged friends. It was the first boutique hotel in the nation to receive Green Globe certification and was also recognized by Forbes Travel Guide as a Four-Star Hotel.

Pan Pacific Hotel, 2125 Terry Ave., Seattle. 206.264.8111 or panpacific.com

Hotel 1000

From the moment you step into Hotel 1000, you’re treated like they’ve been expecting your arrival for days. A glass of champagne awaits you, as accommodating staff assist you in planning the details of your stay. Hotel 1000 is a downtown gem of Seattle, fusing luxury with personal, genuine touches. It’s fancy, but approachable. It’s high-end, but completely anticipative of your needs.  The takeaway from Hotel 1000 is that they clearly remain two steps ahead at all times. Child-sized robes and games are waiting if a family will be bringing little ones; a high-tech 42” flatscreen television welcomes guests by name. And each of the 120 guest rooms resound with urban sophistication. Bathtubs and rooms are separated by a seductive glass wall that can be shaded for privacy. Guests can also unwind with their soft bathrobes, down pillows, interactive multi-media hubs and stunning views of the city.

At ground level, find sustenance at BOKA Restaurant + Bar which serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Once outside the doors, the hotel is situated close to Pike Place Market, the waterfront and other popular city sites.

Details: Delight in the complimentary hotel car, 24-hour in-room dining, 9,100 square feet of conference and meeting space, a business center, library, fitness zone and complimentary high speed internet. Multi-media kiosks located in the lobby assist guests with airport check-ins and email needs; a full-service concierge goes above and beyond getting guests to their next destination. You’ll also wake up to a complimentary local or national newspaper.

Bonus: Do not pass up the chance to visit the Golf Club at Hotel 1000. This virtual golf setting allows guests to “play” on 50 of the world’s best courses like Pebble Beach or Pinehurst. 680 sensors calculate the velocity, spin and trajectory of the ball, so you can swing like Tiger without leaving the comfort of your hotel. Hotel 1000 is also proud to be pet-friendly and serve as a top wedding spot in Seattle.

Hotel 1000, 1000 1st Ave., Seattle. 206.957.1000 or hotel1000seattle.com

Sorrento Hotel

Antique charm is the motif here at the Sorrento Hotel, an icon nestled on Seattle’s historic First Hill. Since its start in 1909, Sorrento Hotel exudes an air of romance mixed within its rich mahogany woods, dimmed lighting and dramatic architecture. This popular destination maintains much of its original character while adding in modern touches. It’s the kind of hotel where traditions are started. Weddings, anniversaries and ceremonies are celebrated here and guests often return to this memory-filled hotel. Sorrento Hotel is Seattle’s first and longest-running boutique hotel.

This vintage allure that oozes romance gets carried into the 76 guest rooms and suites, each maintaining the original European architectural detailing. Modern updates add accommodating features, like the Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel® mattresses, 400-thread Egyptian cotton linens and Italian marble bathrooms. Suites offer roomy entertaining areas with couches, coffee tables and separation from the bedroom. This change was one of the updates made from the original hotel design; in 1909, Sorrento Hotel had 154 rooms – now they’ve been combined to make 76 luxurious, spacious rooms and suites.

Once you leave the comfort of your quarters, you’ll find two local hubs for dining and mingling: The Hunt Club and the Fireside Room. The Hunt Club serves breakfast, lunch and dinner consisting of locally-sourced seafood and game. The Fireside Room is the hotel’s living room of sorts. It’s visually-stunning and architecturally ornate with an authentic fireplace, lavish leather chairs and dark woods.  It’s become a hotspot for teas, martinis and music.

Details: Beyond the basics, Sorrento Hotel also offers a complimentary car service, free Wi-Fi, in-room dining service, a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center.  A full-time concierge is available to accommodate all needs. Dogs are welcomed in designated rooms.

Bonus: When passing by the Sorrento Hotel on any given evening, it’s likely you’ll hear live jazz spilling out. That’s because the Fireside Lounge hosts jazz nights for guests and locals that will take you back to an earlier time. Plus, the hotel is a popular wedding destination in town.

Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., Seattle. 206.622.6400 or hotelsorrento.com

Hotel Deca

Hotel Deca might be located in the University district of Seattle (just a ten-minute drive from downtown), but it maintains a sophisticated style complete with modern accommodations. This large hotel boasts 158 rooms that have hosted guests since 1931.

Inside Hotel Deca’s rooms, panoramic city and mountain views abound. Contemporary furnishings bring fresh style into the mix as rooms are designed with bold colors and prints. The energy is vibrant here, and that reflects the community the hotel is situated in. The hotel is the closest one to the University of Washington, so naturally it’s become a popular choice for parents and visitors of students, as well as a vital meeting space close to campus. It’s also just four miles from Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historical District and Pike’s Place Market, and just 30 miles from the Seattle- Tacoma International Airport.

Rooms feature 32” flat panel televisions, free Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. Premier Suites situated at the top floor boast a private 1,000 square foot wrap-around outdoor deck, gas fireplaces, built-in wet bar and more.

The modernized art-deco style resonates down into the lobby, an open area ideal for gathering and relaxing among the crackling fireplace. At lobby-level, Tully’s Coffee serves up coffee and treats. The restaurant of Hotel Deca – The District Lounge – offers a globally-inspired menu with custom cocktails.

Details: Guests can indulge in the hotel’s in-room dining, free Wi-Fi and in-room safe. Plus, there’s a generous fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights.

Bonus: Hotel Deca offers more than 5,500 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space including the Grand Ballroom that boasts 18-foot ceilings, hand-blown chandeliers and upgraded state-of-the-art audio/visual systems. The hotel has received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor in 2013 and Seattle Magazine voted it the Best University Hotel.

Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE., Seattle. 206.634.2000 or hoteldeca.com

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