From a hotel that offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling views of the water to a sleep spot with a restaurant known for its to-die-for truffle fries, I recently had a chance to sample two must-try properties during a long weekend in Seattle. Read on to find out whether you should rest your head at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle or Hotel 1000 the next time you’re visiting this northwestern destination.
If boutique hotels are more your style, check into Hotel 1000 where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine. Located just down the street from the Four Seasons, you’ll find this sleep spot, which offers up 120 lovely rooms.
Featuring city and bay views, as well as soaking tubs that “fill from the ceiling” (can you tell I enjoy a good bath tub?) and my favorite Molton Brown bath products, the rooms were modern but comfortable.
If you can tear yourself away from that tub, visit the Spaahh, where treatments kick off with a ritual foot bath in the relaxation room. I tried the 60-minute Hotel 1000 Signature Bamboo Massage, which felt similar to a hot stone massage — the perfect way to end a day of walking around the city.
And whether it’s breakfast of dinner, there’s something to make every mouth happy at Boka Restaurant + Bar. Try the to-die-for truffle fries or one of the hand-crafted Shrubbery cocktails. Of course, you can’t go wrong with any of the seafood entrees, especially the Chatham Strait Sablefish that melted in my mouth. And don’t forget dessert — order the ice cream caramel and fudge sauce with bananas concoction known as the “Drunken Monkey.” Worth. Every. Calorie.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
If you’re looking for sweeping views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound, this is the place to stay. From the rooftop infinity pool to a number of the hotel’s 147 rooms and luxury suites, views of the bay are everywhere at this downtown hotel, which is a quick walk away from Pike Place Market.
The light and airy rooms are outfitted with all of the modern amenities you’d expect at a Four Seasons, ranging from deep soaking tubs to oh-so-comfy beds and flat screen TVs.
For those who like to get a workout in, take advantage of the state-of-the art fitness center, which also overlooks the bay. (Nothing better than a treadmill with a view!) Rather relax? Head to the spa and enjoy a steam followed by my new favorite, a 50-minute Medley Massage, which integrates Swedish and deep tissue massage styles. Other options include a detoxifying mud wrap or a Gentleman’s Facial for the fellas.
As for pleasing your palate, you can’t go wrong with the hotel’s restaurant, Art. Take in those amazing bay views while enjoying the resto’s unique cheese happy hour. For dinner, try the miso glazed black cod with sweet chili sauce, and shiitake mushrooms, or the Indian spice rubbed king salmon with crab mashed potatoes. And if you’re around for weekend brunch the short rib Eggs Benedict is a must.