Arrival/Check-In: Anytime you travel to Seattle in the winter and spring months, you need to prepare for chilly winds and rain. I was ready for the weather during my recent trip to Seattle, arriving Sunday for a week of meetings all over the city. The Edgewater Hotel sits at Pier 67 on Alaskan Way, the only property on Elliot Bay. As the area is not overcrowded with buildings, it’s easy to find, with a driveway leading to friendly valets and a stone fireplace blazing to welcome guests. As you enter the lobby you get the full ambience of the Pacific Northwest. Overstuffed club chairs and decorative antler-inspired floor lamps encourage you to relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the bay from its floor-to-ceiling windows. After I spent a few moments staring in awe, the front desk staff checked me in.
Guest Quarters: Every room on the property provides spectacular views of the bay or downtown Seattle, along with a gas fireplace. My Waterfront Premium room was one of the most charming rooms I’ve experienced in Seattle. The decent-sized room was decorated with dark brown, cream and brocade patterns with bold splashes of red throughout. Full-length windows looked out into the bay; the windows opened, offering the sound of waves while I slept. For warmth, the room was solely heated by the gas fire which is temperature controlled, adding to the coziness of the room. Two club chairs faced the fireplace with a bear-shaped ottoman to relax in, where I spent my time doing emails. For the extra-hard workers, a large executive desk provided plenty of space as well. A king-sized bed sported a stuffed bear wearing a red Edgewater sweater. There were no outlets conveniently around the bed for my phones and iPad, but I found a few I could use scattered around the room.
Sliding doors opened directly into the surprisingly modern and chic bathroom with bold red walls. The oversized claw-foot bathtub sat right in front of the space to offer views past the room and into Elliot Bay. A walk-in glass and slate shower had two showerheads and provided great water pressure; however, since it didn’t have a glass door, I tried to be extra-careful not to get water everywhere. The vanity included a raised bowl-shaped sink that gave it a sharp look. Bright lamps surrounding a large mirror provided excellent lighting.
Services/Amenities: The Edgewater’s on-site restaurant, Six Seven, is the perfect spot for a quick breakfast, dinner or happy hour with live music, or a working lunch. Sitting right off the lobby, the space has floor-to-ceiling windows to give diners panoramic views of the bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Guests can access a 24/7 fitness center on property; but if it’s not raining too hard, I suggest taking a jog along Alaskan Way and the boardwalk.
The Edgewater is located a short walk up to Second Avenue, where the shopping begins, and not much farther to the famed Pike Place Market. It is also just minutes away in an Uber from the business district.
◆ A perfect blend of business amenities with Pacific Northwest charm
◆ Gas fireplaces in all guestrooms ensure a cozy retreat for reading, working or relaxing.
◆ Its location on the water gives the best views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
THE EDGEWATER HOTEL
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
tel 206 728 7000
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I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
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