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
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.