Arrival/Check-In: I got into Seattle mid-morning and was greeted by blue skies and temperatures in the high 70s, a perfect day by Seattle standards. I took a cab from Seattle-Tacoma Airport and arrived at the Pan Pacific in less than 30 minutes — hours before check-in. The front desk greeted me warmly, assuring me they would put a rush on my room, and held my luggage as I enjoyed a complimentary cocktail at the lobby restaurant and bar. The restaurant and lobby feature floor-to-ceiling windows, providing natural light; I took in the comfortable atmosphere while I got some work done in front of the fireplace. Within an hour I was headed to my room, where my luggage was already waiting — a nice touch.
Guest Quarters: My Space Needle Suite lived up to its name. Beyond a short hallway the room opened up, with large windows on two sides offering a prime view of the famous landmark. In the living room a full sectional couch faced a large TV with a full bar to the left. The view from here at sunset was spectacular. A full guest bathroom with marble accents and a view was adjacent. Against the windows a six-person dining area with a beautiful artistic lighting fixture was perfect for inviting friends or colleagues to my room. There was a welcome gift of local craft spritzers and popcorn, and a bouquet of flowers arrived a bit later.
Sliding doors led into the bedroom which also boasted large windows, showing views of the city and numerous construction projects. The small desk offered plenty of electrical outlets for my many gadgets, but the ergonomic chair was the highlight; I was tempted to ask where they got it. The king-sized bed dominated the rest of the room and faced another large, flat-screen TV. An open window gave a view into the large bathroom and amazing spa tub. (Shutters can be closed for privacy.) The bathroom also boasts a glass-enclosed, stand-alone shower and sand-colored marble vanity with plenty of space. The closet was small, but the adjacent full-length mirror made up for it.
Services/Amenities: The Lobby Bar on property also offers the room service menu, giving you a great selection any time of day in the lobby and its outdoor patio or in the privacy of your room. The bartenders know how to make a delicious spicy Bloody Mary. But that’s not all: A coveted Starbucks is just on the other side of a door off the lobby, and a Whole Foods Market sits just below, perfect for a quick snack.
The gym was under renovation, so I was unable to take advantage of it during my stay, but the beauty of Seattle is its walkability. The property provides a 24/7 business center and car service with complimentary rides within two miles of the hotel, offered every time you are about to leave the property, when available. The staff at the hotel went above and beyond every step of the way, and I look forward to coming back soon.
◆ The location of the property ensures you are just minutes from the business district, Pike Place Market and top restaurants.
◆ The entire staff was friendly and helpful and made sure my stay was as comfortable as possible — take advantage of the car service.
◆ The Space Needle Suite views are a must-experience if staying at the Pan Pacific.
Pan Pacific Seattle
2125 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
tel 206 264 8111
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