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Anthony Bourdain Selects a Stunner in "The Layover" Seattle

February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In the season finale, our guy heads to Seattle. He’s got 48 hours to play in a place with a thousand nicknames, and lets viewers know “people love to hate this city, ” the reasons apparently boiling down to the weather. No surprise, there. As he hops into his $100K loaner electric Tesla S which has WiFi (!), he mentions he could watch porn while he’s driving--until his faceless passenger mentions he might need two hands on the wheel while driving. Oh. Then he’s off and running around this hipster (yeah, we’ll say it) town, making tons of Dave Matthews jokes all the way.

We cross our fingers hoping he'll make his last hotel choice of the season a good 'un.

Layover Hotel Episode 9:Edgewater Hotel: Bourdain says he always stays at this hotel when he’s in Seattle. Shocker—it’s not a Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton! It’s what he calls “strange and wonderful” and located in the downtown area along the waterfront. There's a comparison to "Twin Peaks", with its lumber and woodsy theme and he appreciates its being steeped in tradition. Quite affordable, especially now at $179 a night in February, the hotel's hosted many a band back in the day, including The Beatles. Tony didn't seem to care for the Union Jack pillow in the Beatles Suite and threatened to hide it under the bed, and asked no one in particular if there was a Rolling Stones room. Those who are into cozy fireplace rooms with windows showcasing cruise ships passing along, will dig this place.

Honorable Mention: Inn at The Market: Tony also calls this 70-room downtown hotel, the only one that overlooks the Pike Place Market, an “excellent” choice. He briefly mentions it’s a nice hotel, with great views, in a nice location. For $179 in February, it seems a little pricey for the winter season, but know that you're paying for location, location, location. The hotel gives all the good amenities, docking station and free WiFi, and even Hypnos beds, which have natural fillings of wool, cotton, cashmere and silk to regulate body temperature. Sounds quite comfy at this time of year.

[Travel Channel/Inn at the Market]

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