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The Seattle hotel scene is certifiably "so hot right now."
Kimpton Hotels recently announced their fourth hotel for the Northwest city while SLS Hotels have "something lovely starting" and which should open in 2016. Now, Thompson Hotels wants to break a piece off.
Thompson Seattle will open at the northeast corner of 1st Avenue and Stewart Street with 12 stories, 159 rooms, 97 residences, a groundfloor restaurant and a rooftop deck with outdoor and indoor/rainy day space and killer views of the Olympus Mountain Range.
Perhaps even better for tourists, the hotel is adjacent to Pike Market. There is also an amazing coffee shop nearby. It's called Starbucks and it's so good! #sike
We don't have renderings to critique but we do know architectural teams from Olson Kundig and Jensen Fey (Washington-based) and interiors firm Munge Leung, will lead the design, with guidance from Commune Hotels’ in-house design team, of course.
If all goes well, Thompson Seattle will open its doors in 2016.
The opulent enclave of Bellevue, Washington was once a perfect place to raise kids and horses. Then Bill Gates and the gang came to town and made Bellevue Seattle’s version of Silicon Valley.
There’s still plenty of equestrian activity and family fun to be had on the outskirts, but in the center of Bellevue, it’s a pretty sophisticated slice of life. Shops, spas, restaurants and bars abound in Bellevue, frequented by globally savvy jetsetters. Naturally, top hotels were necessary to cater to this clientele.
We found the three best in Bellevue for luxury, design and location.
LUXURY: Hotel Bellevue
The Bellevue Club is a private social and athletic club. The only way to access their state of the art fitness equipment, classes, spa and pool is to stay at Hotel Bellevue. Big name chain hotels rule this tech town. So, Hotel Bellevue is unique as it’s the only chic boutique in town with 67 spacious rooms, restaurant and bar. Finish your visit with an indulgent dip into the spa with a Regenerating Facial by Trina. (Ladies, Trina’s also known for doing the best Brazilians in Bellevue.)
Now that traditional room service appears to be on its last legs, savvy hotels are coming around to the fact that they need to shake it up a bit.
At Seattle's Hotel Max, a new restaurant called Miller's Guild, the second from James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson of Seattle’s celebrated Crush, opened in December -- and now they are providing a new twist on room service.
Based on the hotel's premise that "guests are not interested in getting wilted carnations and plastic salt and pepper shakers," Miller’s Guild’s culinary craft -- an open faced Piedmontese steak tartare sandwich, for example, or sausage-topped kale and hazelnut salad -- is delivered in custom-stamped brown paper bags with butcher’s twine, compostable containers and personalized labels and tags, complete with the name of the cook who prepared your meal. So thoughtful! We whole-heartedly approve.
Rates start at $109 a night.
[Photo: Hotel Max]
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We do love the free wine Happy Hour trend that has been catching on over the past few years -- thank you Kimpton, Affinia, Andaz, et al. But while wine is more than fine, sometimes we just crave an ice cold brewski.
Hotel Max in Seattle, home to many a craft brewery, is inviting guests to kick back and relax with hand crafted cold one during a daily complimentary craft beer hour in its lobby. The hotel will be pouring full pints for thirsty guests every evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All guests need to do to get their free beer is show a valid photo ID to prove they are of age as well as their hotel key card (guess that means you can't just sneak in off the street; shame).
Kimpton Hotels can be found all over the West Coast, especially in San Francisco where the company originated, but right now, they are ramping up their Pacific Northwest properties.
The friendly boutique chain has just announced plans to open a 97-room hotel in Seattle by late 2014. It will be their fourth hotel for the city. Here are the juicy hotel detes:
An adaptive reuse of the landmark Palladian Building, originally built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel, this new project will embody the gritty elegance of the city showcased in 97 rooms, 1,100 square feet of swank meeting and event space, a trend setting restaurant and a lounge with an edgy urban vibe.
Slated for a late 2014 opening, the historic building is located in the trendy West Edge neighborhood in downtown Seattle, just steps away from Pike Place Market and the famed Seattle waterfront as well as many favorite Seattle attractions. Designer Nicole Hollis will oversee the project.
And just to be clear, Kimpton does not own the property but rather they were selected for the management contract by local development company Shemiran Trade.
Meanwhile, Kimpton has even more properties lined up across America including Austin, Grand Cayman, Milwaukee, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Savannah, and Sedona. What's next, London? (We hope!)
The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle gained much of its reputation from the fact that The Beatles infamously fished out the window during their stay, a unique experience that guests continued to enjoy for many years after.
But the fun's been over now for quite some time. It all started when Noble House purchased the hotel in 1987, and yesterday when we called the Edgewater to inquire about this once-lovable feature, the hotel informed us that fishing out the window is no longer allowed due to "liability first and foremost," but that other factors also led to the decision, such as the caught fish stinking up the room, new bedspreads, and the lines disturbing other guests.
Uh! While we understand on one hand -- especially the smelly fish part -- we're frustrated. This was such a novel aspect for a waterfront hotel to offer, and it seems like a shame for them to ditch it altogther instead of coming up with a creative way to keep the tradition alive. Something as simple as designating a few of the lower-level rooms as "fishing rooms" and charging an upgrade fee would have done the trick. And you could treat the fish smell the same way you treat cigarette smoke, putting trust in the guest that they'll play catch and release.
We first heard about plans for an SLS Hotel in Seattle in February and now just seven months later, we've got a Super Secret Seattle Spy who sent in this snapshot of the construction site. The SLS will go in that hole, barely visible in the bottom left, with plans to annex that church next to it for a ballroom or other event space.
We know. It doesn't look like much right now but by 2016, it will turn into a 184-room hotel designed by Philippe Starck and of course, you can expect a Katsuya restaurant, a Jose Andres dining concept and some other nightlife component from SBE. The SLS hotel will actually be part of a mixed use building, set to be Seattle's tallest tower in 20 years. The hotel will be on floors 2-15 of the 43-story building.
Word is construction will start soon and hopefully by next year, we'll be able to see something rising out of the ground. Please, we can't handle another Seattle hole that never gets filled.
[Photo: HotelChatter Spy]
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As the grand finale to cocktail week here's Part 2 of our round-up of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. Don't forget to let us know what’s going on in your section of the world!
Beer is the new wine: Before some of you get stressed out, we’re not saying that wine’s going away, but we have noticed that beer is getting more attention these days. Some hotel bars are making beer their “thing,” some are making their own and some are getting it made for them.
Most of us tend to only hang out at airport hotels when we’re going to and from a place, but the Four Points by Sheraton LAX has a 100-beer beererie called Brewster’s that includes an ever-changing tap list of craft and microbrews. They have an on-staff Director of Brewer Relations who ensures the beer list is fresh and filled with rare brews, monthly beer appreciation nights, beer pairings such as Smoked Stone Porter with smoked salmon, beer turndown service that includes a beer-stocked minibar, and a recently-launched Hoppily Ever After package that lets the happy couple-to-be create their very own custom, brewed-to-taste beer for their big day—isn’t that just so romantic?
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TGIF! It’s no secret we at HC love hotel rooftops, inventive cocktails, and inexpensive happy hours (though we’re fond of non-boozy afternoon tea, too!). Still, how awesome is it when we get a trifecta of all three, namely Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails--the new restaurant and bar just opened at the Red Lion Hotel in Downtown Seattle?
Set on the fifth floor of the Fifth Avenue building above the bustling streets below, Frolik guests are in for a treat when they come to the city’s largest outdoor deck—4,000 square-feet worth—and indulge in the all-evening happy hour (from 4-10pm). One can choose to chill by the firewall or the communal fireplace table, all while enjoying the Puget Sound views and bumping music.
People pretend to come for the drinks, but we know better. What they really want? A hearty game of ping-pong and shuffleboard. Don’t do a double take, there’s a reason why people get aggressive with that paddle and tiny ball, and Frolik knows it.
That's why they're well prepared for sports and serious sipping.
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The folks over at SLS are on a roll this week. One day after announcing SLS Las Vegas will open in 2014 (allegedly), they're looking even further into the future with plans for SLS Seattle to open in 2016.
Can you say 'overachiever?'
Admittedly, SLS/sbe/Sam Nazarian are in a far better position, with four properties already up and running (SLS South Beach, SLS Beverly Hills, The Redbury, and The Raleigh). So for now, we'll take their word for it that construction on a $400 million development, located at 5th and Columbia in Downtown Seattle, is set to begin at the end of the year, with an anticipated completion of 2016.
The hotel will have 184 rooms (designed by Philippe Starck, of course), and will occupy floors 2 through 15 of a mixed-use tower with a whole bunch of food, beverage and retail outlets, not to mention a spa and fitness center.
Read a quote from sbe founder Sam Nazarian after the jump!
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The reasons for a post-holiday getaway just keep piling up!
OneTravel.com has a really cool promotion happening throughout the NFL Playoffs called the "Travel Bowl," which offers flash-sales-type hotel deals in the cities where the teams reside. That's the catch: These deals are only valid and available for as long as the city's team remains in the playoffs. So, each week, another city’s deals will no longer be available to claim.
There are great places in play -- Boston, Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco, for example (no disrespect to the others) -- and with so many eye-rolling promotions floating around, we are happy to see something that will give us another reason to root.
We put together some examples below, and you can see them all here. There are nice discounts, but you need to jump on them -- especially if you think their team is going down this weekend!
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According to the Mayan Long-Count Calendar time is no longer measured after December 21, meaning that the world might just end on this day since there is no December 22nd. Just about 13 years ago, have heard this all before with Y2K, but that was before HotelChatter and now we can present some of best packages for spending your last day as a mortal.
Spending your last few days on earth might be better spent in the lap of luxury and some of these hotel packages are doozies. Geographically and historically speaking, it makes sense count down the last hours in Mexico and Central America, but we have also found a few that a bit closer to home. And just think, if December 22nd does happen, you get to brag about your digs on your vacation.