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Ethan Stowell is a man of many talents. With nine restaurants under his belt, a pasta company (Lagana Foods), a pizza shop (Ballard Pizza Company), a wine storage facility and a close-to-the-heart charity event, Eat Run Hope, it’s a miracle this Seattle chef has time to sleep. Like ever.
To add to Stowell’s already impressive resume, it was announced yesterday that the local celeb chef had partnered with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to create a new restaurant concept to replace ART Restaurant & Lounge. This move can only be a good thing for a restaurant that’s left us, well, lukewarm in the past. (Brunch and its all-you-can-eat cheese buffet have been the exceptions. You can never go wrong with a steady flow of cheese.)
The plan is to move Chef Joe Ritchie of Stowell’s Mkt. to the new venue, which will highlight Pacific Northwest shellfish, as well as a “top-notch” burger. Stowell will oversee the menu and help shape the new space and ambiance.
We’ve just about gotten over the 2010 closure of Stowell’s Union, which was catty-corner from the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle spot. Like all of Stowell’s openings, we can’t wait to see what he does next. Especially in such a prime downtown destination with sentimental ties. The restaurant is slated to open in late-spring.
[Photo: Four Season Hotel Seattle/Facebook]
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).
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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.
Amanda Knox spent four years locked up in an Italian prison for a crime she says she didn't commit and yesterday, an Italian appeals court agreed with her, overturning her conviction and setting her free.
While international media converged upon a courthouse in Perugia, back in Knox's hometown of Seattle, friends, family members and even more members of the media gathered in a hotel suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to first, watch the verdict and then later, celebrate.
The NY Times reports:
On Monday at the hotel, her supporters held hands in anticipation of the verdict, switching between CNN and Fox News. Next to the large, flat-screen television were framed photographs of Ms. Knox, Mr. Sollecito and Ms. Kercher.
Ms. Knox’s supporters were outnumbered by journalists, who had to show identification before entering the suite. The hotel also heightened security by posting a guard outside the rooms....
In an adjacent room, Susan Rosales, a member of the Friends of Amanda Knox, sat on an unmade bed as she read aloud Ms. Knox’s 10-minute statement to the jury.
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Just when we thought the falling glass trend was behind us, some windows have shattered again, this time at the Four Seasons Seattle on Sunday. And much like what happened with the W Austin the loose window panes were actually from the residences that are attached to the hotel. But what's worse here is that this is the third time windows have fallen from the building since July.
Thankfully, no one's been hurt or injured but the glass has cracked the glass awning at the entrance of the hotel and a car was slightly damaged.
Needless to say the hotel has finally gotten the idea that all 300 of the tempered-glass windows need to be replaced. The hotel's GM told the Seattle Times:
Star Wars geeks, the force will be with you if you stay at the Hotel Monaco Seattle. To coincide with the Pacific Science Center's "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibit, the hotel is offering a package from a galaxy far, far away.
As part of the deal, you'll get discounted reserved tickets to the Star Wars exhibit so you can see a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit and Darth Vader's black suit, among other movie memorabilia.
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As you’ll see from the photo gallery and video walk-through we’ve included here, we found that very much like Grunge, this hotel’s best days might just be behind it.
Seattle is going Hogwarts-wild. To celebrate the Pacific Science Center's new "Harry Potter The Exhibition" display, which makes its last stop here, the Hotel Monaco Seattle will have its own Harry Potter Package, and muggles are welcome.
As part of the Potter package, you'll get discounted tickets to the Pacific Science Center to see the exhibit; discounted round-trip passes to ride the Monorail, which is decked out to look like the train to Hogwarts; and free valet parking at the hotel.
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: Hotel Max Seattle's guest room doors.
When you check in at the Hotel Max, a boutique hotel which occupies the old Vance Hotel building, you're confronted with art from the very first minute. The lobby is filled with it, as the hotel showcases an impressive collection of some 350 original works of painting and photography, and even the room types have "art" in their names (ex: Solo Art, Queen of Art, Artist King). You're handed your key and you proceed to your room, and there again, you are hit with even more art, since each guest room door at the Hotel Max bares its own unique black and white still photograph.
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If you watched "30 Rock" last night then you may have seen former Vice President Al Gore make a confusing cameo as an eco-concerned janitor for Rockefeller Center (above.) But if you were dining at Tulio Ristorante inside the Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle the other night, then you would have seen Al Gore live, in person.
The veep was in town for a town hall meeting to promote his new book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. He stopped in at Tulio which serves authentic Italian cuisine, for some halibut washed down with cabernet. According to the hotel peeps, he was very gracious to the staff and shook everyone's hand who came by to said hi. Some girls also said he was quite handsome. Hmm, he did look slimmer on "30 Rock" last night.
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We live in the Pacific Northwest, so we can say in complete confidence that Edward and Bella mania is at full-tilt levels of bat sh*t crazy. You can buy a replica of the heart-shaped crystal charm Edward gives to Bella, dine on mushroom ravioli at Bella Italia and even visit the Forks Community Hospital where Dr. Cullen works.
We’ve even heard that some hotels in Port Angeles, Forks and La Push on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula (the center of "Twilight" activity) are whoring out rundown motel rooms at $150 and up – because they can take the tourism bucks and run.
We love these coastal towns for a daytrip or an afternoon of waves, but they’re kinda depressing. Then again, that's absolutely perfect for a vampire series.