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Checking In On Hotel 1000's Restaurant Revamp of BOKA

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  Site Where: 1000 1st Avenue [map], Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
August 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

At HotelChatter we love a guy with experience and we give bonus points if he knows his way around a kitchen. It seems Benchmark Hospitality values these traits too and their choice of new Executive Chef Peter Birk to revamp Seattle's Hotel 1000's BOKA restaurant is working out just fine.

We were headed to BOKA recently and in true Seattle fashion the route to the restaurant was closed for a fun run and parade. So we bailed out of our car near Century Link Field and hiked a mile in heels to Hotel 1000 against the tide of runners. The trek definitely qualified us for a restorative martini while we looked over BOKA's well-balanced agrarian and seafood menu.

Chef Birk, who was at the helm of Seattle's iconic Ray's Boathouse for the last four of his eleven years there as executive chef, brings his expertise plus his trusted food suppliers to BOKA. "Over the years we have formed a strong relationship" he says of his fishermen, seafood purveyors, local farmers, artisan food producers and ranchers," so they came to BOKA with me."

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On Your Next BROadtrip, Hit Up An Old Gentemen's Club In Seattle

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  Site Where: 700 3rd Ave [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
November 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

In 1918, the building that currently houses the DoubleTree Arctic Club Seattle originally opened as a gentlemen's club called (unsurprisingly) The Arctic Club. Its clientele? Successful business men who had become wealthy from the Klondike Gold Rush. These days, the hotel attracts locals and visitors alike to its restored Northern Lights Dome Room, a restored ballroom whose leaded glass domed ceiling (above) simulates the effects of the Northern Lights. Luckily you don't have to go mining for gold in Alaska to enjoy it!

Inside and around the hotel, there is plenty to look at. Unique architectural details—like the 27 carved walrus heads on the exterior of the building, or the stairways lined with Alaskan marble—make the place feel less like a regular old DoubleTree and more like an independent boutique hotel. Which it is. Plus free cookies.

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Come as You Are for the Alexis Hotel's Kurt Cobain-Inspired Package

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  Site Where: 1007 First Ave. [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
April 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like the Alexis Hotel is going grunge. To coincide with the Seattle Art Museum's upcoming "Kurt" exhibit, which honors the former Nirvana frontman, the hotel is offering a Come as You Are package.

The Seattle hotel is returning to its city's roots as the birthplace of grunge music by honoring the pioneer of the genre. If you come as you are, you flannel-clad, Dr. Martens-wearing fans will get some souvenirs along with your room.

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Hotel 1000 Will Roll Out the Red Carpet for Its Oscars Party

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  Site Where: 1000 First Ave. [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
February 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

You may not have an invite to the Oscars this year, but you can still work it down a red carpet at Hotel 1000's big Academy Award bash, sponsored by Seattle Magazine, and have a photo op with a replica Oscar.

As part of the festivities, the Seattle hotel will show a live telecast of the March 7 awards ceremony on big-screen HD TVs. But there will be action off-screen, too, with live performances from Teatro ZinZanni, a local dinner-theater troupe that combines improv comedy, vaudeville, music, dance and cirque.

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Celebrate the Season with a Conscience at Hotel 1000

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  Site Where: 1000 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
November 25, 2009 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

The commercialism of the holiday season isn’t even in full fa-la-la swing, and already, we wish we could click our weatherproofed boots together and fast forward straight to 2010. As soon as we were old enough to know better, materialism, Macy’s and a complete lack of religious convictions killed the seasonal merriment for us and we pretty much tune out the world from Thanksgiving until the New Year.

We make a few exceptions, especially for people/places/products that manage to celebrate the spirit of the season with a conscience – Hotel 1000 in Seattle. The hotel does it up Saint Nick style all month long (faux snow at front door, warm nuts for passerbyers, etc.), but it’s the 12 Days of Comfort, Joy & Cheer component of the festivities that benefits the local non-profit organization, Art With Heart.

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A Taste of Italy in Seattle for Recessionistas

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  Site Where: 1007 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
October 12, 2009 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

We swoon for all things Italian (pasta, leather footwear, gelato, dark wavy hair...) but right now, our pocketbook is feeling more "stay domestic cheap" than "maxxed-out credit card European fabulous."

So, when the Seattle Art Museum opens its Michelangelo Public and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti exhibit on October 15th, we're thinking a stay at nearby Alexis Hotel with its "Art of Michelanglo" package will be a whole lot more economical than round-trip fare to Florence. And since SAM is the only place showing this collection in the United States, it looks like you just gotta come to Seattle to see it.

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Hotel 1000's Spaahh Can Put You 'Back on the Market'

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  Site Where: 1000 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
October 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Lilo and Samantha Ronson split back in April, our favorite rehabber dyed her hair back to trademark red and got a new tattoo. When Kim Kardashian parted ways from her football boyfriend, Reggie Bush late this summer, the raven-haired beauty hit the peroxide bottle and went blonde. (Both couples seem to be back on again. For now.)

So, whether you’re rebounding from a nasty divorce or an unforeseen break-up (our condolences, we know how much break-ups suck), Spaahh at Hotel 1000 is on hand with its Back on the Market Package to help wash that man (or woman) right out of your hair.

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Drinking Lessons: A Night School Event at Sorrento Hotel

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  Site Where: 900 Madison Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
August 12, 2009 at 6:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Let’s take a moment to raise a toast and wax poetic to the booze-fueled beauty that is Sorrento Hotel’s school of imbibing education, Drinking Lessons. Twice a month, the hotel’s Hunt Club will host a cocktail savant for a two-hour, in-depth exploration in the preparation and history of three different cocktails.

Here’s the upcoming August sched:

August 18 (5:30 & 8 p.m.): Ryan Thomas Magarian
President Liquid Relations/Co-Founder Aviation Gin, Magarian’s “chef like” approach to mixology has garnered countless media mentions, including New York Times, Food and Wine, People Magazine, US Weekly, and Men’s Health.

August 24 (5:30 & 8 p.m.): Murray Stenson
Arguably one of the best bartenders in the country, bar seats at Zig Zag Café are at a premium when Stenson’s working Tuesday – Friday nights. Playboy named him one of the nation’s top ten mixologists in 2007.

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Hotel 1000 Now Serving Grilled Cheeses and Mojitos at The Spaahh

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  Site Where: 1000 First Avenue [map], Seattle , WA, United States, 98104
August 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

We didn’t hide our love for BOKA Kitchen + Bar, so when we caught wind that the restaurant was launching a new Angelic Morsels/Sinful Indulgences menu for the Spaah (yeah, just like that) at Hotel 1000, we just had to pop in and try it out. Timing-wise, it didn’t hurt that our feet were in desperate need of some summer lovin’.

Spaahh offers the usual treatments from facials, massage, manis/pedis, and treatments made just for the men. The space is small but there’s something instantly soothing about not needing to make a mental map to navigate a day spa.

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10 Reasons To Hit Up BOKA Happy Hour at Hotel 1000

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  Site Where: 1010 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
July 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you’ve ever been to Hotel 1000 then you know that this popular after work spot boasts one of downtown Seattle’s best (if not the best, IMO) happy hours. Chef Angie Roberts takes BOKA’s culinary program seriously and doesn’t slack for happy hour just because prices are slashed. Instead, her nearly 80% organic menu shines on spruced up comforty American favorites, with – dare we say – a bit of urban flare. When we stayed at Hotel 1000 the other month, eating at BOKA was the highlight of our trip. That and the Space Needle of course!

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About That Bath at Hotel 1000

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  Site Where: 1000 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
May 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

Over the weekend we spent a few days in Seattle checking out the city's coffee shops, fish markets and, of course, the hotel scene. This week we'll be putting forth our reviews and observations on Seattle's hotels, of which there are plenty. Got any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Yesterday we gave you the full review of the Hotel 1000 in Seattle but we don't feel as if we spent enough time talking about the tub. Yes, we want to talk more about the tub. This is a free-standing bathtub where the controls are on the wall to the left and the water pours down from the ceiling. It's soooo cool.

At first, we had no idea how to work this thing. When we peered in there was only a drain but no hot or cold handles. Then we spotted the control on the wall and we moved it. A large splat happened behind us and we jumped. That's when we realized the noise was coming from the ceiling.

It took a few tries to get the water temperature right but once we did, we poured in the bubbles and waited until the tub was full. Then we just relaaaaaaxed.

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Sleeping in Seattle: Inside Hotel 1000

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  Site Where: 1000 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
May 4, 2009 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (3)

Over the weekend we spent a few days in Seattle checking out the city's coffee shops, fish markets and, of course, the hotel scene. This week we'll be putting forth our reviews and observations on Seattle's hotels, of which there are plenty. Got any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

A while back we had a nice little weekend getaway to Seattle all planned out. Then we got sick the day of our departure. And not just head-cold sick but vertigo sick. The kind of sick where you can't stand up or sit up without fear of your head falling off. We would guess it's a close second to the fear of swine flu.

Our reservation at a hotel that we booked using Expedia was uncancellable at that time and as we told you, we had to eat the room rate (However, the lady at Expedia did feel bad and gave us a $50 Expedia credit.) But now we can let you know that the hotel we were supposed to stay in was Hotel 1000.

Despite all this, we really wanted to stay here so we rebooked it through the hotel. Here's what we got.

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