We actually flew into Seattle on Wednesday, May 20th, but then immediately drove to Portland, OR, so I'll post that part of our trip on the Portland forum.
We got into Seattle from Portland on Saturday around noon. We were staying at the Hotel Andra downtown, so when we were about 30 minutes away I called to see if we could check-in early. They said they had a room available for us when we got there.
Trying to find a place to park on the other hand around the hotel that was not $30 a night was not possible. We ended up parking in a garage across the street that was going to be $25 a night, but then realized that they wouldn't open early enough the next morning for us to get our car to take on a ferry, so we had to move the car to the Warwick Hotel parking garage and pay $30 for a night.
After we parked, we walked over to the hotel to check-in, and they ended up giving us a suite, when we had only requested a queen studio room. YES! The room was very spacious and very comfortable, with a large couch and chair in a living room area with a large flat screen tv. We had a bar area, but didn't dare to eat or drink anything, because a bag of m&m's were $3 and a bottle of water was $3.50. There was a Walgreen's down the street from the hotel where we bought a case of water and then just kept it in our room. The amenities were nice, except the pillows were very very soft. I felt like I didn't even have a pillow. The room also got a little stuffy in the middle of the night and we couldn't get it to cool down. Other than that, the hotel was fine.
We dropped off our bags and headed straight to Pike Place Market. Bad idea. By this time it was around 1:30 and the place was packed. You could barely walk anywhere. If you don't like crowds, this would not be the time to try to go here. We walked around for about an hour trying to find a place to get some lunch and ended up at Beecher's Homemade Cheese. We had smoked turkey panini's which were amazing and homemade mac and cheese. It was great!
After we ate, we headed back to the hotel to rest and change. We were going to the Mariner's game that evening, so before we left we ate dinner at Serious Pie. We had the Cherry Bomb pepper and fennel sausage pizza. Again amazing!! We thought we were going to take the bus to Safeco field, but after getting to the bus stop and seeing how many people were waiting, we decided to just try to walk. There were so many people that were walking to the game, so it was actually a nice experience, walking to the game with all the fans. Walking back wasn't so bad either. It was about a mile and 1/2 each way, but we hadn't seen that part of the city yet, so we didn't really care. After the game we went to Lola at Hotel Andra for drinks and had hummus and red pepper spread with pita wedges. So good!
Next day... in another post.