The Four Seasons Seattle is one of the newer properties that opened in the city and being a FS junkie, I wanted to see how it stacked up to the brand’s other city hotels. I was initially inclined to book Hotel 1000; however, due to the excellent rate that you can procure from the hotel’s website (stay three nights for the price of two); I could not pass up this very worthwhile opportunity. I would encourage fellow leisure travelers to take advantage of the aforementioned rate plan because this is as close to a “discount” you will get.
The ride from the airport is approximately $40 dollars or so and taxis are easy to come by at the hotel. The hotel is well located. It is steps from Pikes Market and if you go down the long flight of stairs directly adjacent to the hotel you will be on the water (well, almost) and you will find restaurants as well as the aquarium. There is a house car to shuttle guests around town (within a limited-mile radius of the hotel—I was a little underwhelmed that this hotel choose a regular Lincoln Town Car, other locales have much more exciting cars like BMWs, Mercedes, and at the NY location, a Maybach. We did not drive in Seattle, therefore, I do not know how much valet parking was, but I am sure it is expensive.
Before checking-in, I wanted to see their Junior Suite and was shown to it before I checked-in to my double-bedded (2 beds) accommodation. The Junior Suite (a Four Seasons Executive Suite) was a very spacious room with a King-bed and sofa bed. The suite was tastefully, albeit minimally, decorated. The furniture was of good quality and consisted of blonde colored wood. It was easy to move around the suite. The bathroom was a sight to behold. Sunlight washed in through the bountiful windows in the bathroom. The view of the water was amazing.
My Superior Room on the 3rd floor afforded me a view of the Vietnamese restaurant across the street. You could easily see the pedestrians on the street level. Even with two double beds, the room appeared large and again, was easy to move around in. The bathroom, sans windows, was still impressive. The lighting in the room was sufficient and you can even adjust the light setting in the bathroom. The single sink looked onto a TV embedded in the mirror. The soaking tub was nice and refreshing after a day of walking around the city. What I like about the newer properties is that they (including this property) use a rain shower head in the shower stall. The bathroom features the customary L’Occitane bath products. Housekeeping was very efficient and always observed the Do Not Disturb on the door. Bottled water is provided at turndown, although you can always ask a member of the Bell Desk to give you bottles as well.
In spite of a very difficult time for the luxury hotel market, the FS Seattle was still able to deliver in providing superior service for an excellent stay. The Concierge was very knowledgeable and was able to get the right information and make the last-minute reservations at the more popular restaurants in Seattle. The pool and gym facilities are top-notch. It is located on the fourth floor of the hotel and affords a glorious view of the water and water traffic if it is a nice sunny day like it was when we visited. It is a smaller gym; however, this is a smaller hotel in regards to the number of rooms/suite available for occupancy. The hotel offers a small business center with two internet equipped computers that is complimentary to guests. You can also print your boarding passes as well. The mini-bar is automated so do not touch anything; otherwise, you will be charged. Expect to add $4 delivery fee plus a 20% service charge for all in-room dining orders (room service).
This is very subjective but I did not really care for the food that room service served. I am not a foodie by any stretch of the imagination; however, I found the food somewhat bland. Maybe I ordered the wrong things but I would not be inclined to order food from the hotel based on my initial experience. I will however give the hotel major kudos for allowing us to buy the very fresh seafood from Pikes Market and cooking it for us. If you see something at the Market and you want to eat it for lunch/dinner, don’t hesitate to contact the staff to see the feasibility of the request (although I am sure it will be accommodated). I did not try the hotel's restaurant so I can't make any comments about the food there.
I was very pleased with my stay at the hotel and definitely look forward to returning. A combination of the staff and the location of the hotel made my first trip to Seattle pretty awesome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For business or leisure in the heart of downtown, Four Seasons places you within a five-minute stroll of the Seattle Art Museum, concerts at Benaroya Hall or the energy of Pike Place Market. Discover an intimate, cutting-edge ambiance warmed by Pacific Northwest materials and accented by works from Seattle's vibrant creative community. And enjoy captivating views of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound and the surrounding peaks - whether over delicious Northwest cuisine in Goldfinch Tavern, from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your guest room, in your couple's suite at The Spa or by the glow of the fireplace as you relax beside the rooftop pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Seattle
- Four Seasons Seattle