We stayed at the Four Seasons Seattle in Jan 2011 for 3 nights. They had a ‘stay the 3rd night free’ offer on their website which cost us US$867 inclusive of taxes. The hotel has an exceptional location near the waterfront on 1st Avenue and Union street. It is right next to the Pike Place Market, opposite the Seattle Art Museum and a short walk from the main shopping centres along Pine St.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the doormen who opened the hotel doors for us. This made us feel very welcomed. When I walked into the lobby, it felt like walking into an art gallery with a lovely fire place. It was very sophisticated. Check-in at the reception was efficient but not extraordinary.
We had a corner room on the 6th floor which looked out on to the city below us. The room was huge for a standard room. The interior design was very modern and chic but comfortable. There were two large heavenly beds and a large lounge chair with a huge over-hanging floor lamp. We had a nice view of the city below us and a peek of the waterfront from the side window. There was a large flat screen TV, an ipod/iphone dock and a spacious wardrobe. The sleep quality was somewhat ruined by the noisy vehicles in the city below even in the wee hours of the morning. The curtains and shades were also unable to filter the street lights completely even though they were fully drawn. Thus, my sleep quality wasn’t 100%. So if you’re sensitive, don’t get a city view room. The mini bar was fully sensored. If you took a beverage out of its place, sensors would go off and you would be charged. It was disappointing that there was no coffee machine or complimentary tea/coffee in the room. Room service brought us an electric kettle. In response to this, the receptionist told us that there were complimentary coffee and apples in the lobby in the early morning. It would have been nice to have these in your room for a hotel of such standard. Unfortunately there was no complimentary free internet in the rooms.
The bathroom was out of this world. The bath tub was big and deep and looked out on to the city below. There was a huge TV in-built into the mirror, luxurious towels, bath robes and L’occitane products, and a separate toilet area. The shower area had what seemed like 2 rain showers which was great but the shower handles were quite confusing.
The Conceirge is located right opposite the reception area and next to the internet room which only had 2 computers. One of the Conceirge staff, Justin, was extremely good and friendly. He was very knowledgeable and shared with us his personal take on the sights and sounds of Seattle and recommended his favorite restaurants. We went to Lowell’s at Pike Market for breakfast which had great food in a casual setting and unbeatable views of Puget Sound. The best restaurant was Wild Ginger which was located near the hotel. We went there for dinner on our first night and were at first apprehensive about tacky/pretentious Asian food that could sometimes be served in North American asian restaurants. That idea went out the window as the food was authentic and delicious with great service and ambience. We didn’t eat at the hotel’s restaurants so we can’t comment.
Overall, I would give it a 9 out of 10. There was a small glitch in which our 4am morning call never came on the day that we were supposed to check-out. The hotel should have complimentary free internet service in the rooms and also provide tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. They should also look in to the horrible traffic noise emanating from the city which reduces sleep quality in the city view rooms. Otherwise, everything was perfect. The service was top notch and the staff made you feel that you were a valued guest. Room service was excellent. Everything was brought up to us within five minutes including the electric kettle and bathroom slippers that we requested for. We ordered room service for dinner on our last night and the food and presentation was excellent. It wasn’t overly expensive either. The city of Seattle is great. We didn’t have a single drop of rain during our entire stay. Who says that it always rains in Seattle? We even had 2 days where we could see clear views of the Olympic mountains and Mount Rainier.
I would definitely stay at the Four Seasons again if I were to return to Seattle and consider staying at their hotels during my future travels.
- 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:
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