I stayed here one night in May. Was in Seattle on business. Talk about steeped in history! This place feels, oozes, drips, looks and smells it. The Panama Hotel was built by a Japanese entrepreneur in 1910 and I loved that I was in same place as the Japanese immigrants, Alaskan fisherman and workers who had landed in Seattle to make a better life for themselves and their families. I am Japanese American and had heard about the hotel before the book came out (and no, I have not read, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"). I regret that I did not have time to get a tour of the Japanese Bathhouse which I hear is not to miss. I LOVED my free continental breakfast (fabulous almond croissant and awesome coffee - and by chance met a 90 year old Nisei - second generation Japanese American - woman who lives nearby who came in for coffee on the way to her hairdresser. We had a wonderful time chatting, she had a razor sharp memory of her early years in Seattle, her family was shipped off to the Minidoka internment camp during WWII) in the adjacent Tea & Coffee House. The owner, Jan Johnson, took the time to talk to me about the hotel and to make sure my stay was memorable. I was in Room 118 across from the womens' bathroom (with an ancient brass sign on the door, "Ladies' Bathroom") with a clawfoot tub in it. There is a shower two doors down. The hotel was QUIET, the linens FIRST CLASS GORGEOUS, the bed to die for. There is a little sink in the corner of the room. The built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers added to the feel. There was even a yukata (cotton Japanese robe) hanging on the side of the wardrobe I felt compelled to wear. To get to the actual hotel you have to climb two sets of straight up steep stairs - no elevator, so be prepared. It's awesome, nothing like that introduction to let you know you're in for something special. The clerks at the top of the stairs are sitting at a makeshift table to sign you in. They can help lug up luggage if you need. The clerks were friendly. I did ask about a hair dryer and was told there wasn't one but found out later from Jan that there is one available to guests. Not a big deal. I thorougly enjoyed my stay, wish it were longer. If you're into history and historic hotels, THIS IS A MUST STAY when you're in Seattle.
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