Soft music and aromatherapy were a welcome respite from the unusual weather that Seattle had to offer, the famous Pacific North Wet, had suddenly become the Pacific North white with a freak blizzard. The Lobby of the W Seattle Hotel is a sleek yet cozy and welcoming place to shake off, where we were met by an abundance of smiling faces to offer us help in spite of the risk of getting soaked from our saturated coats.
As we trundled up to our room, the music followed us into the elevator, but ceased as we cruised down the elegant designer hallway to our room on the 25th floor.
The white out conditions left barely a hint of the spectacular views of Puget Sound that would have been afforded to us, but the view inside was just as impressive.
I’d describe the large suite as ‘contemporary cozy’, well equipped with a spa-worthy bath, LCD TV that was mounted on a swivel so that it could be enjoyed from the living area or the bedroom.
I wished I knew more people in Seattle because the layout was perfect for entertaining, with multiple couches and chairs plus a swanky chaise lounge in the bedroom.
A great touch, I may add, were the fantastic books laid throughout the room. I was so engrossed, glass of their signature Dunham Cellars “W” wine in hand, that I almost missed our dinner reservation!
Also, W’s consideration for the business traveler was obvious as the room was well equipped with an Ethernet port and a printer, plus a dedicated business centre elsewhere in the hotel.
The snow, which continued to dump down on Seattle, could not deter us from taking advantage of the W’s prime location seemingly dead centre of, well, everything, in downtown Seattle.
Once we scarfed down a charcuterie plate and a sip of wine in the room, we donned our still damp overcoats and hats and headed down toward Pike Place Market stopping at the cavernous but delicious Wild Ginger restaurant for some welcome food and drink. We could have walked a few minutes seemingly in any direction to find something to do.
For us, gravity was the deciding factor and we just kept heading downhill until we reached the notorious ZigZag cafe just behind the market for some cocktails and a little dessert.
As we had an early flight the next day, we headed back to our Seattle hotel. Stomping off snow from our boots, shaking the wet out of our hair, we were delighted to come upon the exquisite “Living Room,” engulfed in flickering candle light, and toasty from the magnificent fireplace. We hunkered down in the envelope of warmth, warm drink in hand, and slowly defrosted.
A fantastic ending to a cold, wet evening. Business, or recreation, W Seattle truly is top notch in service, ambience and amenities.