Top 5 Hotels in Seattle: Historic Flair Meets Contemporary Sophistication and Edge

Over decades, Seattle has grown into a bustling metropolis of the Pacific Northwest coast. Known for doing things its own way, today Seattle is celebrated for its impeccable style and design-centric approach, endless options to celebrate life through fantastic culture and food, and its waterfront location. When staying in Seattle, you’ll be impressed – it’s not just world-class service that greets you so warmly, but also the range of truly unique hotels that thrive on their unique own heritage, surroundings, and bespoke interiors. There’s nothing cookie-cutter about Seattle’s finest luxury hotels and we can’t get enough of it.

Hotel Sorrento

Seattle’s most refined crown jewel among rows of truly excellent hotels – now that’s saying something. Hotel Sorrento is worth every word of praise and appreciation that has ever been spoken to describe the time spent in this remarkable establishment. Dating back to the very first decade of the last century, Hotel Sorrento has seen it all, growing together with the city of Seattle into the buzzing Pacific Northwest metropolis it is today. Old-time elegance and class are built in the very foundations of this historic hotel but you won’t find anything that’s out of style. The hotel is located in First Hill merely steps away from some of the best Capitol Hill attractions and Seattle’s downtown. Sorrento is so much more than just a hotel – it’s a place that celebrates life in its very essence, putting on regular live music events that feel at home here.

With 76 rooms, the hotel feels perfectly intimate not just because of the size – each room has its own unique design. You will know the feeling when you witness it first-hand, as it’s the type of approach that feels refreshing in the era of cookie-cutter hotels. Art Deco interior elements are scattered all over and it’s easy to fall into the intoxicating feeling of being transformed to a different era. Gold-trimmed mirrors, thick light-canceling curtains, and the most inviting Egyptian cotton-covered beds you’ll ever come across. Did we mention the all-white bathrooms with Italian marble pedestal sinks? Hotel Sorrento is a real-life embodiment of hotel sophistication that needs to be preserved for the next generations.

Thompson Seattle

Seattle thrives on some of the finest luxury boutique hotels you’ll find on the Pacific coast and Thompson Seattle is one of them. Embodying the effortlessly chic edginess and design-centric essence of Seattle, Thompson is stunning both inside and out. It’s not without a reason that Condé Nast Traveler named it one of the 75 most exciting hotels in the world in 2017. Thompson shines in the Belltown neighborhood with its sleek glass façade and is in no way less stunning inside. It is astonishing how well they’ve achieved a balance between glossy design magazine-worthy interiors and residential comfort that exudes inviting atmosphere.

The interiors in each of the hotel’s rooms and suites are stunning in their simplicity, although in no way are they plain – each piece of furniture, fixture, and down to the very smallest accent is designed with precision, impeccable taste, and purpose to deliver the finest Seattle experience to each and every hotel guest. What’s more is that all of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows which aren’t there just because bigger windows let in more light – not at all – it’s a seamless transition between the bustling city below and the calm oasis that is your perfectly-designed hotel room. Thus the dark hardwood floors and heavier metal accents in the furnishings feel perfectly at place in the slightly more masculine interiors.

Inn at the Market

Celebrated by the likes of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast, Inn at the Market is a stunning downtown Seattle boutique hotel located in the famous Pike Place Market. There is nothing inn-like in the hotel itself except for the name. The modern Pacific Northwest-style hotel is all about contemporary design aesthetic and the highest level of hospitality. In a scene as competitive as the buzzing Seattle, you can’t really compromise on anything and each element from service to furnishings is perfected to the highest standard. The 76-room boutique hotel is spacious and intimate at the same time with freshly refurbished rooms and suites.

While the hotel rooms have great floor-to-ceiling views of the buzzing urban landscape, the hotel suites boast impressive views of Elliott Bay, Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle waterfront. For even more jaw-dropping views all hotel guests have access to the rooftop water-view terrace equipped with loungers and couches. The interiors exude warmth and elegance, and the beautiful orange and mustard-color accents have a slight Mad Men flair. The plush duvets are dressed in inviting, crisp white Sferra linens, and the bathrooms are perfectly spacious, complete with luxurious toiletries and plush robes.

Four Seasons Seattle

The Seattle hotel scene wouldn’t be complete without the luxury hospitality household name The Four Seasons. The five-star hotel at the heart of the city’s downtown area puts you in close proximity to all of the best spots in the city; on top of that, you can take in the buzzing waterfront landscape from the outdoor pool deck overlooking Elliott Bay. In a true Four Seasons fashion, there’s an excellent on-site spa and a 24/7 fitness room. What’s truly wonderful about the Four Season’s is the brand’s ability to seamlessly adjust to each and every destination without losing its signature upscale tone. The hotel in Seattle is dominated by a neutral color palette, clean lines, beautiful stone and wooden elements, and a stunning art collection throughout the hotel.

The incredibly spacious rooms celebrate the surrounding urban and waterfront landscape with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows allowing you to spectate at the city life continuously rushing by. The interiors are unerringly Four Seasons, and while the color scheme differs greatly from room to room, it’s a balanced marriage between the refined style of the Four Seasons and the design edge that Seattle is known for. From neutral grey tones to nautical blue and burgundy red – it’s all about the plush and inviting atmosphere in each space.

Loews Hotel 1000

Loews Hotel 1000 is a truly stunning player in the Seattle hotel scene after its multimillion dollar refurbishment. Located on an intersection on the desirable First Avenue and Madison Street, this beautiful hotel is at the very epicenter of the buzzing city – steps away from the waterfront and near to the famous Pike Place Market. Starting from the hotel lobby and carrying throughout each and every room, the interior will leave you stunned: glossy marble and robust concrete, and delicate glass fixtures resembling raindrops over the thick and heavy glass stairs and panels. It’s all about well-balanced contrasts and a neutral Earthy color scheme. When the bustling city gets a bit too much, there is no place better to relax than the in-house spa, where each treatment is preceded by a relaxing foot bath.

Keeping in line with Seattle’s thriving design scene, all rooms and suites have gorgeous modern interiors, yet it’s refreshing to see abstinence from overpowering bright accents. Instead, the color palette remains perfectly neutral even when color is used. Rather than overpowering the eye with deep greens and orange tones, everything is kept in softer pastel tones. In a similar way, as the elements contrast in the stunning hotel lobby, the plush soft headboard of the bed lays against a cooler-tone gradient wall with metal light fixtures. These contrasts are so well-balanced that it’s hard not to adapt to the airy vibes in the room. The bathrooms have gorgeous white freestanding baths as well as marble sinks and windows letting in natural light.

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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