Thompson Seattle Hotel, Your Best Home in the Emerald City

The first and last thing you’ll notice about the Thompson Seattle Hotel will be the view, perched atop a steep hill on 1st Street above the iconic neon red sign of Pike Place Market and the warm red glow of its main entrance. Puget Sound (now more commonly referred to by its historic indigenous name, the Salish Sea) and the twinkling lights of ferries zigzagging along the Great Ferris Wheel add a festive vibe to the colorful sunrises and sparkling blue water that line the edge of downtown Seattle. The sunsets are over the nearby emerald islands.

Designed by the legendary Olson-Kundig architectural team, every part of the hotel pays homage to this view. The opulent rooftop bar, floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms, even the ground-level restaurant overlooks the sea, and there is little to distract from this panorama: the Olympic mountains standing high and purple along the western horizon.

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The area surrounding the hotel is filled with the high-end, eclectic and stylish restaurants, bars and independent shops that Seattle is famous for. For a quick, affordable, delicious breakfast, don’t miss The Biscuit Bitch, located right across from the hotel. Pink Door serves great Italian-American food in a stylish setting, with nightly entertainment such as local trapeze artists, cabaret dancers, live music, and tarot card readings.

On the arts and entertainment side, be sure to check out who’s playing at The Showbox, one of Seattle’s premier live music venues. The historic Moore Theater, which hosts national musical events, comedians and other world-class performing arts shows, is also nearby. The Seattle Art Museum is always worth a visit and is a short walk away.

With its prime location at the apex of Seattle’s regenerative downtown, the Thompson provides quick and easy access to some of Seattle’s most famous neighborhoods, including the iconic Pioneer Square, bustling South Lake Union and the ever-popular Queen Anne districts.

Glass facade of the hotel

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What’s Behind All That Glass?

The decor inside the hotel is a mix of vintage and modern styles, with luxury accents and interesting local artwork. Unexpected touches such as a rotating welcome mat in the elevator that change from “Good Morning” to “Good Afternoon” and “Good Evening” add a sense of play.

Community-conscious rotating discounts for hotel guests at nearby spots like the Urban Yoga Spa, and friendly and helpful staff help make this place feel like home and comfort. It’s not the transactional, cookie-cutter experience that some hotels tend to evoke.

The property’s 150 guest rooms and five residences feature this unrivaled view, inspired by Seattle’s proud aviation and maritime heritage, alongside bronze accents and elegant hardwood floors, and navy and white color schemes. Bathrooms add a classic flair with black and white tiles and large rain showers with glass doors.

Pictured on the left are sliders on the plate and cocktail with slices of dried orange on the right

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The hotel’s signature restaurant, Conversation Kitchen & Bar, feels like an upscale interpretation of the classic corner restaurant that intersects with the home-style dining room. The well-worn Douglas fir tables and vibrant open kitchen offer a diverse menu of international flavors (a mix of French, Japanese and modern techniques) and creative dishes such as: shell lamb. At the top of the building, The Nest’s craft cocktails feature the same fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A wine list full of PNW wines celebrates the region’s abundance.

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Don’t Forget Ink

What would a trip to Seattle be like without getting fresh ink to help you remember the Emerald City? One of the most interesting things happening at the hotel right now is Thompson Seattle’s Tattoo Artist in the Guesthouse program. Guests can sign up to be inked by some of the most talented tattoo artists around the country. It’s worth noting that many of these artists have years of waiting lists or completely closed books, so these guesthouses offer Thompson Seattle guests exclusive access to popular artists.

Some of the tattoo artists attending the residence are Portland-based Alice Kendall and Justice Wolf. Conversation, the hotel’s restaurant, creates signature cocktails inspired by each artist to help complete the experience; so you can boost yourself with a strong drink inspired by the artist who is about to tattoo you.

Actually, make it a couple.

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