THE LOCATION: Supreme location at corner of Union and 1st St. Pike market is 1 block from the hotel (from entrance of hotel, go left on 1st street at red light). The Pier is across the street (with a good 30 very steep steps down, then crossing the street-STROLLERS be ware-elevator is available via the shopping mall across Union but still have to hike up a very long and steep slope). There a many choices of good restaurants around (many Asian restaurants, the Fonte cafe around the corner to the right has great coffee). Westlake Center (the premier shopping center with many famous department stores and shops around) is 5 blocks away (2 blocks to the left 1st st, then 3 blocks to the right on Pine St). From Westlake Center, you can board the monorail ($2.25 per adult one way, $1 per child 5-12 and free for children 4 and under-CASH ONLY) to Seattle Center (where Space Needle is).
THE HOTEL: It is a combined Residence and hotel. The hotel is very new (a few year old) and small. Nothing is fancy or extraordinary about its appearance. Small, modern looking building. Small entrance. Do not expect and Grand hotel with lavish entrance. Valet parking only at the cost of $39/day.
THE LOBBY: Small, dark, warm and relaxing lobby with access to Fran's Chocolate to the left and Art restaurant and lounge down on the right. Small check in area that leads to nearby elevator to the rooms. Notice the beautiful artworks in the lobby.
THE ROOM: we stayed in the Deluxe Bay-view room. Forget the " behold sweeping views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound"! You have to look pass some source of industrial/manufacturing black building with giant "pipes" to see the bay. The view, after a pausing second, still look beautiful especially early morning. You can see the ferry crossing, the beautiful mountains from very far away. You can see little boats and even the giant Alaska cruiseship on your right. The decor and funiture in the room are so simple that it reminds me of a Hilton hotel. For my taste, it certainly lacks the elegance, the sophistication and the luxurious feeling that a 5 star hotel generally has. From the bedsheets to the towels...no exceptional quality that I would expect. The closet is particularly small (I miss New York Palace's closet:-), we have to set our luggages right in the middle of the room. The bed is good (slightly soft for my liking). Nothing is fancy about the L'Occidental toiletries. Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, handsoap and haircap are the only thing provided in the bathroom. The bathroom is large enough with a nice/tall marble bathtub and a separate shower. The commode area is also separated by a sliding door (nice feature). There is a small mirror TV in the bathroom across from the bathtub. We requested a fridge and microwave for the room and they were delivered as requested.
THE SERVICE: Very good service. Everyone seems to be friendly and helpful. Check in and out was fast and professionally handled. If you travel with kids, FS requested their names and ages in advance. For my kids, they delivered kids bathrobes and slippers and welcoming snacks and gifts (fruity sauce in a pouch similar to apple sauce but much fancier, Martinelli apple juice, fancy caramel/chocolate popcorn and super cute stuffed sock monkey). Each set is labeled with their names on it. As for the adults, we got a basket of riped, plumped and delightfully sweet (straight from Farmer's market). All services are to be expected of a 5 star hotel. I should mention that basic wifi (for checking email and such) is complimentary. If you need faster speed for streaming or downloading, the cost is $14/day. We purchased internet but the speed was extremely slow (technical problems somewhere?) and they waved the fee for us. Restaurant service at Art could be hit or miss. I noticed "preferential" service based on how you look and dress.
FOOD/AMENITIES: There is just 1 restaurant at FS, Art. It serves breakfast (both a la carte and "counter buffet"), lunch and dinner. The lounge that is connected to the restaurant also has some light fares that you can order between the lunch or dinner time. There is a good varieties offered on the menu and the price, to me, is reasonable for a restaurant at a 5 star hotel. The food is good, not excellent. I should mention that kids under 5 eat free at Art and there is a very decent kid's menu for them (BEST FEATURE if you have young kids). There are coffee in the lobby (near elevator and in front of Art restaurant in the morning) and light fruity drink and water by the elevator/check in area during the day. The small fitness area and the infinity pool are both located on the 4th floor with pool side service. It wasn't busy at all the week that we were there. The hotel would provide most baby items (cribs, highchair, wipes, toiletries...) upon request.
OVERALL: It is a good, new, clean hotel with great service in an amazingly convenient downtown location. It is a 5 star hotel with its laid back, non pretentious demeanor. An excellent choice for family with kids but it is NOT the place where you would find the most luxurious amenities, elegant decor and the attentiveness to details (shout out to Sofitel, New York Palace, even Waldorf Astoria). I, however, would stay there again.
TIPS: 1. If city view is more affordable, go with it. The noise is very minimal where the hotel is located. If you can afford, go with the deluxe bay view instead of "partial bay view".
2. Reserve your room (at most 5 or 4.5 stars hotel) using Whatahotel. You will get extra perks (breakfast, food/beverage credit, upgrades...) by booking though them.
- 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 chic cuisine, from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your guest room, in your couple’s suite in 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:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Seattle
- Four Seasons Seattle