I’m officially kicking off my travel posts today. In this blog series, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the places I’ve been and sprinkle in occasionally some places I’d like to go.
Normally I don’t like to visit the same place twice (see the post about things that are repetitious), but as we all do in life I’ve made exceptions to this rule. There are several exceptions in my travel book, but I’ve dubbed this the “business travel” exception. When I worked for Thomson West (f.k.a. West Group), I had a fifteen-state territory and ended up traveling 60-70% of the time. So once I found a good hotel, I became one of those loyal business travelers – you know, the ones they designed those points programs for – and wouldn’t stay anywhere else. When you travel that much, you get road weary and you just want someplace familiar to lay your head at night. It’s like the Cheers theme song: “You wanna go where everybody knows your name.” Or something like that.
It was only during our trip to Little Palm Island that I learned of The Edgewater Hotel located in Seattle. While I was enjoying my time at Little Palm, I opened up one of the brochures in our suite and come to find out, both hotels belong to a small, luxury chain called Noble House Hotels & Resorts. I figured that since Little Palm Island was so absolutely fabulous, by extension, The Edgewater would be as well. So the next time I was in Seattle for business, I booked myself a stay there and as they say, the rest is history. I was hooked. So much so that when I later planned a conference at Seattle University for law professors in my territory, I booked the hotel for their stay and the restaurant, Six Seven, for the first night’s reception. To my delight, both received rave reviews from the attendees.
What makes it so great. Location, location, location. The Edgewater is Seattle’s only water front hotel. Located on Pier 67, it is a short walk to Pike Place Market as well as all the shopping, restaurants, and activities that downtown Seattle has to offer. If it is peace and solitude you require, make sure you request a room on the water. You can meditate and center yourself by watching the boats go in and out of Elliott Bay, or throw the window open, slip into the Ralph Lauren bedding and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves gently lapping up against the hotel outside your window. The decor is, in a word, cozy; featuring knotty pine beds, overstuffed chairs, and river rock fireplaces.
A little known fact (at least for those outside of Seattle). Undoubtedly the most famous guests of The Edgewater were the Beatles, who stayed there while visiting Seattle in 1964 during the height of Beatlemania. For all you Beatles fans out there, or for those of you who just want to experience a piece of the hotel’s history, ask for the Beatles Suite. It is a 700 square foot upgraded suite that includes a furnished living room area, library, a dining area and state-of-the-art stereo system with Beatles CD’s. Even better, it is the actual room that the Beatles stayed in and is chock full of Beatles memorabilia.
My favorite thing to do at the hotel. Boy, that’s a toss-up. Because I was there on business, I didn’t have a lot of time to spend at the hotel. Any down time I had would be spent one of two ways. I would either take up residence in one of the overstuffed chairs in the lobby and relax while staring out at the Olympic mountains over the water, or hole up in my room in front of the fireplace with room service (you absolutely must try the Dungeness crab and shrimp cake) and a trashy mag. Aaaaahhhhhh!
Impressive awards and other details. What more do you need than my stamp of approval?! Well, okay. If you need more convincing, it was awarded Four-Diamonds by AAA and chosen as Seattle’s Best Hotel Location by Frommer’s. The hotel’s restaurant, Six Seven, has consistently won awards as well.
I was able to snag the corporate rate when I stayed there which was very reasonable and I must say, comparable to what I received at other hotels of the same caliber in downtown Seattle. Current rates start at about $180/night (not taking into account additional discounts like AARP, AAA, etc.) and go up from there depending on the time of year. Though I am no longer on that expense account, I would happily pay the money to stay there again.
Safe and happy travels to you all!
THE EDGEWATER HOTEL, 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, Seattle, WA 98121 1.800.624.0670