The Four Seasons Seattle fully embraces the Northwest’s commitment to quality and customer service, and after a weekend visit I feel spoiled for anything less. A luxury hotel built for Seattle, the colors, furnishings and finishes, like native wood and stone and local artisan glass, truly capture the Pacific Northwest. The results are a beautiful balance of clean and modern, with a natural, welcoming warmth.
Original works from local artists adorn the lobby, halls and restaurant. The guest rooms are accented by reproductions of local art as sourced from their partnership with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), which is right across the street. The Northwest’s love of good food from local, sustainable sources is reflected in their restaurant, aptly named ART. It is this attention to detail that sets the tone and is carried out in every area, including customer service. Their location in the heart of Seattle, situated above Elliott Bay with views extending across the Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains, and proximity to Pike Place Market seals the deal.
Upon arriving in our rooms we were greeted by a specially decorated plate of goodies for my Twi-hard tween and specialty popcorn and licorice for my movie lover. A Beanie Baby sock monkey was on each girl’s bed, waiting to be snuggled. The Four Seasons Seattle has a habit of getting to know their guests. After the excitement about these fun gifts, my daughters went to explore and quickly found the in-mirror TV in the marble bathroom. If we had this at home I think a bubble bath with cartoons would become a nightly ritual. The child-sized robes and slippers that awaited them later after turn down service left a lasting impression.
We spent our afternoon exploring Pike Place Market which is a block away, then walked along the waterfront. By evening we were ready for a fantastic meal, ART Seattle did not disappoint. The menu was creative, organic and locally sourced, billed as “Urban Northwest”. We tried the Whidbey Island Clam, Crab Chowder – a unique version of a classic. My husband, our in-house clam chowder aficionado, declared it to be one of the best chowders he’d ever had. The flavor combination of the Indian Spiced Salmon, was fantastic. I appreciated that the kid’s menu contained healthy options that were kid-friendly, but sophisticated. My youngest loved the Crispy Baked Free Range Chicken and enjoyed following their mascot Larry through his Seattle adventure in their menu.
From the dining room we saw a party at the Chef’s Table in the Lounge, which featured locally-crafted draft wine. We’d never tried draft wine, so we asked to sample a couple of glasses and found them to be quite enjoyable. We finished our lovely meal with an espresso and It’s Complicated dessert, a bittersweet chocolate tort with tiramisu ice cream. For this chocolate and coffee lover, it was as wonderfully decadent as it sounds. I think the highlight of our dinner was the Space Needle Sundae; an ice cream sundae surrounded by blue cotton candy, topped by a Space Needle cookie that peeked out from the clouds. Heads turned as the server carried it out, and it seemed as though we had started a trend; we saw several more brought out to adults and children shortly thereafter.
After dinner my youngest was ready for bed, and fell asleep almost as soon as her head hit the soft down pillow in her cozy bed. I enjoyed some quiet time and slipped into a hot bubble bath in the large soaking tub. My oldest was longing to try the outdoor infinity-edge pool, so even though it was 9:00 at night and the middle of winter, my husband took her out to the terrace, where she swam in the pool, then relaxed in the hot tub, while he sat back with a cup of coffee watching the night sky over Elliot Bay. The Four Seasons Seattle is the only Seattle hotel with an outdoor pool. The terrace also includes a open firepit, and June through September there is also a bar and grill service, with it’s own pool-side menu. Although we opted for a night in, Seattle has wonderful theater, music and sporting events within close proximity for a family night out.
Before heading for home the next day, a last luxury was time in the sauna and eucalyptus steam room, a complimentary amenity for all hotel guests. It was a nice way to end a wonderful stay. The hotel has a full service spa featuring a wide variety of massages, anti-aging and relaxing treatments, and nail services. Last year I was given a massage at Seattle Four Seasons as a gift from a friend. Heaven! The room overlooked the Puget Sound and the bed was covered in luxuriously plush blankets. Next visit I plan on trying one of their signature treatments, like the Emerald Rain experience or Amala rejuvenating anti-aging facial.
Overall I found the services, location and amenities to be quickly habit-forming, the aesthetics an authentic representation of the Northwest. My family enjoyed our visit so much that we plan to return for a summer staycation to enjoy the pool, take in a ball game and explore more of the city that we call home.
Tip: It is the goal of the Four Seasons Seattle that you have the best possible stay; communication is key.
- When you make reservations provide your kids names, ages and likes – they will have a special welcome waiting for them.
- Ask for what you need, just because something is not listed, doesn’t mean it’s not available. Microwaves, coffee pots and refrigerators are not standard, but are available upon request, as is hypo-allergenic bedding. There are special services and amenities for families and children including equipment like baby bottles, car seats, strollers and more.
- Several room options are available, including adjoining rooms that are as connected or separated as you need. The ADA rooms are not retrofits, and completely designed for accessibility.
- The concierge is available to help plan your stay, including suggesting and/or arranging tours, day trips, meals, entertainment, and baby-sitting services.
Our stay was compliments of the Four Seasons Seattle, but the experiences and honest opinions were very much our own. It was a fantastic experience.