True to its name, The Edgewater Hotel sits adjacent to Elliot Bay in downtown Seattle, but that’s merely one among numerous things going for it. Indeed, this Seattle landmark is a destination unto itself, which fuses myriad vibes and details to dizzying perfection. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the hotel hosted swaths of legendary rock bands (including Led Zeppelin, famously) throughout the 60s and 70s. In the time since, it’s duly expanded upon those rather unique roots, to currently deliver sophistication, naturalism, modernity, and hominess, often within the same space. Pair that with top-shelf service, delectable food, festive crowds, exquisite views, and quick access to some of the city’s hottest locales, and The Edgewater Hotel leaves essentially nothing to be desired. Oh, and did we mention there’s a fireplace in every room? Yeah, this place has it all.
As mentioned, The Edgewater Hotel straddles multiple aesthetics to brilliant effect. In areas like the dining room and bar, there’s a seamless interplay between naturalism and modernity. The bar, for example, surrounds pillars of natural tree bark with minimalist colours, moody lighting, plush seats, and mirrored surfaces. All the while, Elliot Bay and its endless expanse are never out of sight, adding yet another dimension to the overall ambience. And that’s just on the main floor.
Upstairs, things get slightly more playful. Here, carpet floors, muted colours, art deco elements, rustic touches, and an array of clever details combine to give off all sorts of warm, heritage vibes. As such, there’s a genuine aura of welcomeness in these hallways, imparting a sense of familiarity before you’ve even reached your room.
While not every room in The Edgewater Hotel offers a waterfront view, each one continues the art-deco-meets-rustic theme, and delivers an immediate sense of comfort. Upon entrance, you might find a stuffed animal waiting on the bed, flanked by a generous cluster of soft pillows. Over in the fireplace, the flames are already dancing. Meanwhile, the spa-style bathroom with its stone floor and luxurious shower will downright spoil you. Each room also delivers the kind of temperature control you normally dream of when travelling.
Should you be on the waterfront side of the hotel, you’ll encounter breathtaking views of Elliot Bay just beyond the windows and adjoining personal balcony. As seagulls circulate, you might catch the sun setting over the distant hills, or an enormous cargo ship coasting toward its destination. On foggy days, the world outside your window takes on a mysterious quality, as ship horns sound in the abyss. No matter what the weather conditions, a nautical essence persists, thereby heightening the already heightened atmosphere.
If you find yourself on the other side of the hotel, fret not, as there’s still plenty to take in, such as the majestic cityscape or the iconic space needle, which is visible on clear days. Plus, you can always get your waterfront fix down at the bar or restaurant.
Drinking and Dining
Seattle is known for its seafood, and The Edgewater Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Six Seven, is happy to oblige. On the menu are delectable interpretations of Miso-Glazed Black Cod and Cedar Plank King Salmon. That’s joined by a variety of land-based dishes, such as Muscovy Duck Ragout and Slow-Roasted Short Beef Rib. Breakfast is likewise spectacular–think Crab Benedicts and Marionberry Pancakes. As one might expect, service is friendly, efficient, and top-notch. It all goes down inside a spacious, modern decor, which comes bolstered by waterside views and the occasional rustic touch.
Adjacent to the restaurant is a similarly modern bar (with similarly spectacular views), where the crowd piles in for happy hour. Ease yourself into one of the plush chairs, order a classic cocktail or a snack, and get to know your neighbour. With so much amicability in the air, you’d never know you were in the city where grunge was (more or less) born.
Downtown Seattle delivers no shortage of things to see, eat, drink, and do, and a massive handful of them are within walking distance of the hotel. Over on 1st and 2nd street are an endless stream of bars and restaurants. Drift a little further and you come upon Pike Place Market, a multi-levelled maze of stores, vendors, and restaurants. Both the Seattle Art Museum and the Space Needle are likewise accessible on foot.
If you like sushi, you owe yourself a trip to either Shiro’s or Sushi Kashiba, both of which are located near the hotel. A quick word of advice: save up for the meal, and order the omakase. Depending on where you live in the world, you may never look at raw fish the same way again. In general, there must be over a hundred seafood spots within a mile of the hotel.
Thanks to the tech boom, Seattle is a city undergoing all kinds of growth, while nevertheless retaining plenty of inherent charm. Along similar lines, The Edgewater Hotel performs a deft balancing act between personality and luxury. That is, the hotel offers class without the pretention, novelty without the kitsch, and local atmosphere without the gloom. Furthermore, it’s located centrally to all the seafood, music, coffee, culture, and water you could possibly ask for. In other words, it’s everything you want it to be, and more.