My love affair with boutique hotels, and Kimpton hotels in particular, began many years ago. I blame my obsession on the fact that I am the type of person who wants to feel like a VIP all the time (although I only rarely legitimately qualify). After my first stay at one of Kimpton’s Seattle properties, I was hooked. I loved the intimate size of the hotels, the complimentary morning coffee and tea service, the nightly hosted wine hour, and the exceptional loyalty program that offered all kinds of perks to returning guests.
When the opportunity was presented to visit the new Kimpton Palladian in Seattle, I simply could not wait! I’d been following the renovation of this 1910 Belltown heritage building for a year and was dying to see how it had turned out. For my inaugural visit, I decided that a girlfriend trip was in order. And so began a 30 hour getaway vacation from Vancouver with my friend Sarah. Here is what our stay looked like:
We loved the inviting lobby and common area (where the nightly wine hour is hosted).
We couldn’t wait to check out our room.
Although we both thought we would be sleeping alone during our Seattle stay, that night I was to share my bed with Tom Selleck (my elementary school crush), while Sarah cozied up to Ricky Gervais.
We greatly appreciated the welcome treats (both upon arrival and at 2 a.m. ).
While Sarah immediately donned (and fell entirely in love with) her Frette robe, I snooped further.
When we finished our many outfit changes and primping, we commenced our evening downstairs in the Pennyroyal salon. While the creative cocktail list made it difficult to choose, we both finally decided on the celebratory New Colonies.
The rest of the evening was a blur of martinis, various venues, taxis, conversations we would forget, dancing, late night eating and general carrying on……because we could. We were, after all, on an “escape”.
I have four regrets from our stay at the Palladian that will force a hasty return.
- That we didn’t stay longer.
- The we somehow missed the whiskey tasting (Friday and Saturday nights).
- That we did not try Shaker + Spear restaurant downstairs, with its seafood creations from award-winning Seattle chef, Walter Pisano (see rave reviews here).
- That we didn’t find time to take the complimentary bikes out for a little Seattle tour.
More about the Palladian Kimpton Hotel Seattle:
Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Reviews: 91% of reviewers rate as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’
For Availability: see website
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Disclosure: We were offered a complimentary stay at the Palladian. All opinions about the hotel are entirely my own. As always on my website, I encourage you to read current reviews and room tips from other travelers on Tripadvisor before booking.
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