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Travel Tip: Seattle Hotels

Check our our picks for top stays in this vibrant Pacific northwest city

Posted: March 19, 2012

Note: These listings are excerpted from "Seattle's Home Grown Charm," an article by Harvey Steiman in the March 31, 2012 issue of Wine Spectator.

There's no shortage of great wine and dining in Seattle, a vibrant northwest city in the shadow of Mount Rainier. When the last plate is cleared, retire to one of these great hotels for stunning views, lavish comforts and a taste of Washington's great natural bounty.

HOTEL1000
1000 First Ave., Seattle
Telephone: (206) 957-1000
Website: www.hotelseattle.com
Rooms: 120
Rates: $199-$319

With so many high-tech companies ringing Seattle, it was only a matter of time until a hotel packed in as many gizmos as possible. That would be Hotel1000, which supplies totally electronic controls in all the rooms (an infrared scan tells staff whether a room is occupied, for example, to avoid annoying raps at the door) and includes a game floor with two "virtual" golf machines that make it feel like you're actually playing one of 50 classic golf courses—minus the walking.


INN AT THE MARKET
86 Pine St., Seattle
Telephone: (206) 443-3600
Website: www.innatthemarket.com
Rooms: 70
Rates: $179-$365

It's hard to find a more Seattle-centric experience than Inn at the Market, which clings to a hill adjacent to the Pike Place Market, among the longest-running farmers markets in the nation. The mountains of the Olympic Peninsula punctuate the horizon in the hotel's stunning views of the length and breadth of Elliott Bay. Many of the spacious rooms, recently updated, have reading nooks; others, decks to drink in the views. The hotel shares space with two restaurants, including Marché, which chef Daisley Gordon recently updated from venerable Campagne (among the first Seattle restaurants to attract national attention). It serves a modern take on farm-to-table cuisine, while Café Campagne, Gordon's bistro downstairs, makes a mean cassoulet.


VINTAGE PARK
1100 Fifth Ave., Seattle
Telephone: (206) 624-8000
Website: www.hotelvintagepark.com
Rooms: 124
Rates: $159-$379

A wine theme makes this hotel a compelling choice. A fireside reception offers complimentary tastings with representatives of Washington wineries. Upstairs, comfortable guest rooms, larger than usual, are named after the same wineries. One of four Kimpton Hotels in Seattle, Vintage Park combines a convenient location with a relaxed ambience and moderate prices. Everything downtown is walkable, and proximity to Interstate 5 makes it easy to head north, south or east. At Tulio's, the in-house restaurant, chef Walter Pisano delivers Italian comfort food made from local ingredients.


WOODMARK HOTEL ON THE LAKE
1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland
Telephone: (425) 822-3700
Website: www.thewoodmark.com
Rooms: 100
Rates: $189-$309

Woody, a friendly Labradoodle, greets every guest at the only inn on Lake Washington, a 15-minute drive from downtown Seattle and about the same distance to the burgeoning cluster of wineries around Woodinville. The pleasant if unremarkable rooms provide stunning views, even during one of the region's regular rain showers. Lavish public areas include a spa, a yacht club and walking paths. Bin on the Lake, the fancier of two restaurants, sports an 80-wine dispenser well-stocked with Washington and Oregon labels. The Beach Café makes terrific salmon tacos, an example of Northwest cuisine meeting that of the Southwest.


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