The Four Seasons Seattle offers breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, and an ultra-luxurious Seattle experience.
Pre-pandemic, Cathy and I would sometimes stay in Seattle over the American Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as it's a good time for shopping, and hotels have great rates. We always stay at the Four Seasons Seattle, in the heart of the Emerald City's downtown.
The Seattle Four Seasons location overlooks Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound, and the breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains are a huge draw for many visitors.
The hotel also features modern Northwest-inspired design, a gorgeous infinity-edge pool and bar, and a 6,000 square foot spa that boasts a eucalyptus steam room. Four Seasons Seattle occupies the first ten floors of a 21-story residential high-rise, and offers guests an ultra-luxurious Seattle experience.
Contemporary yet timeless, each of the hotel’s 147 guest rooms feature soft natural hues, striking artwork from Pacific Northwest artists, and light-wood furniture that nods to regional craft traditions and subtle Asian influences.
The rooms feature enormous floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for unobstructed views of Puget Sound and the mountains—unless you’ve booked a city-view room, which are equally elegant but overlook Seattle’s financial district, and may be slightly noisy given their proximity to Alaskan Way Viaduct. A desk, chaise and reading lamp are standard in the spacious guest rooms that start at 450 feet, but the larger suites (almost 800 square feet) also feature a living room and stone fireplace!
All rooms include spacious marble bathrooms with a separate rain shower and deep soaking tub—a real treat! A private water closet is a convenient touch, as is the mirror with a built-in television. Who doesn’t appreciate a mirror with a TV inside of it?
Seattle native and multiple James Beard Award nominee, Chef Ethan Stowell is behind Goldfinch Tavern, named after the state bird of Washington, the American Goldfinch. Goldfinch combines Four Seasons service with simply prepared food made from fresh, local ingredients. Seafood and grilled meats are the stars of the menu; a delicious burger is among the standouts. The quiet, waterfront space is good-looking, with wood paneling, mid century-inspired furniture, and fantastic views from the coveted window seats.
During the summer season, there is also a laidback poolside bar and grill on the rooftop, which features local favourites like the Goldfinch Burger and the West Coast Fish Tacos. If sweet treats are more your style, you’re in luck! The hotel lobby is connected to chocolatier Fran Bigelow’s shop, which features salted caramels (Barack Obama is a fan!) and handmade truffles.
If you’re looking for other dining options, our go-to favourites are Lecosho at 89 University St, or The Pink Door at 1919 Post Alley. Both are short walks from the hotel, but be sure to check availability, as we visited pre-pandemic.
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