The west-facing bay views are reason enough to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in the center of downtown Seattle. That, and the unbeatable location: across the street from the Seattle Art Museum, and right next door to Pike Place Market. Tasteful minimalist decor; floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Elliott Bay or neighboring towers; modern, elegant appointments in the rooms (and enormous bathtubs!); and an outdoor infinity pool that exploits the setting—all these touches add up to one of Seattle’s best hotels.
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The Four Seasons sits right at the beating heart of Seattle. The Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Showbox theater are just steps away, and there are almost too many choices right outside the hotel. Skip the rental car and use public transit or walk to get around. Do plan at least one meal at the hotel’s ART Restaurant, but for snacking, head to Beecher’s and get a grilled-cheese sandwich. Home cooks will adore Sur La Table, the labyrinthine kitchenware market. And for a coffee break, try cozy Cherry Street Coffee, just one block south of the Seattle Art Museum.
Need to Know
Rooms: 134 rooms, 13 suites. From $455. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Chef Kerry Sear’s ART Restaurant features market-to-table menus that maximize the seasonal ingredients available just north of the hotel in Pike Place Market. The 10-foot Douglas fir wood buffet counters a cheese buffet where there’s room for imports, but with so many great local producers it’s hard to know what to focus on. On the other side of the lobby facing First Avenue is Fran’s, a chocolate shop that looks more like a jeweler’s boutique than a place to get salted caramels. Spa and gym details: The Spa offers a full menu of Northwest-inspired treatments, a relaxation room, and a couple’s suite. The fitness center is open 24 hours and includes a whirlpool and a steam room.
Who's it for: Luxury business travelers and families who love the Four Seasons’ family-friendly services. Our favorite rooms: The Corner Elliott Bay Suite comes with lots of windows; even the bathtub has a million-dollar view. Rooms with a view: A few of the city-facing rooms have views of the mirror installation on the outside of the Seattle Art Museum; it’s a surprisingly cool alternative to the water views.