Valery Gherman | December 4th, 2009
On a recent visit to Seattle I had the pleasure of staying at the amazing and iconic hotel The Edgwater. It was the only downtown Seattle hotel, which is literally on the water and a true retreat rather than just a hotel. I had the option of a few hotels around the city, but coming from New York, I really wanted to experience something with an authentic northwest flavour whilst still central.
On arrival the lobby area was spectacular with the classic mountain lodge fixtures and windows facing The Puget Sound. Stepping into my room was truly breathtaking with views of The Olympic Mountains overlooking the water. It was hard to believe I was still in the city. I really felt that I was in a lodge tucked quietly away somewhere deep in The Puget Sound.
The hotel was originally built in 1963 and sits on what used to be the sites of Pier 67 and part of Pier 68. In 1964 the hotel became famous after The Beatles stayed there during the height of Beatlemania and were photographed fishing out their window (apparently back then you were allowed to fish out your window). Other famous guests included Led Zeppelin (who were banned from the hotel after the “shark episode”), Bill Clinton, and The Rolling Stones.
Part of the hotel’s charm is that you don’t want to leave but its close proximity to The Pike Place Market allows for a convenient stroll along the waterfront. The Pike Place Market, which has been open since 1907, is one of the oldest public farmer’s markets in The United States. They have the most amazing merchants selling fresh produce, fish, and crafts and there are great family owned restaurants overlooking Elliot Bay.
The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, Seattle, Washington (WA) 98121. + (206) 728-7000; www.edgewaterhotel.com