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Monday, November 05, 2012

MY EXCELLENT LUXURY WEEKEND AT SEATTLE: Part 1 "Living it up at the Four Seasons"


A few months ago I submitted a donation to Passports with Purpose to buy books for schools in Zambia. This entitled me to be in line for a prize as a donor. I got lucky and won a two-day inclusive with breakfast stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, a luxury hotel located right downtown in the heart of all the action, walking distance to many of the tourist attractions, Pikes Market, the Mariner's Landing and lots of great restaurants and shops.
The Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle WA

For me, usually a back-packer and definitely a 'budget' traveler, this was a huge opportunity to live it up in style in a city I have never stayed overnight in (though I've spent afternoons there while passing through en route to other places in the States.  I chose a weekend when I could attend the King Tut exhibit as well as take in some Seattle sight-seeing.

I arrive from the Greyhound Bus Station in a 'town cab' and was greeted by the hotel doormen who showed me into the lush lobby with it's tasteful art-work and fashionable furnishings.

It was, indeed, a 'luxury' stay.  The hotel staff was warmly welcoming and I was shown to a 9th floor suite with a partial view of Elliott Bay. The room was spacious and beautifully furnished. This was a room with a double bed and partial view of the Bay, worth $365 a night.

a comfy double bed
well stocked bar
work area with wifi hookup
Of course there was a big TV as well and comfortable chairs for lounging.  The bathroom alone was huge with the toilet and shower both in separate areas with glass doors.

the marble sink and deep bathtub
The hotel has an outdoor roof-top pool. (Yes, someone was out there swimming lengths!) and a fully equipped spa. The spas decor combines water, basalt rock and glass tile interpreting the Northwest's natural beauty. I had a chance at a discount but was so busy doing other things I didn't take advantage of it.
Dining room leading to the bar area
I did enjoy the dining room and the bar though because I had two breakfasts included in my complimentary stay. The dining room serves authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine.  It's tastefully decorated with detailed sculpture featuring woods native to the Pacific Northwest.with floor-to-ceiling windows providing a good view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Breakfast #1: Eggs Benedict with a generous slice of ham and hash-browns, orange juice & coffee
Breakfast #2: Greek yogurt, crunchy granola and fruit with a mimosa for a special treat!
I was most impressed with all the staff at the hotel.  On my final day there I was allowed to leave my luggage in order to go to the King Tut exhibit and was provided with a taxi for my return trip to the bus depot that evening. It certainly was a memorable weekend and a real special treat. If you're looking for a luxury weekend away, I highly recommend the Four Seasons, Seattle.
Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle WA
99 Union Street.
NEXT: Part Two of my Excellent Seattle Adventure:  FUN ON MINER'S LANDING


Tiny Girl with Big Bag said...

Hmm, especially liked the picture about the food :)

Wynn Bexton said...

I had some excellent foodie experiences this weekend!