To get to Seattle I flew from West Palm Beach, Florida (via Atlanta), on Delta Airlines. What I love about Delta is that pretty much every one of their planes has Wi-Fi powered by InFlight Internet. As an added bonus it’s being offered for free through January 2 (thanks, Google Chrome!).
When I arrived the sun had just set on Seattle and I was greeted by a picturesque view of the skyline. Later, I went out to dinner with my childhood friend Matt and his family, and on the way to the restaurant they took me up to Kerry Park, located in Queen Anne, on Highland Drive. It has one of the best views of the city. Don’t you agree?
Four Seasons Seattle Entrance
I was invited to spend the night at the fairly new (two years old) Four Seasons Hotel. It’s a beautiful building in the heart of downtown. The first 10 floors of the 21-story building are dedicated to the hotel with its 147 guest rooms. The remaining floors are the Four Seasons private residences that have just 36 spacious high-rise estates. They sell for $2 million to $10 million.
Four Seasons Seattle Lobby
I loved the look and feel of the lobby.
Four Seasons Seattle Hallway
My biggest disappointment at the hotel was the hallway. I loved the rug, but the walls and lighting were kind of depressing.
Four Seasons Seattle Room
My room sure made up for the hallway. The decor is bright and airy, with a clean, contemporary look. The bed was like a dream, and I’m so glad I don’t have one of them in my house, because I would never want to travel.
The rooms have custom ergonomic furniture and an elliptical desk. They charge $11 for standard internet access (slow connection) and $15 for the good stuff (premium). I think this is the next moneymaker for hotels, since most guests like to stream video or upload photos/files from their laptops. FYI: The rooms come with 42-inch (107-centimeter) plasma televisions.
FYI: The rooms come with 42-inch (107-centimeter) plasma televisions.
Four Seasons Seattle Bathroom
The marble bathroom was awesome! It had a gigantic glass-enclosed rain shower and a deep-soaking tub. The best part besides the L’Occitane amenities was an integrated television in the mirror.
Just below my window was the pool terrace, which looked amazing with its lush Zen-garden landscape surrounding the infinity pool. I wish I had had some friends to circle around the outdoor fireplace or motivate me to hit the gym.
By far the best view was looking out of my picture window at Elliott Bay with Seattle’s ferries going back and forth.
Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains
Here’s a view from my bed at 7a.m.
In the morning I met with my PR friend Anne, who reps an Internet company called TravelPost.com. We went to Cafe Fonté (website), a wine bar where they serve the tap water in empty wine bottles. I had a hot chocolate and Eggs Campagna (baked eggs & spicy tomato sauce on bruschetta) for $11. Anne had old fashioned oatmeal with fruit ($8). It was good, and only half a block from my hotel.
The Seattle Art Museum
Across the street from Four Seasons is The Seattle Art Museum; through January 17, 2011, they are exhibiting Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. I wish I had time to see it. I guess I will just have to go when it’s back in Paris ;-).