Let's rewind to two years ago when we visited Seattle shopping for suits for our wedding. As we were walking to Pike's Place we walked by the newly opened Thompson Seattle hotel. We both fell in love with the modern, sleet and elegant look of this brand new hotel. At the time we didn't know much about Thompson hotels, but we both said we definitely had to spend a night at this hotel.
Fast forward to November of 2017. We planned a weekend trip to Victoria, Canada. We wanted to take a seaplane from Seattle to Victoria. It made sense to just stay a night in Seattle before we departed for Victoria. That also meant we would finally get a chance to try out the Thompson Seattle.
The 158 room, twelve story boutique hotel which opened in the summer of 2016 features floor to ceiling windows with incredible views of Pike's Place Market and the waterfront. The first floor of the hotel is home to restaurant Scout PNW and the hotel has a rooftop bar and lounge, the Nest.
The Thompson Seattle is one of the best located hotels in Seattle. Centrally located next to the historic waterfront quarter of Downtown Seattle, the hotel is a short walk from Pike's Place Market. The Thompson Seattle is located within close proximity to excellent Downtown Seattle shopping, restaurants and the monorail which connects downtown to the Seattle Space Needle.
The package we booked included a room upgrade, free breakfast at Scout PNW, two cocktails at the Nest and one-way transportation from the airport. When we arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just before noon on Saturday, our driver was waiting for us. It's about a twenty minute drive from the airport to the Thompson Seattle.
When we arrived at the hotel, the modern was modern, yet elegant and inviting. We were told our room would be ready within thirty minutes so we took the opportunity to grab a quick breakfast at Biscuit Bitch, located directly across from the Thompson Seattle (it's worth the wait - trust us).
After breakfast when we arrived in our room and we were pleasantly surprised to see that we had been upgraded to a corner suite. The room had an incredible view of of Pike's Place Market and the waterfront (even through the low clouds).
The suite was warm, yet modern and featured two separate rooms, a bedroom and living room. The room also had two full bathrooms.
The living room had several chairs, a comfortable couch, coffee table, flat screen television and minibar.
The bedroom had an extremely comfortable king size bed with two night stands. For the proximity to a busy area of Downtown Seattle, we didn't notice an excessive amount of street noise which definitely made for a good night of sleep.
Both bathrooms had that industrial modern look with a vanity, walk-in shower and toilet. The bathrooms were quite functional however felt a bit sterile and cold compared to the rest of the room. But the design was still aesthetically pleasing.
Thompson Hotels including the Thompson Seattle have a special line of toiletries curated from D.S. Durga. The toiletries were top notch. They did have a slightly more masculine scent than most hotel toiletries (matching the feel of Thompson Hotels).
One of the best features of the Thompson Seattle is the NEST, a rooftop bar and lounge.The NEST boasts itself as the highest rooftop bar and lounge in Seattle. We did enjoy a late night cocktail at the NEST. The drink was great and the views are outstanding. The space is on the smaller side and about half of the rooftop bar and lounge is dedicated to an outdoor patio which is unusable a good chunk of the year.
The next morning we went down to PNW Scout for breakfast. Breakfast was the only meal we had at PNW Scout but it was honestly less than stellar. For a five star hotel, the on site restaurant left a little to be desired. Service was fairly slow, our meals weren't great and the bacon that was served with both of our entrees looked like it came from a truck stop and should have never been served at a restaurant of this caliber. After we said something about the bacon, they brought us out another order of bacon which wasn't much better. The manager, who was chatting with a guest right next to our table, noticed the bacon and the replacement order of bacon yet never once bothered to check on us. We were definitely disappointed in the breakfast and service.
While we didn't get a chance to try it out, the Thompson Seattle does have a gorgeous, state of the art fitness center that is open 24 hours a day. The fitness center has floor to ceiling windows overlooking 1st Avenue. There is no pool or hot tub at the Thompson Seattle.
Other than breakfast, we enjoyed our stay at the Thompson Hotel. The location of the hotel is perfect and the room and bathroom couldn't have been better. The hotel service was also what you would expect from an upper end hotel. And as great as the rooftop bar was in November, it's likely incredible on a sunny day in the summer.