Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
What We Love
- The spa’s ultra-soothing Deep Forest Bliss full-body detox massage, plus a laze about afterward in the gorgeous, tiled steam room
- Huge guestroom windows that let in plenty of light
- The restaurant’s decadent “Ultimate Art Burger,” served with an exhaustive assortment of fixings
What To Know
- Free wireless Internet access is available
- Consider arriving without a car; the neighborhood is pedestrian-friendly and the $41 nightly parking fee is steep
- The outdoor pool is beautiful but tiny—perfect for a quick dip but not suitable for a vigorous workout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a city with a few showy Old World grande dames and several more whimsically designed boutique hotels, the Four Seasons stands out for its dialed-back, discreetly posh vibe. The porte-cochère is on a short cul-de-sac, providing guests a safe harbor from busy adjoining streets the minute they pull up to the front door of this 21-story tower built in 2008. Low-slung, contemporary sofas and armchairs fill a refreshingly unfussy lobby of mostly muted grays and tans, accented by a few abstract paintings, a couple of colorfully striped accent rugs and a sleek, rectilinear fireplace. The building’s top floors contain 36 high-end private residences, but even the hotel guest rooms feel like peaceful, sophisticated pieds-à-terre.
Bed and Bath
With angular light-wood furniture, a few tastefully selected Northwest artworks (reproductions from the Seattle Art Museum) and little clutter or excessive adornment, the 147 airy rooms reflect Seattle’s unpretentious personality and strong Scandinavian roots. Rows of large windows let in plenty of light and afford views, depending on which side of the building guests are on, of Puget Sound and the snowcapped Olympic Mountains in the distance, or different perspectives on the city’s handsome skyline. Beds are swathed in soft linens. A big plus are the huge bathrooms, which come with double vanities and deep soaking tubs clad in gray-streaked white marble, showers with rain showerheads and separate commode rooms.
Grab a lavender-scented towel and munch on frozen grapes while resting beside at the small-but-sleek heated infinity lap pool, which is situated on a deck overlooking Elliott Bay (guests can order snacks from a special pool menu in summer). There’s also an outdoor hot tub and—popular during the cooler months—a fire pit. The hotel’s well-equipped 24-hour fitness is just inside from the pool, and a 6,000-square-foot spa has eight treatment rooms, including a couples’ suite overlooking the water. ART restaurant and lounge is a peaceful, contemporary space; the kitchen here turns out creative Northwest fare, including spice-rubbed King salmon with crab mashed potatoes, and Painted Hills beef tenderloin from Oregon.
In the Area
The hotel is perfectly situated for downtown exploring, just two blocks from legendary Pike Place Market and its stalls and vendors selling fresh produce, seafood and gourmet goodies, plus great restaurants like Marché and Matt’s in the Market. Across the street is the esteemed Seattle Art Museum, and—a block away—the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and a slew of big-name acts performing at elegant Benaroya Hall. Just down the hill on a pier in Puget Sound, the Seattle Aquarium delights kids and adults with close-up encounters of menacing-looking sharks and a Giant Pacific octopus. Downtown’s top shopping is a five-minute walk north at Pacific Place Mall, the Westlake Center and along the surrounding blocks of Pine and Pike streets.
How to Get There
Me and my sister stayed just for a short weekend and enjoy the spa. The hotel is nice and the front desk people are polite and helpful. I do wish that they have robes available in the room. When me and my husband stayed last year and they had robes for us to use in the room.
I did the spa package with a scrub, massage, and pedicure. The person performing the scrub and massage was amazing. Not too impressed with the nail tech that did my pedicure. Plus she kept coughing while doing my nail, which is a little off putting.
We also tried the restaurant. The food was good and service was fast. The staff was also attentive. As far as room service food, we tried breakfast a couple of times. I liked the first time we tried it during this stay. The next day we did the ordering the night before and posted it on the door for a timed delivery. It’s was just ok. My sister didn’t even eat her food (breakfast quinoa-she thought the quinoa was undercooked) and I ended up giving her half of mine. I had the egg white frittata. My sister ordered the egg white frittata the day before and it came with an avocado toast. The next day it didn’t. Not sure if it was forgotten, but we were in a hurry to leave to catch an early flight so I don’t mind.
One side note is there is no fridge available for general use. Only a mini-bar that has for sale item. As a pumping mom of a six month old, I had to just pump and toss the milk. I know for some moms, tossing is not an option even if they’re away from their baby.
We stayed at the Four Seasons for three nights before our Alaskan Cruise. It is a perfect location, we were able to walk to many places we wanted to visit. We loved it. The staff goes above and beyond! The beds are super comfy!
The fact that I had stayed at this hotel three years prior and didn't remember until I drove up to the entrance is telling. It's just not memorable in any sense, positive or negative. I'll concede a half star for linens and bed comfort. Standard rooms are small, bathrooms have one sink and could use an update.
I wouldn't be opposed to staying here again, but on another trip to Seattle I will do a bit more investigative work on lodging options. Seattle has to have more to offer.
A stay at the Four Seasons Seattle will cure you of any cynicism regarding hospitality. It is alive and thriving at the Hotel. Put simply,: they take care of you! Not staying in your home always has a dimension of unease; not so at Four Seasons. The staff, guest room, restaurant, etc. it feels like home.
Friendly and helpful staff, allowing me to check my already purchased gifts til the room was ready was a great help, would absolutely stay again. The location is very close th the Public market Which also makes it great place to stay!