Kimpton Alexis Hotel
What We Love
- Kimpton wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
- Steps away from must-visit sights: the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum
- Cozy Bookstore Bar specializes in whiskey flights
- Not just pet-friendly; the hotel is pet-fanatical
- Bathrooms feature C.O. Bigelow products and the kind of cheetah print terrycloth bathrobes (a Kimpton signature)
What To Know
- The smallest rooms are 250 square feet; opt for one of the spacious suites (which have been converted from condominiums)
- Parking is pricey at $42 per night, before tax and tip
- It's worth signing up for Kimpton’s free loyalty program for free WiFi and a $10 minibar credit
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1911, this warm, modern hotel has 121 guestrooms, 32 of which are suites. Local artists get plenty of play in a rotating selection of sculptures and paintings throughout the property. The lamplit rooms feature plush armchairs, comfy sofas and pillowtop beds with jazzy headboards. Some rooms have a fireplace or two-person soaking tub, but all have large windows that bring in plenty of natural light, as well as a peek at the cityscape or waterfront.
Bed and Bath
The bathrooms feature C.O. Bigelow products and the kind of cheetah print terrycloth bathrobes (a Kimpton signature) that inspire dance parties. The standard bathrooms are bright and clean, if nondescript, but the bathrooms in the suites would make any tub lover swoon, complete with bubble bath soap and candles.
Kimpton hotels love to pimp out their amenities, and we love to take advantage of them. Partake in the coffee (6 to 10 a.m.) and wine (5 to 6 p.m.) in the lobby, request turn-down service to receive daily chocolates — oh, and to have your bed linens turned down — and break a sweat at the CrossFit-style gym. Then, relax those muscles at the adjoining Aveda spa. Room service is available 24 hours a day, but the selection in the reasonably priced minibar (e.g., Haribo gummies, Pringles, cashews) is so good that you might not need it.
In the Area
All the best sights are within walking distance of the hotel. Choose your own adventure. On the waterfront: visit the very cool, interactive (touch a sea anemone!) Seattle Aquarium, dodge the seagulls to eat the world famous clam chowder at Ivar’s and knock back a dozen spankin’ fresh oysters at Elliott’s Oyster House. At Pike Place Market: visit the original Starbucks, Instagram the flying fish and then trek up the hill to have lunch at pitch-perfect Parisian café Le Pichet. (If you get winded, stop at the Virginia Inn for a cold one.) Work off that lunch with a walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park. For more culture-hound options: visit Jimi Hendrix’s guitar at the EMP Museum or stroll through the thoughtfully curated Seattle Art Museum and take an architectural tour of the Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus. To explore a bit farther afield, hop the nearby ferry for a daytrip to Bainbridge Island.
How to Get There
A lot has changed in Seattle and there are so many choices now.....every block. The Alexis, an older property is still the best Kimpton option, I think, and the renovation is good. But there are new hotels in better locations, new hotels with bigger rooms and amazing views, newish hotels with better amenities and so on. I ended up only staying one night to be in a different part of the city and quite honestly the Alexis rates (unjustifiably higher) and required deposit or ridiculously higher rates if you might need to cancel FYI are just not a win win anymore.
What a great stay. Located a nice walk from Pikes Market and the hotel us super Chic. Kudos to the staff for upgrading our room for my birthday. The room has to be one of the nicest I ever stayed in. Highly recommend when visiting Seattle.
We came here to spend three nights to celebrate my husband‘s birthday and we could not have been happier in choosing this hotel. I emailed ahead of time to ask a question and happened to mention it was for a birthday and when we arrived they upgraded us to a beautiful room and had a birthday card and a couple craft beers on ice waiting for us! It was such a lovely personal touch and we could not have been more grateful. The room itself was HUGE and the renovation design is incredible. Modern but so warm and inviting. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. Special thanks to Paulina for her wonderful communication, personal attention and oyster recommendations :-)