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
- 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
The hotel is in a great location. A straight shot down to the water and you’re right at the doorstep to Ivar’s famous clam chowder. 2 adults and 2 young children stayed in room 207 in the executive suite. Even though the room said max occupancy 4 people, there is only 1 king bed, and no pullout in the living room. We had one rollaway brought in for free, but was told a 2nd would be $20/night. We had no choice, so we had to pay. But honestly if you’re going to advertise the room as a 4-person room, have enough beds for 4 people without charging me extra.
207 is right at the corner of Madison and 1st, so you hear all the over-compensatingly revving engines as they gun the green light on all sides of the traffic lights. You also hear all the dumpster trucks and garbage trucks rolling by, party-goers and late night hollers walking by on the street below. You get the idea - it’s loud. And the hotel is only 4 floors high, so getting a higher floor room here probably won’t ease the noise too much.
Service here is great. Leanne the concierge is very helpful at pointing sights the kids may like.
We will stay here again, but will definitely ask for a room away from that busy intersection. And for a room that actually has enough beds for 4 people.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Alexis while in Seattle to visit my daughter and niece. I have been familiar with the Kimpton name, but this was my first time staying in one and it has made me a true fan. The entire experience was wonderful and completely exceeded all expectations. I checked in with Carly, who provided with such a warm welcome and I was even fortunate enough to meet the Hotel Manager himself, Aaron! The concierge, Leanne, was great in providing a recommendation for a local wine tasting room. Additionally, the bell staff I interacted with – Evan, Alec, and Itamar were friendly, professional, and prompt at all hours of the day. My room was cozy and came with a fireplace which was perfect for winding down in the evening with the rainy Seattle weather. The more time I spent in the room, the more I didn’t want to leave! The day of my departure, I had brunch in the Bookstore Bar where I had great service from my server, Ben, and Cheston the bartender. It was a great way to wrap up my trip! Thank you, Alexis Hotel, for such a memorable weekend! It truly is the people that contribute the most to an experience. Looking forward to visiting again after renovation and experiencing the new product.
My husband and I stay twiced at this lovely hotel.
The staff was marvelous, the location close to everything, and the bar fabulous!
Rooms set up with great arty type pieces, comfy beds and an Alexis in every room. Just ask her to play music ... makes for a wonderful stay.
OK, so the last time I stayed in Seattle I was at the W. Without going to far into that stay, I'll say that the W was nice.
Onto my stay at the Kimpton. First off, the entrance was beautiful. It felt like the perfect mix between a nice hotel and a boutique hotel.
The room was HUGE!, not only was it huge, it was comfortable. There was nice sized desk tin the middle of the room. I was able to get a lot of work done without feeling cramped. Getting ready for bed was a good experience as well. I've been in too many hotels where you can hardly move in the bathroom. This was not the case at the Kimpton. Just like the room, the bathroom was really large. I was able to shave shower (and everything else) without feeling like I was stuck in a hallway.
Room service was on point as well. I never had a long wait for my food, and.... the food was really tasty. The Grilled Caesar Salad w/Chicken was one of the best Caesar Salads I have ever had. I know it might sound weird to call out a salad, but it was that good!
Service, well, that was probably the best part of the hotel. Everyone was nice, and everyone acknowledged you, and not in the weird in your face kind of way.
I 100% recommend this place!
The Alexis is our Seattle hotel!
Fun workout room.
Quite rooms, with blackout curtains.
Super cool bar.
Great location; this hotel is near many visited. Locations and in general is very walkable. We don’t rent a car and just walk everywhere we need to go.
We love this hotel!!