Kimpton Palladian Hotel
What We Love
- A host of cool perks, like nightly wine hours, (free) use of the hotel’s vintage-style bikes and in-room yoga mats
- The seafood-driven restaurant Shaker + Spear helmed by star chef Walter Pisano
- Classic cocktails and craft beers at hip lounge Pennyroyal
- The killer waterfront location in downtown
What To Know
- Free WiFi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members
- Pets are welcome at no charge
- While there's no dedicated spa, the hotel can arrange for in-suite spa services
- There's valet parking for a fee of $39 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Clean-lined yet bursting with quirky details, this 97-room boutique head-turner epitomizes the casual-cool spirit of Seattle. Located in buzzy downtown, between Belltown and the Retail Core, the revamped 1910 property offers of-the-moment amenities and services galore—think classic European-style cruiser bikes by PUBLIC and oysters with lime and basil at hotspot Shaker & Spear—ticking all the hipster boxes without ever seeming like it’s trying too hard. Check in to rooms and suites featuring nostalgic details like reclaimed timbers and brass fixtures contrasted with contemporary artworks and witty pillows screenprinted with pop icons like David Bowie. The tech entrepreneur set will appreciate each room’s ample work space (hi, ergonomic office chair!) and free WiFi, while the Namaste crowd will relish the chance to perform in-room sun salutes on the free yoga mats. Given Seattle’s reputation for green living, it’s no surprise to find the Palladian places an emphasis on recycling and mindful living (the rooms have organic mini-bars, natch), while also raising a toast to the sybaritic things in life, like the hosted nightly social hours. Gourmands will love grazing at the Walter Pisano-run restaurant, with its comforting, hearty seafood dishes and organic salads—the dining room also offers a great weekend brunch with plates ranging from cornmeal pancakes with organic berries to smoked mackerel with harissa potatoes.
In the Area
You’re primed to explore the best of this stellar Pacific Northwest city from the Palladian’s enviable location in Belltown, within strolling or biking distance from some of Seattle’s most famous attractions. Make a beeline for the historic Pike Place Market to get a fix on why this town is such a powerhouse when it comes to epicurean pursuits. Seattleites have been coming here since 1907 to buy produce from local farmers, with a focus today on sustainability and artisanal ingredients. Hit Pioneer Square for an art and culture fix and to admire the neighborhood’s Renaissance Revival architecture: galleries like the impressive Foster/White space showcase big-name artists like glass prodigy Dale Chihuly, while the Thursday Art Walk offers visitors the chance to meet and mingle with artists at spaces like the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Building (the TK for short). If you’re curious to check out the roots of the Seattle grunge movement, take in a gig at Belltown’s legendary The Crocodile, where bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam once played.
How to Get There
I was lucky to have the opportunity to check-in early. The art in the lobby is quite interesting. At first I thought the subject of the first painting I noticed near the front desk was someone who looked like Kelsey Grammar. The front desk person informed me it was indeed Grammar depicted in the piece which seemed to be a time period way before he was born. Then I noticed paintings of Bill Gates and Jimi Hendrix.
Once I entered my room and it’s interesting that my extra room card acts as conduit to startup lighting and electricity. What I didn’t like was a pillow on my bed with a picture of the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan. Granted I really liked the actor, however I’m not a fan of using a pillow with his mug on it. The same with Gates, Grammar & Hendrix. I subsequently informed the front desk I wanted the pillow removed and it was done immediately.
The hotel texted me more than a few times in the process and I felt very welcomed as a guest. It’s those touches that make me want to return.
There’s a resort fee of $25.43. Some of the amenities are free WiFi, coffee & tea in the morning, a $10 dining credit at Shaker + Spear, the restaurant connected to the hotel. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the opportunity to use my dining credit.
Also bikes are provided gratis with helmets. The Wall Street Journal, The USA Today & Seattle Times. Oh, and fruit at the front desk. Apples in my case.
I didn’t make the cocktail hour. I’m sorry I missed it.
I just stayed one night and my deposit fee was $75. When I checked out, my deposit less the resort fee was immediately put back into my account. I used a debit card.
The night earlier, I spent the night at a nearby hotel in which I won’t name that held my deposit for three days after I checked out. They said it was the discretion of my bank, which is false info.
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Palladian. I wish I could have taken advantage of more of the amenities. I will return if I find a good rate.
We have stayed in this hotel several times. The decor is interesting, the location good, and the staff is friendly. Generally, things have gone well. However, our most-recent stay fell short. My spouse booked a room with a tub, but was dissuaded from taking the one room available at check-in; instead, we were given a lesser room on a higher floor. The "welcome" gift sent to the room (as a Kimpton Inner Circle member) had Ranier Beer -- not wine or the Procecco he suggested when making the booking. (Beer is fine, but it's not really a celebratory drink, and we were celebrating an anniversary.) We expect more next time.
As weary travelers, we were delighted by the warm welcome from Brandon, hotel manager. He quickly got our key cards and offered suggestions for dinner. Brandon even offered me a glass of wine even though it was past the guest traditional cocktail hour. The room was well appointed with premium linens, towels and thick, comfy robes. Hotel is steps away from Pikes Place Market and other downtown attractions. We will be back!