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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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.
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I stay in Kimpton's with frequency and usually have an above avg experience, especially on a dollar value basis. Unfortunately, the Kimpton Palladian was a letdown.
My bed was perhaps the least comfortable bed I have had at a quality hotel. You literally could feel the individual springs in the mattress. Also, my shower had no soap dish. That seemed odd. I kept looking and thought I had to be missing something, but in fact, there was no soap dish in the shower.
The staff was pleasant and professional and the hotel was clean. The neighborhood is a bit sketchy but that may be more of a reflection of the overall homeless problem facing Seattle.
I have tried for three days to make a simple reservation by calling the hotel. Day one... Nice guy answered. Told him I had to make an odd reservation before and after a cruise and wanted to do it on the phone. He said not odd at all and put me on hold for reservations.... 35 minutes and nothing... I hung up... Tried again... No one answered this time and I sat on hold 15 minutes.... Tried again... Lady answered after 5 minutes by saying can I put you on hold?.... I said I have actually been on hold for over 45 minutes and it's my third call... She said sorry but I am at the desk alone and Click! Back on hold.... I hung up. Have tried multiple times, random times of day and nothing.... All on hold... No humans... Today the same lady with the accent after I told her my troubles gave me a supposed VIP number that if I leave a message they will call back.... Never did. Lots of hotels in Seattle near here... If you can't even get reservations I can't imagine what the stay would be like! Book somewhere else! I will.
Let me just start this out by saying that I myself have worked in the hotel industry for almost 5 years and have never had such terrible service in my life.
I booked the room for my best friend’s birthday through HotelTonight 2 days prior to my arrival. Since I ALREADY KNOW that third party sites pick any room for you, I called the hotel PRIOR to booking to make sure that they had the availability of 2 beds before committing. My friend is a male and a big guy so we did not want to share a bed.
Brandon at the front desk assured me that the availability was there and told me to go ahead and book so he could preblock me in the room. I asked if he was sure and he assured me it could be done. Because of this, I went ahead and booked it, called Brandon back, and he told me it was taken care of. He even told me that he put a note on the reservation to be upgraded to a suite if it’s available. Such amazing service right? Nah.. wrong.
Again, because I am WELL AWARE that third party reservations go to the bottom of the barrel, I arrived at the hotel exactly at 3 pm to check in so I could ensure we got the room we were promised. Upon arrival, the young man at the desk told me that they were completely sold out. The only room available was a portion of the presidential suite with a pull out couch.. Not even a real bed. So you’re telling me I paid for a hotel only to sleep on a couch....
I was irritated but understanding and asked if they could at least put a roll away bed in the room. They said yes, and we waited another hour for them to set up the room. Once we got to the room, it was decent enough but the roll away was a tiny twin size. My friend was still grateful and I was trying to get over it, but still felt wronged in this situation because of the promise that couldn’t be delivered.
I went down to the desk to express my concern to Claire. I asked if they could give another roll away to put next to the other one. She said it was a fire hazard. Okay, that’s understandable.. but it still doesn’t make up for the fact that we don’t even have a real room.
Claire then proceeded to offer us free drink vouchers to make up for the inconvenience. She was reaching into the drawer to grab them, but instead told me that if I had a bar tab, the manager would just take it off in the morning. I asked REPEATEDLY if she was sure. She said yes. I expressed my gratitude and took her up on the offer.
The next morning while checking out, the AFOM told me that Claire had only given me a $30 bar voucher and I would have to pay the difference. This was NEVER expressed to me by Claire and was not clear at all. I told the AFOM that I was really irritated because everyone at this point has just been promising me things without delivering just to shut me up. The FOM stepped in and argued with me saying “Well if you know hotels, you should know better than to not book directly with us” LOL OK and you should know better than to argue over something you’re wrong about.
Why would Claire even offer something like that if it wasn’t communicated? Why would Brandon tell me he would upgrade me if he couldn’t? And on top of all that, WHY DID THE HOTEL OVERSELL IN THE FIRST PLACE AND FORCE US TO SLEEP IN A LIVING ROOM?
It’s not about the money at all. It’s the principle that when you say you’re going to do something, you do it. I am a very understanding person and most people are when you don’t lie to them. I don’t care if I booked third party. I am still a paying guest who deserves to be treated with respect. Get it together y’all.
The decor is the winner here. It’s really beautiful and well-designed. The lobby looks very nice and the staff at the front desk are very helpful and professional. My room had everything I needed and more. I really liked the creative TV stand. Also, the location is perfect. It’s on the quieter side of the market, but it only takes like a 3-min walk to get there. If you’re looking for a nice boutique hotel, then Kimpton Palladian is a very solid option. 5 stars.
My husband and I enjoy exploring and used the excuse to try Seattle to attend a concert for a band we follow.
The Kimpton hotels never disappoint and the Palladian was no exception. Awesome location to the Pike market And Waterfront, and lots of shops and restaurants. We walked everywhere we needed.
Super cool room and vibe, clean, eclectic decor and awesome staff. We really enjoy the boutique hotels and this Kimpton location is a keeper. Highly recommend and if you can try to splurge for the suite, pics included.