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.
How to Get There
We arrived early around 11am and were greeted by Julie who was extremely friendly and got us into our room early so we could leave our bags and Uber to the Seahawks game. Valet was very helpful and prompt with our luggage and getting our car parked. The restaurant was on site and we enjoyed our drinks and dinner after we returned from watching the game. Room was nice and clean, bed wasn’t the most comfortable, but there was a large TV, big windows, and excellent decor. We got a cheap rate on one of the discount hotel sites for this room and were very pleased with our stay.
To put this in context, I'm an IHG Spire member (the highest level) who stayed in the Presidential Suite at this property (the best room available). Over three days, it took over A DOZEN calls, texts, and in-person conversations to have the room serviced EVEN ONE TIME. Despite multiple requests to speak with a manager, I received only endless excuses and run arounds. If my experience is this terrible with regard to even the most basic of hotel services, I can only imagine how bad it is for other guests. With so many other options, I recommend tha t you AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Front the beginning, we were treated respectfully with our every need addressed. Brandon, at the front desk, did an excellent job. Kudos to him. The room was excellent. The bed was comfortable and the food was great. I just wish we stayed longer.
Staying here again was a pleasure, everyone was so attentive, friendly and knowledgeable that if I had a question or request I always felt taken care of. The menu at Shaker&Spear is a joy and their variety of wines is wonderful. If wine isn’t your thing, try one of their signature cocktails!
My husband and I are loyal to the Kimpton brand. We love how dog friendly their hotels are. This location is by far my favorite. Like every Kimpton in Seattle, the staff are super friendly and accommodating. They greet you every time you walk by with your pups. They offer treats and pats, which the dogs love. They are sure to open the door for you as you enter and exit, which is helpful when you have 14 and 15 year old dachshunds that basically get carried everywhere. I often judge hotels based on their proximity to parks since my dogs are old and walking great distances just to potty is a thing of the past. This Kimpton has a strip of grass and plants just across the street for those mid-night "I really gotta pee" moments. About 3 blocks down by the water is a park area where many people walk their dogs and let the play. My dogs liked going down there and watching the other pups pass by. This park area is also right at the entrance of Pikes Place market so that speaks to the overall location of this hotel. You can basically walk to everything worth seeing in Seattle from this location. It is the most central of the Kimpton's in my opinion. I like being able to walk to places because we have to return to the hotel multiple times per day to walk the dogs (old bladders don't hold as much as they once did) and to give medication. We were able to easily pop out, do something touristy, pop back to the hotel to walk the doggos for a bit, then go back out. I will certainly stay at this location next time we do a night in Seattle.