Pan Pacific Seattle
What We Love
- Downtown location makes for easy access to all Seattle’s sights
- Cutting-edge business and entertainment technology
- Award-winning restaurant, SeaStar
- Eco- and health-conscious, but posh and pampering
What To Know
- A $2 nightly tourism fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- On a quiet plaza with residential towers
- Not well marked; it’s hard to spot from the street below (look above the Whole Foods)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The 160-room Pan Pacific reflects the brand’s Asian aesthetic, adapted to Seattle. Making fabulous use of natural light in this notoriously overcast city, the hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase stellar views of Lake Union to the north and the Space Needle to the west. The lobby has a futuristic feel, with an elliptical staircase that appears to dangle from the ceiling without visible support. Clever backlighting fashions a “floating” fireplace, and pieces from Paul Allen’s personal art collection are on display, and Mod furnishings in coffee colors sit below a Calder-like blown-glass chandelier. Yet Michael Knutson’s 8×8-foot untitled lobby centerpiece explodes with color, proving that Pan Pacific Seattle is anything but neutral.
Bed & Bath
Hallways leading to guestrooms are lined with black-and-white 19th-century photographs depicting the neighborhood, providing a sense of history and perspective (the hotel is part of a mixed-use urban renewal project revitalizing the South Lake Union district). Once through the door, designers Hirsch Bedner opted for sleek minimalism, with burnished zebrawood furnishings and a palette of warm taupe and slate. All have premium Hypnos beds, Herman Miller desk chairs, iHome docking devices, satellite radio and free WiFi. Half the rooms offer unimpeded views of Lake Union and the iconic Space Needle; the rest gaze onto the tranquil landscaped courtyard.
Green practices and great grub distinguish the SeaStar Restaurant & Raw Bar. Chef/owner John Howie has prepared meals at NYC’s prestigious James Beard House, and he wrote the definitive cookbooks on cedar-plank grilling. He utilizes the freshest Northwest products, filtered through a global gastro-sensibility — cedar-grilled king crab legs are the signature specialty. Slurp down some oysters before heading down the hill or out around Lake Union for a night, and enjoy Seattle for all the reasons locals love it.
How to Get There
The hotel is situated well for business travel. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The views were beautiful and the room was large and comfortable. Just below the hotel is a Whole Foods market and the restaurant in the hotel was pricey but the food was very good. I took the light rail from the airport to Westlake station and walked from there to the hotel about a mile but they also had a free shuttle from the hotel to the station. I’ve taken the light rail several times and you can’t beat the 3.00 fare vs almost 50.00 to Uber. I’ve only taken the light rail during the day though.
I could see the Space Needle from my room, and it was convenient to the downtown business district as well. I’ll definitely stay here again.
Location of this hotel was very good, close to all amenities and in a safe clean area. The restaurant is a little small but had friendly staff and nice appies. Hotel rooms nicely appointed, but rooms with the 2 beds— the beds were quite small and short? I am 6ft tall and my feet were pushing through the end. Get a king bed!
I was pleasantly surprised by my stay at the Pan Pacific in Seattle. It was my first stay at a Pan Pacific and everything about the experience was a lovely surprise, from the doors being opened for me, to the helpful registration staff, to the