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)
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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 Pan Pacific is upscale, but is currently in the middle of all the Amazon construction and crowds. Check in was excellent with many offers of assistance and information. The rooms are lovely with nice linens, comfortable views, and a beautiful bathroom. There is a Keurig in the room, but no coffee is provided in the lobby. In general, the lobby is small but comfortable--more of a place to pass through than hang out. Overall, I would recommend the hotel for business travelers, but think families or leisure travelers would be more comfortable closer to the water and away from the intense construction in the area.
On the outside this hotel appears to have a small footprint, however, the meeting, eating and quiet spaces in this hotel is great. Even though I stayed at the hotel for a few days, it wasn't until I attended the conference mixer that I realized the various spaces within the hotel.
The Whole Foods with an Amazon Locker which connects to the property via the elevator provides options for travelers in regards to food and things which you need but may have forgotten.
While this hotel is on the corner of a intersection as soon as the doormen open the door the phenomenal staff service commences. From the doormen, to check-in, guest requests, restaurant and room services everyone is vested in ensuring that one has a pleasant experience.
First time visitor to Seattle. Chose the hotel based on location and Trip Advisor ratings and reviews. Very pleased with the choice. Hotel has very good staff (front desk and housekeeping in particular), room was on the top floor facing the courtyard so no traffic noise, very clean room, comfortable bed. Hotel is in a great location with access to public transportation (including many bus lines; Link train line within walking distance at Westlake Station); the Whole Foods store downstairs is a big plus!
We checked into the Pan Pacific 2 days before setting sail on an Alaskan Cruise. From the moment we checked in, we were provided with the friendliest and most impeccable service. The front desk was exceptionally friendly and helpful on local attractions. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the price food market, Chihuly Exhibition and the Space Needle. There was a wonderful Whole Food next door and we could get all our meals conveniently from it. The rooms were sparkling clean and the service always friendly.
My husband and I are returning to the Pan Pacific this weekend (3rd visit) for a romantic stay-cation. We CANNOT WAIT to enjoy some fabulous tub-time, their delightfully comfortable beds, and their stellar service, among other amenities. We sometimes amuse ourselves and use their ‘Everyone’s waiting for you!’ line for a giggle in other situations, but we know that when we check in to the Pan Pacific in Seattle, that everyone IS waiting for us, and their expert staff always make us feel most welcome and cared for throughout our stay!!