My husband and I have always said that if we could move anywhere in the US, it would be to Seattle. There are lots of places that I love to visit, but if I were to choose anywhere that I could live, it would definitely be Seattle. I have only been twice now, but my husband lived there for a time and was converted then.
We recently had the chance to spend a weekend in Seattle, and couldn’t have been more excited. I’ll be sharing all about our trip and our finds over the next few weeks, but let’s start with where to stay!
If you are looking for comfort, style, and especially location, look no further than the Hyatt at Olive 8. Seriously – we couldn’t have had a better location. Located right in the heart of downtown, it was only a short walk to shopping, restaurants, and of course – Pike Place Market and the Puget Sound.
The Olive 8 is a green hotel. They were the first LEED Certified hotel in Seattle. (A LEED certified property is a property that is recognized for promoting sustainability and green practices.) It is contemporary, modern and sleek, and I thought it was just perfect!!
We decided to take the kids along, and the room was plenty big for 2 large queen beds plus a crib. And the window was huge!!
Nestled in the corner was a safe, mini refrigerator, and a little coffee station. The bathroom was actually quite large and had a huge, deep tub which was perfect for bathing the kids after swimming in the indoor swimming pool. If there was one drawback, it would be that the doors in the room were sliding doors that didn’t lock, and those doors and 5, 3 and 1 year olds didn’t really mix. But it was a cool architectural feature that I think I would have really loved if I wasn’t traveling with young children!!
And did I mention the view?? The kids spent lots of time looking out the window at all of the buildings, and you could even see the monorail when it went by. I loved seeing all of the green space on top of the buildings!
The lobby is large and open, and there are always green apples for the taking at the front desk. The service was perfect. After seeing the kids, they offered a free movie since they didn’t have any kid-friendly tv channels. It’s always the little details like that that I am most impressed with!
They also have a small market in the lobby that serves drinks and a few snacks.
There is also a restaurant on the property – Urbane. I didn’t get to eat there, but my husband was a little under the weather on the trip so he spent more time at the hotel while I was out exploring with the kids, and he ate there twice and loved it both times. In fact, he keeps talking about a Crab Eggs Benedict that he had and couldn’t get enough of.
They do have a lap pool and a very large Jacuzzi, as well as a steam room. They also have a spa on the property.
One thing to mention is that there is only valet parking, which was a bit pricey. But you do have in and out privileges, and the valet was curtious and prompt, so I didn’t have any complaints. This is a hotel I would totally stay in again next time I am in Seattle!
Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
**My trip was graciously provided by Travel Seattle, but I was not required to write this review. I’m only sharing because I really did love my experience at the Hyatt at Olive 8!**