Seattle’s growth continues to skyrocket and new hotels are sprouting throughout the city. One of its newest hotels is The Charter Hotel, A Curio Collection by Hilton, located on 2nd Avenue in the heart of downtown.
During our 24-hour stay, we found this sleek hotel to be an ideal jumping off point to explore and enjoy all that downtown Seattle has to offer. Sharing our experience and some recommendations on what to do while visiting the Emerald City of Seattle!
The Charter Hotel Seattle
From the moment we arrived to The Charter Seattle Hotel, we were graciously welcomed by the staff and met Vladimir Akselrud, Director of the Front Office. He introduced us to this new hotel and showed us all that it has to offer for a range of guests from vacationers to business travelers. The hotel has 229 guest and suite rooms, a fitness and recreation room, a spa with a steam and sauna, and another floor with the business center and conference rooms.
He shared “Whether conducting business, or spending quality time with your family, our Curio hotels are here to make the most of your stay by offering unique, independent properties that provide the services you need, the amenities you expect, and the extras you deserve.”
We went to the 14th floor, opened the door to #1412, our 777 sq. ft. Curio Suite, and were impressed with its modern design with wood accents, warm colors and artwork. Our hallway led to a small dining area for 4 people and living room with comfortable furnishings, that continued to our spacious bedroom and bath.
The king-size bedroom had a Waldorf Astoria bed with luxurious bedding and fine linens, a walk-in closet, vanity. One of my favorite places to sit was in the chaise lounge with great views of Elliott Bay and the city. The large marble bathroom had double sinks, a separate shower area and an oversized white bathtub was a treat, and there were even fluffy white robes and towels by Frette along with other amenities.
Our suite had two 50-inch HDTV with streaming capabilities, Bluetooth® enabled Bose speaker, a mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker with local coffee/tea, and a wet bar including a mini bar.
We met the hotel’s General Manager Sebastien Pfeiffer who shared, “When you stay at Curio properties, you can expect dining experiences as diverse and unique as the independent hotels that form the collection. Start the day with a hearty breakfast or nutritious light bite; try innovative local favorites prepared with only the freshest ingredients, or simply relax with a cup of coffee in the hotel lounge. From business brunches to pre-dinner drinks and everything in between, the options at our Curio properties are there to be discovered and enjoyed.”
We were invited for bites and craft cocktails at the hotel’s 16th floor Fog Room, a rooftop lounge that blends the indoors with outdoors. This place was buzzing with guests and locals enjoying the sunset views, delicious plates, drinks and ambiance. We love the outdoor patio, even on a rainy day since there are heaters to stay warm. Our citrus olives and thinly sliced prosciutto were the perfect appetizer before dinner.
After our visit to The Fog Room, we went to the hotel’s restaurant, the Patagōn for dinner. This restaurant is inspired by the Asadors of Argentina who skillfully grill and roast meats, vegetables and seafood to bring out incredible flavors.
We met Chef Stephen Moore who shared “we use local hardwoods to infuse the flavors of slow roasting embers into each and every dish – from grilled romaine, steaks to seafood.” He and his team are “growing the menu” with their own twists on Argentinian cuisine.
Our dinner included a feast of Gaucho Rib Eye (grass fed, free range), roasted beets with shaved fennel and blood oranges, homemade pasta dishes – bucatini with fire roasted lamb and pumpkin and sage raviolis, then to top it off homemade churros! Sommelier Mark Thostesen creatively paired each dish with unique wines from the Alsace to Patagonia.
Book a Reservation at the hotel and/or restaurants at: The Charter Hotel, A Curio Collection by Hilton
What to Do in Seattle
There are several attractions, sites and events in Seattle. The hotel is located just a block from Pike Place Market and within walking distance to most of the top attractions in Seattle including the Seattle Aquarium, Washington State Convention Center, Pioneer Square and the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, Woodland Park Zoo, or the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. While in town, get tickets to a Seahawks football game at CenturyLink Field or watch the Mariners play at Safeco Field. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, local retailers and coffee shops nearby.
Here’s shortlist with some recommendations from Joyce, the Concierge at The Charter.
- Pike Place Market: One of the oldest operating farmers markets in the United States.
- Seattle Art Museum: Incredible art collection just blocks from the hotel.
- Seattle Needle: This Seattle landmark built for the 1962 World’s Fair features a world-class observation deck.
- Chihuly Garden and Glass: Local glass artists showcases some of his greatest works.
- Museum of Pop Culture
- Pacific Science Center
- Seattle Center: The Seattle Center is an arts, educational, tourism and entertainment center in Seattle.
- Shopping: Seattle’s shopping scene offers department stores, independent boutiques and much more. Be sure to visit Pacific Place and Westlake Center.
Lake Union Area:
- Museum of History and Industry
- The Center for Wooden Boats
- Seattle Great Wheel: Experience Seattle from the top of this giant Ferris wheel.
- Seattle Aquarium: Wonderful place to learn about the local marine life.
- Pioneer Square: Art galleries, coffee shops and trendy bars fill Pioneer Square’s late-1800s Revival buildings. Don’t Miss! The Seattle Underground Tour
- Seattle Arts & Culture: When you take in all that Seattle’s arts scene offers including dozens of art galleries downtown and in Pioneer Square. Check the schedule for the First Thursday artwalk.
- Ballard Locks
Green Lake Area:
- Woodland Park Zoo
Half Day and Day Trips:
- Washington State Ferry: Enjoy a quintessential Seattle experience by visiting one of many islands by ferry.
- Kenmore Air: Kenmore Air is among the best-known and most respected seaplane operations in the world.
Global Adventuress thanks The Charter Hotel Seattle for hosting our stay. All opinions are are own.