If your idea of romance is a luxury spa or a rock gig, Seattle, Washington, on the northwest coast of America, has it all. When the weather is pleasant, enjoy a stroll along the extensive waterfront and dine on local seafood. If it’s raining, duck into a coffee shop – this is where they were practically invented. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Emerald City.
Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves are among the famous faces depicted in Napoleonic-era images on the cushions you’ll find on your bed here – it hints at the creativity at play at the Kimpton Palladian Hotel. The on-site bar, Pennyroyal, has shareable punch bowls, and in-house restaurant Shaker + Spear specializes in comfort seafood dishes. The Eff It, Let’s Elope package includes a wedding officiant and a witness, flowers from Pike Place Market and a late checkout.
Set in Woodinville, a center of wine in Washington state, the Willows Lodge is near more than 120 wineries and tasting rooms, many of which are reachable on foot or by bike – the hotel will loan you wheels and a helmet. Guest rooms have a gas fireplace and deep soaking tub. Get an in-room couples massage from the Spa at Willows Lodge, then indulge in a multicourse feast at the award-winning Herbfarm Restaurant.
Seattle is a cauldron of creativity, and Hotel Max sits at the heart of it. Make sweet music together in a Sub Pop Room, which comes with a turntable and LPs curated by the famous Seattle label. The rock’n’roll vibe extends to the massive black-and-white photos of rock legends on the doors of each guest room. Enjoy a local ale at the nightly craft-beer hour, then hit the town or stay in and order room service.
A rock’n’roll heart beats at the W Seattle, from the giant albums lining the wall of the Living Room Bar and the nightclub feel of Trace restaurant to a working music studio right in the hotel. Aside from hundreds of standard guest rooms with huge windows – ask for a higher floor to get the best views – the W’s Wow suites include a jetted tub and lots of room to lounge.
Even its name evokes the romance of the Italian coastline. Sitting on First Hill above downtown Seattle, the city’s oldest boutique hotel has charming architectural touches and comforts aplenty for couples, including plush pillowtop beds. Enjoy a cocktail in the Fireside Room or speakeasy bar, then take a table for two at the in-house restaurant, Stella, for coastal Italian cuisine under a canopy of lights.
Settle into a room painted in the verdant shades of the Evergreen State, where you can enjoy some chillout time together. Rain showers are a fixture here. Dine on Southern-inspired food with Pacific Northwest accents at the Hart and the Hunter, or forage in nearby Pike Place Market for your perfect picnic ingredients.
Art Deco goes to college at this high-rise hotel near the University of Washington. The lobby is packed with books, and art on the walls, while playful decor in the guest rooms includes trophy-cup lamps. Bigger rooms have bay windows and expansive views of downtown or Lake Washington, and you can enjoy the Mountaineering Club, a rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Loews Hotel 1000 has one of downtown Seattle’s best locations, close to many top sights but a bit removed from the tourist throngs. Expect understated luxury, with spacious rooms – many with Elliott Bay views – and upscale amenities such as a spa, fitness center and virtual golf simulator. The hotel restaurant sources much of its seafood-centric menu from nearby Pike Place Market.
Between Bellevue and Kirkland, east of the Seattle metro area, Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa lets you bypass city grit for a more refined retreat. Each guest room has muted tones, plush robes and a spacious bathroom. Wander or bike one of the trails next to Lake Washington, or take a kayak to Yarrow Point. Complete your stay with a couples massage and a meal in one of two lakefront restaurants.
Super close to Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront, the State Hotel hired street artist Shepard Fairey to announce its arrival with a five-story mural. Guest rooms feature city or water views, triple-sheeted bedding and a big walk-in shower. The on-site restaurant, Ben Paris, offers a brunch you’ll remember and crafty cocktails day and night. Grab one and head to the guests-only rooftop deck.