Smack dab in the middle of Puget Sound, it seems like there would be waterfront hotels galore. But The Edgewater is the only waterfront hotel in the city of Seattle, a fact that already sets it apart from the rest. With panoramic views and a typical Pacific Northwest atmosphere, I found myself enjoying The Edgewater more than almost anywhere else I’ve stayed.
Lay Your Head to Rest
When you head to the lobby to check-in, you will notice a large room overlooking the way. The almost-floor-to-ceiling windows are framed with lightly colored wood and striped sofas upholstered in warm colors give you a comfy place to relax. Amongst fireplaces, an antler chandelier and the wood accents, photos of celebrities that once stayed at the hotel (we’re talking The Beatles!) line the deep red walls.
Step out of the lobby and you’ll find yourself in front of the elevators, which have tiny lights inside that create a tree design. They will whisk you upstairs (but not too far up, as the hotel is only four stories high) where you will find your room. We stayed in the Waterfront Premium Room, which offers stunning views of the Sound as well as the Great Wheel and the famous ferry passing by. Perched atop the King bed was a teddy bear, complete with a red Edgewater sweater—adorable touch that kids are sure to love! There was also a bear-shaped footstool in front of the fireplace and two leather armchairs to top off the relaxing setting.
In the bathroom, which matched the hotel’s theme of neutral colors mixed with vibrant reds, we found a glass-encased shower and a claw-foot bathtub…loved it. To add that extra family-friendly touch, The Edgewater includes a rubber ducky with the complimentary bath accessories.
The room was comfortable and stylish, but it definitely had the Northwest vibe I was searching for. The upscale design and classic wood elements worked so well together. Although rollaway beds are available, families of four or more might want to spring for adjoining rooms—you can check on the kids whenever you want, but they’ll still have some space of their own.
As if the rooms weren’t enough to make a stay at The Edgewater a special one, the property’s restaurant, Six Seven, provides delicious upscale fare throughout the day. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s menu includes quite a few secrets from the chef’s family recipes. No matter when you go, you are sure to find something tasty—and your kids will too.
I was fortunate enough to try dinner at the hotel and I was blown away by how outstanding the food was. We started off with a basket of warm bread and the salmon crudo appetizer (raw fish!), which may not be a favorite for kids, but it sure was good. Throughout the night, we tried salmon with grilled asparagus, filet mignon and halibut with corn salsa, all of which were fantastic. They have an ample selection of meats and seafood, but Six Seven hasn’t forgotten about the children, also offering dishes like lobster mac n cheese. Even their desserts were fantastic—the Key Lime Pie tasted better than I ever imagined it could and the apple tart wasn’t far behind. On top of that, they have a wide selection of wines, including a rare Washington ice wine. Pair the incredible food with an incredible sunset and you will have a Seattle evening you won’t forget.
Bringing Families Together
There is so much to do in and around the hotel that families can’t help but enjoy their time together. A neat service that the hotel offers is a selection of board games. I’m sure they’re not the first, but I’ve never heard of it before, and I loved the idea! You simply call the operator and they will deliver games like Monopoly, Life or Scrabble to your room—voila! A night of family fun.
If you want to get out and explore the city, The Edgewater has a complimentary shuttle that will take you anywhere within a mile radius of the hotel. Make use of it, or just walk, to nearby Pike Place Market or the Seattle Aquarium. The Space Needle and the Experience Music Project aren’t too far away either.