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Modern boutique hotel with an artistic edge
Unlike some of the newly built Kimpton properties, the Alexis Hotel makes its home in a historic downtown building in Seattle’s West Edge neighborhood. But don’t let the traditional exterior fool you: This hotel may be pure vintage Seattle on the outside, but it’s utterly modern and sophisticated on the inside, thanks in large part to the impressive art collection that lines the walls of the lobby, the gallery, and selected guestrooms. Art is, in fact, so much the theme here, that the Alexis has its own curator; she rotates the exhibitions quarterly to tie in with what’s being featured at the nearby Seattle Art Museum. All that culture doesn’t make for a stuffy hotel, though: In classic Kimpton style, pets are greeted with their name on a welcoming chalkboard.
Convenient First Avenue location within easy walking distance of the tourist sites
The Alexis couldn’t place you in a better spot for enjoying all that the Emerald City has to offer. Situated on First Avenue -- one block east of the harbor -- the hotel is literally a five-minute walk from many of the city’s most coveted attractions, as well as a buffet of popular restaurants and shops. First Avenue, which features several stairwells leading down to the city’s bustling waterfront area, has long shed its ancient reputation as a seedy part of town, and now boasts some of the most eclectic boutiques, salons, restaurants, and coffee stops. Have a hankering for a dash of culture? Seattle Art Museum is quick walk down the street, as is Benaroya Hall -- the city’s premiere concert and opera venue. And since no visit to Seattle is complete without a few hours at the famed Pike Place Market, you’ll be happy to know that this popular “three-F” hot spot -- flying fish, flowers, and fabulous food -- is also just five blocks up the Avenue. For a taste of old Seattle, a ten-minute walk takes you to historic Pioneer Square, known for its vintage storefronts, restaurants, and art galleries, plus nearby Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks) and Safeco Field (home to the Mariners).
121 guestrooms and specialty suites – ranging from 300 to 1,000 square feet – that meld modern design with antique touches
A steel-frame poster bed and a gold Rococo mirror, tasseled drapes and leather club chairs...This hotel’s eclectic mix of old meets new is intentional and it works. As does the pairing of deep, masculine colors softened with creamy touches (i.e. a white scrollwork headboard or a baby-blue wall). The Alexis has a First Avenue address -- which means it’s located one block above the waterfront -- but views can be hard to come by, as the hotel is flanked by storefronts and office buildings. It’s also known for having an enormous choice of rooms and specialty suites, so you may not need a view to keep you happy: Stay in the Author’s Suite and you’ll have stacks of books and a fireplace to read by; go with the Honeymoon Suite and you’ll end up with a two-person tub, CD library of love songs, and a room-service button that guarantees you never have to leave your nest.
All Rooms Include:
A day spa and a free nightly wine hour
A cute literary-themed bistro and cafe
This upscale boutique hotel, featuring 121 eclectic guestrooms that cater to every possible personality, is about as perfectly located as a downtown hotel can be. Many of Seattle’s most desirable sightseeing destinations are within easy walking distance, as are a vast selection of top-notch restaurants. It also sits right on First Avenue, directly above Puget Sound; a few rooms do have partial water views but many face neighboring buildings. Better harbor views can be found at hotels a few blocks north.