Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
This 11-story downtown hotel shows off modern design in a no-nonsense urban complex
Walk into the lobby of this sleekly designed hotel, and you’ll immediately notice the edgy architecture, use of pale limestone and wood, and lots of natural light, all of which give the place a contemporary Asian aesthetic. It’s situated in the middle of a multi-use complex that mingles condos, cleaners, and coffee shops, and while proximity to those vendors certainly make things convenient -- there’s everything from a Whole Foods supermarket to a pharmacy to a FedEx location steps outside the door -- they're hardly the kind of posh surroundings that would enhance a luxurious stay. On the other hand, if you book wisely, you’ll end up with a postcard-worthy view of the iconic Space Needle (a true score on New Year’s Eve, when it hosts an annual fireworks display), and that just may compensate for whatever ambiance is lacking in the immediate area.
Walk to everything? Sort of -- but you might get tired of the distance
It’s not that you can’t get to everything easily from this northern Belltown location (just below the border with South Lake Union location, a.k.a. "SLU"). It’s that, unlike some of the other downtown hotels, the Sheraton or Grand Hyatt, say, nothing is right out the door -- including all the charm the Emerald City has to offer, like the Pike Place Market, waterfront, and renowned art museum. In fact, the neighborhood in which the admittedly elegant Pan Pacific sits is downright business-oriented, so it’s hard to understand why (unless you have work-related meetings in the area) anyone would choose this particular hotel over one that’s more attractively situated. The neighborhood is growing, however, and the Nordstrom flagship store is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Clean, spare design dominates the slate-colored guestrooms and suites at the Pan Pacific, designed by architect Hirsch Bedner. Expect a large, Japanese soaking tub, a serene aesthetic, and no clutter or outdated furniture. But some may find that the peek-a-boo bathrooms lack privacy: A sliding screen opens so you can enjoy the view from the tub or watch TV, but the screen barely muffles sound when closed. Upgrade to a Balcony Studio Suite and it won’t be a problem, as the tub has its own window view, no screen needed.
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Contemporary elegance and every business amenity is packed into this urban hotel
A seafood restaurant, a lobby bar, and a Starbucks
This elegant, contemporary luxury hotel is an excellent choice for travelers with business in northern Belltown or South Lake Union. That said, its location is a bit of a schlep to sightseeing, shopping, and the coveted waterfront, so if pleasure is the reason for your visit, best to book one of the hotels closer to Pike Place Market.