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Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle 4.0

Downtown, Seattle, Washington

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Pros

  • Walk-to-everything location in the heart of Downton Seattle
  • Stylish, wine-inspired rooms with desks, robes, and excellent beds
  • Solid Italian restaurant with sidewalk seating and a cozy dining room
  • Small fitness center with cardio and strength-training machines
  • Free evening wine hours daily, morning coffee, and loaner bikes
  • Valet parking available for a daily fee (discount for hybrid vehicles)
  • In-room spa services can be arranged
  • Pet-friendly property with no weight or size restrictions
  • Flexible event space; catering services available on request
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Some entry-level rooms are compact for the price
  • Mandatory “amenity fee” charged per room per night
  • Coffeemakers available on request only (except in Corner King rooms)
  • Gym is small, basic, and windowless

Bottom Line

Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, the 125-room Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle is an upscale property offering easy walking access to major attractions, including Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, with quality pillow-top beds, a wine-inspired palette, well-stocked minibars, and spotless bathrooms with shower/tub combos. Boutique-like perks -- including free nightly wine hours with snacks, free loaner bikes, and in-room spa services on request -- make this property an appealing pick in the city center, but the mandatory “amenity fee” (which includes access to a nearby gym, Wi-Fi, unlimited phone calls, and car-share credit) is a downside. The Warwick Seattle Hotel is a solid, cheaper alternative walking distance to the Space Needle. 

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Scene

Stylish boutique with a nod to fine Washington wines

At first glance, the name Vintage may seem like a reference to this upscale boutique's decor: The somewhat dark, intimate lobby has a parlor-like feel, with leather accents, dark-wood furniture, handsome wooden floors, and hefty fireplace mantels. But the vintage feel ends there, as this Kimpton property pulls out all the brand's usual stops, offering guests beautifully decorated modern guest rooms, terrific service, and a wine-focused "theme" (the true origin of the hotel's name) that lends itself perfectly to the State of Washington. The hotel’s focus on wine is evident from the moment you check in: The front-desk staffer (sporting a name tag that includes his or her particular favorite vintage) will explain the varieties served at the free reception that takes place every evening. An entire wall in the lobby is covered in wine bottles, and concierge staff are certified sommeliers. However, the wine theme is subtler beyond the lobby, and the rest of the common spaces are predominantly contemporary. 

As a historic building, common spaces are limited and rather compact, in particular the lobby, which can feel crowded during wine hours. Still, the vibe here is casual and friendly, inviting guests (many of whom are business travelers) to mingle and unwind. Rates are on par with other upscale hotels in central Seattle, but the mandatory daily fee can make some guests feel nickel-and-dimed. Those on a tighter budget have a wide array of solid options in the Downtown area, including Hotel Max and Motif Seattle, both of which offer stylish rooms and a central location within walking distance of Pike Place Market. Travelers seeking something more romantic in the same price range as the Kimpton may prefer The Edgewater, a Noble House Hotel, located in Belltown.  

Location

Shopping, theater, restaurants, and sights are all a quick walk away

The Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle manages to take advantage of all that Downtown Seattle has to offer -- hardly a car or public transit needed. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Washington State Convention Center, and just a few blocks away from theaters, great restaurants, and high-end shops, like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Westlake Center is equally close, with its full-on food court and access to the Monorail, the iconic elevated train that whisks you over to the Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) in a mere two minutes. Famous Pike Place Market is just a 15-minute walk away. Cruise ship terminals can be reached in about five minutes by car, while Sea-Tac International Airport is a 20-minute drive south.

Rooms

Contemporary, subtly wine-themed rooms with pillow-top beds and up-to-date amenities

Rooms and suites at the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle are stylish, contemporary, and done up in rich jewel tones designed to flow with the wine theme throughout the hotel. Artwork made with corks, chrome touches, and burnished wood furniture round out the design. Starting at 225 square feet, entry-level King Rooms are a tad compact for the price, but all other categories offer additional space, especially the 700-square-foot Luxury Suites, which feature a separate living area, two fireplaces, a wet bar, and a two-person jetted tub. 

In-room amenities are good for the price, and include excellent pillow-top beds topped with light duvets and several pillows, well-stocked minibars, yoga mats, robes, flat-screen TVs, and wireless docking stations. Only Corker King Rooms feature coffeemakers, but guests staying in other room categories can request one at no extra charge. Bathrooms are clean and appealing, featuring spacious sink areas, big backlit mirrors, and large shower/tub combos. Hairdryers and toiletries in bulk containers are provided in all rooms as well. 

Features

Solid Italian restaurant, free wine hours, and meeting space 

Tulio Ristorante serves rustic yet refined Italian fare using local ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cozy dining room and a small outdoor area with a handful of tables. A guest favorite and brand signature amenity is the free wine reception offered every evening in the lobby, paired with small bites. The fitness center is small and windowless, but the hotel has partnered with a local gym a couple of blocks away and offers free access to group classes there to all guests. Those who prefer to exercise outdoors can borrow one of the free loaner bikes available at the hotel. Though the on-site meeting space is rather limited, the Kimpton offers guests staying in Corner King Rooms free weekday access to the Columbia Tower Club, a co-working space with additional conference rooms. In-room spa services and valet parking are both available for a fee.   

A mandatory per-room-per-night “amenity fee” is charged on top of every room rate, and it covers unlimited phone calls, car-sharing credit, and access to group classes at a local gym a couple of blocks away. Wi-Fi is free for those that sign up for the IHG Rewards program (free to join).   

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Address

1100 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101-3001, United States

Phone

(206) 624-8000

Also Known As

  • Hotel Vintage – a Kimpton Hotel
  • Hotel Vintage Park - a Kimpton Hotel

Room Types

  • Double Deluxe Room
  • King Premier Room
  • King Room
  • Luxury Suite
  • Queen Queen Deluxe Room
  • Queen Queen Room
  • Queen Room

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