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Hotel Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
800-624-0670
Hotel Edgewater's Web Page

July 2001

Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at the Hotel Edgewater, Seattle, Washington.


Accommodations Amenities Food Bar/Lounge Service Attractions Dining Nightlife Weather Tips

Accommodations

We had reserved one of the premium rooms. It was on the third (top) floor and was waterfront, with a balcony containing two Adirondack chairs and a table. There was rustic wood trim in the room and a sloping ceiling. The decor was northwestern (which could also pass for Adirondack), with plaids and rough-hewn wood. There was a wood corner fireplace (gas) with two stuffed chairs and a bear footrest. There was a minibar. The bathroom contained wood accents and a wood floor. Lori noted one thing unusual - the vanity was low and so was the tub and toilet, almost as if the bathroom had been built with young schoolchildren in mind.

Inn Amenities

The lobby was very rustic, with its plaids and stone fireplace, and looked like an Adirondack lodge. It reminded us somewhat of Disney's Wilderness Resort. This was definitely not your garden-variety chain hotel, the kind we would see on business travel. It was obviously a lot of money was spent and care had been taken in designing and decorating the public areas of the hotel. We were not aware of any exercise facilities.

Inn Food

We had breakfast in Six Seven, the hotel's restaurant. Keith had a spinach and feta omelette, a little heavy on the spinach (a little spinach goes a long way). Lori had one of her favorite breakfasts of the whole trip - eggs over hard and sausage accompanied by very crunchy shredded hash browns and English muffins.

Inn Bar/Lounge

The hotel did have mini-bars in the room, as well as a bar at one end of the restaurant. As noted above, the decor was simply stunning. We went there for an after-dinner drink. Keith was happy to see some good tequila, and had some Patron Anejo.

Inn People/Service

The employees were friendly. The hotel had valet parking, which was OK with us, because that meant we did not have to find a parking space. On the morning we departed, the valet kindly got rid of our styrofoam cooler for us. One of the porters took the time to give us a map of the area and explain about public transportation.

Area/Attractions

Since it was late Friday afternoon when we arrived in Seattle and checked in, we immediately realized we probably did not have enough time to do what we wanted to do (we had wanted to take the underground tour, which lasted an hour and a half, and it was already after 4 p.m.). We decided to visit the Space Needle. We walked up several steeps blocks (we learned there were some steep hills in Seattle) to the Space Needle, bought tickets, and ascended to the top. The 20th Annual Bite of Seattle event was going on in the park, with 50 restaurants providing samples of their food. There were also live bands playing and rides.
It was a clear day and we could see a lot from the top of the Needle, but not Mount Rainier, which we had glimpsed on our first day in Washington, over a week earlier. We took some pictures, than went down to the bottom where we bought our requisite tacky shot glass. We walked back to our hotel.

Dining

Six Seven - 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle
The waterfront near the hotel was not a big restaurant area, and we didn't feel like driving in the city or getting a taxi or public transportation, so we had decided to eat at Six Seven, the hotel's newly reopened restaurant. We had called downstairs and had made a reservation. Since we were in the city and the hotel looked a bit more cosmopolitan than other places we had been, we dressed a little - not a lot, but just a bit. Lori wore make-up for the first time on the 10-day trip. Even if you don't eat in the restaurant, it is worth it to just take a peek inside at its fantastic decor. It was fabulous, a mix of rustic and hip modernism. The reception desk was actually a tall aquarium with fish swimming in it. There were light wood tables and twig chairs. The outside wall was all glass and overlooked the water, and there was a deck with a see-through glass railing that contained tables. It was fairly bright and the sun was headed down, so we decided to eat inside. The curved inner wall of the restaurant was covered in bark, and there were several inset circular booths. There were unique chrome handing lights that hung low, with long rows of chrome beads hanging down around them. On one end of the restaurant (the bar end), 16 TVs formed one multi-grid picture. On the opposite wall (behind the sushi), there were 8 gas see-through fireplaces set high into hte wall. We went with the requisite local bottle of wine. Keith had a salad and lamb ossobucco, and Lori had a tomato and goat cheese tart (great). She tried to have a rock shrimp appetizer as an entree but when it was served it contained mushrooms (not mentioned on the menu). Since she is allergic to mushrooms, the server suggested she re-order something else. She chose the crab cake appetizer accompanied by avocado, which was very tasty and delivered promptly. The server took the shrimp appetizer off the bill and said he learned something about asking future patrons about any food allergies.

Nightlife

Again, this was not a big nightlife area; that probably was more downtown. However, as we were leaving the hotel's bar, a couple women were setting up some turntables. We weren't quite sure what they were doing, but it looked like perhaps a DJ was going to be mixing up some tunes on the turntables. We couldn't imagine they would be playing rap in Seattle, the home of grunge, and got out of there before it got strange.

Weather

It was very pleasant while we were in Seattle, sunny and warm (but not quite hot) in the afternoon.

Tips/Suggestions

Leave yourselves a couple days at least if you want to get a sample of what Seattle has to offer. We really aren't city people and were just viewing Seattle as a means to an end - somewhere close to the airport to spend our last night before returning home.