Although I stayed at the Four Seasons when I was in Seattle earlier this month, I was also hoping to check out another hotel that was hot on my radar: The Hyatt at Olive 8. The hotel opens today so I obviously wasn’t able to book a night’s stay when I was there, but was able to go on a very cool hard hat tour.
I used to go to Seattle on business quite a bit and have spent many nights at Seattle’s Grand Hyatt down the street, which to this day, remains one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at – from it’s rich elegance, to top notch service, to their huge bathrooms. From what I could gather, the Olive 8 Hyatt certainly meets or perhaps even exceeds the quality and amenities of the Grand Hyatt, but delivers a completely different feel. To put it in a different way, if the Grand Hyatt best suits the corporate crowd, the Olive 8 attracts the young techies, the startup crowd, and modern entrepreneurs who may not necessarily wear suits to work. Instead of deep mahogany tones, the Hyatt at Olive 8 is designed in light tones, which creates a general cheerful and expansive feel. This is not to say that the Olive 8 needs to create the illusion of expansiveness; their facilities are already some of the largest I’ve seen. Their spa contains 12 treatment suites (named as such because they are larger than standard rooms), the grand ball room is over 6200 sq ft, and they have an 2,400 sq ft gym (twice the size of my entire New York apartment!). Now that’s a gym! Not a closet with three treadmills that you often find at many hotels.
The Hyatt at Olive 8 is also on track to be Seattle’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified hotel, a designation that takes six months from time of opening. It’s certainly about time that Seattle, one of the greenest cities I’ve ever been to, starts leading the eco-friendly hotel movement in the Pacific Northwest. The “green” details are everywhere – from filtered instead of bottled water, special shower heads, to a saline (instead of chlorine) pool, to using the Watt Stopper master power controls to control in room power (this is very common internationally, very rare in the States). The list really goes on and I am thoroughly impressed with how aggressively they have made the effort to care for our environment in a sustainable way.
The Hyatt at Olive 8 doesn’t sacrifice comfort and luxury in the name of keeping things green. All the rooms are fully equipped with top quality amenities and offer the highest level of service. I also spotted TVs in the bathroom mirrors and you can even request a private yoga or pilates class in your room.
The next time I’m in Seattle, I will be planning on checking into the Hyatt at Olive 8. Making the choice to support such an environmentally conscious place must be the easiest (and most comfortable) way to help out in the quest for a greener Earth.
Reservations can be made on their website.