In all the years I lived in Seattle and on all my subsequent trips, I always thought that the city was getting younger, trendier, and less “sleepy.” Certainly in the past few years as more and more young professionals, taste makers, and trend setters have moved to Seattle, I feel like I’ve watched the city evolve to keep up with the demand to stay fresh and sophisticated. On my recent visit, I decided to check out (and check into) Hotel 1000, a relatively new boutique hotel, that to me, really embodied the newer, younger, Seattle- sleek and modern ambiance meets luxurious and uncompromising service.
Hotel 1000 is walking distance from the downtown shopping and business districts and is located at First Avenue and Madison St, just off of Pioneer Square- traditionally a more edgy and artsy neighborhood. I thought the address was particularly appropriate for the feel of the hotel- business meets pleasure and located on a neighborhood with personality. The hotel is swanky without being overbearing- there’s no grand entrance or majestic lobby. Instead, the whole experience feels very urban- you pull up along the street, drop off the car which is valeted off site, and breeze right into a hip (but not cheesy) lobby where you’re greeted with a glass of champagne at check in. One of the coolest parts of Hotel 1000 is how seamlessly technology is integrated into the design and operation of the property. The lounge houses a Microsoft Surface, a Minority Report like computing table which you can use to plan out your travels around the area (or it’s just cool to play with). Every guest room houses a 40” LCD HDTV which also serves as your “intelligence hub” which guests can use to control their room settings, ambiance, music etc. Guests can even play a few rounds of virtual golf at the world’s top courses at hotel’s Golf Club.
As much as I love the technology and cool factor of Hotel 1000, what I really loved with the luxurious side. The rooms at Hotel 1000 are spacious and completely sound proof, something that you didn’t know you needed until you experience it. The beds are dressed in fine thai linens and the hotel offers one of the most comfortable bathrobes I’ve ever put on. The bathrooms are extremely spacious with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the city or water. Toiletries are all Molten Brown, one of TDO’s favorite beauty brands. One of the most notable aspects of the bathroom is the modern bathtub which features a ceiling faucet. The hotel also features an in-house spa, Spaahh, which offers an ingenious happy hour menu with treatments for under $50.
Another notable aspect of the hotel is its restaurant, BOKA– one of the few in Seattle that offers dining until 11pm. During the warmer months, guests can choose to dine al fresco or inside in the expertly designed space featuring renowned local and international artwork including a unique ever-changing digital art display. I stopped by for a post 10pm dinner and was impressed to see that lounge and dining areas were comfortably populated. The restaurant is especially nice in that it offers a happy hour during this time with discounted cocktails and food. Seriously, where else do you find a happy hour during this prime evening spot? The cocktail menu is conveniently designed to go from sweetest to driest for those of us (myself included) who are always asking about how sweet a drink is. Though I usually prefer my cocktail light on the sugar, I really enjoyed the coconut mojito, a perfect blend of flavor and fun for a summer night.
Hotel 1000 is, I think in the true sense, an urban retreat. It effortless blends the most high tech features and urban conveniences with luxurious, “get-away” amenities. For more information visit Hotell1000Seattle.com