Four Seasons opened its newest US hotel in Seattle’s busy downtown district yesterday.
The Four Seasons Hotel
Seattle is located in the business centre, in close vicinity to other
properties including the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, and Hyatt’s existing hotel the
Grand Hyatt, as well as its upcoming development Hyatt Olive 8 (see online news
Four Seasons left
Seattle in 2003 when its management contract with the nearby Olympic Hotel
passed to Fairmont, and has now returned with this modern 147-room hotel. The
hotel’s restaurant, lounge, grand ballroom (with two-storey-tall windows) and
rooftop infinity pool (the only one downtown) all enjoy sweeping views of
Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Seattle Art Museum and the historic Pike
Place Market are also within walking distance of the hotel.
Four Seasons has
welcomed back its former chef Kerry Sear, who opened his own Seattle-based
restaurant nine years ago, to head the ART Restaurant and Lounge. The restaurant
will offer over 160 wines by the glass, and the menu will be based on fresh,
locally sourced ingredients, in keeping with their star chef’s “best source”
The 557-sqm spa will
follow the “best source” policy by using indigenous herbs, balsam fir and even
coffee (Seattle being the home of Starbucks) in its various treatments. Other highlights
include a modern art collection with original works, valet parking and 24-hour
The Four Seasons is
also home to 36 private residences, ranging from 120 to 700 sqm, and from $2m
to $15m, all of which enjoy a 24-hour concierge service.
Ben Trodd, general
manager at the hotel said: “Four Seasons is delighted to return to Seattle and
the Pacific Northwest with a contemporary new building on such a breathtaking
and conveniently located site.”
Seattle is also the
home of Boeing – for a report on the manufacturer’s headquarters just outside
the city, see the July / August edition of Business Traveller.
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Report by Liat Clark