Overlooking Elliott Bay in Seattle’s Puget Sound from its perch at Pier 67, The Edgewater Hotel celebrates Northwestern woodsy chic the moment you step in the lobby below an enormous deer antler chandelier. A fire in the massive stone fireplace is burning throughout much of the year. Rich black leather chairs surround a polished Douglas Fir coffee table, and the large panel windows facing out to sea light up beautifully at sunset. Together, all of that creates a kind of upscale fishing lodge ambiance. In fact, when The Beatles stayed here in the 1960s, they fished out of their guest room windows.
Meanwhile, the 223-room Edgewater is located in the very heart of central Seattle just a few minutes from Bell Harbor International Convention Center. The 100,000-sf waterfront facility has 180-degree views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains
In-house, The Edgewater is perfect for groups looking to have a quiet yet elegant retreat or for groups looking for comfortable and peaceful meeting spaces. There are eight meeting rooms totaling 10,000 sf, with much of it facing Elliott Bay. The largest of the rooms is The Circular Olympic ballroom for 300 people.
In the cabin-style guest rooms hard to leave, there’s an electric fireplace, great views of Puget Sound or the city, and a giant bear claw bathtub that comes with a rubber ducky. Each room also has HD TV, WiFi access and a fuzzy bear seat. The European-style spa bathroom with glass-encased shower is something to be experienced.
The Six Seven restaurant is helmed by Chef John Roberts, who created a menu highlighting organic and naturally-raised ingredients. Seafood is bought from the fresh local markets daily, and the wine list includes mostly regional wineries. Try the Simple Salmon with a side of amazing lobster mac and cheese. The portion was large but I was left wanting more. While the restaurant has a fine dining feel the dress code was somewhat casual.
For offsite experiences, the famous Space Needle is the city’s biggest draw. Right around the corner, the EMP museum was opened in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The museum is an interactive Shangri-La dedicated to the history of music and science fiction. This is a perfect place for groups to come and rock out to Hendrix in one of the five meeting places including a large movie theater. Its located in the middle of The Seattle Center where groups can also visit the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Opera, Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Pike Place Market is another Settle gem. This is one of Americas oldest markets and the home of the very first Starbucks. The good people of Seattle Food Tours can take your group on a walking tour of the market where you will learn all about the rich history and why there is an entire alley wall filled with chewed gum. In the underground you will find some cool old shops where you can buy fine art and fun trinkets.
On the shores of Elliott bay, the newly opened Seattle Great Wheel lifts people up 200 feet in the air for a spectacular sunset view of East Seattle across the water. Nearby, The Waterfront Arcade is one of the oldest arcades in America, perfect for teambuilding over a game of Mrs. Pacman.
A little further south along the bay, the Seattle Aquarium has some options to get out on the water. You can take a luxurious dinner cruise with Argosy Cruises or take a skippered sailing excursion with Lets Go Sailing. Or, Kenmore Air offers seaplane tours around Seattle. They also do special package excursions including sportfishing, and whale watching.
For offsite dining, The 5 Spot is a cool seaport diner at the top of the Queen Ann Hill. Try the Memphis Blues smokey BBQ pork sandwich and save room for the tequila-spiked key lime pie. Bell Deli is a block away from The Edgewater and serves one of the best French dip sandwiches in Seattle. Siren Song was recommended as a “perfect” wine tasting room, available for private rental.