Oenophiles, this one’s for you. Hotel Vintage pays homage to Washington State’s wine country, from vineyard-inspired rooms to the hotel’s concierge, who doubles as a certified sommelier that can arrange private visits to local wineries. The boutique 1920s-era property from the artsy Kimpton brand has even won a “Hotel of the Year” nod from the Washington Wine Commission.
Hotel Vintage uncorked a brand-new look following a recent top-to-bottom renovation. Each of the hotel’s 125 rooms is named for a different Washington winery (with more than 850 wineries statewide, Washington is the nation’s third-largest producer following California and New York). Comfortable and chic, guestrooms blend urban elegance with wine-centric decor, from purple and grape-green accents to vine-inspired curtains and unique cork artwork above the bed. Some of the rooms feature cool city views, including Seattle’s iconic Central Library across the street.
Forget about food pairings. Hotel Vintage recently partnered with Seattle fragrance designer Molly Ray (whose line is called Mr.) to create two custom scents that enhance the wine-tasting experience. Vintage Provence features jasmine and tuberose, perfect for bubbly and dry whites, while the earthier Vintage Tuscany, with notes of tobacco, pairs perfectly with full-bodied reds. Both organic perfumes are available in the minibar of select rooms for $20 each.
Simple but stylish bathrooms feature patterned wallpaper, white square tiles, and a marble vanity.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Many of the bathrooms are too small to share, something to keep in mind if you have an elaborate morning ritual or are staying with a bathroom hog.
Hotel Vintage’s posh wood-floored lobby living room could be a tasting room at a high-end winery, from the gorgeous veined marble fireplace to the sumptuous velvet seating and dark-wood dining table topped with flickering candles and fresh flowers.
Don’t miss the hotel’s hosted evening wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m., which features light nibbles and a selection of Washington State blends and varietals in the lobby.
The hotel's fitness center features Precor treadmills, elliptical machines, and bikes, as well as free weights and yoga mats.
A Seattle gem that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, Tulio Ristorante is one of the city’s top spots for Italian fare. Helmed by the highly regarded Chef Walter Pisano, who has been there since the beginning, Tulio’s serves up exquisite Northern Italian dishes with farm-fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients. Standouts include pillowy agnolotti with wild mushrooms and a perfectly seared lamb sirloin with fregola sarda. The polished space has a sophisticated Old World feel, from the dark-wood paneling and fluted banquettes to the crisp white tablecloths. Servers are especially knowledgeable about the food and wine menus. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant fills up fast, especially pre- and post-theater.
Tulio’s Italian-inspired wine-and-spirits program includes grappa flights (the grappa menu features an incredible 40 varietals) and craft cocktails showcasing ingredients like Negroni, Nardini Amaro, and Campari. The small-but-handsome bar is a great spot for happy hour. Cin cin!
Hotel Vintage is a couple of blocks from Link light rail's University Street Station; trains continue on to Sea-Tac in one direction, and Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in the other. At the light rail's Westlake stop, you'll find other options, including the Monorail, which connects to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar; and bus lines servicing every corner of the city.
Belle Epicurean (4-mnute walk) is a no-frills spot for delicious coffee, pastries, and sandwiches, while MOD Pizza (3-minute walk) lets you build your own thin-crust pizza and bakes it in a jiff. Shucker's (4-minute walk) at the Fairmont Olympic serves classic fresh seafood in a handsome space that was once a haberdashery, and the popular Purple Wine Bar & Cafe (4-minute walk) is a visually impressive spot with a massive wine tower that has its own spiral staircase.
The Hideout Bar (10-minute walk) hotel, is a hidden gem with a laid-back attitude; a unique drink list (with names like the Andy Warhol) and great music make it popular with locals. The elegant Polar Bar (10-minute walk) has ambiance to spare--think dim lighting, tinkling jazz, and an illuminated polar bear in the corner. And the Spanish-inflected JarrBar (15-minute walk) serves high-end canned and jarred food (it's delish) and unique cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you dig wine, you'll appreciate all the creative touches that nod to Washington's booming wine industry--the stylish Hotel Vintage even has a wine concierge and a hosted wine happy hour. The hotel is easy walking distance to several of Seattle's top cultural institutions, including the iconic Downtown library, which is just across the street, as well as other attractions like Pike Place Market. And don't skip Tulio Ristorante, which serves a tempting menu of Italian food and drinks, including an impressive selection of grappa, a grape-based pomace brandy.