Featuring views of the Space Needle and Seattle’s sleek South Lake Union neighborhood--home to tech behemoth Amazon’s HQ, among many other companies--the sustainability-minded Pan Pacific is a stylish contemporary option not far from the Downtown core. The 153-room property, the only U.S. outpost of the Singapore-based Pan Pacific boutique brand, offers upscale comfort and an urban location that's convenient--but not touristy.
Understated and luxurious, guestrooms feature a soft palette of natural hues and warm wood tones. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the city or Lake Union, including deluxe rooms overlooking the iconic Space Needle. Plush bedding, designer fixtures, and an ergonomic workspace with a Herman Miller chair add to the Pan Pacific’s allure, as does the hotel’s award-winning commitment to environmental sustainability.
YOU SHOULD KNOW With its glittering office high-rises, South Lake Union lacks the historic charm of Downtown.
Large and modern, with a striped wood vanity and granite counters, all bathrooms come with a separate rain shower and oversized tub. Toiletries are from YU’I; the Asian line only available at the hotel stateside nods to the Pan Pacific’s roots.
With a contemporary floating staircase, walls clad in warm striped wood, and a huge Calder-esque chandelier, the lobby makes a striking impression. Modern-organic accents like carved wood tables complement tufted gray sofas, molded plywood lounge chairs, and Asian art and furnishings. A fireplace keeps the place cozy in winter.
The hotel’s seasonal patio is one of the best places to hang out al fresco in South Lake Union.
A fitness center includes various cardio equipment, as well as dry saunas and a jetted whirlpool.
The chic Lobby Bar at Pan Pacific, an intimate space with a small bar and several booths, features Pacific Northwest cuisine and a nice selection of premium wines, craft ales, and creative cocktails. Open for all meals, the bar also serves food and drinks on a large patio when the weather is welcoming.
Happy hour in SLU is often booming, thanks to the countless techies who head out for drinks after toiling on the latest app or product. Try Bravehorse Tavern, which serves dozens of craft brews and signature house-made pretzels, or re:Public, a stylish brick-walled bar and restaurant with excellent drinks and a small gastro-pub menu. But the nightlife scene is a lot better in Capitol Hill, which is a five-minute drive from the hotel.
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to nearby spots. Or hop on the seven-stop South Lake Union Streetcar for a quick ride to one of Seattle’s main transportation hubs. In the vicinity of Westlake Center, you’ll find Link light rail, which connects to the University of Washington, Capitol Hill, and ultimately Sea-Tac; the Monorail, which zips over to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union Seattle Streetcar; and a slew of buses that serve every corner of the city.
For coffee and snacks, visit the stylish Wheelhouse Coffee, or the Whole Foods Market that’s right around the corner. Just a couple of blocks away, The Butcher’s Table (2-minute walk) is a hit carnivore-centric restaurant. The swank modern steakhouse, with handsome leather booths and bar chairs, features Mishima Reserve Wagyu and house-smoked meats. Other options include Cactus (7-minute walk), a popular local chain with Southwestern-Mexican food and strong margaritas, and Daniel’s Broiler (7-minute drive), a steakhouse that’s a local landmark with waterfront views and a great happy hour.
Happy hour in SLU is often booming, thanks to the countless techies who head out for drinks after toiling on the latest app or product. Try Bravehorse Tavern (6-minute walk), which serves dozens of craft brews and signature house-made pretzels, or re:Public (8-minute walk), a stylish brick-walled bar and restaurant with excellent drinks and a small gastro-pub menu. But the nightlife scene is a lot better in Capitol Hill, which is a five-minute drive from the hotel.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though other tower hotels are starting to crop up nearby, the Pan Pacific was the first in a part of town that has boomed in recent years thanks to the city's growing tech scene. Not far from Lake Union, with the Space Needle as a backdrop, the Pan Pacific offers a soothing contemporary vibe that's intimate and inviting, and it's easy to get around with public transit or the hotel's free shuttle service.