Classic meets contemporary at the Warwick Hotel in Seattle's happening Belltown neighborhood, which is packed with shops and restaurants and is located within walking distance from major Seattle attractions. Most of the hotel’s Northwest-inspired rooms feature soundproofed sliding glass doors and private Juliet balconies providing fresh air and city views, some of the nearby Space Needle.
The hotel is across the street from Cinerama, a restored 1960s movie theater, and one of only three Cinerama-style theaters in the world.
Clean and bright, though a bit on the small side, contemporary rooms feature a neutral palette with pops of color. Considerate touches include international adaptive power sockets, a Bluetooth multimedia center, and premium cable on a 49" flatscreen.
Bathrooms clad in Italian marble feature a walk-in shower or tub. Some of the hotel's luxurious suites include whirlpool soaking tubs in the master bath.
Handsome leather chairs, a live-edge wood coffee table, and modern round chandeliers complement a flickering contemporary fireplace in the lobby, which also features a large-scale painting of the Seattle skyline.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests have complained about the various fees added to the bill; be sure to read the fine print.
Hotel pools are a rarity in Seattle, making the Warwick's heated indoor pool and whirlpool a real perk.
The small 24-hour exercise facility features a few cardio machines as well as free weights, an exercise ball and more.
The hotel's Margaux restaurant features Northwest-inspired food with an emphasis on French preparations. The eatery offers a fixed-price three-course dinner for $35. The breakfast is popular with guests.
The Warwick is a five-minute walk from Westlake Station, where the Link light rail connects to Capitol Hill, University of Washington, and Sea-Tac Airport (taking the light rail from the airport is cheap and easy). Also in the Westlake vicinity: the Monorail, which connects to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union streetcar; and stops for buses that connect to every corner of the city.
The Warwick is located within walking distance to many great Belltown restaurants, including a slew of worthy options from celebrity chef Tom Douglas' empire: Serious Pie (2-min walk), his popular pizza joint; Lola (2-min walk), which serves Mediterranean-inflected fare; and Dahlia Bakery (2-min walk), which serves fresh breakfast sandwiches and a mouth-watering assortment of baked good items, including Douglas' famous peanut butter cookies (director Nora Ephron of "Sleepless in Seattle" fame called them her favorite).
Belltown boasts many options for imbibing. The hip Wakefield Bar (7-min walk), with exposed brick walls and modern decor, is all about finely crafted cocktails and tapas. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Shorty's (5-min walk) is a delightful dive with hot dogs and pinball machines. And don't forget about Cinerama (1-min walk), where you can buy booze and watch current movies in a grownups-only setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Considering the prime location and amenities such as an indoor pool, the Warwick is a solid deal for Seattle lodging. While it's definitely not the coolest kid on the block, the 18-story hotel features a pleasing mix of vintage charm and contemporary style. If you can upgrade, get a room with a Space Needle view.