Just 20 minutes from Seattle on the shores Lake Washington at Carillon Point, this "Eastside" hotel in Kirkland offers an alternative to Seattle's urban vibe. With boats moored just steps from the hotel, the Woodmark features an upscale nautical vibe, with a crisp white-and-blue palette and classic furnishings. Splurge on waterside rooms if you can, or take in the views from the hotel's Bin on the Lake. Indulge in relaxation at the hotel's Still Spa or get your recreation fix with complimentary kayak usage.
Enjoy boating? Arrange a scenic seasonal Lake Washington cruise aboard the Woodmark II, the hotel's 1956, 28-foot Chris-Craft Sedan Express ($50 per person for guests).
Sophisticated guestrooms nod to classic yacht club style, from a palette of whites and beiges brightened by pops of royal blue to the large black-and-white photos of vintage boats. Topped with luxury bedding, the beds are sink-in comfy, while well-soundproofed rooms mean no earplugs needed. Rooms feature views of the property and grounds or upgrade to the lakeside option; some rooms feature private balconies.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms include a Keurig and a small fridge but no minibar.
Clad in imported limestone, luxurious bathrooms feature a rain shower and deep soaking tub. Built-in shelves hold ultra-plush oversized towels, while full-size Molton Brown bath amenities mean no fumbling with tiny bottles.
The Woodmark’s posh lobby is decked out with French navy blue walls and classic, comfortable furnishings. Guests are greeted at check-in with bubbly and petit fours.
Prone to late-night munchies? Don’t miss the hotel’s Raid the Pantry amenity, a closet full of complimentary snacks that’s open from 10pm to 1am.
Still Spa is small but serene, with offerings that include massages, facials, body treatments, and mani/pedis. It’s popular with locals and visitors alike, so make sure to book well in advance during peak season.
Guests have access to the basic workout facilities at neighboring Fly Fitness and a 30% discount on classes like spinning and barre. The hotel also offers complimentary kayak usage.
Woodmark’s elegant Bin on the Lake features gleaming woodwork, leather chairs, and lovely views. The menu showcases seasonal Pacific Northwest fare.
Oenophiles, take note: A cutting-edge wine preservation system allows the restaurant to offer more than 40 wines by the glass.
From Seattle, it's a 20-minute drive across Lake Washington to the Woodmark Hotel. Take one of two bridges to the Eastside; I-90 and the tolled 520. Avoid rush hour driving.
The hotel offers a complimentary SUV service within 5 miles, giving guests the opportunity to explore the posh Eastside, including downtown Kirkland and Bellevue, which features museums and upscale dining and shopping.
Just across from the hotel, Le Grand Bistro (1-min walk) has a French-inflected menu and marina views. Brunch is especially popular for people-watching. For a more intimate and sophisticated take on French fare, try local favorite Lynn’s Bistro (7-minute drive), a 36-seat space with finely crafted food; the prix fixe menus are the way to go. Kirkland is also home to the excellent Café Juanita (13-minute drive). Located in a wooded grove, the upscale restaurant, a perennial on Seattle and Eastside “Best of” lists, features Northern Italian fare and top-notch service.
Carillon Point doesn't exactly have a drinking/nightlife scene, though Kirkland and Bellevue offer options. Try Brix Wine Bar (13-minute drive) in Kirkland's Juanita Village, which features an extensive wine list and pizza in a cozy industrial-chic space, or Bake's Space (12-minute drive), a music venue with live jazz, blues & other acts. Woodinville Wine Country is well worth the 20-minute drive for wine lovers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Situated on the shores of scenic Lake Washington, the Woodmark offers luxurious waterfront lodging just 20 minutes from Seattle. The hotel's chic nautical vibe is a perfect fit for Carillon Point, which features a marina dotted with leisure craft. Especially popular during the summer, the Woodmark has something for everyone, from a serene spa to complimentary kayak use. With its unique lakefront vibe, the hotel makes a worthwhile bookend to a Seattle visit.