Seattle has a longstanding history of music and fashion trend-setting, and The W Seattle on 4th Avenue definitely embraced our city’s cultural identity. Over the past few years, the W Seattle has been moving towards a full remodel, and this month marked the grand reveal of the newly remodeled and designed guest rooms by Krause + Sawyer New York.
The team at The W Seattle was kind enough to invite Skinny Purse and other local fashion and design enthusiasts for a three course luncheon accompanied by a grand tour of the new guestrooms, lobby, and Trace, their hotel restaurant and bar. Needless to say, everything down to the smallest of details was meticulously designed, and the reflection of the Seattelite culture was evident everywhere I looked.
As soon as I walked into the lobby, I was captivated first and foremost by the center fireplace. This fireplace, going along with the theme of music and artist discovery, has an actual DJ booth over the top of it in a metal surrounding, which is designed with acoustics in mind. Looking around the fireplace, I noticed beautiful hot pink strings that stretched from floor to ceiling, resembling a giant guitar. To give a nod to the Native American history here in the Pacific Northwest, the designers also incorporated large columns alongside the fireplace that resemble totem poles. Of all of these features, the one that seems to draw people in the most is a seating area to the left of the entrance that has giant vinyl records painted onto the wall. Because Seattle has such a rich history of famous musicians, the middle left wall of vinyls features all of the local Seattle artists, new and old, that made it big in the industry.
After a brief walk through of the lobby, the gracious hosts ushered us into the restaurant, Trace. The name of the restaurant was rightfully given to reflect the concept of local and sustainable food, meaning that every delish item you are served in the restaurant can be traced to a local source. On our three course menu, we were given a gorgeously presented beet salad with a citrus dressing and marcona almonds as a starter, a tasting of their beef and salmon specialties for the entrée, and finally had the ultimate sweet tooth satisfaction with a strawberry rhubarb panna cotta crumble. Each dish was bursting with flavor, and it was satisfying to taste the local flavors and know that each item was from a sustainable origin.
Following our three course meal, we went upstairs to the top floor for a tour of the new guest rooms. Sleek, modern, and culturally aware are all words that came to my mind as I ventured through the “Spectacular Double” room, followed by the “Spectacular King.” Everything down to the décor materials acknowledged Washington state, such as the Boeing 747 model kit printed onto the throw blanket, the Native-inspired woven blanket pattern on the window treatments and wallpaper, ad the proud showcasing of the aviation history in the aluminum tables. To top it all off, the windows are all positions towards stunning views everywhere you look. Whether it’s mountains, the ferry port, or a gorgeous city skyscape, your views are every bit as spectacular as the hotel itself.
Next time you’re in downtown Seattle, whether you live here or not, pop into The W Seattle. You will be glad you did!
The W Seattle
1112 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101