Conveniently positioned on the banks of Elliot Bay, the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle has the feel of a mountain-side lodge. Within walking distance from Pier 66, this hotel is perfect for those taking a cruise from this downtown port area. Of course, the Princess had to twist my arm to book a room at this rather pricey hotel before our Norwegian Bliss Alaskan Cruise. However, after spending one night in this warm and woodsy room, I was ready to book another stay. Find out why it is worth the upgrade in our Edgewater Hotel Review.
Edgewater Hotel Review
A Departure from the Typical Hotel
The warm greetings start as your Uber ($38 from the Seattle airport) escorts you to the property. The inviting outdoor fireplace is your gateway to this luxury hotel.
The golden oak wood paneling and nature-inspired decor greet guests checking into the hotel. This is a stark contrast to the sleek lines and crisp details of many metropolitan hotels. Instead, a massive stone fireplace and earthy furnishings make this hotel lobby feel more like your friend’s living room.
Not to mention, the uninhibited views of the bay are the perfect backdrop to this extra ordinary public space.
The Edgewater Hotel fully embraces its Pacific Northwest location not only in decor and ambiance, but also with its amenities. In fact, the hotel invites travelers to explore the region’s outdoor spaces by providing bikes and even running shoes as part of the daily resort fee.
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Given we had an early flight, our room was not yet ready when we checked in late morning. This gave us the opportunity to explore nearby popular attractions. Among the notable landmarks that are in easy walking distance are Pike Place Market, the Olympic Sculpture Garden, and the first Starbucks.
Having visited these landmarks on a previous trip, we decided to head a bit further east to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. By early afternoon, we received a call to inform us that our room was ready.
Rooms With A View
Staying at a hotel in such close proximity to the cruise ships, we opted for the Deluxe Waterfront King room. While many of the hotel’s 223 rooms do offer views, the most modestly priced Garden and City view rooms were not going to cut it for these crazy cruiser bloggers!
The 350 square foot rooms are certainly bigger than your typical cruise ship stateroom. These deluxe accommodations come fully equipped, including a balcony.
All rooms have a gas fireplace, which makes you just want to curl up with a good book. Luckily, there are separate sitting areas for the fireplace and the typical desk and chair combination.
While the room was more comfy than most hotels, it also featured several of your typical appointments like a keurig coffee maker, small refrigerator, and in-room safe that were rather standard.
The bathroom continues with the rustic theme offering a large, stone walk in shower and a vanity area that you would expect to find in a log cabin. The dark red color blends well with the other earth tones.
Outdoorsy yet comfortable, this room was probably the closest to camping as I will ever get the Princess.
After a long day of traveling, we were both glad to retreat to the plush bedding. It provided a very restful night sleep. Good thing we had our alarm set though, as the best part of the room is the view!
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Yes, we had the perfect vantage point to watch Norwegian Bliss pull into port from our balcony. We were up early and eagerly awaiting the ship’s arrival.
Slowly edging into the bay, we finally caught sight of the ship around 5:15am. We watched as she docked, then returned to bed for a few more hours of sleep. Before checking out of the hotel, we were sure to grab some additional shots of the ship staring us right in the face!
A Historic Venue
As the only true waterfront hotel in all of Seattle, The Edgewater Hotel is a remarkable and unique hotel. This might be why the hotel has been frequented by musicians and entertainers, including the Beatles and Led Zeppelin during the bands’ heyday.
In fact, you can even book the Beatles Suite, where the band stayed during their 1964 visit to Seattle. Or, perhaps you’d prefer the Pearl Jam suite?
This music tradition lives on in the hotel today, as you can expect to find vocalists and musicians performing here during the weekend.
If you want to be the star of your own show, the hotel’s $25 a day amenity fee includes access to guitars and DJ equipment. The fee also includes a wealth of additional perks like internet access, fitness center, daily newspapers, and the aforementioned sports equipment.
The hotel’s restaurant and lounge, Six Seven, offers a distinct food and beverage program featuring local brews and an eclectic menu that might have you staying past happy hour. Between the food and the views, you may never want to leave.
Summary of the Edgewater Hotel Review
With an ideal location, a charming appearance, and well appointed rooms, the Edgewater Hotel is an easy pick for luxury accommodations near the Seattle cruise port. While the hotel pricing can be a bit steep, it was worth every penny to us.
After traveling across the country, the hotel and its staff made us feel right at home. The location provided us with the perfect vantage point to score amazing pictures of the cruise ships, as well as a short walk to the terminal in the morning.
The Edgewater Hotel combines its 65+ year history with the hipster vibe of Seattle to offer a luxurious yet casual feel. With just the right amount of modern flare and rustic charm, the hotel delivers an experience that makes for the perfect pre-cruise or post-cruise stay in the city.
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