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Sweet Getaways: Romantic Hotels Pamper Couples During Their Seattle Stay



Rekindle your love life with a trip to a romantic hotel in or around Seattle. Whether you've traveled from far away or live in town and simply crave a staycation, couples here benefit from romantic amenities and special rates at welcoming hotels such as Willows Lodge (right next to The Herbfarm, any foodie's must-try destination). Seattle offers some of the most romantic hotels in Washington, including the four downtown Kimpton hotels and the brand-new Charter Hotel, located just steps from Pike Place Market. 

Seattle offers accommodation options that range from boutique inns nestled into busy city blocks to more remote lodges–situated a bit father outside of town–that offer a peek at the stunning natural beauty definining this region. Several romantic hotel options exist in the heart of downtown, just blocks from Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the beautiful waterfront, as well as galleries, restaurants, theaters, galleries, shops, cafes and lounges in which to grab a nightcap with your date. Regardless of one's personal tastes or the occasion that prompted this adventure, Seattle promises to give you and your significant other a memorable experience you won't soon forget. Ah, the good life. 


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Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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The grand Fairmont Olympic Seattle is located in Seattle's downtown core, near famous attractions like Pike Place Market, the Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Seattle Art Museum and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The historic 450-room hotel recently underwent a $25 million renovation that helps guests feel even more "VIP" inside luxurious rooms with design elements inspired by the natural hues of the Puget Sound and elevated amenities that ensure comfort and ease. This high-rise hotel offers a business center, 25,0000-plus square-feet of meeting space, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness room and wedding services. Expert tip: The Georgian Restaurant, the hotel's in-house fine dining room, is a gourmet favorite of locals and travelers alike. Informal dining is available, too; try Shuckers for casual seafood and the Terrace piano bar for bar nibbles and entertainment.


Pan Pacific Seattle
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The Pan Pacific Seattle is one of the highest-rated hotels in the city. Located in downtown Seattle in the bustling South Lake Union zone, it is within long walking distance of popular attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Guests adore the huge and spacious rooms and bathrooms, while praising modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and oversized European tubs. Visitors enjoy the restaurant-bar fare downstairs (with a wonderful patio for warmer months), plus the fitness center and spa. Likewise, most guests find the hotel's valet service to be convenient and worthwhile. Ask for a city view to truly savor Seattle's iconic scene.


Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle
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The hotel's beautifully redesigned boutique hotel accommodations have been transformed into urban havens "finessed with the style and substance of Washington wine country." Inspired by some of the region's most notable wineries, guestrooms combine vineyard hues of burgundy, taupe and green with sleek, contemporary furnishings. This Kimpton outpost in the heart of downtown continues to showcase an award-winning boutique ambiance and attentive service. Guests can still expect all the extras and amenities that make up the Kimpton experience--think perks like complimentary coffee and a daily paper, access to 24-hour in-room dining and the latest guestroom technologies such as flat screen TV's and WiFi, yoga mats rolled up in the closet, comforts of home including hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, 100% cotton oversized bath towels and a hosted daily wine reception in the lobby. Kimpton's pet-friendly policy means dogs can tag along on romantic getaways, too.


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With 346 rooms of sleek, modern luxury, this eco-friendly hotel in the heart of the theater district is the first in Seattle to be LEED-certified. Their focus on sustainability and environmental conservation spans all that they've undertaken, be it the Northwest farm-to-table menu at lobby restaurant Urbane or the eco-conscious and organic products and services available from Elaia Spa. Additional features include hypo-allergenic rooms, concierge service, valet parking, complementary WiFi, in-room dining, dry cleaning services, babysitting services, a coffee and wine bar located in the lobb, and a 24-hour StayFit gym with state-of-the-art equipment and saline lap pool (plus daily classes including pilates and yoga). Hyatt at Olive 8, with its Lake Union and Olympic and Cascade Mountain views, is also within walking distance to notable Seattle landmarks such as the flagship Nordstrom department store, Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and downtown's best shopping.


Hotel Sorrento
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The Sorrento Hotel brings lavish Italian Renaissance charm to Seattle's First Hill. Explaining its rich history, the venue's websites says: "When we opened our doors in 1909, our first guests were the anxious prospectors, cagey entrepreneurs and curious tourists who attended the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, which was pretty much the first time anyone outside the Northwest had ever heard of Seattle. Intrepid men and women from near and far came to rest their heads in our guest rooms, celebrate their adventures in our sumptuous Fireside Room, and dance and dine at the Top o' the Town, the city's highest restaurant way up on the seventh floor. The Sorrento became Seattle's original hub of hospitality, creativity and urban life." The bustling venue continues to thrive today, bringing together visitors and locals who lodge in the hotel's spacious suites and enjoy delicious fare in the Dunbar Room, as well as fireside tea, cocktails and music in the elegant-meets-cozy lounge.


Kimpton Alexis Hotel


Displaying its commitment to the arts, the Alexis Hotel features works of local artists in the masterfully curated "ArtWalk" space, and displays original pieces throughout the hotel. Located in a historic downtown building, the renovated luxury boutique hotel features 121 rooms. Named one of Travel + Leisure's Best 500 Hotels in the World, the Alexis boasts a variety of modern and sophisticated rooms meticulously designed to showcase classic and antique treasures.The hotel art walk is located on the main level of the hotel and features artwork rotated bi-monthly and selected by the adjacent Michael Birawer Gallery. Guests may also make use of the gym (with climbing wall and peloton bike!) or treat themselves to a spa treatment. The renovated Bookstore Bar & Café perfectly combines cozy and chic. Other draws include a nightly wine reception, bikes to borrow during your stay and a pet-friendly policy (without fees for size restrictions).


Salish Lodge & Spa
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A scenic 30-minute drive from Seattle brings you to the charmingly rustic Salish Lodge & Spa, which offers Old-World ambience and modern elegance. Get out and enjoy nature near the lodge, whether hiking around the rushing cascades or while trying activities like fly fishing and snoeshowing, depending on the season. Back at the cozy venue, dine on award-winning Northwest cuisine while enjoying romantic views of Snoqualmie Falls. Take advantage of special seasonal feasts as well as holiday menus that prove the perfect treat to be shared with your favorite person. Dreamy services at the spa help promote ultimate relaxation, while many guest rooms show off waterfall views that help you feel more connected to nature��"and the partner with whom you're sharing this sensational experience.


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Woodinville


Located in rural Woodinville, this luxury inn accommodates visitors who are ready for ultimate pampering. Situated on five landscaped acres that border the scenic Sammamish River, the lodge is approximately 25 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International airport. It is also located right next to an abundance of popular wineries and directly across from The Herbfarm, a culinary standout that showcases local bounty in its 9-course menus with sensational wine pairings. In the lodge, Northwest Native American beautifies the spaces; decor in the 86 rooms is rustic yet upscale, with features including stone fireplaces, soaking tubs, Italian Frette linens and a patio or balcony. The lodge's Spa and Health Club features fitness facilities, a sauna, outdoor jacuzzi, massage therapy and spa treatments. Attached to the lodge, find the Barking Frog, former winner of the Washington Wine Commission's Restaurant of the Year award. The lodge serves cocktails and wine tastings nightly.


The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
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Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, this rustic-modern lodge on Elliot Bay was named Best Hotel in Seattle by CNBC in 2010. A favorite of traveling international rock bands playing Seattle in the 1960s and 70s, the hotel actually juts over Elliot Bay on piers, and some well-known stars (the Beatles) were said to fish right from its windows. Roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms have stunning Olympic Mountain and sunset views; the remainder face the iconic Seattle skyline. Each room has its own gas fireplace and custom luxury bedding. Eco- and pet-friendly, the hotel has a boutique featuring eco-chic Pacific Northwest-inspired items, and its coffee bar brews, of course, fair-trade espresso and coffee by Starbucks. Other amenities include 24 hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, and complimentary bath amenities. Dining is available on site at the hotel's popular seafood restaurant Six Seven.


The Charter Hotel Seattle
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A brand-new downtown hotel encourages guests "to adventure, to go forth and explore" by offering maps and curated itineraries as suggested by "Seattle's most in-the-know tastemakers." Highlights at The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton, include a city-center location (just blocks from Pike Place Market), luxury guest rooms with fabulous city and water views, an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge (Fog Room) and Argentine-inspired restaurant Patagōn (do not miss the empanaditas or Gaucho Rib Eye). Enjoy a romantic getaway in sleek yet elegant guest room that features warm wood finishes, luxurious bedding, a 50-inch HDTV, a mini-fridge, desk, plush robes, slippers, a marble bathroom, local brew and snacks from Seattle-area companies like Theo Chocolate, Erin Baker's and Bavarian Meats.


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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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