Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Seattle: Red Lion Hotel

While everyone on Instagram complained about massive amounts of snowfall in my area I enjoyed Seattle weather. I just won't talk about how long it took me to shovel my car out when I got back. One could say it was cold but when I left 20 degree weather in PA in exchange of Seattle's 50 degree weather, well, I say it was a heatwave! It rained on and off for our first two days in Seattle but for our remaining 4 days, the sun shone bright and I loved Seattle more because of it.

Seattle was never on my list of places to visit but now I want to tell everyone to go! Granted, I did not have a rental car but I found that it was easy to keep myself busy within a reasonable proximity of our hotel without getting lost.

I headed to Seattle because Sean had a week of training in Amazon's headquarters and since I obviously have the time, Sean booked me a ticket that way I could visit a new place. He warned me that during the day I would be by my lonesome but that did not deter me since moving to PA I've basically spent most of my days with the fur-babies.

I also knew that it meant that I could explore Seattle on my own time and take as many pictures as my heart desired because we all know Sean makes faces when "I just had to stop and take a shot". And that's exactly what I did. I hung out and ate at restaurants during the day by myself. And stopped to take a picture whenever I wanted. That equals perfect to me. In the evenings we would go out, sometimes just us, sometimes with his coworkers.

Since I took so many pictures (I won't tell you how many because I fear that you will find me rather obnoxious) and really want to share Seattle with all of you I'll start with the boring stuff. You know, where we stayed.

We stayed at the Red Lion Hotel. I loved that everything that we wanted to do was within walking distance or you could take a short & inexpensive monorail ride to the location. The staff was great, the rooms clean and the bed was so comfortable. It felt strange to go home and sleep in our queen bed after a week of sleeping in a king. We completely need a king bed. I'm sure it will make our sleep marriage much better. They also have free WiFi which is so important when you have an obsession with Instagram. That's basically all of us, right?

{I'm just seeing that I forgot to take pictures of the bathroom}

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Also the waterfront view from our room was amazing. It was awesome to look out the window and see the white birds circling the water, the sun peeking out and the boats and ferries on the water. We were able to see Pike's Place Market through our window which was neat.

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As for Sean the only thing that meant anything to him was the Keurig in the room that allowed him to have delicious coffee every morning before work. I know the next gift I have to get him, just a little less dusty on top. I wonder if he noticed that.

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One thing that was not pleasant was the room temperature. We could not control the thermostat and when the staff would adjust it, it was either too hot or too cold. Besides that detail I had a great experience and would recommend if you are ever visiting Seattle. They are also completing renovations right now so that just means it is going to be better, right?

The hotel has a restaurant on the 5th floor called Frolic that we had drinks at (their chocolate espresso martini is delicious and a bit strong!) but to be honest the menu is rather pricey and limited so I would recommend venturing out for food since there are so many other great restaurants within walking distance.

Attached to the restaurant is a cute outdoor setup that I'm sure is perfect during the warmer, non-rainy months. You get great views of buildings in Seattle which I really loved. Since it felt like a heatwave to me I spent an hour each day reading Divergent here.

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They also have a great gym which I used daily. Yeah, I know. I'm surprised too. But when your vacation time is your own time it's amazing the things you choose to do.

I hope that this is helpful to anyone who decides to vacation in Seattle one day.

28 comments:

Law_Fal said...

I would love to visit Seattle. That view seems so peaceful. That seems like a place I could go and just get lost because it seems so chill. The hotel is very nice too!!!!

Angela K said...

This makes me miss Seattle! I've been wanting to go back for years.

Love the pops of pink in your hotel!

EmilyJane said...

You be as obnoxious as you want. I want to see ALL the photos (i'm not kidding). We used to have a Red Lion hotel here, and then they switched it to Double Tree (WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS)

Anyway, what a good man you have to book you a ticket, just so you can explore and hang out. This hotel looks hip and trendy. The view from your room is simply amazing. I probably would have had 100 shots of that alone. Can't wait to see more!

Sarah said...

That looks like a fun hotel!!

Morgan said...

I love that pink lamp! Your room looks so modern and the view from your room is amazing. That patio is awesome - with it's cute pink chairs and bistro lights. That would have been such a nice place to hang out and read a book for sure!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

How exciting to be able to travel even if it's for hubby's work! It's so fun to be in a new place and sleep in a new hotel!
Seattle is such an interesting city too! Lucky girl! :)

Desiree Macke said...

We were actually hoping Scott would be transferred to Seattle for his job - obviously that didn't happen. I've never been there, but am dying to go. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures there!!

redwhitebride said...

Good to know that you had a great time in Seattle. I love it there too... I love the lamp in your hotel room and the restaurant looks really nice. I am waiting for more pictures! :)

CoastWithMe said...

Great pictures Faith! I've always wanted to visit Seattle! And it's awesome that the weather cooperated with you guys:)!

Eesh said...

Amazing photos, every time Faith! I love it! You're making me want to pack up right now and hop a flight there. The views are incredible!

xo

Eesh said...

Amazing photos, every time Faith! I love it! You're making me want to pack up right now and hop a flight there. The views are incredible!

xo

Life with J and J said...

Oh wow. I've never been and now you make me want to go!
Looks like it will certainly be a nice place to visit.

Can't wait to see more of the pictures you took. I love pictures so I won't find it obnoxious at all!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

seatlle is one of my places to visit! and what a lovely hotel, the views were magnificent...beautiful captures for sure!! the hotel would pay you for this free advertisement if they knew...!!

Heather said...

What an amazing view! I've been to Seattle a couple times and love it.

Beauty said...

Very beautiful rooms; nice colors and decor. Nice window views too. I bet you had some fun.

uchenna Ezeonyeka said...

i always like looking at your photos.
amazing view.

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Susannah said...

I absolutely LOVE Seattle and I'm super glad you gave it a chance! ;-)

K&R said...

i've never been to seattle, but since it's just north of us i'm hoping that we can pay the city a visit soonish.
i love these photos. the hotel looks nice and clean, and boy that view looks great! i can't wait to see more of your seattle adventures.
also, i'm jealous you spend days with furbabies, i want one so bad, but i guess for now i'll settle for our neighborhood cat.

K

K&R said...

i've never been to seattle, but since it's just north of us i'm hoping that we can pay the city a visit soonish.
i love these photos. the hotel looks nice and clean, and boy that view looks great! i can't wait to see more of your seattle adventures.
also, i'm jealous you spend days with furbabies, i want one so bad, but i guess for now i'll settle for our neighborhood cat.

K

Christelle said...

I would love to visit Seattle sometime, it's on my very long list! Ha! Looks like a great hotel, too, I love the pops of pink and how modern it feels. Share away on the pics, you always have great ones that make me feel like I'm there. :)

cashanamusings said...

Love the view from your room. I went to Seattle a while ago for my job. I liked quite a few things about it, but unlike you my visit was from Sun - Thurs and it rained off and on every day we were there. I understood why folks said take an umbrella. Love the pictures!

Myisha Turner said...

Ooh, I love boutique style hotels! Me and your hubs have something in common...Coffee! :) Seattle looks beautiful. I hope to visit one day.

Myisha Turner said...

And those magenta lucite topped chairs!!! #todiefor

Allie said...

I'm going to try and close my eyes and transport myself there!
xo, Al
www.sparklesandstilettos.com

Tomes Edition said...

Great view and beautiful room. Most people would have cupped up in the hotel room but you are a trooper. Great pics!

Jess said...

I would love to be able to visit a city and have alone time. Get to go to the things I wanted to see. or have time to read for an hour every day. Cheers to the independent women!

Andi Ploehs said...

Those pops of magenta are awesome! Seattle is definitely on my bucket list. Along with Portland, and Austin.

Shea Coleman said...

Faith,

Now I want to go to Seattle and I never wanted to at first! I enjoyed looking at your pictures!! Please think about doing photography!! You would be outstanding at it!