This past month we we took a trip to the west coast to visit a city that has been on our travel list for a while – Seattle!
When looking for a hotel to stay, we’re known for finding unique places that offer something different than your average hotel stay. Whether its unique decor, luxurious amenities or coveted locations, we bring only the best to Toronto Is Fashion Travel. Taking this criteria into consideration when looking into a visit to Seattle, what we found was an edgy and interesting hotel called Hotel Max.
Seattle is known for its grunge music scene that was made popular by the hometown band Nirvana and this pop-culture touch can be found in the details of Hotel Max. Music inspired photography adorn the hotel room doors, images from artists like John Armstrong and Roniq Bartanen decorate all 163 guestroom doors.
The 5th floor features the works of Charles Peterson, the photographer who documented Seattle’s grunge era music scene and includes images of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney. There are also art pieces all around the hotel that were commissioned by the hotel from innovative artists from the Seattle area. A featured art piece in the lobby, by artist Tony Evanko, utilizes his concepts of communication and ambiguity and featuring graphs, maps, codes and alphabets (see gallery images below).
The hotel is a short distance from the Seattle subway which made it easy to go from the airport directly to the downtown station, where it was a short walk to the hotel entrance. What first caught our attention was the friendliness of the staff, especially the front door attendant who welcomed us in and gave us information about the hotel and the area. With no family connections or any real reason to visit Seattle other than a personal vacation, it really made us feel both welcomed and excited to get our trip started.
When staying at Hotel Max, we recommend sitting down for a bite at Miller’s Guild. The restaurant, located next to the lobby, is headed by James Beard, Award-winning chef Jason Wilson of Seattle’s Crush restaurant, and Portland restaurateur Kurt Huffman. The restaurant has a menu that features 75-day dry-aged beef, locally caught seafood, a butchery and rustic baked goods. Of course, you can always order in and have it delivered to your room for a relaxing night in.
A perk offered by Hotel Max that will have guests feeling at home is the special craft beer hour. Every evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m in the lobby, guests try some of Seattle’s best craft beer brands. The craft beer hour was a unique way to try out new beers from local Seattle brewers and was a great way to meet new people as many of the hotel guests came down for the hour-long event.
Hotel Max is located directly downtown and perfectly walk-able to attractions we couldn’t wait to see! The Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Science Center and the EMP Museum. There is also lots of downtown shopping and local retailers to explore. With the warmer weather in the spring and summer season, Seattle is a great place to explore and walk along the waterfront. Seattle has also become a destination for travelers who like to run/jog, as the trails and picturesque backdrop are beautiful.
Whether shopping, taking in attractions or working on your outdoor fitness, Hotel Max is where you will want to lay your head down after a long day. We absolutely loved our stay.