Among the abundance of new hotels opening this past year has been a bevy of boutique hotels that prioritize character over scale. Many of these new establishments have cropped up in old buildings—a refreshing twist amid Seattle’s constant construction and crane-cramped skyline. Inside, these spaces are infused with a charm often lacking in other lodging prospects, thanks in large part to the spectacular use of art.
The State Hotel
Each elevator landing of this eight-floor hotel boasts a unique pattern of custom wallpaper inspired by Pike Place Market and other Seattle icons, hand-drawn by Portland-based Kate Blairstone. Photo courtesy of The State Hotel
The Sound Hotel
Only certain rooms have visual access to a secret mural by Seattle’s own Jeff Jacobson, an artist better known as Weirdo. (Guests in Room 301 enjoy this particularly vibrant view). Photo by Jeremiah Hull
The counter at on-site Poindexter Coffee is adorned with sharpened pencils, complementing 1930s Art Deco aesthetics throughout this revamped property. Photo by Andrew Giammarco