Palihotel Seattle Adds a New Kind of Cool to the City’s Accommodation Explosion

The hotel décor nods to a bygone era when life was simpler, more congenial and just more fun

By Virginia Smyth November 8, 2018


With new hotels popping up on almost every corner of Seattle, it’s becoming more challenging to stand out from the crowd. But the new boutique Palihotel Seattle (the first foray outside of Los Angeles of this growing hotel brand), at the corner of Pine and First, makes an impression you won’t soon forget. Hotel promoters suggest that it’s “an Ace Hotel for grownups.” The description is apt for this place that has a cool-kid edge with all the comforts of a really nice neighborhood hotel.

Some of the unique amenities include retro fridges and snack baskets in every room

Inside the doors of the 1898-era four-story brick building (the building is on the National Registry of Historic Places) is a warm and inviting space; dark green lines the walls, a checkerboard pattern makes a dramatic statement on the floor and staff wait behind an impressive highly-polished wood check-in desk. A generous lobby with book-lined walls and décor that wouldn’t be out of place in an English country-house drawing room awaits just beyond.

The adjoining Hart and Hunter restaurant has a long stretch of counter lined with stools for a look that’s reminiscent of 50s-era lunch counters. Throughout, hotel décor nods to a bygone era when life was simpler, more congenial and just more fun (at least when viewed through rose-colored glasses).

There’s plenty more—including 96 rooms with clever touches like retro Smeg mini-fridges, wire baskets filled with carefully-curated snacks and some rooms with something that’s hard to find in hotels—twin beds.

Name the last hotel you stayed at that offered a room with twin beds?

Owner Avi Brosh, in town for a splashy opening party, waxed on about the property’s premier location—across the street from the Pike Place Market. The hotel does offer a warm welcome at the doorstep of one of the city’s premiere tourist attractions. Whether you’re a tourist visiting Seattle, or a local shopping at the Market, step inside for a look at this welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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