Butting up against historical neighborhoods including Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle boasts gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and outlying island, with locavore-friendly dining and thriving cultural institutions. The Seattle Public Library across the street from the hotel hosts free lectures from popular authors and offers a striking, unique view of the Elliot Bay from its 10th floor. Guests can take a tour, soak in the stunning, asymmetrical architecture of the building, or gaze meditatively at the surrounding public-art installations. The city's distinctive seaport setting is exemplified in seafood-specializing marketplaces, a plethora of pescatarian dining options, and the Seattle Aquarium. With an environmentalist mission in tow, the aquarium educates visitors on green practices, including the facility's own solar-assisted water heater. The underwater dome sports 360-degree views of salmon, cod, sharks, and rockfish moseying curiously around the subaqueous air bubble.
With three locations serving Seattle, both downtown and in a new South Lake Union site, Capelli’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop provides customers with a warming blend of both the traditional and the new for Seattle-area men who need a bit of grooming done. This Fourth Avenue location, offers a comfortable spot for the professional man to relax during his busy day. For the exceptionally busy, easy online scheduling allows clients to pick morning, afternoon and even appointments that don’t conflict with either work or social obligations. Services range from traditional haircuts to head shaves, from signature shaves to mustache and goatee trims, all from within a wood-lined, cozy feel that’s more akin to a den than its downtown space. Dim lighting and high-end touches round out the experience, and enamored customers looking to repeat the experience can sign up for executive memberships to earn future discounts.
Few things are more important to a well-groomed woman than her nails, and Seattle’s Julep nail parlor location is particularly adept at serving those needs. Located in downtown, adjacent to the Red Lion Hotel, Seattle’s Julep – with more locations in University Village, Bellevue and Gig Harbor – offers more than just attention to nails. Waxing and facial treatment round out the shop’s top qualities, while the most popular option remains the Julep Manicure, which combines a paraffin wrap and sea salt exfoliation with an extended massage session. Many of the treatments and manicure sessions are designed to last weeks, making sure customers can keep their fresh looks until it’s time to return for another session at the trendy, modern salon space, outfitted with comfortable treatment chairs and moody lighting.
Mode Organic Salon's multitalented staff transforms visitors into beacons for compliments with its beauty-boosting expertise and arsenal of organic products enriched with natural ingredients. The salon’s hairstylists refresh locks with Kevin Murphy shampoos empowered by vitamins, amino acids, and essential oils such as Immortelle and resurrect graying hairs with coloring products free of commonly used harsh substances, such as ammonia, resorcinol, and lead-based house paint. The facility’s aestheticians keep skin in fine fettle with Éminence Organic Skin Care salves, and unwanted hair is kept at bay with organic waxing.
Mode Organic Salon's commitment to organic practices extends beyond its services: even its complimentary beverages and business practices are eco-friendly. Mode Organic Salon’s strong emphasis on organic standards also helped earn it a spot on Seattle magazine's Best of the Decade list.
Maverick stylist Vidal Sassoon started a revolution when he opened his first salon in London in the 1970s, bringing art to the business of cutting hair. Decades later, his vision lives on in stylish Sassoon Salons that bear his name, including one in downtown Seattle. Even the most finicky clients are impressed by Sassoon Salon’s creative pros, and trained stylists consider each individual’s features before taking hair in a new direction with a precision cut or a custom color. The Fifth Avenue space has a sleek, sophisticated feel with a dramatic black-and-white palette serving as a backdrop for oversized photos on the walls. But inside the vibe is warm and welcoming, as guests are greeted with a handshake and a cup of tea. It’s a small gesture, but deeply appreciated by the growing legions of loyal clients.
For nearly three decades, stylist HoMing has honed his hair artistry across the United States—a track record interrupted only by a stint in London working with the TIGI haircare brand. Now, from within Salon Modello, HoMing spends his days applying those techniques as he transforms men’s and women's manes with foil highlights, perms, smoothing Brazilian blowouts, and fashioning new styles through personalized cuts rather than just grabbing any old kitchen knife.