Historical Boutique Hotel near Heart of Seattle
It's the property's red crown jewel: an antique neon sign, glimmering with the word Roosevelt, sits at the soaring summit of a vintage red brick high-rise. The sign has adorned The Roosevelt Hotel since it was first constructed in 1929, when the Seattle skyline was just beginning to take shape. Old-World grandeur also characterizes the lobby, which comes adorned with turn-of-the-century-style furnishings—a piano, a fireplace, and Victorian armchairs.
In the deluxe king junior suite, modern amenities mingle with antique-style accents, such as a leaf-patterned bench at the foot of the bed in certain units. Guests can train for marathon naps on a king-size bed and a sleeper sofa or snuggle into bathrobes and slippers in front of the HDTV.
The included dining credit is valid for grub at three restaurants in the immediate area: Il Fornaio is an Italian eatery that specializes in wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and rotisserie meats. Right around the corner, Daily Grill dishes out classic American fare including a Reuben sandwich ($13.50 during lunch) and a new york strip steak ($30.95 during dinner). Less than a half mile away, the Purple Café and Wine Bar features an extensive selection of wines to complement fine cheeses and upscale American fare such as grilled farmland pork chop ($24; alcohol not covered by voucher).
Seattle: Gourmet Coffee Shops and Art Galleries in Coastal Urban Center
Street performers often provide a musical score as shoppers walk beneath the iconic neon Public Market Center sign at the open-air Pike Place Market, located just about a half mile southwest of the hotel. One of the most renowned attractions in Seattle, the marketplace bustles with both locals and out-of-towners browsing through an array of stalls vending fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, and meat. Before the proliferation of a Starbucks on every corner, Seattleites grabbed a cup of java at the company's original coffeehouse, which first opened here in 1971.
Local gourmet coffee shops are speckled throughout other inviting neighborhoods: Belltown, located about a half mile from The Roosevelt, is an arts district near Pike Place with cafés, shops, and galleries galore. One such gallery, Roq La Rue, showcases exhibits that rotate monthly with a focus on pop surrealism and underground contemporary art.
From the vantage point of Kerry Park, there's a terrific view of Elliott Bay and the iconic Seattle skyline, with the Space Needle jutting out prominently at the forefront. On clear days, one can search for rock carvings of the Frasier cast on the iconic Mount Rainier out in the distance.