Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Max
The designers of Hotel Max wanted art to be at the forefront of the hotel, and it shows—photographs, paintings, and collages adorn the walls in nearly every room. Each floor displays the works of a different photographer on guest room doors. The fifth floor (nicknamed the Sup Pop floor) is especially iconic; the hallway showcases the works of Charles Peterson, a photographer who documented Seattle’s grunge era music scene, while guest rooms contain Crosley record players and a selection of vinyl records curated by Sub Pop Records.
- Sleep easy: Pillow-top mattresses and a specialty pillow menu ensure you get a full night’s rest.
- Complimentary coffee and tea are are offered in the lobby every morning.
- Daily happy hour: Come to the lobby between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to enjoy complimentary craft beers.
- Pet-friendly digs: Furry companions are pampered with a pet bed and bowl, toy, and lots of treats.
- A James Beard-awarded chef grills up 75-day dry-aged beef on a 9-foot-long wood-fired grill inside Miller’s Guild.
Belltown, Seattle: Popular Artsy Neighborhood Just North of Downtown
Located half a mile north of downtown Seattle, Belltown is the city’s most densely populated neighborhood and a great place to experience the spirit of the city. Naturally, that involves coffee (to the surprise of nobody, Seattle was named America’s “Best Coffee City” by Travel + Leisure in 2011). In Belltown, you’ll find top-notch coffee shops such as Street Bean Espresso, a non-profit space serving sustainable, locally roasted coffee and artisan pastries. Mixed in with the neighborhood’s java dispensaries and trendy restaurants are an array of art galleries, including Roq La Rue, which specializes in pop surrealism and underground contemporary art.
About a half-mile south is Pike Place Market, one of Seattle’s most renowned attractions. Locals and out-of-towners alike flock to this semi-open-air marketplace to shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, and meat. Come early in the morning to see the market’s fishmongers do what they’re famous for: tossing the day’s catch back and forth.