Hotel at a Glance: The Roosevelt Hotel
The antique neon sign at the top of The Roosevelt Hotel has been a part of the Seattle skyline since the red-brick high-rise hotel was constructed in 1929, where it was the second tallest building in Seattle. A sense of Gilded Age grandeur prevails in the lobby, where you’ll find elegant furnishings that include a fireplace and Victorian armchairs.
In the deluxe double and deluxe queen rooms, modern amenities mingle with antique-style accents—in some units, you might see a leaf-patterned bench at the foot of the bed. Unwind in your room and slip into a bathrobe and slippers and switch on the HDTV. Complimentary tea and coffee are served in lobby daily on the weekdays from 5 a.m. - 9 a.m., and from 5 a.m. - 10 a.m. on weekends.
Downtown Seattle: Art, Architecture, and Famous Coffee in Coastal Urban Center
Street performances, flowers, and fresh-caught fish find a common home at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Founded in 1907, this market is where both sightseers and locals shop for fresh seafood, meat, and produce. Drop into the Fish Market to watch the staff tossing salmon, halibut, cod—a famous tradition. There are plenty of nonperishable goods as well, including jewelry and other crafts. And you might want to take a picture in front of the market’s iconic sign, which now rivals Space Needle as the city’s most-recognizable symbol.
The original Starbucks coffeehouse has operated out of Pike Place since the 1970s. You can stop here for a pick-me-up before taking the half-mile walk to Seattle Central Library. Whether you love books or architecture or both, this futuristic-looking library is worth a visit. The 11-story glass-and-steel structure consists almost entirely of diamond-shaped windows arranged to look like a geometric net. The otherworldly interior is a playground for book lovers. Be sure to check out the library’s “living room” in the morning, when sunlight creates a kaleidoscopic shadow on the floor.
Like the library, the nearby Seattle Art Museum is full of spectacles, starting with its collection of “exploding” white Ford Tauruses suspended from the lobby ceiling. Exhibits range from Renaissance-era European art to Korean and Japanese panels.
Other nearby attractions include the Pike Place market, and the property is only ten minutes away from Seattle’s Waterfront and Washington State Ferry. Guests are centered in the heart of downtown, near theaters and Pacific Place Shopping Center, and are only one block away from the Washington State Convention Center.