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 each guest room, modern amenities mingle with antique-style accents—in some units, you might see a leaf-patterned bench at the foot of the bed. Traditional queen rooms are the smallest in size, ideal for travelers who plan to spend most of their time out and about, since the hotel is centrally located with prime access to shopping. Deluxe king and deluxe double rooms are more spacious, at 300 square feet. Unwind in your room, slip into a bathrobe and slippers, switch on the HDTV, and enjoy the complimentary $18 bottle of wine. There’s also free WiFi you can surf at your leisure. Complimentary tea and coffee are served in lobby daily on the weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 a.m. to 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. In terms of shopping, 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.