The Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle is the first Kimpton Hotel I’ve stayed in, but, hopefully, it won’t be my last. The collection – I won’t say chain – claims to have coined the term “boutique hotel” back in the 1980s. Their first hotel was in San Francisco. Now they own 59 hotels in 30 cities.
The Kimpton group is known for being eco-conscious, hiring top chefs, incorporating a lot of artwork into its properties and having a complimentary wine hour every afternoon. Also, dogs of all sizes are welcome at no extra charge.
My room at the Alexis was spacious and had artsy touches, such as a lamp with a sculpted head as its base. I dragged myself out of bed for an excellent 6:30 a.m. yoga class in the hotel gym one morning. The gyms – one on the third floor, another on the fourth –are small but gorgeous and well-equipped. Both feature lots of small equipment, such as resistance bands, medicine balls, kettlebells and jump ropes rather than cumbersome weight machines. The third floor gym has a climbing wall. Other fitness amenities include a yoga mat in every room, free yoga channel on TV and free bikes for guests to ride around town.
The Alexis is located in downtown Seattle, close to the piers and many tourist attractions. My first night, I rode the Great Wheel, Seattle’s uber-cool giant ferris wheel, to take in nighttime views of the skyline.
Fortunately, I visited Seattle during a rare sunny week, and walked for miles around the city. I used my CityPass to visit the Seattle Aquarium, take an Argosy harbor cruise and see the phenomenal Chihuly Garden and Glass. If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, CityPass saves you substantial money on top attractions.
By the time I finished sightseeing, I was tired! Alone in a big city, I was happy to come home to the comforts of the Alexis.
Eating at the Alexis at the Bookstore Bar and Café under celeb chef Caprial Pence’s capable guidance is a delight too. I enjoyed their hand-cut chitarra pasta wieht walnuts, chili oil, and grated zuchinni. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (See Teresa’s profile of Chef Caprial Pence and the Bookstore Bar and Cafe.)
From yoga teacher Ruth Tru’s thoughtful vinyasa class to front desk person Samantha Scarvie (herself a vegetarian since a childhood and who advised me on Seattle’s best plant-based cuisine), my entire time at the Alexis I felt like their number one, extra-special guest. And I’m certain, you will too. – Teresa Bergen, RFT Vegan/Vegetarian Editor
If You Go:
Alexis Hotel www.alexishotel.com/
Kimpton Hotels www.kimptonhotels.com/
Seattle Great Wheel seattlegreatwheel.com/
Bookstore Bar and Café www.bookstorebar.com/
Seattle Aquarium www.seattleaquarium.org/
Chihuly Garden and Glass www.chihulygardenandglass.com/
Argosy Cruises www.argosycruises.com/