The Pan Pacific hotel in Seattle is a contemporary luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown. It has been dubbed an “urban oasis” reflecting the fact that the hotel provides a restful space to enjoy some downtime in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. Major perks include comfortable minimalist décor, a great pet-friendly policy and many retail and dining options within quick walking distance of the hotel. Pan Pacific Seattle is an award-winning hotel, ranked number 13 by travelers in the 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards by TripAdvisor.
Rooms with a View
Seattle is a beautiful city so it’s always nice to stay in a hotel that offers rooms with a great view. Pan Pacific Seattle provides this view. Depending on the room that you are in you may look out at the city skyline, be able to eyeball the famous Space Needle or enjoy a serene view of Lake Union.
Inside Your Room
The view from your room’s window is important but of course it’s not the only thing that matters inside of your hotel room. Luckily you are unlikely to be disappointed with the other features of your room, which include:
•Hypnos Bed with 360 thread count Egyptian cotton linens and down blankets
•European-sized soaking bathtub and separate shower with rain showerhead
•Shoji-style screens between bath and bedroom (which you can open up to watch TV while soaking in the tub if you so desire)
•32” Plasma HDTV
•Herman-Miller work chair and desk
•DVD player, iHome docking station and other technology
Upgrade with Preferences
One neat notable feature about this hotel is the option to choose “Preferences of Pan Pacific” when you book your hotel. This gives you automatic late checkout and your choice of one of the following four perks:
•The lobby lounge. Get a glass of wine, pick up one of the art books on display here and sit in front of the fire for awhile.
•Meeting spaces. There are over 5000 square feet of meeting spaces in this hotel so it’s great for business travelers.
•Gym. There is a full service fitness center at this hotel. There is a spa attached to the hotel where you can enjoy a massage after your workout.
Pan Pacific Seattle is more than just a pet-friendly hotel. This hotel offers so many amenities for your pets that you may begin to wonder whether you’re really in a pet-friendly hotel or if you’re actually in a pet hotel that happens to also be nice to humans! Some of the pet services worth noting include:
•Complimentary dog walking for your pooch.
•Super plush pet bed.
•Doggie ice cream and bottled water for your dog are in your room. Your dog can enjoy eating this at a special doggy dining table.
•In-room guide with information on off leash Seattle dog parks, dog-friendly restaurants, etc.
•Pet-friendly on-site restaurant that also offers gourmet pet treats.
Note that there is a non-refundable pet fee of $50 that is required to bring your pet to take advantage of these services. For an extra fee you can set up dog sitting and dog grooming services through the hotel.
Location and Nearby Attractions
The Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel is located in downtown Seattle. The downtown location of this hotel puts it in close proximity to numerous leading Seattle attractions including:
•Pike Place Market. This is perhaps the most famous attraction in Seattle and you’ll be within close proximity to it when you stay at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle.
•The Space Needle. Take a short walk to this attraction and then ride up to the top to see a stunning view of the city.
•Pacific Place Shopping Centre. Enjoy some upscale shopping at this hot spot that is located within walking distance of the hotel.
•Washington State Convention Center. Many Seattle visitors come to the city to enjoy an event that is taking place at the convention center. This hotel is a convenient location for such visitors.
•The Central Business District. You’ll be within walking distance of this busy center of the city.
It’s also important to note that this hotel is part of 2200 Westlake Plaza, a trendsetting area that is shared with a spa and a yoga studio. Other businesses you may enjoy in this same plaza including Whole Foods, Starbucks, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria and John Howie’s Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar. They’re all just steps from your room at the hotel.
Drawbacks of this Hotel
Every hotel has its pros and cons and a review wouldn’t be fair if it didn’t let you in on some of the drawbacks. The good news is that the drawbacks of this hotel are limited in comparison with its benefits. The main issue is price. The rooms are moderately priced for the location but the costs add up because parking is very expensive in this area. There have been some complaints about customer service at this hotel but other visitors have said the opposite – that they have had a great experience with the staff here so it’s a mixed bag in terms of the service you may receive. Finally, the continental breakfast here is lacking in comparison with comparable hotels although this is a minor issue for many people considering how many food options there are in the vicinity of the hotel including the Whole Foods right downstairs. All in all, the drawbacks of the hotel may be slightly annoying but are far outweighed by its perks.