My stay at the Inn began on a sunny summer afternoon with the sun sparkling off the waters of Elliott Bay and The Pike Place Market alive with activity. The valet parking and intimate courtyard entrance immediately sent me into vacation mode, I was ready to play. The lobby was furnished beautifully with an amazing collection of artwork. The woman that checked me in had a wonderful sense of humor and minutes after I arrived I was checked-in and ready to go. Although my room wasn’t immediately available I was shown to a smaller room to freshen up and then on to the roof top patio to soak up the sun. I also took this opportunity to snoop and I found out that this little hotel in the middle of the city isn’t so little.
I discovered that the guest rooms range from intimate to 2-story spacious. There are two meeting/event rooms that are capable of hosting up to 50 guests and a wonderful array of amenities such as free wifi throughout the hotel, fluffy bathrobes in every room and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries—it’s all about the little luxuries here. The most extraordinary feature is the rooftop deck with a 180-degree view of Elliott Bay, the Olympic mountain range and the city skyline. My room was lovingly appointed with windows that seemed to flood light in from all directions. The whole place screamed, “relax."
The staff at the Inn was among the best and most experienced that I have encountered. That evening I hosted 10 close friends for champagne on the patio; the Inn at the Market team went out of their way to ensure that all our needs were met. I’m already planning my next gathering there.
There is certain magic about this hotel, the location and the ambience--the sheer combination of simple elegance and ease of stay. If you go (and you should), you will not want to leave.
Inn at the Market website: http://www.innatthemarket.com/
-- Jerome Bader
-- Jerome Bader