Since it opened in 2016, The Nest, a rooftop bar at Seattle's Thompson Hotel, has been one of the best spots in the city to enjoy a cocktail and the waterfront view. (Thompson Seattle)
Photo: Thompson Seattle/TNS
Photo: Thompson Seattle/TNS

Inn-Escapable: Seattle’s sleek Thompson Hotel at Pike Place

Seattle’s award-winning architects Olson Kundig are behind the Thompson Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with a stunning glass facade that sits at the edge of downtown’s Pike Place Market. The hotel, and particularly its rooftop bar, The Nest, have become a bit of a landmark since they opened in 2016 — a place, dare we say, to see and be seen. 

A few reasons why: Impossibly chic and refined mid-century furnishings, stellar Pacific Northwest cuisine at Josh Henderson’s Scout, located at street level, and panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains from The Nest. If you’re lucky enough to stay, take advantage of the personable concierge and staff. They know the city very well and can steer you to locals-only spots for the best cocktails and cuisine in town.  

ZZZ’S: Our Deluxe Queen Water View room featured two cozy queen beds with custom 400-thread count sheets and melt-worthy pillows. The floor-to-ceiling window will make you feel like you’re perched right over the Ferris wheel at Pike Place Market, because, well, you practically are.  

SPLASHES: Chic bathroom with rain shower, black and white subway tiles and bath products by Brooklyn’s D.S. & Durga. The lighting was a bit dim for us, so we did our makeup at the desk, where the light is plentiful. 

EXTRAS: Honestly, food and beverages this good can feel like a hotel bonus. Plan on drinks and appetizers at The Nest and brunch or dinner at the upscale farm-to-table restaurant, Scout.  

DETAILS: Rooms start at $219. 110 Stewart St., Seattle; www.thompsonhotels.com/seattle

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