Unless I have a particularly memorable experience, I don’t normally feel compelled to write about where I’m staying. I prefer to focus on my destination, normally spending as little time in my room as possible. However, on my recent trip to Seattle I stayed in a hotel that was hard to leave: Palladian.
Even though Palladian is a 4-star hotel, it has a cool, laid-back vibe. The hotel has a quirky pop culture theme, but not in an Andy Warhol sort of way. I would maybe describe it as pop culture meets Prussia. For example, when you walk into the lobby, you will notice portraits with some familiar faces looking slightly out of place.
The hotel is full of contradictions – it’s recently renovated with a modern feel, but it’s clear from the building’s facade that it has a rich history. The building itself was actually built in 1910, and Palladian managed to incorporate its vintage design elements into their new look. Other reviewers described the vibe as “post-industrial chic” and “the cat’s meow.”
The rooms are bright and airy, with contemporary decor and eclectic accent pieces. My favorites included the vintage books on display, an easel replacing a traditional TV stand, and the star-studded accent pillows. Each room has pillows featuring celebrities decked out like Hapsburgs. I got lucky – Brad Pitt was in bed with me!
Kimpton hotels are known for their attention to small details, and the Palladian was no exception. I especially appreciated the lighted make-up mirrors in the bathrooms, which make a huge difference when getting ready in the morning. The bathrooms were spacious and equipped with C.O Bigelow products.
Drinking & Dining
Pennyroyal isn’t an ordinary hotel bar. The bar supports Palladian’s cool vibe, offering a diverse selection of cocktails and light bites.
The room service options were excellent as well. The menu could accommodate any palette or dietary preferences.
For a nightcap, they had a large assortment of alcohol – including locally brewed craft beers. Kimpton hotels offer a social hour with complimentary beverages every night at all of their hotels. did not visit the hotel’s restaurant, Shaker + Spear, so I can not personally vouch for it. The reviews are excellent though, and Chef Walter Pisano is highly-regarded in Seattle’s culinary scene.
Located on the edge of the hip Belltown neighborhood and close to the retail district, Palladian is a perfect base for exploring Seattle. Pike Place Market is only a few blocks away, as is the downtown shopping district, where the flagship Nordstrom store is located.
My only qualm with the location was that there is some construction going on next door. Fortunately, it wasn’t really an issue since I was not in the room much during the day time, and the hotel provides comfy earplugs.
As you can tell from my Palladian review, I highly recommend it and hope to stay again soon!
Click here for more information on Palladian’s amenities, services, and rates. At the time of this posting, they are offering a 20% off special on suites and upgraded rooms.