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Hotel Monaco Seattle

Address: 1101 Fourth Ave.

Neighborhood: Downtown

City: Seattle

Phone: 206-621-1770

Website: www.monaco-seattle.com

Expert Review

This whimsical boutique, exceptionally located by Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, is a cutting-edge business hotel that appeals to a young, trendy crowd. A $20 million renovation turned this former telephone bell switching tower into the top-rated (also recently named one of the top 100 hotels in the world by Travel+Leisure), bolthole it is today, which, by the way, celebs can't resist - Christina Aguilera and the Smashing Pumpkins are a few of the Monaco's past patrons. An eye-catching lobby boasts ancient Greek-style murals, hand-blown glass globes, and wrought-iron gates, and hosts a complimentary wine-tasting hour with vintages from around the globe, local craft beers, and other goodies every evening. The Monaco's 189 guest rooms, compliments of designer Cheryl Rowley, flaunt bright combo color schemes, incorporating crimson and yellow, and charcoal and raspberry. Suave set ups in most of the units include a separate bedroom area sectioned off by a draped curtain, tied back at the wall. Fun head boards, leopard-and-floral chairs, bright vases, Fuji-jet tubs (in most), and even your own resident gold fish (available upon request) give rooms a designer edge. Guests can also bring along their four-legged friends; pets are not only welcome but pampered with gourmet dog biscuits, dog-walkers, and sitters.

Tags: luxury | editor pick

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