KIMPTON PALLADIAN HOTEL, Seattle | Transcendent Harmony
The Kimpton Palladian is located in Belltown, Seattle’s downtown waterfront neighborhood which still maintains its semi-industrial, artistic sense of the past. This area is now dazzling with trendy restaurants, bars, coffee shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Walking distance from the hotel, you will find everything you need, including famous attractions such as the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and much more.
The Palladian Hotel edifice was built in the early nineteenth century as a lodging for sailors and was originally called the Calhoun Hotel. The building was renovated and transformed in 2014 into the fourth and newest Kimpton luxury boutique hotel in Seattle. Its eight-story façade, which rises above Second Avenue and Virginia Street, is original.
Upon entering the lobby, a wide foyer opens up, leading you to the reception area. As you step on the original terrazzo floors, you notice that the hotel is filled with art. Dark royal blue walls with golden elements, details in reclaimed carved wood finishes, velvet upholstery and surprising oil paintings featuring contemporary celebrities in a neoclassical style all serve to blend the past and present.
During the check-in process, the friendly personnel greets you with a smile, offering you a map of Seattle along with recommended activities in the hotel and the area. The Palladian hosts a complimentary wine and cheese tasting every day next to the lobby’s fireplace. At the entrance, the sign that reads “Take me, I am yours” invites guests to use the hotel’s bikes to explore the city. On the second floor, you will find the gym open 24/7, and for those seeking a more intense exercise experience, the hotel has partnered with Riot Athletics to offer personalized training.
As you enter your guest room, rays of natural light bathe the space. While taking a moment to wander around, you find a personal welcome card waiting for you on the table. The interior décor is consistent throughout the hotel, yet the rooms are brighter with contrasting furnishing elements and artwork. Historic photographs, paintings by local artists, and a vintage map of Seattle on the wall invite you to explore this city imagining how it was. The beds have floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall reclaimed wood headboards, vertically paneled to make the ceilings look even higher. The Palladian’s signature touch incorporates the lobby’s celebrity paintings on the bed’s decorative pillows. As if it were a canvas waiting to be painted by an artist, the TV stands on a wooden easel. Besides the minibar and local snacks, along with other amenities for your comfort and pleasure, you will discover silky bathrobes and a yoga mat in the armoire.
Large bathrooms feature classic hexagonal marble tiles, elegant vanity stands with brass fixtures, and mid-century-inspired mirrors. All the eclectic décor components harmoniously blend to create a unique character distinctive to the Palladian Hotel’s overall experience.
THE RESTAURANT | SHAKER + SPEAR
The hotel’s restaurant, Shaker + Spear, is the real deal. No wonder this establishment is loved by many locals, and whether you are a guest of the hotel or not, to experience this place is simply a must. Even on a busy night when the restaurant is full, a feeling of peacefulness flows through it. You can sense how the entire staff enjoys their work, which in turn translates into the attentive service they provide.
A cozy and warm ambiance with a comfortable table arrangement welcomes you to relax and sets the mood for an amazing experience. The interior features wood ceiling panels with steel elements and cast glass, creating an industrial-chic atmosphere. One of the corner wall’s perimeters is adorned with books, little vases, unicorns, inspiring messages, and other decorative items on the shelves. The bar is facing the open kitchen where you can witness the magical spectacle that is taking place there.
Chef Carolynn Spence oversees the restaurant and menu, which centers on seafood paired with fresh local ingredients. Each dish comes with a unique twist while keeping the authenticity of flavors; the entire menu is a true labor of love.
Perfect to share, the sage sausage fried ‘scotch’ olives topped with Gruyere cheese have a nice kick of spice. A light Rioja Rosé, softens the flavor, giving a smooth touch to your palate. To continue with a starter, the tender and mouth-watering boiled and grilled charred octopus comes with a smoky taste that beautifully complements the hazelnut romesco sauce and broccolini. Greek lamb meatballs are seasoned with strong spices but nicely cooled with fresh tzatziki, cucumbers, and a hint of pine nuts. As main dishes, the diver scallops have a golden crust and are accompanied with creamy risotto. If you are a fish lover, the arctic char, similar to salmon but with less oil content, has a crispy skin garnished with potato gratin and braised leeks. For the sides, the rosemary popovers with whipped butter are out of this world—airy, fluffy, and delectable. The ginger brussels sprouts are also a highlight, crunchy and mildly sweet. The specialty dessert, pistachio amaretto ice cream, will leave you with a desire for more.
For wine, ask your server to recommend the ideal pairings. To continue a delightful evening, you can step up to the Pennyroyal Bar next to the lobby and enjoy their signature cocktails. Ultimately, when you are aligned with your desire to feel good, wherever you go, you will always enjoy yourself. The Kimpton Palladian Hotel will only enhance your expectations to experience something unique and make it even better.