Friday, February 11, 2011

Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle.........

Over Valentines day, you should do yourself a favor and go and spend it at the Hotel Vintage park. That is what we did this week. As you know I have a small love affair with the Kimpon properties. They didn’t get even close to letting me down. 

As a travel writer, I wanted to make sure that I pulled out the stops with a romantic stay somewhere with "hub's" Being that we have stayed in some pretty amazing places made it that much more of a challenge. Then I decided that I would see if we could go over night to Seattle. A perfect place for you to find a cozy coffee shop that you can tuck into just to escape the rain, allowing you to cuddle up to your loved one in that cozy corner of the coffee shop or wine bar. Where ever you go in Seattle you will feel the romance. Especially the Hotel Vintage Park nothing feels more romantic then a night here. 

When you step off the sidewalk from 5th Ave, you feel it instantly, the feeling of nostalgia, class and warmth like coming back to visit an old friend. Now add the The theme to this wonderful hotel that is centered around the Wine country.  Washington proudly has five hundred wineries, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries. Washington's wine country produces a strong and dynamic variety of wines with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

As always with the Kimpton Properties add their personal touch to their hotels, so seeing all the attention to details was no surprise, when they ran with the theme highlighting  the wine country in each room a local winemaker lend a hand to the décor of the hotel. Each room’s artwork is handpicked from Washington winemaker and vineyard photos, label-work, and images of the vintners at work making the walls of each room, Making you feel like you are right in the middle of a winery.  Room’s don’t just boast of wine labels, the décor has borrowed colors directly from the wine fields of Washington with rich red, yellow, & golden colors, and the dark under tones of rich purple grapes. 
During the nightly wine reception the Concierge talks about all the wines, along with that they share the wines of the world with a  booklet along with a guide to Washington State Wines and winery locations. Washington State wines are served Monday through Saturday and on Sunday; At the time of the reception the Kimpton Wines of the World are served to the guests that would like to be part of the wine socail.  Even better is when the Washington winemakers attend and share information during their wine hour, they will often talk about their wine making process. When we went to the lobby to enjoy our wine hour we couldn’t even get in it was that popular!  A fun thing that the Staff does here is all employee name tags list the name of the employee's favorite wine or local winery under their name. 

What I love about staying at the Kimpton is that each Kimpton Hotel has a distinct personality and a soul of its own. This one is centered around the wine, the Alexis around art, others are centered around literature, well-being, and architecture. Each unique as the people that cross the threshold truly promises adventure, inspiration, still  offering the familiarity and style that only a Kimpton can bring. 
Our guestroom was on the 9th floor, In room 904 & it captured the romance of Washington's wine country with the  rich golds of the wallpapered walls, and warm rich reds that run in the drapes, and the fun and wild carpet that is in all of the rooms,  the fabrics and the custom-designed furniture, I loved the paisley patterned purple couch and lavender wing back chair,  I secretly wanted to back a truck up and pack them home with me.  The King size bed was very comfortable and the room was the perfect setting for our romantic weekend. Sitting in bed with the drapes open watching the city lights dance on the dark waters of the sound, with the peek-a-boo view of the ferry going in and out of port.  All the while we got to look at the amazing & brilliant designed Seattle library.  Drinking the Wine that they brought up to us when they did their turn down service. Taking it all in was just what I need to do and how I need to feel.  

When we woke up the next morning and headed down to the main lobby where we enjoyed reading the paper and the cozy fireplace while  waiting to enjoy our wonderful breakfast, at their onsite restaurant Tuilo where the food is as good as the atmosphere. 

Loving how conveniently central located this hotel is, as it is  nestled in the heart of Seattle, its easy walking distance of theaters, restaurants, Pike Place Market and the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, making Hotel Vintage Park an ideal place for you to stay.  You can rest easy when you drop your car off to the valet, The access to the valet parking is by a car elevator, from right beside the lobby, with that you can rest even easier the night of your stay. 

 Among the many amenities included in every guestroom are:
Plush pillowtop beds
Down and hypo-allergenic pillows
Private mini-bar in all guestrooms
Flat panel LCD TV's featuring on demand movies & Nintendo (for a fee)
Aveda bath amenities
Amenities of home including hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, 100% cotton oversized bath towels and fun Kimpton animal print bathrobes ( one of these stays I will take a picture of me in one of these robes! maybe even buy the warm and fuzzy socks. 

Your stay here starts off like a wine tasting your might not know what you are in for at first but when you find that favorite wine you know you will be in love for life.