Seattle, United States

Hotel Theodore

Rates per night from$179.55

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD179.55), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Sleeping in Seattle

Setting

Dapper Downtown

Originally, Hotel Theodore had a crush on President Teddy Roosevelt: built in 1929, its first name was the Roosevelt Hotel – and it still has the red neon sign to prove it. These days, though, it’s crushing on Seattle – and you’ll share its affection for the city, following a stay here. Sample the Pacific North Coast’s surf ’n’ turf bounty in ravishing Rider restaurant, join the locals enjoying coffee and cakes in mellow Made café, take in the city views from the loftiest floors and admire the dapper decor, which riffs on the sartorial leanings of the best-dressed locals.

Smith Extra

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$10 credit to use in the on-site coffee shop

Facilities

Photos Hotel Theodore facilities

Need to know

Rooms

In total, 153, including 16 suites.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $179.55, excluding tax at 15.6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $23.12 per room per night on check-out and an additional local city tax of $2.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast, but include WiFi, access to the 24-hour fitness centre, and aperitivo hour in the hotel lobby (5.30pm–6.30pm), featuring free cocktails mixed by Rider’s bartenders.

Also

Request an in-room massage or beauty treatment via Tousled: Seattle’s modern mobile salon and spa. You can also summon Well+Fit kits to your room, stocked with a Manduka yoga mat, barre3 bands, weights and a core ball, plus an iPad pre-loaded with fitness videos. Alternatively, make use of the hotel's free passes to local studios.

At the hotel

Coffee shop; valet parking; gym with weights, yoga mats, treadmill, elliptical, Peloton bicycle and stationary bicycle. In rooms: TV, WiFi, air conditioning, alarm clock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making kit, blackout curtain.

Our favourite rooms

We’d happily move into the Residence and never move out. The hotel’s penthouse sprawls across 20,000 square feet, occupying the entire 19th floor. Bespoke furnishings, designer lighting and original artworks decorate this handsome expanse. If your spatial requirements and/or budget are a little more modest, opt for a suite – they all have clawfoot bath tubs and Seattle-made raincoats for guests to borrow.

Packing tips

If you’ve booked a suite, don’t waste case-space by bringing a raincoat: the hotel helpfully lends guests his ’n’ hers numbers made in Seattle by Freeman. If you’d like to buy one/a pair to take one home with you, just let guest services know.

Also

The hotel has a bedroom and bathroom adapted for wheelchair-users.

Pet‐friendly

Four-legged Smiths weighing in at 50lbs or under are very welcome (subject to a $45 charge per booking). The hotel helpfully provides doggy beds, food and water bowls, and a canine welcome gift. See more pet-friendly hotels in Seattle.

Children

Little Smiths can come, but the hotel reckons it’s best suited to teens.

Food and Drink

Photos Hotel Theodore food and drink

Top Table

That depends: do you want to spy on the food, or your fellow diners? If the former, sit at the restaurant counter and watch the action at the wood-fire grill; if the latter, nab a seat by the window in the main restaurant for prime people-watching.

Dress Code

Off-duty creative. Don’t go large on soft grey hues, unless you want to be mistaken for a member of staff.

Hotel restaurant

We’re revved up for Rider, an industrial-glam affair with exposed brick and masculine styling. The menu champions the Pacific Northwest's natural double-whammy: the ocean and the forest. Dishes include delectable oysters and smart brunch options, such as smoked salmon with horseradish, dill and grilled sourdough.

Hotel bar

Rider restaurant serves potent cocktails; we sipped a Guns & Flowers (grapefruit, lemon, lavender bitters, honey and bubbles) and Roughrider: a blend of averna, sweet vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters and absinthe. Don’t miss Aperitivo Hour in the lobby.

Last orders

Rider has stamina, catering to guests from 7am until midnight.

Room service

Order options from Rider’s full menu throughout the day; pick from salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood and steaks. You can also request cocktails, beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee. Fancy breakfast in bed? Pancakes are never a bad idea.

Location

Photos Hotel Theodore location
Address
Hotel Theodore
1531 7th Ave
Seattle
98101
United States

Planes

SeaTac International Airport is 14 miles away (a half-hour drive). Single hotel transfers cost $50 for up to three people in one vehicle.

Trains

King Street Station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, with services connecting to all major cities along the West Coast. Single hotel transfers cost $30.

Automobiles

Hotel Theodore is on the corner of 7th and Pine in downtown Seattle. Once you’ve arrived on 7th Avenue, pull into the valet entrance, where you’ll be greeted by obliging staff.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stroll to Pike Place Market, which overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront; it’s one of the country’s oldest public markets. Discover fresh produce, specialty foods and independent businesses, pausing for pit-stop nibbles and drinks. Admire some serious eye-candy on First Avenue at Seattle Art Museum, the Pacific Northwest’s centre for world-class visual arts. Chihuly: Garden and Glass (+1 206 753 4940) is a museum in the Seattle Center that showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s famous series of glass artworks include Cylinders and Baskets, Niijima Floats and Fiori; he has also created critically acclaimed large architectural installations. Check the museum’s website for special events such as yoga, garden workshops, drawing classes and more.

Local restaurants

Canter through Asian-inspired dishes (duck spring rolls; tuna crudo; blackened cod; ginger rice and the ilk) at Stateside (+1 206 557 7273), which occupies a swellegant building on Capitol Hill. Cocktails are excellent; try the pineapple margarita with mezcal. Bateau (+1 206 900 8699) on East Union Street is Renee Erickson’s classy steakhouse; order a hefty sustainable cut of meat and don’t stint on sides: kale with anchovy dressing, egg yolk and parmesan, buttery mash, carrots with sorrel, cream, verjus and cumin, and so on.

 

Local bars

Little sister and nextdoor neighbour to Stateside restaurant, Foreign National serves cocktails with Asian leanings – the Long Thailand, for example – alongside punchy bar snacks (we’d order the sticky rice sausages and sour pour again in a heartbeat). Worship at the altar of beer at No Anchor (+1 206 448 2610), an ambitious beer bar on 2nd Avenue that pairs its impressive array of top-notch brews with upscale snacks; there are also some intriguing beer-based cocktails.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in Downtown Seattle and unpacked their coffee beans and hand-blown glass, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Theodore in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle? We prefer sleeping in Seattle, particularly if we’re bedding down at Hotel Theodore, housed in a cloud-poking, landmark building, set in one of the city’s handiest ’hoods. Pike Place Market is an easy stroll away, as are a bounty of bars, boutiques, restaurants, sights and sites. Play Meg and Tom at this multi-talented treat, which counts an excellent restaurant, cocktail-acing bartenders, city views and dapper decor among its charms. You’ll get a true taste of the Emerald City here, partly thanks to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), which has kitted rooms out with a carefully curated edit of Seattle-centric artworks and artifacts. The Lobby is cosier than many living rooms; the VIP Residence sprawls across an entire floor; the immaculate bathrooms star matte black fixtures and glittering white subway tiles, and the staff are so friendly, you’ll want to take them home with you. (Please don’t.) Pets are welcome and ice-cream fans will be in seventh heaven: Hotel Theodore has 24-hour access (via room service) to Salt & Straw, the Pacific North Coast’s cult ice-cream brand. Coconut mint-chip cupcake, anyone?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Theodore’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Very good quality coffee shop in the lobby of the hotel. We really enjoyed breakfast at Lola which was a short walk away.

Don’t expect

Daily room service. This was a very disappointing discovery on our second day. Also the room service is delivered via tote - don't expect anything fancy here! It is a trendy casual vibe.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Jul 2018