Stay in Seattle: Mayflower Park Hotel, Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the classic European-styled Mayflower Park Hotel dates back to 1927. The lobby features chandeliers and antiques, creating an inviting atmosphere for checking in, meeting a guest or just relaxing before heading out for the day. It is accessible by light rail direct from the airport, about a 40-minute trip.

The hotel has 160 rooms and 29 suites decorated in color schemes similar to the lobby, and each room features art specially designed for it. Contrasting with the classic headboards and armoires, are all the necessary modern amenities such as a flat panel television, coffee maker, and free wifi.

I stayed in a King Suite, which had a bedroom with king-sized bed and a separate parlor area. Checking random dates, this suite is priced at around $229/night. An entry level classic queen room is priced at around $179/night, A variety of special packages (including breakfast, art themed, and more) are also available, adding minimal cost and lots of value to the rate.

Valet parking is available for $35/night, an outrageous amount, but competitive (if not lower than) other hotels in the city. Most packages include valet parking.

The independent and locally owned Mayflower Park has been an integral part of Seattle’s downtown core for decades and is the longest continuously operating hotel in the city. You can read about its illustrious history in Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel, a book inspired by staff who were interested preserving the stories from the hotel’s past.

I am predisposed to like this type of hotel – it’s historic, has the best parts of European elegance (decor and gracious feel) combined with the best of modernity (larger rooms and the necessary electronic luxuries), and is well situated for exploring the city.The Mayflower Park didn’t disappoint. From the warm welcome at check into my hurried departure when I lost track of time, I felt like I belonged there.

It would have been nice to hole up in my room, tune out the rest of the world and enjoy the old world comfort, while I put fingers to keyboard and wrote a bunch of stories. Oh sure, I’d come out for breakfast at Andaluca, a doorway to the left in the lobby (read reviews here), or for a martini at Oliver’s (another door to the right will take you there). But mostly, I wanted to stay in my room – did I mention the free wifi – and how often does that happen when you’re at a hotel?!

Instead, I spent the day enjoying some of the best Seattle has to offer, all within easy walking distance of the hotel:  A stroll through the Pike Place Market to pick up some meat, cheese, and fruit. A visit to the Seattle Art Museum to take in a traveling exhibit as well as to visit old favorites. Some shopping at nearby Westlake Center and Macy’s to pick up some last minute items for an upcoming trip. A ride on the Monorail (located at Westlake Center) to the Seattle Center to visit the EMP and Science Fiction Museum. A stop off for coffee, a visit with a friend, and two days that remind me how wonderful my city really is.

I had breakfast at Andaluca one morning, opting for the classic coffee and bacon and eggs. It was a solid serving, service was attentive while understanding that I wanted to linger, and I want to go back to try their dinner menu, especially the Liquid Chocolate Cake. Breakfast is served 6:30-11 am, Monday through Friday, and 7 am-noon on weekends. Dinner is served 5-9 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, and until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Andaluca is closed for lunch, and for dinner on Sunday and Monday.

Cocktails at Oliver’s is a great way to end a busy day, and you can think of it as a Seattle history lesson as well. Oliver’s is located on the former site of one of the first Bartell Drug Stores, was at one time known as the Carousel Room with a circus theme and antique horses, and eventually evolved to its current incarnation in 1976. It pains me to say, and ages me as well, that I remember all those previous lives. Today Oliver’s is spaciously airy, with floor to ceiling windows, and is known as the home of the International Martini Classic Challenge. They also have a nice wine selection.

Oliver’s is open 1:30 am-2:30 pm daily for lunch, and features small bites all day long, closing at 2 am. Complimentary appetizers are available 4-6 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Mayflower Park Hotel is located at 405 Olive Way, Seattle, Washington. If you have an evening of wine tasting in your plans, you can book at the Mayflower Park hotel with our handy booking link here. Remember, don’t drink and drive.

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