As a Belltown resident, I’ll admit that a piece featuring this great Seattle hotel is long overdue. What a marvelous surprise it was for me when this exciting and modern new hotel was put in only a few blocks from my condo. During construction I watched this The Thompson Seattle evolve into something that really stands out in the area — from its huge floor to ceiling windows, to its modern garden outdoor space to what is now the top rooftop bar in Seattle. A staycation here was a must. Upon arrival I was greeted by some friendly staff which made check in a snap. I was perched on the seventh floor with a partial view of the water. The room was modern and updated. I had stayed at several of these great hotels in New York City and this room was similarly appointed. The bed was amazingly comfy.
We had lunch reservations at Scout, the hotel restaurant downstairs, so we scurried down and started the afternoon with a delicious glass of the 2017 Januik Sauvignon Blanc (WWB, 91). With its sterling minerality, this was a perfect match for a host of foods. I’ve had multiple great meals here before but had never brunched. The wine list at Scout is very Washington focused, with many top bottlings from the likes of Quilceda Creek and Reynvaan. This excellent wine list was also available in our hotel room, which was a really nice addition for any wine loving guest. I started with the kale salad, their take on a Caesar, which was delightful with the homemade dressing and fried chickpeas that served as croutons. A Seattle meal was not complete with ordering their burger, served perfectly medium rare. It was juicy and I adored the addition of the hose made pickles and grilled onions. My girlfriend enjoyed the crispy chicken sandwich, which was perfectly cooked and was even better than the burger, as I loved the Brussel sprout slaw and homemade thyme honey that put me back to eating Southern fusion at a top Nashville establishment.
We were full and circled back to the room for some rest and relaxation. Nearing nightfall it was time to test out the room service. We opted for healthier options, the prawn salad and the hanger steak. Served quickly to our room, the hanger steak in particular stood out for the rich reduction sauce and charred onions which were served with it, that offered a delightful crunch and savory character. The entree was taken down rather quickly.
Sunset was arriving and we headed upstairs to the rooftop bar, Scout. I had written about this amazing spot in my last Decanter Magazine article and we were fortunate that the night offered one of the weekend’s best sunsets, with amazing views of Mt. Ranier and the Seattle skyline. It was a perfect time for a NV Moet & Chandon Champagne toast, which marvelously finished off this delightful staycation in Seattle. If you haven’t checked out The Thompson Seattle, I implore you to take full advantage of this modern hotel with an amazing location, fantastic amenities and the best views in the city.