We asked Hotel Ändra team members to share their ideal “2 Days in Seattle” in concert with the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau’s helpful travel tool, 2DaysInSeattle.com. You can find all of the Hotel Ändra submissions on our 2 Days in Seattle page. Enjoy this entry by Bryce, who can be found at our front desk and concierge stand:
Two days in Seattle just isn’t enough. There is so much to do, you might feel overwhelmed. I like to find a few main destinations and fill in the time with things I find along the way. Here’s my perfect 2 Days in Seattle…
My partner and I take the convenient Link light rail from the airport to the downtown station at Westlake Center, where we are greeted by the bustle of Seattle’s retail core. We briskly walk the 2.5 blocks to Hotel Andra on Fourth Ave. Upon our arrival at Hotel Andra, we are greeted by the friendly valet attendants who open the door to the hotel’s stylish living room. I stop and take in the the wonderful aromas coming from Lola restaurant. What a wonderful way to be welcomed to our home for the next two days. Standing at the front desk, all of our accommodations have been confirmed. Not wanting to waste any time, we drop off our luggage in our wonderfully appointed room and head out to explore the city.
On the short walk to Westlake shopping center, we grab a smoothie at Emerald City Smoothie, just to tide us over until we have a chance to view the Space Needle and the architecturally striking EMP museum. There are so many restaurants near Hotel Andra, it’s hard to choose. But, when in Seattle, you must have fresh seafood, if you’re able. A few blocks from the Hotel Andra is Seatown, local restauranteur Tom-Douglas’ premier seafood destination. I go for the crab and my partner gets the pulled pork sandwich. Seatown is right next to Pike Place Market, so it’s easy to do some more exploring in the busy marketplace corridors before we roll ourselves back to the hotel.
After relaxing on our king-size bed with comfy linens, we decide to make a night of it on Capitol Hill. I am all about ciders, so we find a place called Capitol Cider that features delicious menu items and a wide variety of ciders and beers. We venture downstairs to play some shuffleboard. Capitol Hill is where it is at if you are looking to go out, and the streets fill up with people looking for a great night. A few short blocks away, we enter Unicorn. This place looks to be a hangout for the indie-rock crowd and everyone is very friendly. The atmosphere is casual and the decorations remind me of a carnival. Deciding to hit a club, we head over to Neighbors to get our groove on. After an hour or two of dancing, we decide to go back to the hotel so we can wake up early and explore downtown’s Pioneer Square area.
After a rejuvenating night of sleep, we visit Lola for breakfast. What a treat! We didn’t make reservations for breakfast, but Hotel Andra’s lobby leads directly into the restaurant. So, we order a Bloody Mary and relax by the hotel fireplace until a table opens. After Eggs Benedict and pancakes, we take a taxi the 15 or so blocks to Pioneer Square.
I love a little history, so we take the Seattle Underground Tour, which travels underneath the city streets. Afterward, we pop into the Utilakilt store just next door to have a peek. Then, on to Glasshouse Studio, where you are likely to catch them blowing glass. The helpful gentleman behind the counter makes it easy to purchase blown glass. We visit Columbia Tower, home to the highest Starbucks in the world, as well as the highest observation deck on the west coast. The views are breathtaking and you feel as though you are on top of the world. I can’t help but think of the Jetsons with all of the buildings poking up to the sky.
Finally, we head back toward Hotel Andra, stopping by a delicious smelling food truck selling Seattle Dogs. The next morning, we have breakfast at the Bacco Cafe. We can hardly believe that we are departing so soon. Check-out is a breeze and we can’t help but feel that we will come back soon to explore more of Seattle.