Part I of a II part series featuring our favorite Seattle homes away from home.
Four things we love about the sophisticated, boutique Hotel Ändra:
- The ideal location
Located in Seattle’s midtown, Hotel Ändra is perfectly located in between the Belltown and South Lake Union neighborhoods and the thriving retail core. Situated on tree-lined Fourth Avenue, the hotel is just four blocks from the world-famous Pike Place Market, six blocks from the Washington State Convention Center and walking distance to many of Seattle’s historic and cultural attractions. With so many attractions nearby, Hotel Ändra makes Seattle a very walkable city for guests.
- The Hot Stove Society
If you have the time and inclination, take the opportunity to sign up for a cooking class at the Hot Stove Society, a cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants. Classes range from the light-hearted like learning to brew the perfect cup of coffee to the challenging such as butchering a whole pig. These popular classes fill up quickly, so sign up early.
- The Scandinavian design elements
The Scandinavian design elements are a tribute to the city’s Nordic heritage, while the use of prominent Pacific Northwest elements – water, wood and stone – are present throughout the hotel. The design reflects the contrast of modernism and sustainability – sleek and textured, light and dark, warm and cool, modern and traditional. Guestrooms number 119 and reflect the casual Northwest attitude with a modern twist.
- The Living Room Lobby
Make yourself at home in the Living Room. Far from your average hotel lobby, the Living Room features distressed plank floors with inset custom wool hand-knotted rugs, warm walls, and rich brown woods. Low, comfortable sofas, wood coffee tables made from fallen Seattle trees and leather ottoman cubes create an atmosphere that begs for conversation or immersing yourself in a good book. Leather side chairs offer a front row view of tree-lined Fourth Avenue. Need a quiet corner to catch up on work? Sit by the fireplace with Platner coffee table and four chairs.The dramatic lobby fireplace, constructed of local split-grain granite, is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling maple bookshelves housing a library on Scandinavian culture, Northwest interests and an exquisite collection of colorful glass vases.
Hungry? Walk through the large boathouse door leading from the hotel’s Living Room into the bar and restaurant, Lola.
Read part 2 of this two part series here.
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