Overlooking the picturesque Bow Lake and the exquisite Mt. Rainier, Double Tree by Hilton Seattle Airport offers guests a pleasant place to escape from the city with a relaxed and friendly ambiance.
Upon setting foot in the lobby, we were immediately charmed by the hotel's rustic interior that creates a soothing and laid-back atmosphere perfectly complementing its serene and peaceful surroundings.
The check-in was a breeze and the delicious freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that the front desk handed to us adds up to a warm and welcoming feel.
Our room is a spacious Deluxe Room with an area of 375 sq. ft and a huge balcony with a lake view. It has two plush top queen size Serta Suite Dreams® beds with 300 thread count sheet, 5 jumbo hypo-allergenic pillows and a side chair with coffee table. The room features free WiFi, 37-inch flat-screen HDTV, clock radio w/ MP3 Connection, coffee and tea maker and an iron with ironing board. The bathroom is equipped with single sink and vanity mirror, bath shower, toilet, hair dryer, and a separate walking closet and sink with vanity mirror.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with large sunbathing area and a heated jacuzzi that provides relaxation after a good swim.
The Coffee Garden serves as the hotel’s main breakfast restaurant offering buffet and a la carte menu according to guests taste and preference. It is spacious, well-lit and has an ample seating. Though they don't serve lunch and dinner, room service is available.
Once we had checked in and unpacked our luggage in our beautiful room, we headed straight out and hopped on the free airport shuttle provided by the hotel. From the the airport, we took the train going to downtown where we spent the whole day strolling around city and taking in the Seattle vibe.
Museum of Flight
Seattle Harbor Cruise
After visiting the Museum of Flight, we joined a one-hour live-narrated cruise and sailed along Elliott Bay. We learned that Seattle was named after Chief Si’ahi of the Dkhw’Duw’Absh Indians. Seattle was the closest pronunciation for the Indian Chief’s name that the settlers could come up, so it became his english name. During our tour, we came across a rare treat of playing and sunbathing sea lions. Best of all, we were able to take a lot of stunning, panoramic shots of the city skyline.
Pike Place Market
We then headed over to the famous Pike Place Market, one of the country's oldest public market with lots of local arts & crafts and fresh produce. We literally spent half of our day here just looking and roaming around.
Pike Place Chinese Cuisine
Of course, we didn't leave without trying the fresh seafoods that this place is known for. We had a scrumptious meal at the Pike Place Chinese Cuisine.
1st Starbucks Store
And then, there's coffee to finish up a delicious meal...
As we walked across the Pike Place Street, we chanced upon Patrick, the Cat Man who draw people to his sidewalk booth by posing for a picture with Cubby, the happy "Pike Place Market Cat". We found out that for many years, Patrick has been helping homeless cats and maintains a free adoption service to our feline friends.
Piroshky Russian Bakery
I love breads. So before going back to the hotel I bought an apple cinnamon roll from Piroshky Russian Bakery and it tastes heavenly!
They say you can't go to Seattle and not visit the Seattle Needle. So that's the first place that we visited on our second day. The Needle is the city's icon that offers panoramic view of Seattle from 520 feet in the air.
Pacific Science Center
Situated within walking distance from Seattle Needle is the Pacific Science Center, a museum with lots of great exhibits and interactive educational programs for both children and young adults.
Adjacent to Seattle Monorail and Seattle Needle is the EMP Museum. It was created in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to showcase trends in pop culture. During our visit, we got to see exhibits and it was totally worth it.
We can say that the Monorail was our favourite mode of transportation when we were in Seattle. It's the fastest and easiest way to get around the city and it's affordable too.
The Seattle Aquarium is a public aquarium located on Pier 59 close to Pike Place Market. Me and Rock Licker love visiting Aquariums around the world whenever we go to different countries, so naturally, we had to go to the Seattle Aquarium. Our favourite exhibit is the sea otter. We enjoyed watching the otters playing and being fed on the other side of the aquarium. They also have sea lion, octopus, jellyfish, seahorse, tons of fish and corals.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
On our last day in Seattle, we hit downtown again and sampled Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's Reese's Pieces Caramel Apple, and it didn't disappoint.
While the day was a little bit drizzly and gray, we still had a nice time walking around the Pike St. and we would stopped whenever we get the chance to take photos of anything of interest.
Eventually, we got hungry and headed to Cutters for an early dinner of tasty seafood meal. Taste buds were satisfied and it capped off our day perfectly.