As those of you who have been following along on Instagram might know, I spent more than half of last year without a permanent place to live—and even after moving to Portland, I stayed in temporary housing for more than three months while searching for an apartment to lease. During that time, there was nothing I loved more than checking into a hotel for the weekend (especially one covered by points!) to get away from all the boxes, clutter, and basement sublets. The Charter Hotel Seattle, a member of the Hilton Curio Collection I never stop talking about, is definitely one that stands out as having been a real treat!
From its prime location to its glasses of welcome bubbly, the Charter provided what was easily one of my favorite stays in recent memory. Below, I’m sharing all my thoughts on this hip downtown gem.
STAYING AT THE CHARTER HOTEL SEATTLE
CHARTER HOTEL SEATTLE LOCATION
If you’re someone who chooses hotels based on location, you can stop searching! The Charter could not be more convenient to some of the best attractions of downtown Seattle, including, Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, and Pike Place Market just two blocks away. Heading a different direction, you can reach Pioneer Square and its cute shops and historic architecture in 15 minutes by foot, and if you’re not feeling a walk, the Charter is super close to a Link Light Rail stop.
Drivers shouldn’t worry either, though. There’s no need to pay for parking at the Charter, as you’ll find ample city spots right in the vicinity of the hotel. While most of the parking spaces have time limits on them, we still had plenty of time for quick trips up to the room to change or to the hotel’s rooftop lounge, and we found free overnight parking just 10 minutes’ walk away.
CHARTER HOTEL SEATTLE ROOMS
Most people associate chain hotels with sterile rooms devoid of character and often in need of an update. But that’s one thing I love so much about the Curio brand: Hotels under this umbrella each have their own personality, along with some local touches, too. With its wood paneling, modern light fixtures and marbled wallpaper, the Charter had some design flair, and its toiletries came from Imperial Barber Products.
Overall, the room was larger than most standard King rooms. Between the desk and an armchair, there was plenty of space for two people to get some work done during the day, and we found it clean and comfortable.
CHARTER HOTEL SEATTLE PROPERTY
Between Patagon and Fog Room (see below!), the Charter has plenty of space to spread out if you want to hang out on-property but would rather not stay in your room. The two bars offer ample seating space with different vibes; Patagon was quieter during the day, while Fog Room was more lively. Either way, something for everyone.
We didn’t check them out, but the hotel features a gym, sauna and steam room for guest use, too. The only thing I felt was really missing was a pool and hot tub, but let’s be honest—I just wish all buildings had hot tubs.
CHARTER HOTEL SEATTLE DINING
The Charter boasts its own restaurant, Patagon, which is a modern Argentinian spot that prides itself on local sourcing of its meat, fish and produce. It’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner.
While we were out exploring the rest of Seattle’s restaurant scene during dinners, we did wind up at Patagon to use the breakfast credit that came with our room thanks to Hilton Diamond status. Unlike at some hotels, the credit was enough to cover standard menu items, so we essentially enjoyed a sit-down brunch for nothing but the tip. Definitely beats the standard breakfast buffet!
And then there’s Fog Room, the Charter’s rooftop bar, which serves up food of its own. We went up for small plates before dinner, and this actually ended up being my favorite of the Charter’s two dining options (not a fair contest, though—Fog Room at the time was serving raclette.)
Even if you don’t need anything to eat (or drink!), I’d still recommend heading up to Fog Room to check out the views. You’ll see the waterfront (assuming it’s clear out!), and there are fire pits outside if it’s nice enough to sit on the patio.
For our stay, I chose to use a Hilton free weekend night certificate because it was nearing expiration. I love these certificates, which come yearly to holders of the Hilton Honors Aspire credit card, because you can use them at nearly any Hilton property in the world, including some of the chain’s nicest (see here for my previous redemption). While I wish I could plan a fancy free trip around every certificate, sometimes I just can’t make that fit into my plans. Using this one at the Charter was a great backup!
If I hadn’t had one of those to burn, I likely would have booked through Hilton’s website and paid cash for the stay. You can find rooms at the Charter in the low $200s for Saturday nights, but the points price that showed for the night of my stay was ultra-high at 80,000 (Hilton’s nicest rooms—aside from this one—are 95,000, for reference!)
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