Jan 21

Hotel Review – Executive Hotel Pacific – Seattle

My friend and on a late summer trip to Seattle stayed at the Executive Hotel Pacific in downtown Seattle
When we booked the hotel all look great, good location, amenities, etc.  Right before the trip my friend and was checking things out again and noticed that the hotel was under construction and that there were complaints about the elevators being slow and noise from the work.  She called the hotel and requested a room away from the elevator.
Of course when we checked in we were awarded a room directly in front of the one working elevator. Tired and worn out, my friend did go and complain, but we couldn’t be moved until the following night, but in return would get a bigger room. In the end, there was some noise, but nothing too crazy and our bigger room was nicer with two of us in it.
As for the rest of the hotel.  The rooms tended to have odd shapes and layouts, which is actually something I appreciate, it gives each room a unique feel to it.  The beds were comfortable, the furniture was good and the service was good. The room thing was annoying, but they did do their best to rectify the situation.
The elevator was slow, and actually they completed one elevator and started the new one while we were there, my guess is that both are done now and normal operations continue.
The hotel had a nice cafe attached, good for breakfast in the morning or an ice cream in the afternoon. However, the room could have used more plugs in it, hopefully that’s part of the refurbishment.
Would I stay here again, YES! For the price, location and amenities, the hotel was a good value and offered all we needed.  Another friend visiting in the city stayed in another section and in a cheaper hotel and had no air conditioning and there was a bit of a heat wave for Seattle. We did NOT have that problem and is an easy thing to miss when staying in a hotel in a cooler climate.

Dec 03

Heli Tour of Seattle

On my recent trip to Seattle my friends and I wanted to channel a little bit of Christian Grey, so we did a helicopter tour, not that I need much encouragement since I love helicopter tours. As an extra added bonus it was Fleet Week and we were flying during an opening of the TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction).

The downside of the TFR is that we were held on the tarmac for quite a bit waiting for clearance. The upside is that we got to see tons of different planes (Blue Angels, Harriers) taking off and landing, so at least the sights were good.

The helicopter tours fly out of Boeing Field which is to the South of Downtown Seattle.  Our tour started over East Seattle, moved over the water between Seattle and Bainbridge Island, than returned back over the city.  It’s offered fantastic views of the city, naturally.  It helped that it was a perfect day, blue skies, warm temperatures.

While the views don’t quite compete with locations like Hawaii (not that many places do), the mountains framing the city, and the water ways that surround it do make for great scenery.  And the iconic Space Needle looks great from that close up.

I’m almost always going to tell you that if you have a chance that you should do a helicopter tour, and this is not exception.  One thing I particularly liked was that we took a 4 seater helicopter, and there were 3 of us and the pilot. It was nice to have a private tour and be able to joke around more freely than when you’re on a big helicopter with strangers.

Oct 08

Visiting Seattle’s Space Needle

What to do in Seattle??? Of course go to the Space Needle. Yes, it’s an overpriced tourist attraction, but it does offer great views of Seattle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, a major theme of the fair was Space – hence it was named the Space Needle.

There are two options for visiting the Space Needle: tickets to the observation deck ($19 for adults purchased in advance), or eat at the SkyCity Restaurant (which allows entry to the Observation Deck).

When I went we had lunch at the SkyCity, which rotates (42 minutes for a full rotation) and although the food was pricey, the menu had an interesting variety of food, not the typical fare from a touristy spot.  They also had a cool ice cream dessert, that if nothing else, looked pretty.

The service was good, the  views great and then after we finished eating my friends and I went to the observation deck for some more pictures.  We were there after a late lunch and the observation deck had a good amount of people, but not overwhelming. If you enjoy good views of a city, the Space Needle is a good spot.  The other spot is the Columbia Tower, which I’ll write about in a few weeks.