Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square

By posted on September 16, 2018 5:08PM
Embassy Suites Pioneer Square

As a longtime Northwest resident, I was surprised to hear that Hilton was opening Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square in spring of 2018. I was even more surprised when I looked on a map and checked out the location next to Safeco Field, which I think of as south of Pioneer Square.

Historic Pioneer Square went through a revitalization in the 1970s and 1980s and became the in place for locals seeking a night of jazz and good food. With the start of the 21st century Pioneer Square had lost its new shine, although a few landmark restaurants and small businesses continued to thrive.

The last time I had been to Pioneer Square, the area south heading towards Safeco Field was a blighted nondescript area of warehouses and empty buildings. I was unaware of the changes of the last five years and the growing food scene that came along with them.

This new hotel is modern, yet warm and inviting, and reflects the new look of the Pioneer Square area.

Modern Design
Modern Design
Fresh Flowers Lobby
Fresh Flowers Lobby

Location, Location, Location

When I arrived at the hotel I was delighted to find a vibrant neighborhood of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and people. The ease of traveling to and from the hotel rivals that of European destinations. Within steps of the entrance is Sound Transit Light Rail Station International District Stop with direct service to and from SeaTac Airport. Also steps away is the Amtrak King Street Station providing connections throughout the United States.

From Safeco Field to Pike Place Market is easily explorable on foot, with a connection to Seattle Center and the Space Needle via the Seattle Monorail. Spring through Fall there is also the Downtown Seattle Free Shuttle with a Stop I within a block of the Embassy.

In the immediate vicinity of the hotel is a pedestrian only area that leads to Occidental Park. Seattle’s International District is also an easy stroll from the hotel.

Table Tennis Occidental Square
Table Tennis Occidental Square
The London Plane Outdoor Seating
The London Plane Outdoor Seating
Pedestrian Only Near Pioneer Square
Pedestrian Only Near Pioneer Square

Amenities at Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square

The hotel features the usual amenities to be found in a Hilton located in a major city; meeting spaces, valet service, meeting rooms and convention support.

Small Meeting Space
Small Meeting Space
Outdoor Space for Events
Outdoor Space for Events

The Fitness Room and Pool adjoin a rooftop deck with stunning views.

Exercise Room
Exercise Room
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Outdoor Space
Outdoor Space

And the Embassy brand additions of an evening reception for all guest with free drinks and snack, and a cooked to order breakfast, seem a step above at this location.

Upstairs Reception Area
Upstairs Reception Area
Upstairs Reception Service Area
Upstairs Reception Service Area
Breakfast Menu
Breakfast Menu
Breakfast Seating
Breakfast Seating
Hot Items Breakfast Buffet
Hot Items Breakfast Buffet
Made to Order Omelets
Made to Order Omelets

Rooms at Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square

The Standard rooms all include 50-inch TVs, small kitchenettes with microwave and mini-refrigerators. The desk areas include an ergonomic chair, one of my favorite things in the room. I am surprised how many hotels are eliminating this necessity for working comfortably on the road. Another nice addition is an Amazon Echo.

I was in a two-room suite with a separate room for sleeping.

Standard Room Living Area
Standard Room Living Area
Bedroom Note Echo
Bedroom Note Echo
Supportive Desk Chair and an Echo
Supportive Desk Chair and an Echo
Couch Hideabed Standard Room
Couch Hide-a-bed Standard Room

The large bathroom with tiled stall shower felt quite luxurious.

Large Bath Standard Room
Large Bath Standard Room

Personally, the only design flaw for me in the room was the sliding barn door between the bathroom and living area, repeated between the bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom is directly off of the kitchen and dining area and has a gap that I found uninviting. Traveling alone on this trip, it was not an issue. I don’t think I would have been as comfortable if sharing the space, especially with a second couple (all rooms have hide-a-beds providing accommodations for up to four in a room).

Barn Door to Bathroom
Barn Door to Bathroom
Gap in Barn Door
Gap in Barn Door

For a truly memorable experience try on of the four penthouses, each unique, but all with balconies and spectacular views.

Penthouse Deck
Penthouse Deck
Seattle Harbor from Penthouse
Seattle Harbor from Penthouse
View from Penthouse
View from Penthouse

Dining Near Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square

Located in the hotel is the Zephyr Bar with the feeling of a neighborhood hangout featuring new twists on Northwest favorites, local brews and a variety of wines and cocktails.

Next door, with direct access from the Embassy lobby is a branch of 13 Coins, with an iconic history among Seattleites.

A few of my favorites restaurants in the area are:

Casco Antiguo

Casco Antiguo
Casco Antiguo

Grand Central Bakery and Café with access from 1st Avenue or Occidental Park

Baked Goods Grand Central Bakery
Baked Goods Grand Central Bakery
Grand Central Bakery and Cafe Courtyard
Grand Central Bakery and Cafe Courtyard

Zocalo Cocina Mexicano

Zocalo Coscina Mexicana Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Zocalo Cocina Mexicana
Zocalo Coscina Mexicana BarEmbassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Bar at Zocalo Cocina Mexicana

For an after meal treat check out Intrigue Chocolate on your walk back to the hotel.

Intrigue Chocolate Company
Intrigue Chocolate Company
Intrigue Chocolate Company Beverage Bar
Intrigue Chocolate Company Beverage Bar

The London Plane looked intriguing. However, I did not have time to try it out

London Plane
London Plane
The London Plane Interior
The London Plane Interior

For a Seattle Food Truck experience, check out the food trucks at Occidental Square, eat and enjoy the vibe at the park.

Pioneer Square Bikers
Pioneer Square Bikers

Thank you to Hilton Hotels for hosting me during my stay. The opinions on the hotel are my own. Based on my experience, I will choose Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square again for a Seattle stay.

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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