Travel Tips and Deals

Wave at shivering commuters on the ferry from your warm fireside seat.

The Hotel: A lot happened 50 years ago. Besides the World’s Fair and the Space Needle construction, a waterfront hotel designed by local architects John Graham & Co was erected on Pier 67. The onetime Camelot eventually became the Edgewater Hotel, soon known for when a certain John, Paul, George, and Ringo visited in 1964. The fab foursome were photographed fishing out of their window and into Elliott Bay (and some eager fans even jumped into the Sound to reach the Beatles). Led Zeppelin and KISS, among other rock bands, later stopped by as well.

In the decades since, the Edgewater’s style has leaned toward the hip and rustic, with LED underwater scenes in the elevators and gas fireplaces in every room, even in the front drive.

For Out-of-Towners: Visitors with a water view will get their fill of ferryboats and tanker ships, though thick windows keep the whistles and horns at an acceptable volume. Rooms combine outdoor prints—stripes and plaids in bold colors—with leather, and ottomans resemble stuffed animals. Recently remodeled bathrooms have slate floors, and from some premium rooms you can see the Olympics from a claw-foot tub.

Though next door to the cruise terminals, the hotel is somewhat off on its own. Belltown is the closet neighborhood, a short walk uphill and home to a handful of young-skewing bars and restaurants. Downtown is accessible but not necessarily convenient from the Alaskan Way location.

For In-Towners: Besides a decorated suite for Beatles superfans, the hotel’s biggest draw is its restaurant, Six Seven. Suspended over Elliott Bay, it’s understandably seafood-minded. An outdoor deck opens during better weather, hosting specials for Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and the Kentucky Derby. With head-on water views, it overlooks Seattle’s many regattas during Sail Away Sundays. Even the regular happy hour is worth a visit.

The crowd at the Edgewater tends to be touristy, but in fall special rates for Washington residents apply. And coming soon is the "It’s Not Me, It’s You" package, with deals for the recently single. Nurse your wounds under the wood chandeliers, or bait your hook to catch yourself a Ringo.

The Edgewater, 2411 Alaskan Way, 206-728-7000,

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