Local Rooms: Hotel 1000
This is where we'll be for the next 1,000 happy hours.
The Hotel: Cab drivers must love it—the address is right there in the name of Hotel 1000, opened in 2006 on a stretch of First Avenue between the Seattle Art Museum and Pioneer Square. It's a mixed hotel and condo building, one of the first of its kind in Seattle, but for most purposes it operates as an upscale boutique hotel.
For Out-of-Towners: Like the Alexis Hotel directly across the street, Hotel 1000 makes a case for Seattle sophistication. Rooms are decked in bed linens from Thailand and towels from Turkey. Bathrooms feature fancy bathtubs that get water from a spigot on the ceiling, and the decor is all artful bamboo and bold paintings. Guests get free access to the gym and the saunas in the spa locker rooms, and a complimentary car service will take you to nearby locations. There's also a glass of sparkling wine at check-in just so you know you're welcome.
For In-Towners: Talk about Hotel 1000, or more specifically the in-house eatery Boka Restaurant and Bar, and one thing comes to a local's mind: truffle fries. But there's more than simply potatoes lightly drizzled with truffle oil; the kitchen is helmed by chef Peter Birk, formally of Ray's Boathouse, who fills the menu with a well-regarded burger, seafood selections, and crispy kale. Besides happy hour, there are a ton of specials, like a frequent-diner card and a theater special that includes parking.
And then there's Spaahh, a basement spa whose somewhat silly name is far outweighed by what it offers. A recently revamped menu of services includes a Lomi Lomi massage (an island theme and long, soothing strokes) and a bamboo massage (using warmed bamboo reeds).
This is a candle-lit, infused-water kind of joint; besides the high-end touches, Spaahh has two fantastic specials: The Monday-through-Wednesday Glam and Go pairs a 30-minute lunchtime service (like shoulder massage, bikini wax, or peel) with a lunch from Boka to go (plus complimentary valet parking and access to the sauna). Thursday's happy hour is the same, plus wine. Best happy hour ever.
And for anyone that doesn't "do" spas (but why wouldn't you?), there's virtual reality golf downstairs, too. Prices start at $20 for tee-box use or a competition for longest drive or closest to the computer-generated pin.
Hotel 1000, 1000 First Ave, 206-957-1000, hotel1000seattle.com