Seattleites seeking urban respite head eight miles west and across Lake Washington to Bellevue. Despite the hotel’s easy access to I-405, it’s hidden away on a quiet side street in a residential neighborhood. Their 67 rooms have warm earth tones, limestone and granite bathrooms, and dark wood throughout. Deep soaker tubs and fireplaces (available in select rooms) take off the winter chill. Dine at one of its four restaurants, including the health-minded Polaris Grill. Feel free to bring Fido along; dogs up to 30 pounds are welcome. Also, guests receive a complimentary hospitality membership to the hotel’s spacious social and athletic club.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.