Inn at the Market
Incredible Elliott Bay and Puget Sound vistas are the draw at this 70-room hotel (which, yes, sits right next to the famous Pike Place Market). The best way to enjoy them: sipping coffee or a cocktail from a teak lounge chair on the fifth-floor deck. Afterward, you can retire to your room—where the streamlined furnishings, upholstered headboards, and fabrics in soothing taupe and blue tones don’t quite measure up to the natural beauty outside. More impressive is the impeccable collection of Pacific Northwestern art that’s displayed in the lobby, including woven baskets and ceramic pieces decorated with tribal designs. Despite its busy location, the inn has a cloistered entrance in an ivy-covered courtyard that makes it feel secluded.
Tip: Room service is from Campagne, one of the city’s best French restaurants and locally famous for its pan-fried veal sweetbreads and lavender-infused crème brûlée.
Room to Book: Southeast corner rooms on floors 6, 7, and 8, for glittering city views; Nos. 708 and 710, for views of Elliott Bay from your bed and access to a shared deck.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.