Thompson Seattle Hotel Review

Looking for a downtown Seattle hotel near Pike Place Market? Thompson Seattle is a sleek and sexy hotel that is perfect for business or pleasure. Read my Thompson Seattle hotel review to learn what you may expect during your stay in the Emerald City.

A young lady and gentleman stand behind the large reception desk at Thompson Seattle hotel. Three modern art mesh pieces are suspended from the ceiling and hang above several snake plants, placed in front of the dark wood paneling.

The four-star, 12 story glass structure reminds me of a Jenga game. Five stacked boxes, one on top of the other, are slightly out of position, but create an impressive package both inside and out. While not considered a Seattle boutique hotel, at 150 rooms, this Hyatt hotel property ticks all the boxes when it comes to charm and personality.

What makes Thompson Seattle hotel unique?

Opened in 2016 in downtown Seattle, steps from Pike Place Market, the hotel draws millennials, as well as baby boomers such as myself. I confess that there were more young people at the rooftop Nest lounge than my age range. However, the city views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain Range will appeal to all audiences.

The Nest offers signature cocktails and sharable plates at the indoor-outdoor rooftop bar. But I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Let’s talk about check-in.

Thompson Seattle common area, leading between hotel reception and Conversation Bar & Restaurant. The Common area has gray walls, modern art and dark gray, kidney-shaped sofa with 2 throw pillows.

I arrived before the 3:00 p.m. check-in time because I was attending a business event at the hotel. I asked if, by chance, my hotel room was ready and it was! It’s so appreciated when early check-in is available if the room is ready and waiting.

Once I had provided my identification, I was greeted by name the entire stay. What makes the Thompson Seattle hotel unique? I appreciate the little things like being offered a glass of sparkling wine and fresh baked cookies upon check-in. If you are not craving cookies at the moment, be advised that they are available throughout your stay.

Inviting Seattle hotel lobby

The common areas in this downtown Seattle hotel are beautiful, yet welcoming. Sometimes luxury hotels care more about the aesthetic than the comfort factor. Thompson Seattle has done a nice job of creating inviting public spaces for hotel guests to gather, or simply relax. I wish my house plants looked this healthy.

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Thompson Seattle hotel lobby with green velvet sectional, modern silver-plated reading lamp arches over sofa. Square black tables are arranged in front of the sofa with one green potted plant on the center of each table.

What do Hyatt Hotel rooms look like?

As a travel writer who reviews hotels frequently, I appreciate a good view, along with a quality bed and luxury bedding. My king water view hotel room on the 11th floor met the criteria. I did get some feedback from fellow hotel guests that they liked the Thompson Seattle, but they thought the hotel had a masculine vibe.

My room, 1114, was conveniently located near the elevator, but noise was not an issue. I liked the blue color palate with the wood accents. Having just replaced the wall-to-wall carpet for hardwood floors in my own home, I enjoyed the cleanliness of the hardwood floors and area rug.

Thompson Seattle king water view room with white bedding, two pillows, marble nightstands on either side of bed and blue chair with foot rest.

Midcentury furniture & luxury hotel bedding

The sleek midcentury furniture was comfortable for working at the desk or lounging in the chair. I took lounging to a whole new level when the sunset and the Ferris wheel appeared in my line of vision. With its brightly colored lights against the waters of Seattle’s Puget Sound, I was mesmerized. The floor to ceiling picture windows were fabulous and worth the price of a spendy water view room or suite.

Ferris wheel at night with multi-colored lights. Puget sounds in the distance and Pike Place Market sign in the foreground. Stewart Street and single white car below.

The spacious walk in shower, with its rainfall shower faucet was lovely. Bowmakers D.S. & Durga bath amenities were mounted on the shower wall. For an additional fee, full bottles were available to take home and create your own spa experience. Combine that with Apotheke lotion and a luxurious plush Thompson Seattle hotel branded robe and you’ve got yourself an in-room spa day, minus the masseuse.

Thompson Seattle Conversation Kitchen & Bar with lights suspended from the ceiling over the bar area. Top shelf liquor bottles line the glass shelves while the bartender, with bright red hair and a tattoo sleeve on her arm, works the cash register, her back to the camera.

Dining & libation options at Thompson Seattle hotel

While I didn’t have a chance to dine at Conversation Kitchen & Bar, I did try some bar snacks. The Pacific Northwest cuisine is fresh and seasonal. Happy hour takes place at Conversation Kitchen & Bar on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Check the website for specials.

Breakfast is offered 7 days a week at Conversation Kitchen & Bar. Breakfast is served Monday – Friday with extended Weekend Brunch available on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Nest Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers signature cocktails and sharable plates with an emphasis on regional foods.

Room rates at Thompson Seattle start at $279 per night. Suites range from $679 per night with rates varying based on room type booked and seasonal availability. My king water view room rented for $500 – $600 per night during my November stay.

Thompson is a hotel brand under the Hyatt portfolio. Unfortunately, the hotel does charge a resort fee. On the bright side, the Seattle downtown hotel is pet-friendly with no additional fee. Let the hotel know your pet is coming and they’ll outfit your room with the essentials, include a bed and water bowl for your furry companion.

Things to Do in Seattle including Tattoo Parlor Pop-up

Be sure to stay several days in downtown Seattle as there are plenty of things to see and do in this Pacific Northwest city. I much prefer to walk the streets of Seattle than visit the hotel fitness center, but it wasn’t raining on my visit.

Besides Pike Place Market, shopping and dining, Thompson Seattle hosts a quarterly ‘Tattoo Artist-in-Residence’ program. The Seattle hotel invites talented artists to the tattoo parlor pop-up right in the hotel lobby! Appointments are available to hotel guests, as well as Seattle locals. How cool is that?

Thompson Seattle (206) 512-1102

110 Stewart Street

Seattle, Washington 98101

Thompson Seattle Hotel Review and all photography by Pacific Northwest travel writer Nancy D. Brown.