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Hotel Review: Hyatt Olive 8 Seattle, WA

You know how much I love hotels, right?  And, recently lots of work travel equals lots of hotel time.  I was very excited to go to Seattle, not only to eat salmon and see the mountains, but to stay at the Hyatt Olive 8.  (Oh yeah, and to see my dad.)  This hotel is the first LEED certified hotel in Seattle–which means that every step of the construction process was determined to be environmentally friendly.  I thought it would be interesting to check out how a building can be both environmentally friendly and luxurious.  And it was.

The room itself was not much different than other hotels—and it reminded me a lot of the Hyatt I stayed at in the Philippines.  One of the most interesting features was the need to insert your key into a wall slot by the front door–to start the electricity to the room.  This is to ensure that you don’t leave the room with all of the lights on.  Just a simple little feature that saves electricity and is easy to do. I also loved that the pool was a saltwater pool (no toxic chlorine)–I didn’t get a chance to get in, but it looked very inviting.

The room, bathroom, and toiletries were excellent.  Comfortable beds, quiet rooms, and a great view.  My only complaint about the room was the lack of a balcony.  The weather was so beautiful while we were there–I wanted to just sit outside and read –but there was no where to do that.

I ordered room service one night (as is my custom) and was pleased that the restaurant was top-notch.  They focused on locally sourced foods with a creative spin on them.  I ordered a grill cheese sandwich made with Seattle Beecher cheese (made right down the street), tomato soup with a walnut pesto, and a amazing dessert.

The dessert, which was an ultimate splurge since I have been staying away from sugar, was a graham cracker type cookie crust, a fudge like filling, and a homemade marshmallow topped with caramel and toasted coconut.  This is something I need to recreate.  It was so good–I savored every bite-and then did squats, lunges and crunches until midnight.

The Hyatt Olive 8 was a great place to stay–and was two blocks from the Convention Center, a few blocks from the touristy things in Seattle (Pikes Place, Seattle Center), and close to lots of great shopping and restaurants.

The bummer part of the hotel was the high price of parking–they only have valet parking and it costs $41 per day.  Plus tip.  I realize parking costs a lot in the big cities—but this was a bit painful.

I would stay there again, for sure.  I would order room service again too.  Yum!

For more information on the Hyatt Olive 8, check out their website.

This post is not a paid advertisement.  I researched, paid for and enjoyed this hotel with no help from no one.