The Emerald, set above the iconic Pike Place Market and the glistening Puget Sound, recently unveiled a strategic partnership with downtown Seattle neighbor and leading luxury boutique hotel, Thompson Seattle, to deliver current and future homeowners a resort-style living experience with the introduction of a new suite of amenities and world-class service. The exclusive relationship focuses on lifestyle amenities and further connects experiences enjoyed along the city’s evolving waterfront. The synergies between both brands will help elevate Seattle’s developing waterfront and further position the city as one of the nation’s celebrated destinations for residents and travelers alike.
“Time and again visitors select The Thompson Hotel for its unique combinations of thoughtfully curated design, culinary sophistication, and the right amount of edge – a place where social meets cultural and where design perfectly blends “what lasts” with “what’s next.” The views are pretty amazing too!”, says Whitney Brown, Thompson Seattle’s General Manager.
We caught up with Whitney for an exclusive interview on the award-winning hotel, read on:
The two celebrated downtown Seattle properties both share designs by local architects. The Emerald, a world-renowned Seattle-based design team, Julia Nagele of Hewitt Architects and Susan Marinello Interiors and Thompson Seattle conceived by local, Seattle award-winning architect, Olson Kundig.
Are you able to tell us a bit more about Thompson’s architecture and its inspiration?
The primary architectural considerations of the project was the scale of the structure and its relationship to existing buildings in the surrounding area. The building is composed of two primary elements that break the expression of the structure: a focal point “glass lantern” with geometric shifts that physically mimic the street grid alignment. While the iconic glass lantern is symbolic of the hotel’s relationship with Seattle, the Pacific Rim and wider world – it serves as an inviting and luminous entity.
What might 48 hours at the hotel look like?
Your morning at Thompson Seattle begins with waking up rested and relaxed after an amazing night’s sleep in our proprietary Thompson Bed. In room coffee or tea are takes just a few minutes from boil to the first sip thanks to our coffee partner, Herkimer Coffee. If you prefer something a bit more fancy you can wander down to Small Talk, our coffee shop located in Conversation, where we offer assorted pastries, espresso drinks and brunch cocktails. The day’s travels may take you across the street to explore Pike Place Market or a little further down the waterfront to the Olympic Sculpture Park. On your way you’ll find a number of amazing restaurants that will lure you in for lunch. Some of our favorites include Bacco Café, Los Agaves, and Mr D’s Greek Delicacies. Your perfect Seattle evening concludes with sunset happy hour at The Nest, Thompson’s rooftop bar.
What do you feel makes The Thompson Hotel stand apart from all others in Seattle?
We seek out and adapt to the uniqueness of our locations, and because each property is a product of its environment, we count our neighbors among our most frequent visitors. All our meeting spaces are a direct nod to the Boeing Company and its humble roots right here in the Pacific Northwest. This is most recognized in our meeting and events spaces with aerospace themed artwork and event space names like Dreamliner, Blackbird and Flybaby. Among our many awards, the one we are most proud of is Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award where we have held the #1 spot for Best Hotel in the Pacific Northwest for two years running, and hope to keep that streak going in 2021.
What sets the hotel apart from others is its attention to detail at every turn and the heartfelt service provided by each and every staff member. We want our guests to feel like they are part of the Thompson family and that they can consider Thompson Seattle their home away from home when travelling here. We are also very passionate about our Cleanliness & Care Commitment, not just in the current climate but also in the interest of maintaining our enhanced cleaning procedures post COVID and beyond.
The Nest at Thompson Seattle has been named among Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 15 Rooftops in the US for multiple years. Are you able to describe what makes it so special?
We believe restaurants, bars, and events are at the core of the social experience. Albeit those offerings look different in today’s environment, we shifted gears and created the “Nest Supper Club” pop-up allowing our top notch culinary and bar teams to once again invite guests into our spaces in a reworked, socially distanced outdoor dining room. We are excited to be re-opening The Nest in its true form as an upscale cocktail bar with small bites and sweeping views of Elliot Bay and the waterfront cityscape. That opening is slated for May 11th.
Thompson Seattle invites owners at The Emerald and local, prospective homebuyers to enjoy a one-of-a-kind, discounted “Thompson Cares” packages – offering incredible views, walkability to fine dining, coveted retailers, and the city’s beloved public market. Our exclusive partnership also offers The Emerald owners a limited number of convenient, subterranean garage parking at the Thompson Seattle, complete with electric vehicle charging stations and 24-hour curbside valet service, seven days a week.