Thompson Seattle

Seattle, Seattle & Washington State

The hotel

Like a beautiful, glass puzzle box, this newcomer to Seattle’s luxury boutique hotel scene stands just a block away from Pike Place Market and the waterfront. As such it commands disarming views of Puget Sound through to the distant Olympic Mountains from The Nest – the Thompson Seattle’s urbane rooftop bar and outdoor living room – and many of its rooms and suites – through pulse-quickening, floor-to-ceiling windows. Decorated with elegant materials given quirky contemporary life through an understated colour palette, the look and feel is very much 'comfortable luxury residence'; something that’s only enhanced by a 24-hour fitness centre, complimentary WiFi, and Scout PNW, a restaurant by local hero chef Josh Henderson that turns the finest locally sourced ingredients into dishes that become lifelong memories.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • No Smoking
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Yoga
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Between Belltown and Downtown on the northeast corner of Stewart Street and 1st Avenue, a walkable street lined with locally loved cafes, shops, bars and restaurants. Transfer time from Seattle International airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

158 rooms on 12 floors. All offer temperature control, 42" flat-screen TV, honor bar*, telephone, radio, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, iron and board. Standard King Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Scout PNW (locally sourced fare), The Nest (rooftop bar, lounge and terrace). Mixology classes*. Market shopping/cooking demos*. Complimentary WiFi. Complimentary morning coffee and tea bar served in lobby. Daily rooftop yoga (weather permitting, upon request). Valet parking $40 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (879)
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  • Poor (72)
  • Terrible (47)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very noisy and not worth the price

Aug 23, 2019 ssantos80 Sydney, Australia

This hotel is a good location. But far too loud to sleep properly. The walls are thin and we could hear our neighbors next door and upstairs, aswell as corridor noise. We could also hear street noise and traffic through the glass windows. The room is on the small side for what you pay. They have a good rooftop bar called the Nest but being a… Read more
This hotel is a good location. But far too loud to sleep properly. The walls are thin and we could hear our neighbors next door and upstairs, aswell as corridor noise. We could also hear street noise and traffic through the glass windows. The room is on the small side for what you pay. They have a good rooftop bar called the Nest but being a guest doesn’t help, you have to line up outside with your ID to then get access up to it. Abit pointless when you’re a guest. Had some issues with the room bill too. They kept adding parking when we never had a car. They also charge your card each day which is unusual as most hotels block a bond and you pay a total at check out. I wouldn’t stay here again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Service doesn’t meet Style

Aug 22, 2019 Sumcha101

Was very excited to stay at The Thompson for a four day business trip as I’ve visited in the past and enjoyed The Nest. The hotel room itself is beautiful but the service has much to be desired, specifically the room service. I ordered breakfast everyday and it either arrived early or late everyday. Additionally, something seemed to always be… Read more
Was very excited to stay at The Thompson for a four day business trip as I’ve visited in the past and enjoyed The Nest. The hotel room itself is beautiful but the service has much to be desired, specifically the room service. I ordered breakfast everyday and it either arrived early or late everyday. Additionally, something seemed to always be missing: the receipt, the cream, etc. I would probably not stay here again given the high cost and lackluster service. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating My new favorite Seattle hotel

Aug 19, 2019 bsnydertravels

We found our new favorite Seattle hotel. Great location near Pike's and the waterfront. The rooms are very comfortable. They upgraded us to a water view room for no apparent reason 😁. Nice, happening rooftop bar. Attentive staff. Very luxurious without any air of pretentiousness. Loved it!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating All about the rooftop bar

Aug 11, 2019 Ffion D

Firstly I want to say that the style of the hotel and rooms were excellent, very modern and “on trend”. Apart from paying for a waterfront view and not being able to see half of it because of trees and buildings (we were on the 7th floor) the location and room itself were very good. However, the rooftop bar is clearly the main attraction of the… Read more
Firstly I want to say that the style of the hotel and rooms were excellent, very modern and “on trend”. Apart from paying for a waterfront view and not being able to see half of it because of trees and buildings (we were on the 7th floor) the location and room itself were very good. However, the rooftop bar is clearly the main attraction of the hotel, bringing in guests who are not staying at the hotel- which causes a problem. There are only two elevators, so when you come back from a day walking around Seattle you have to wait in line to get the the elevator, all the staff assume you’re going to the bar so you get I’D (I’m 20) and then cramp into this lift with 6 other people who are all going to the bar, so you have to squeeze you’re way through to get off at your floor. Noise wasn’t so much of an issue as we stayed on the 7th floor but our friends on the 12th floor did mention that they could hear the noise of the rooftop bar late into the night. So yes, the hotel is good but something seriously needs to be done to ensure the people paying to stay at the hotel are prioritised over the rooftop bar. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Rooftop Bar with Hotel as an Afterthought

Aug 11, 2019 Travelpuppet88 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

First, the good: We chose to stay here on our honeymoon in May after staying at Thompson Toronto which was excellent. Paid extra to have a room with the beautiful views of Puget Sound and the views really were amazing. However, when we arrived at around half 4 in the afternoon we were told our room wasn't ready. I always check what the check-in… Read more
First, the good: We chose to stay here on our honeymoon in May after staying at Thompson Toronto which was excellent. Paid extra to have a room with the beautiful views of Puget Sound and the views really were amazing. However, when we arrived at around half 4 in the afternoon we were told our room wasn't ready. I always check what the check-in time is and make sure I'm there afterwards; particularly when I'm arriving off a 10 hour flight from the UK and need somewhere to relax as soon as I arrive. But no, it wasn't ready so the receptionist took my mobile number (I made really clear it was a UK mobile number...) took our luggage; said we'd get a text when it was ready - and we went wandering the streets of Seattle wishing we had somewhere just to lie down and relax. Over an hour passed and still no text. We went back to the hotel to find out what was happening then we were told the room was now ready (and, no text message had ever appeared on my phone). Room was nice, as expected and very clean. So, one more good point! Unfortunately we began to notice that it was almost automatically assumed we were in the hotel for the rooftop bar. Once, we had a small tub of ice cream and were taking it back to our rooms when a member of staff shouted at us "eh, you can't take that up it's not allowed" and when I asked why food wasn't allowed in rooms that we'd paid a significant amount of money to stay in she admitted that she'd just assumed we were going to the rooftop bar. Anyway, more on this bar which I heard was excellent. Spoke to staff at The Nest reception on ground floor and asked if we needed any reservations, they said no. So one night we went up. To get up you have to go back downstairs, show your ID and then get a bouncer to press the button on the lift for you - which is a bit complicated when your room is on the 8th floor to begin with. When we got up there were no seats at all - we'd been planning on getting a bottle of wine to celebrate our honeymoon and enjoy the view but that becomes more difficult when perching on a ledge. Half the roof was cordoned off with loads of empty seats and we asked if they could be made available and we were told no as there was an event on 'later'. We were told we should have reserved if we wanted a seat (contrary to the previous advice) and when we told him that we asked and were told we didn't have to he just had no answer. We also had various issues with having to wait on the elevators because they had so many people being sent up to the rooftop bar. So, yes the views were nice - but we paid over £1,500 (around $1800) for 5 nights here with one of the reasons we chose it being it had a rooftop bar that we never got to drink at. This is the only hotel I've ever stayed at where the hotel guests don't get priority at the in-house bar. The only hotel I've ever stayed at where I've been shouted at by a member of staff because they thought I wasn't a guest at the hotel; and the only hotel I've ever stayed at where I've shown up 90 minutes after check-in and the room (which, let's recall wasn't cheap) wasn't ready and I was just sent away to entertain myself until it was ready. It's disappointing that it ended up like this after my great stay in Toronto - I'm heading to New York and Chicago later next year and had planned on staying in Thompson hotels there too however this has changed my view on the brand. We stayed in similarly priced hotels in other cities as part of the rest of our honeymoon and they all went far above and beyond for us; so I'm really not sure what's gone so badly wrong here. From the way we were treated, there's no way it was worth this money. I engaged with 4 members of staff in total who were aware that the various mentioned in this review had gone wrong and it seemed like they were powerless to do anything about it. Advice to management:- decide if you're a rooftop bar, or if you're a hotel. Because when you stay at Thompson Seattle, it feels like the bar and that the local bar clientele come first. The only reason this isn't 1/5 is because the view over Puget Sound was actually as promised. Read less