Thompson Seattle – Hotel Review

Updated: September 11, 2018

The Thompson Hotel on the corner of 1st and Stewart St. in downtown Seattle.

Thompson Seattle Hotel – Modern and centrally-located, with a great rooftop bar.

Seattle’s newest hotel and also its most modern. The Thompson has floor to ceiling windows with great water and mountain views to the west. Decor is contemporary and stylish with a modern edge. Steps from the shops and restaurants of Pike Place Market; the in-house restaurant, Scout, serves elevated bistro fare in a fun atmosphere with a campground-mod theme. The amazing rooftop cocktail and oyster bar has incredible views of Puget Sound. Exceptional service and a welcoming atmosphere complete the experience.

Thompson Seattle – The Basics

  • Location: Prime location on the corner of 1st Avenue and Stewart Street in downtown Seattle; across the street from Pike Place Market, surrounded by great restaurants and shopping, walkable to waterfront, 3 blocks from Light Rail.
  • Ages: All ages are allowed, and cribs are available on request, but there are no specific amenities offered for children, and no kids’ menus in the restaurant. Rooftop lounge/bar is 21+.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are welcome, without a fee; signed damage waiver required.
  • View: Great Puget Sound and city views from full-length windows, especially from higher floors.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Complimentary throughout the hotel for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking; $42 plus tax per night.
  • Nice Perks: Sparkling wine welcome on arrival; coffee and tea in the lobby from 6am-10am; nightly turn down service; priority reservations at Scout and The Nest.
  • Phone: 206-623-4600
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Three months in advance during the April-September cruise season, and during the December holidays. One month in advance October-March.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Thompson Seattle – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: Small, but excellent; floor to ceiling windows overlook 1st Avenue; open 24 hours.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or Jacuzzis. Studios and suites feature full bathrooms with soaking tubs.

Thompson Seattle – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Scout is located on the hotel’s ground floor, and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. American Northwest cuisine, with emphasis on local seafood and ingredients. Decor is modern rustic. No kids’ menu. Great happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm. $$-$$$
  • Lounge/Bar: The Nest rooftop cocktail/oyster bar has some of the best city and Sound views in Seattle, and is open year-round. Popular with locals as well as travelers, and can get crowded on weekend nights. Open daily until 12am.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served 7-10am Monday-Friday in Scout Restaurant, weekend breakfast/brunch from 8am-2pm; items range from $3-$17.
  • Room Service: Available from both Scout Restaurant and the Nest bar.

Thompson Seattle – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior King • City View King, Queen/Queen, Deluxe King, Deluxe Queen/Queen • Water View Deluxe King, Deluxe Queen Queen • Corner Studio • Water View Corner Studio • Executive Studio Suite • Water View Studio Suite • Thompson Suite • 2 Bedroom Executive Suite • 2 Bedroom Water View Studio Suite • 2 bedroom Thompson Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: The Thompson is 100% Smoke free.
  • Best Room: The Thompson Suite features a full bathroom with soaking tub, tasteful and modern design and decor, and sweeping views of Pike Place Market and Puget Sound. Can be combined with a City View Room via a shared entryway to create a 2 Bedroom Thompson Suite.

Thompson Seattle – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Nearby Restaurants

Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Metsker Maps – Maps, globes, puzzles, postcards; local and worldwide. 2-minute walk.
  • Pike Place Market – Stalls selling local and handmade crafts, jewelry, toys, and flowers line the first level main corridor. 2-minute walk.
  • Eighth Generation – Pike Place market shop selling beautiful and authentic Native American wool blankets, jewelry, t-shirts, and fine arts. 3-minute walk.
  • Indi Chocolate – Bean-to-bar, small batch chocolate shop and factory. Look for it in Pike Place Market’s new MarketFront addition. 4-minute walk.
  • La Buona Tavola – Pike Place Market shop and cafe featuring truffles and specialty vinegars. A must for foodies. 3-minute walk.
  • Golden Age Collectibles – Comic books, games, and pop culture collectibles. Located in Pike Place Market, two floors down from the big neon clock. 4-minute walk.
  • Sur la Table – Their flagship store is jam-packed with high-end cookware, cutlery, and culinary appliances. 2-minute walk.
  • DeLaurenti – Specialty European import food and wine shop, in Pike Place Market at 1st and Pike, across from the newsstand. 3-minute walk.
  • Market Magic Shop – Gifts and supplies for aspiring magicians and practical jokers. If you ask nicely, the salesperson at the counter will perform a trick for you. Pike Place Market lower level. 3-minute walk.
  • Pacific Place – Upscale shopping center with 11-screen AMC movie theater. 7-minute walk.
  • Nordstrom – The local department store’s flagship location, featuring 4 restaurants, a day spa, and personal stylist services. 6-minute walk.

Nearby Market or Grocery

Thompson Seattle – The Hotel

Thompson Hotel Seattle

The Stewart Street entrance of the Thompson Seattle.

Decor throughout the hotel is tasteful; midcentury modern with a touch of rustic Northwest.

Modern hotel Seattle

Lobby staircase to the second floor foyer. Newspapers are available daily in the lobby, along with complimentary coffee and tea service from 6 to 10am. There’s a small library to browse, and comfortable conversation nooks tucked here and there.

Thompson Seattle party rental

The second floor foyer leads to several event and conference rooms.

Thompson Seattle Deluxe City View King Room

City View Deluxe King Room. City View Deluxe rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of 1st Avenue. City View rooms have views of Stewart Street, which isn’t quite as interesting.

Thompson Seattle City View Deluxe Double Queen

City View Deluxe Queen/Queen. Not what you’d call spacious, but comfortable, and full-length windows give an airy feel.

Thompson Seattle view

Views are incredible from the Water View rooms. This is a Deluxe King.

Thompson Seattle Bathroom

Bathrooms are similar across all room types up to suites (which have full baths), and feature rainfall shower heads, bathrobes, and DS&DURGA bath amenities.

Thompson Seattle two bedroom suite.

The Thompson Suite. This has a separate living room and panoramic views of Puget Sound, Pike Place Market, 1st Avenue, and Stewart Street. All suites can connect to a separate City View room via a shared entryway to make a 2-bedroom suite.

Thompson Seattle Suite tub

All studios and suites have a full bathroom with double vanity and soaking tub.

Thompson Seattle restaurant

Scout restaurant serves NW American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. It also has a great weekday happy hour.

Thompson Seattle private dining

“The Cabin” is a semi-private dining space within Scout Restaurant. It can be reserved for groups of 12 to 18 people.

Thompson Seattle rooftop bar

The amazing panoramic view from Nest, the Thompson’s rooftop cocktail and oyster bar. The Nest is a popular spot for locals, so it can get crowded – especially around sunset in good weather. Reservations can be made in advance through the concierge or by using RESY, with hotel guests given priority reservations.

Thompson Seattle Nest indoor

The Nest also has a comfortable indoor seating area that provides shelter from poor weather while retaining great views and bar-like atmosphere. The Nest is strictly 21+.

Thompson Seattle – What’s Nearby?

Light rail station near Seattle Thompson

The nearest light rail stop to the Thompson Hotel is Westlake Station. The closest entrance is on Pine Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenue, underneath Macy’s department store. 4-minute walk.

Pike Place Market close to Seattle Thompson Hotel.

Pike Place Market is a 1-minute walk from the Thompson.

Thompson Hotel is 1 minute to Pike Place Market.

The heart of the market is across the street from the hotel.

Taking a food tour close to Thompson Seattle Hotel.

While the market is easy and fun to wander about on your own, doing a food tour is highly recommended.

Busy Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market is a working/living/breathing market. Early morning deliveries are the norm and fun to watch.

View of Thompson Hotel from Seattle's Pike Place Market.

A view of the Thompson Hotel (top of the hill) from within the market.

Good seafood restaurant near Thompson Hotel in Downtown Seattle.

The market is loaded with great places to eat. Formal restaurants or quick lunch joints.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Snacks to buy in Pike Place Market.

The market has many places to get snacks, baked goods, and fresh fruit.

The Market’s main arcade is lined with specialty food and craft stands, restaurants, and tons of fresh flowers.

Pike Place Market fish throwers.

This is the famous stand where they throw the fish. Your best chance to catch the action? Buy something. (They ship.) Pike Place Fish Co. is located right inside the Market’s main entrance at 1st and Pike.

A must: freshly-made mini-donuts in Pike Place Market.

Closest grocery store to Thompson Hotel in Downtown Seattle.

If you need a more complete grocery store, the food department at Target is a 3 minute walk from the Thompson. This Target location also features a CVS pharmacy.

Best restaurant for families near Thompson Seattle

My favorite restaurant in Pike Place Market: Steelhead Diner – a 2-minute walk from the Thompson.

Best lunch or dinner spot near Seattle Thompson Hotel

Also great for food and unique Market views: Matt’s In The Market. Just 3 minutes from the hotel.

Best whiskey bar near Thompson Seattle

Perched above the Market next to Matt’s is Radiator Whiskey – great booze and a meat-heavy menu.

Most romantic honeymoon restaurant in Pike Place Market.

Hard to find in the Market (it’s down one of the lanes behind the famous fish throwers) but worth the effort: The Charming and romantic Place Pigalle.

Al fresco dining Pike Place Market near Thompson

Place Pigalle has a tiny patio for outdoor dining on nice days.

French restaurant near Seattle Thompson Hotel.

Maximilien, another French restaurant in Pike Place Market, also has great views of the Seattle waterfront. 3-minute walk.

Outdoor dining near Seattle Thompson Hotel

Maxmilien has a larger patio, with seasonal seating overlooking Puget Sound.

Sushi Kashiba is amazing. They take table reservations for dinner, but to sit at the counter you should arrive early – before 5pm. Located in the courtyard of the Inn at the Market Hotel – below 1st Avenue, between Stewart and Pike. 1-minute walk.

Best Italian restaurant near Thompson Seattle

The unmarked namesake portal of the Pink Door Restaurant in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley. Inside: amazing Italian food, trapeze and cabaret acts, and a view patio. 2-minute walk.

Good Indian Restaurant near Thompson Hotel in Downtown Seattle.

Directly across the street from the Thompson (on the walk down to the market) is Kastoori Grill – the best Indian food in downtown Seattle.

Bars, restaurants, and shops in Belltown near Thompson Hotel Seattle.

1st Avenue is filled with local shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars as you walk north away from Pike Place Market.

French bistro near Thompson Seattle

A minute’s walk up 1st Ave (away from the market) and you’ll find two wonderful places: Le Pichet for top notch French food. And next door is the Virginia Inn for gastropub fare and good beer.

Best pizza near the Thompson Seattle

Serious Pie is a 3 minute walk from the Thompson (opposite direction from the market) and has the best pizza in downtown Seattle.

Best bakery near the Seattle Thompson

The amazing Macrina Bakery is the best bakery in downtown Seattle. The peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chunk is the best cookie in the free world.

Best cupcakes in downtown Seattle near Thompson Hotel.

Delicious cupcakes and ice cream are one block over (to the south) from the Thompson at Trophy Cupcake.

For a decidedly adult ice cream treat, head to Shug’s Soda Fountain for a champagne or Guinness float. On 1st Ave, 2 minutes from the hotel.

Old Stove Brewing Company is my favorite stop in Pike Place Market for a beer or a snack: a 3-minute walk from the Thompson.

Good breakfast restaurant close to Thompson Hotel in Downtown Seattle.

Directly beside Old Stove Brewery is Honest Biscuits – the best breakfast spot close to the Thompson Hotel.

Then Indi Chocolate: a bean-to-bar chocolate factory and cafe.

View of Puget Sound from Pike Place Market near Thompson Hotel.

Above Old Stove Brewery, Honest Biscuits, and Indi Chocolate is a a brand new patio with awesome views of the Puget Sound.

Irish pub near Seattle Thompson Hotel

Kell’s Irish Bar is a one-minute walk from the hotel. Often live music and always fun.

Best bar in Pike Place Market.

The entrance to the Alibi Room, my favorite bar in downtown Seattle, is in Post Alley – right at the gum wall. 3-minute walk from the Thompson.

Best late night dining near Seattle Thompson

In addition to being a cool bar, the Albi Room also serves kick-ass brick oven pizza. And their kitchen stays open ’til 1am.

Wine bar near Seattle Thompson

The best wine bar in downtown Seattle: Purple – a 10 minute walk from the Thompson and close to the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Cool stores in downtown Seattle close to Thompson Hotel.

The coolest local shop close to the Thompson: Metsker Maps is packed with cool maps, travel guides, books, globes, and flags. On 1st Avenue, just 2 minutes from the hotel.

Italian deli near Seattle Thompson

De Laurenti, an Italian import shop located inside Pike Place Market, sells a great selection of imported meats and cheeses. 3-minute walk.

De Laurenti also sells imported pasta, sauces, and other fine foods.

Fun shop near Thompson Hotel Seattle

The Market Magic Shop, on Pike Place Market’s lower level, is a fun stop for gag gifts and store clerks who will demonstrate tricks for you.

Golden Age Collectibles, also on the Market’s lower level, sells fan merch for comics, sci-fi, and pop geekery of all kinds.

Food gifts near Thompson Hotel

La Buona Tavola is just across from the Market’s main arcade – amazing truffle products and fine vinegars. Just around the corner from the Thompson Hotel.

Another great shop for foodies is Sur la Table’s flagship location – just down the hill from the Thomson, as you enter Pike Place Market. 2-minute walk.

Shopping near Thompson Seattle

Nordstrom department store began as a Seattle shoe store in 1901. Its flagship location is at 5th and Pine, a 7-minute walk from the Thompson.

Movie theater near the Thompson Seattle

Pacific Place, a high-end shopping mall with good restaurants and an 11-screen movie theater, is a 7-minute walk from the hotel.

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