Thompson Seattle – Hotel Review

Updated: March 7, 2018

The Thompson Hotel in Seattle.

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

Thompson Seattle Hotel is the city’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, is not to be missed. 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: One month in advance during the April-September cruise season, and during the December holidays. Two weeks in advance October-March.
  • How To Book: 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?

  • Nearby Restaurants: Steelhead Diner (best restaurant in Pike Place Market, 2 minute walk) • Matt’s in the Market (fabulous NW cuisine, iconic Market view, 3-minute walk) • The Pink Door (Italian, view balcony and late-night caberet, 2-minute walk) • Place Pigalle (Classic French cuisine hidden in Pike Place Market, romantic date-night spot, 3-minute walk) • Sushi Kashiba (Seattle’s best sushi, 1-minute walk) • Le Pichet (wonderful French food, 1 minute walk) • Kastoori Grill (awesome Indian food, 1 minute walk) • Macrina Bakery (delicious treats, 8 minute walk)
  • Nearby Bars and Breweries: Old Stove BreweryKell’s Irish BarPurple Wine Bar
  • Nearby Market or Grocery: Pike Place Market is across the street, and has dozens of fruit stalls, bakeries, and specialty food shops; hours are more limited than a typical grocery store. Target (a discount department store with grocery and pharmacy) is a 3-minute walk away.

Thompson Seattle – The Hotel

Thompson Hotel Seattle

The Stewart Street entrance of the Thompson Seattle.

 Thompson Seattle lobby decor

Thompson lobby. 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?

View from Seattle Thompson Hotel.

The view of the Seattle waterfront from the Thompson Hotel.

View of ferries and waterfront from Thompson Hotel in downtown Seattle.

The same view at night.

Pike Place Market close to Seattle Thompson Hotel.

Pike Place Market is a 1 minute walk from the hotel.

Thompson Hotel is 1 minute to Pike Place Market.

A one minute walk from the Thompson will get you into the heart of the market.

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.

Closest brewery to Thompson Seattle Hotel.

Old Stove Brewery in Pike Place Market – a 3 minute walk from the Thompson.

Brewery close to Seattle Thompson Hotel.

Views of the waterfront from Old Stove Brewery.

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.

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

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

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.

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 then the food department at Target is a 3 minute walk from the Thompson.

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.

Good Irish Bar 2 minutes from Thompson Hotel Seattle.

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

Good Indian Restaurant near Thompson Hotel in Downtown Seattle.

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

The best restaurant in Pike Place Market

The best restaurant in Pike Place Market: Steelhead Diner – a 2 minute walk from the Thompson.

Lunch restaurant in Pike Place Market near new Thompson Seattle Hotel.

Also great: Matt’s In The Market. 3 minute walk from the Thompson.

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.

Best French restaurant and bar-restaurant near Thompson Hotel.

A minute 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.

Most romantic honeymoon restaurant in Pike Place Market.

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

Good pizza near 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 in downtown Seattle.

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.

Best wine bar near Thompson Hotel.

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

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