I was indescribably excited when Lotte Hotels & Resorts extended an invitation to join them during the grand opening of their newest location in Seattle, Washington. They treated us like royalty at every turn, from customized in-room gifts & flowers and pampering at Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte, to meals crafted by a Michelin Star Chef at Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge and staff that greeted us by name everywhere we went inside the hotel, Lotte Hotel Seattle’s hospitality exceeded our wildest expectations. Being one of the very first guests to ever stay at Lotte Hotel Seattle, Lotte’s third property in the United States, was an honor unlike any other, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share this stunning hotel with you!
Korean Hospitality & Influences at Lotte Hotel Seattle
For those who may be unfamiliar, the Lotte Hotel brand is a Korean luxury hotel network with sophisticated properties in some of the most breathtaking cities in the world like Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Saigon, Hanoi, New York City, and Guam. Lotte Hotels pride themselves on offering unparalleled, customer service that’s tailored to each guest’s own unique interests and needs. For instance, they did a little research on me to find out that I absolutely adore flowers, and that dahlias were the first flowers Robin gave me when we were dating, and they surprised me with a massive flower bouquet in our room bursting with dahlias that was almost as tall as I was. It was all so such a wonderful surprise!
Every single staff member at the hotel made it a point to learn our names and we were addressed every time with a Korean style bow, “여보세요” (yeoboseyo, which means hello in Korean), our names, and an offer to help us with whatever we were doing, or give us recommendations. This next level hospitality is just one of the many reasons we are excited to visit South Korea someday soon. While you don’t have to know anything about Korean culture or hospitality to have an excellent time, you may impress the staff if you reply to their offers of assistance, or once they’ve helped you with a slight bow and a “감사합니다” (kamsahabnida, which means thank you in Korean).
They also had custom crafted cocktails waiting for us in our room, a printed photograph of the two of us from when we visited Venice, Italy, along with a delectable spread of handmade macarons, sugar art in the shape of fruit and flowers, truffles, and more. We had never experienced such a sincerely warm welcome at any hotel anywhere in the world, and it was every wonderful thing I’d heard about warm Korean hospitality and more.
Lotte Hotel Seattle
Location: Seattle, Washington
Address: 809 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness: 5/5
Room size: 5/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
View from Room: 5/5
Spa: Yes, Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5
Rooms at Lotte Hotel Seattle
The 189 guest rooms inside Lotte Hotel Seattle all have floor to ceiling windows, and are decorated with bold pops of bright orange, as well as hints of midcentury modern art, the hotel’s decor also draws upon the awe-inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the city of Seattle itself to create a truly one of a kind guest experience. Each artistically elegant room has a white marble bathroom and a large bath, as well as rain-like shower heads, large, comfortable beds, and plenty of other amenities.
The Presidential Suite is truly the most elevated guest room I’ve ever seen. Featuring a full kitchen, a living room, dining room, a spacious bedroom with attached bath, two entrances, and a grand piano, it’s the perfect place to stay for a honeymoon, anniversary trip, romantic weekend away, when getting ready with a bridal party, or to simply experience the penultimate in Lotte Hotels hospitality. Keep an eye out for a post featuring a full tour of this incredible suite!
Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge
Featuring breathtaking views of Puget Sound, the surrounding mountains, and the city of Seattle, Charlotte Restaurant and Lounge was one of our favorite dining experiences in the city. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Alexander La Motte, who has previously helped restaurants attain Michelin Stars, we were served a gorgeous meal featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I enjoyed fresh berries and a flavorful shakshouka dish topped with micro greens, and Robin had a fruit and yogurt parfait, a side of breakfast potatoes, and a chickpea crêpe filled with Dungeness crab, fresh produce, and a delicious orange sauce. I will be writing about our full meal soon and linking it here, so keep an eye out for more about one of Seattle’s best brunch spots!
Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte
The hotel scheduled the best facial I’ve ever had with their master esthetician named Patty Huang. She performed the Perfect Customized Biologique Recherche Facial on me using a customized Biologique Recherche regimen that addressed my skin’s need for more moisture, and helped balance my skin’s pH. The spa itself is a tranquil, ephemeral space that has an almost heavenly feel to it, which was so peaceful and uplifting. Many spas opt for a darker color scheme, use dim lights, and place an emphasis on being so relaxed that one nearly falls asleep, whereas Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte was bright, airy, and helped me relax without making me feel sleepy, invigorating me for the day ahead.
I absolutely adored my morning with Patty, and I’ve already noticed a huge difference in my skin from the potent products she used only face. Keep an eye out for my post about this incredible spa experience, exactly what Patty did to my skin, why you should trust your skin to a master esthetician, and what makes Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte one of the best spa experiences I’ve ever had.
Weddings & Meeting Spaces
Lotte Hotel Seattle is a very modern building, that’s attached to what’s known as “The Sanctuary”, which used to be the first Methodist Church ever built in the United States. While it is no longer a church, it now serves as a lovely wedding venue or event venue option within the hotel. The space has a giant organ set upon the wall, and the hotel offers 3 pre-arranged wedding decor options so that couples don’t have to worry about details like color scheme, flower choices, etc. and they can instead focus on their part in the wedding. Weddings are set up in Korean style, where an elevated runway is placed down the center of the room, with reception tables to each side where loved ones sit and watch the wedding happen, then enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the reception meal without having to move or disrupt guests, creating a seamless and elegant experience. There is a luxurious bar area called “The Halo” on the first level of the event venue, which has what appears to be a giant ring light, or halo, above a beautiful bar space so that guests can stretch their legs, mingle, and enjoy the special occasion.
The hotel also has several rooms to host meetings inside, and they also have 3 large rooms for private dining events, or more intimate gatherings, all of which have incredible city and views of Puget Sound. If we could do our wedding over, I would love to have been married here, and not needed to stress out about every little detail, and instead enjoyed being engaged without the stress of wedding planning every minute little detail, knowing that I was in the excellent care of Lotte Hotel Seattle.
Final Thoughts About Lotte Hotel Seattle
Out of the hundreds and hundreds of hotels I’ve stayed at around the world in my lifetime, Lotte Hotel Seattle has been my favorite, and I don’t say that lightly. From the moment I first arrived to the hotel, where we were greeted by most of the hotel staff, who remembered our names, preferences, and plans throughout the duration of our stay, to our completely customized and luxurious stay, and even the beautiful memories we had during the grand opening of this stunning 5-star hotel in Puget Sound, I felt so completely at home, that I was genuinely sad when the time came to check out. If you are looking for the best staycation in Seattle, honeymoon destination, or have business in the city, no one will take better care of you than Lotte Hotel Seattle.
Thank you so much to Lotte Hotels for working with me to create this post and inviting us out to your grand opening, we had an exquisite time. As always, opinions, photos, and experiences are entirely my own.
Watch out for my Seattle Luxury Travel Guide, coming soon!
x Annie Fairfax
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