Last weekend I went on a staycation. A great friend of mine from law school was in town with some other friends and I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to hang out. The problem? I live about 40 minutes from downtown Seattle. That made for either a not-super-fun night out, or a rushed afternoon. The obvious solution: a Seattle Staycation!
I didn’t spend a lot of time doing hotel research and just went with the hotel my friend was staying at because it sounded SO cool! She chose the Hotel Max. After checking out the website I knew it would be an awesome experience.
The lobby was gorgeous and welcoming. This cozy fireplace was perfect to relax next to while we checked in.
The hallways were eclectic. Every door had a photograph on it. I thought it was awesome. It was such a nice change from the standard white walls and ugly floral prints you see at a lot of chain hotels. Also, the beds were amazing. I did not want to get up on Saturday morning (although that was probably contributed to by the amount of alcohol we drank on Friday night…).
On Friday night walked to dinner at that Yard House for some delicious food, yard-sized glasses of beer and a couple sake bombs a piece (I am the least hard core and drank a 9 oz cider before the sake bombs). Then we took a car to a bar in Ballard called King’s Hardware.
Even though it is a bit of a distance from the hotel it was a relatively inexpensive ride, and would have been even cheaper in a standard cab. (We used Uber. An app in bigger cities to take towncars, limos and SUVs. We were classing it up this weekend!) The bar was clearly a hot spot. We chose it because some people in the group wanted to play games. There was skeeball people, SKEEBALL. The line was too long so I never got to play, but I’m telling ya. These Seattle bars put Nevada to shame.
After King’s Hardware we decided it was time to “shake our booties.” We took a car back to Seattle and stopped at See Sound Lounge. To be honest, I’m not really sure they intend for people to dance. But there was awesome lighting, a great bar, and a DJ. So we didn’t care. After we’d gotten a sufficient amount of our groove on, we went outside for a street vendor hotdog (and by we I mean everyone but me). Then ventured over to the Frontier Room. We relaxed on the patio and people watched for awhile. People are VERY interesting at 1 in the morning!
There was a little too much relaxing because then we were all tired. We decided to head back to the hotel on foot. We got a little side tracked in another lounge for a bit (Suite 410) that I REALLY liked and had comfy seating that was perfect for conversing with a big group. At closing time we headed back out into the cold.
PSA: There was a fabulous moment where I stopped watching where I walking and nearly fell on my face after getting my heel stuck in a grate. Ladies, make sure to watch where you’re walking in downtown seattle :). From here, a nice gentleman gave me a piggy back ride, and we made it back to Hotel Max in one piece.
All in all it was an awesome night. Stay tuned for Seattle Staycation version Sight Seeing!
Have you ever gone on a staycation? What was it like?