• Beyond the Border: Thompson Seattle

    This stylish new urban hotel is an ideal spot for California and Washington colleagues to gather, brainstorm and explore.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Beyond the Border: Thompson Seattle

    This stylish new urban hotel is an ideal spot for California and Washington colleagues to gather, brainstorm and explore.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

California planners who have tech companies as clients frequently find themselves arranging meetings for attendees from Seattle, Silicon Valley and SoCal’s Silicon Beach. With the opening of Thompson Seattle, a stylish 155-room luxury hotel, they now have a vibrant new venue to consider.  

The Thompson strikes all the right notes for the tech crowd. Designed by Olson Kundig, a local, internationally celebrated architecture firm, the urban property has a sleek midcentury-meets-the-aviation-industry style. Its downtown Seattle location means everything is accessible by foot (the historic Pike Place Market is just steps away, as is the waterfront, great shopping, nightlife and museums) or a quick Uber ride (the Space Needle and sports stadiums). With floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms and public spaces, the views of the waterfront, Olympic Mountain Range and Puget Sound inspire.

The sky is also the limit when it comes to accommodating meetings, says Amanda Parsons, general manager. “We’ve had great success in accomplishing all kinds of meetings,” she says. “There’s a lot of flexibility in our space, so we can create a wide range of environments. We’ve done very traditional boardrooms and classroom settings in the four meeting rooms on our second floor; we’ve also used soft, loungestyle seating for cocktail receptions, informal brainstorming sessions and holiday parties, and we’ve done very elegant multicourse sit-down dinners. While our open-air courtyard is a great setting for breakfast and lunch, it’s also been used for car launches.” Scout, the all-day 75-seat signature restaurant has sidewalk seating and a semiprivate open-air dining area that seats up to 20. 

The 4,500-square-foot Nest Rooftop, a hugely popular gathering spot for locals, can be bought out partially or in its entirety, for a total capacity of 250. Off-property excursions can include tours of Pike Place or taking a boat or seaplane to Westward, a lakeside restaurant that serves “water-inspired Northwest fare” and stellar cocktails. “We want to showcase all that’s wonderful about the Pacific Northwest,” says Parsons. “The minute you land in Seattle you’re in the care of the Thompson team and we’ll make whatever you want happen.” 

To the annals of great bakery hybrids like the cronut, duffin and cretzel, add the churro croissant from Los Angeles bakery Pitchoun! A flaky pastry dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with vanilla custard cream it combines French sophistication with the childlike joys of theme park eats. Originally put on the menu for the month of November, the churro croissant has been extended through January and, perhaps, beyond.

 

Just when you think there's nothing new in the world of breakfast cereal comes this innovation from chef Joey Maggiore, owner of the three Hash Kitchen breakfast spots in Scottsdale, Arizona: cereal shooters. Maggiore creates a boozy take on the milk that has been soaking in a bowl of Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Added to the frothy milk are, respectively, hazelnut liqueur, coffee liqueur, fruity vodka and spiced rum.

 

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