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ISO comfortable lobby bar

waldrons Jun 29, 2011 09:55 PM

Ok, we have one more night in Seattle, tomorrow (Thursday) and want to see if we can find a lobby bar/lounge with confortable seating and great people-watching. We ended up tonight at our hotel (the Olive 8 Hyatt) after none of the other hotels in the area had lobby bars. (Restaurants in the hotels with bars, but not a true lobby bar.) Our hotel doesn't technically serve in the lobby, but we could get a drink in the bar and sit in the lobby to drink it. But anything like an old-school hotel lobby bar in the area?

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    Jeri L RE: waldrons Jun 29, 2011 10:24 PM

    The Fireside Room at the Sorrento leaps to mind. It doesn't get any more old-school than that.


    I also found this recent article on the subject which might help you find the sort of place you seek:


    Sorrento Hotel
    900 Madison St, Seattle, WA

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      tsquare RE: waldrons Jun 29, 2011 11:01 PM

      I think the Olympic still has a lobby bar and an easier location. Just outside the entrance to the Georgian Room.

      The best people watching bar in a hotel is probably at the Mayflower - Oliver's Lounge, with windows out to the street. They had an anniversary party last Thursday.

      The W has bar seating in the lobby - or used to. Went to a birthday party there years ago.

      The Fireside Room is comfortable, but kind of off the beaten path. Are you looking for hip or mellow?

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        Leper RE: waldrons Jun 30, 2011 06:14 AM

        Oliver's at the Mayflower Hotel.

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          mcmullek RE: waldrons Jun 30, 2011 09:27 AM

          The Polar Bar on the 2nd floor of the Artic Club on 3rd and Cherry in Pioneer Square might be what you're looking for (it self-identifies as an upscale lobby bar). The room is beautiful, great political people watching and the cocktails/happy hour fare are decent.

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            terrier RE: mcmullek Jul 1, 2011 02:21 PM

            The Polar Bar is the first place that jumped to mind for me. It's a great room.

          2. knowspicker RE: waldrons Jun 30, 2011 10:45 AM

            The Westin Lobby Lounge would be a good one to try.

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              cocktailhour RE: waldrons Jun 30, 2011 03:36 PM

              The W still has a lobby bar. techie people who think they're hip.

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                waldrons RE: waldrons Jun 30, 2011 06:14 PM

                Thanks, everyone! Definitely looking for relaxed, not trendy. We'll try Oliver's at the Mayflower since it's only 4 blocks from our hotel and in between hotel and dinner. I'll let you know.....

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