The Journal • Health & Fitness
March 6, 2012 23
The Inn at the Market
By Elizabeth Griffin
The Inn at the Market is located in the heart of Seattle, making it one of the best places to stay for those who like to be in the middle of the action. Positioned adjacent to Post Alley in the Pike Place Market, the Inn is in the center of the bustling venue that attracts both locals and tourists on a regular basis. With shops and booths selling locally handcrafted items, dining establishments that make use of the fresh seafood and produce available from market merchants, and musicians and street entertainers, the public market is populated with familiar characters and infused with a flavor unique to the city of Seattle. The Inn at the Market provides lovely accommodations on six floors that encircle a courtyard. With sweeping views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle, seen from bay windows where guests can dine privately in their suites or a rooftop balcony on the fifth floor, it is the photographer’s dream. Pampering at the Inn includes comfortable bedding, luxurious lotions and potions in the bath, nightly turn-down service, a morning paper, and a town car at your beck and call. Leave your own car with the valet and relax. When it’s time to go the ballet, theater or out to one of the many clubs nearby, just call the front desk and come downstairs to a waiting chauffeur. If you’re ready to return to the Inn before 11 p.m., call again and the valet will bring you back. The market houses several upscale restaurants. Matt’s in the Market is a relaxed and intimate venue on the third
photos by Elizabeth Griffin
photos by Elizabeth Griffin
floor of the Corner Market Building. It has enormous, plated-glass windows that overlook the iconic “Public Market” sign, providing peak-a-boo views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Matt’s menu changes with the availability of market produce and seafood, and it is always innovative. The chef can make a plate of arugula taste divine with a light touch of dressing; the menu’s trio of oysters slides down easily; and entrees are prepared so the flavor is always fresh. Chez Shea is next door to Matt’s, providing the same view in a formal setting with equal intimacy and a seasonal menu of French cuisine. At the north end of the market, diners enjoy a panoramic view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains from the expansive Cutters Bayhouse, which serves a variety of food and drink in a casual atmosphere, including fabulous salads and fresh seafood. Lowell’s is the place to go for breakfast. With three floors of seating on the west side of the main corridor of the market’s stalls, its reputation means there is a bit of a wait for a table, but it’s worth it. The view is great and the food even better. For those who prefer coffee and a pastry, there is nothing that compares to Le Panier, located on the other side of the cobblestone street that threads through the market as its main thoroughfare. Even if you don’t indulge in the freshly baked French delicacies, walk by and take a whiff — it is a delight to smell. The Pike Place Market also houses the original Starbucks for visitors who must make the pilgrimage, and plenty of other espresso and pastry hawkers. A day and night at the Inn at the Market provides a luxurious and well-situat-
ed getaway from the normal routine for out of town visitors and Seattleites. Located in the midst of the ebb and flow of city life while providing a rooftop vantage point, it provokes thoughtful consideration of life or the chance to dive in and have a great time, depending on your frame of mind.
The Inn at the Market’s courtyard.
A room at the Inn.