Named #1 of 15 hotels in the Seattle category by Condé Nast Traveler
Since opening in June 2016, Thompson Seattle has been consistently recognized for excellence in both the Seattle and national hospitality landscape by Conde Nast Traveler. This fall, Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Thompson Seattle recognized as #1 of 15 in its “Top Hotels in Seattle” category.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel”.
Thompson Seattle is situated in the heart of downtown Seattle just steps away from Pike Place Market and features breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain Range. A luxury lifestyle hotel with a refined edge, Thompson Seattle encompasses 155 rooms and suites, signature restaurant Scout and The Nest, a rooftop bar and lounge.
The Nest is a spectacular 3,500-square-foot indoor-outdoor bar and lounge on the 16th floor rooftop. The combination of an incredible view, excellent cocktails, and delicious bites makes this the best rooftop bar in the city.
Helmed by Executive Chef Derek Simcik, the lounge offers seasonal small plates and batched- and barrel-aged cocktails. During the warmer spring and summer months, they’ve got an outdoor grill fired up for small bites. For the fall and winter months, Chef Simcik has redone the menu featuring a Burrata Salad with roasted squash, a Smoked Salmon dish, and a Foie Parfait.
The menu is executed flawlessly and exceeds expectations for what a bar and lounge can offer. Coffee-rubbed Beef Tataki was fork-tender. The rub added a hint of bitterness and it’s served with percora cheese. A fall-forward dish, the Burrata Salad with roasted acorn squash, squash seeds, and red watercress was easily our favorite dish of the night. The locally sourced burrata was outstanding in texture and flavor. I’d come back just to eat the this salad (and I rarely say that about salads).
The Smoked Salmon was moist and just the right amount of smokiness. The Charcuterie spread was pretty standard and a satisfactory item to share with the table if everyone is feeling a little snacky, but not hungry enough to get out plates and utensils. Otherwise, opt for the dishes instead, you won’t be disappointed.
Our friendly and patient server helped us pick out drinks: the Marble Hill (it’s kind of like a Manhattan) and the Metropolitan with Ketel One, St. Germain, pomegranate, pink grapefruit liqueur, and lemon were on point.
Even with the colder, rainier weather rolling in, The Nest’s indoor lounge and the outdoor deck (which now has a covered tent) is a fun, chic place to grab a drink and a bite with a breathtaking view of this beautiful place we live.
The Nest | Thompson Seattle | 110 Stewart St, Seattle