Finally, a hip yet central place to stash your visitors. (They always want to be able to walk to Pike Place Market, don’t they?) The Palladian Hotel’s decor, designed by San Francisco-based Nicole Hollis–who’s made a specialty of high-end lodgings–nods to the building’s more than 100-year history: Old maps are framed as art, television screens are set into easels, and the dark-hued lobby has the feel of a speakeasy. Hollis also mixed in modern minimalism (tchotchkes are sparse) and some random pop culture (pillows adorned with the portrait of a celebrity–Leonardo DiCaprio, say, or Tom Selleck). The 97-room Palladian is also close to the Westlake Link light-rail station (read: easy airport access).
2000 Second Ave.