Fergie at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Seattle

From a recent editorial shoot I did for CityDog Magazine.

Pet Friendly Pan Pacific

The Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is a stylish yet intimate boutique getaway designed to leave you and Fido feeling refreshed.

Written by Brandie Ahlgren | Photography by Jamie Pflughoeft

Situated in the heart of Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, the pet-friendly Pan Pacific offers two- and four-legged alike a cosmopolitan oasis unique among downtown Seattle hotels.

Situated in the heart of Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, the pet-friendly Pan Pacific offers two- and four-legged alike a cosmopolitan oasis unique among downtown Seattle hotels.

For visitors to the Emerald City, the Pan Pacific is within close proximity to our most coveted attractions, Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. However, what makes it most unique, particularly if you live in Seattle like me, is the hotel’s immediate surroundings.

The Pan Pacific is part of 2200 Westlake Plaza, which features 261 private residences, two signature restaurants, 39,000 square feet of retail shops, Vida Spa, a 16,000-square-foot landscaped plaza, Starbucks Coffee and a 47,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market. At your doorstep are the finest stores, services and conveniences, most notably, Scraps Pet Supply, featuring in their words, “healthy grub and cool gear.”

Upscale, but still affordable, Scraps has a fantastic selection of clothing for even the most discerning dogs, as well as collars, leashes and other cool accessories. There’s no shortage of toys and treats, and shop owner Dave Figueroa stocks only the highest quality pet food, both dry and raw. And, one of the highlights of the store is the engaging centerpiece, a floor to ceiling photograph of Dave’s Shiba Inus that was taken by the talented Emily Rieman, owner of Best Friend Photography and as you may already know, contributing photographer to this magazine.

Back at the Pan Pacific, it’s time to check in to one of the hotel’s new Space Needle Suites, featuring 825-square-feet of luxurious space, with a separate dining area for up to six people and an exquisite sofa lounge area from which to enjoy the spectacular views of the Space Needle and South Lake Union. If you and your pooch prefer to be pampered, then you are in the right place!

Your furry friend will appreciate the yummy treats and comfy dog bed provided by the aforementioned Scraps, and you will appreciate all of the amenities the Pan Pacific manages to pack into one place, from two (count ‘em, two) plasma screen TVs, to the king-size bed fitted with luxurious, 360-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens.

The in-room entertainment setup is enough to make a techie drool, with a 55” HD Plasma TV and iHome docking station. The TeleAdapt MediaHub enables you to stream HD video content from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, gaming console or laptop. Other techno-treats include complimentary high speed wireless, mood stations personalized with your musical preferences, and Bluetooth connectivity for streaming your own musical library.

For foodies, there is 24-hour in-room dining provided by Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Acclaimed chef-owner (and dog lover) John Howie, features a seafood centric menu including Pacific Northwest favorites, and seasonal preparations from around the world. My favorite is the Pacific Northwest Red King salmon seasoned with Chef Howie’s famous rub, roasted on a cedar plank to impart a subtle woodsy flavor, served with smoked broccoli and citrus rice. For meat lovers, you can’t go wrong with the 8 oz. Fire Grilled Filet Mignon, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and veal demi-glace. For wine lovers, Seastar’s expansive list includes the opportunity to try a much sought after Washington wine.

Following dinner, if it’s time for some rest and relaxation, then a soak in the oversized European tub is your ticket, complete with aromatherapy bath salts. Or, enjoy the walk-in, glass-enclosed shower with soothing rain showerhead and Aveda bath products. Shoji style screens provide privacy or leave them open to enjoy the sweeping views from your tub. Follow that by wrapping yourself in one of the plush bathrobes, donning a pair of slippers and hopping into the super comfy, king-size bed to snuggle up with your canine.

Now that you and Fido are fully rested, start your day with a workout in the hotel’s fitness center followed by a soothing sauna or whirlpool soak. Stretch your legs with a brisk walk through the bustling neighborhood, making sure to stop off at the newly-opened Denny Dog Park for an off-leash romp, located at 100 Dexter Avenue North. Then, hop on the South Lake Union Streetcar for a ride downtown; leashed canine companions welcome.

Guests of the Pan Pacific are also invited to enjoy the services of Vida Spa. In addition to offering traditional spa treatment such as, classic and hot stone massage, body wraps and facials, many of Vida’s treatments are based on the principles of Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old system of holistic Indian medicine. According to this philosophy the key to a long and healthy life is achieving a balance between body, mind and spirit. The spa also features 17 treatment rooms, three couples treatment rooms, four side by side pedicure lounges and two manicure areas. The guest lounge has a soothing fireplace and luxurious chaise lounges that can comfortably seat up to 25 guests. Guests can also enjoy the spa’s therapeutic infra-red saunas.

Once back at the Pan Pacific, take some time to appreciate the amazing artwork installed throughout the upper and lower lobbies of the hotel. The strategy behind the pieces and their placement is to feature local artists whose work complements the hotel’s mimimalist, yet elegant architectural design by Hirsch Bedner. Artists include Japanese-American sculptor Akio Takamori, photographer John Anderson and glass artist Randy Walker to name just a few.

To finish, it’s worth mentioning the hotel’s culture of caring that goes beyond guest services. The Pan Pacific incorporates environmentally sustainable practices in its daily operation as well as supports local charities through donations and volunteer time. One such program donates food to the YWCA of Seattle-King County’s meal program at Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women as well as toiletries for the organization’s Personal Care Center. Guests are also given the option to reduce their environmental footprint through various practices such as recycling and amenity donations. Plus, for only fifty cents per night, guests can match the electricity use of 25 kilowatt hours for a one night’s stay in a guest room at the hotel. Hence, you and your dog can do a little good by patronizing the Pan Pacific!

More Information

Pan Pacific Seattle

2125 Terry Avenue

Seattle, Wash. 98121

Toll-free reservations: 877.515.2176

panpacific.com/seattle

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