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Seattle has plenty of funky and quirky boutique hotels, and lots of corporate cookie-cutter hotels, but it has only one Four Seasons, and if you’re seeking calm, refined luxury in the heart of the Pike Place Market area, this hotel can’t be beat. Opened in 2008, the Four Seasons occupies the first 10 floors of a 21-story residential tower overlooking Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. It has a sleek Northwest look, with a long, low lobby fireplace set in a wall of textured basalt, and art from the Seattle Art Museum (located right across the street). The rooms and suites are unusually generous in size and comfort, with a quiet, cocooning quality that invites you to relax and linger. Instead of the dark tones and mixed patterns found in so many of Seattle’s trendier boutique hotels, the color scheme here is almost no color—it’s white offset by the warm glow of ash wood desks and cabinetry; the muted palette maximizes the light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Luxurious marble-clad bathrooms feature soaker tubs, walk-in rain showers; and L’Occitane toiletries. This full-service hotel offers a full roster of amenities, including Seattle’s only heated, outdoor infinity pool with vistas of the bay and mountain; a truly state-of-the-art fitness center; and, a 6,000-square-foot spa that offers a full menu of skin-care treatments and therapies. At Goldfinch Tavern, the hotel’s casual restaurant, you can sit by a cozy fire and enjoy Northwest-inspired meals. It’s a wonderfully inviting spot to sip a cocktail as the sun goes down over Puget Sound.