So imagine this… You get it into your head to visit a city where you have never had the pleasure to spend a night in a hotel, but know it well enough to have plans for your days. Where do you begin to search for where your weary head may rest at night?
There are always a few considerations that are priorities for any individual, couple, or family – which may depend on what the reason for your travels may be. When I travel with one or more of my children, I look for convenience to daily attractions, eco-friendly amenities and business practices, and comfort.
This is what I scoured Seattle for when planning my 6-year-old’s birthday experience. What I found in the Hyatt at Olive 8 exceeded my expectations on all accounts and once I found it, I knew we must stay there.
I like secrets, surprises really. I like to meticulously calculate arrangements on the sly and surprise my friends and family with the unexpected. I like the romance and intrigue of an artfully executed event. I love the look on a little face when all my work pays off and the dreams he never even knew he had come true.
Don’t tell me that looking toward that magnificent building you heart doesn’t go just a little pitter-patter.
We entered a land where Eloise was a boy prince and a grateful, gracious, and excited one at that. He marveled as I checked us in. I marveled at how well the staff treated my boy. Nothing makes a mama happier than to see her child treated like a person, with thoughts and feelings of his own. That was a continuous theme throughout our stay and it made it all the more sweeter.
The Hyatt at Olive 8, An Eco-Friendly Luxury Hotel
The Hyatt at Olive 8, Eco-Friendly By The Numbers
- Hyatt at Olive 8 is the first LEED certified hotel in Seattle and the first for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
- 2.4 million gallons of water are saved each year by low-flow plumbing fixtures, a low-chemical mechanical water system and other LEED-driven efforts.
- 20 percent of the building materials are made of recycled content.
- 29 percent less waste water is used by the hotel’s dual flush toilets, as compared to traditional, single-flush toilets.
- 36 percent less water is used overall as compared to a non-LEED certified building of similar size and scope.
- 95 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
- 100 percent of the paint, solvent and carpeting contain low- or no-VOC.
- Committed to green housekeeping practices with Green Seal-approved low-VOC cleaners and offers guests 100 percent toxin-free dry-cleaning services.
- Hyatt at Olive 8 employs comprehensive programs to minimize its environmental footprint, including food composting, in-room recycling containers and food bank donations.
- Innovative environmental extras like room key-controlled Watt Stopper, Inc. light switches keep lights on when the room is in use, and off when it is not.
Do we have your attention yet? Just wait until I tell you about their on-site restaurant tomorrow. You will be on the next train to Seattle in no time!
Join the conversation:
1. Which aspect of the Hyatt at Olive 8 is most striking to you?
2. What eco-friendly practices are most important to you when traveling?
3. What do you look for in a hotel?
Hyatt at Olive 8 graciously extended a reduced room rate and I was asked for nothing in return. All opinions expressed here are my own. I really loved our stay here and can’t wait to go back some day.
Other Links That May be of Interest About Our Seattle Travels:
Eco-Friendly Seattle Trip – The Beginning
Give Experiences Over Things
Making Eco-Friendly Memories
The Train is Part of the Journey
Great Eco-Friendly Summer Road Trip
Love this place! I wish all hotels were like this. :)
Wouldn’t that be great?!?
Wow – what a beautiful hotel! Makes me want to book a trip to Seattle!
Oh you should! It’s a great city with so much to do. We went in October and didn’t even get rained on!
OK, this is an awesome reason not to stay with my in-laws when I visit them in WA. Who wouldn’t want to LIVE here? I LOVE the key card energy saving mechanism! Bet hotels would save loads of money if they converted to this system! And the green roof! With all that rain, greenery must be lush all year around!
Now the real question…..how much is it to stay in a room like this?
Isn’t the key-controlled energy usage amazing? Smart, green, and saves money! You should definitely look at staying here next time you’re in Washington!
Yay! Love that this is in my “backyard”! I was just thinking I need to book someplace for our upcoming anniversary, and now I know just where to look. SUPER excited about the saline pool!!!
This would be the perfect anniversary hotel! I would love to come up and spend the weekend with my husband and enjoy some of the other adult amenities, like the spa!
This is amazing… I hope this is the begining of more eco-friendly hotels in the rest of the country. This sounds like hotel I would want to stay in.
I would love to see Hyatt, and other hotels, incorporate some of these green practices in all their hotels. This one is pretty special so far!
Excellent job on this review Brenna,
How was the water pressure in the shower?
How much more did it cost than a comparable room in the same area?
The water pressure was excellent (better than at home) and from what I could tell the cost was comparable to the other nice hotels in the area. Well worth it in any case!
What a heavenly retreat! More hotels should take notice! I’m glad you enjoyed your special stay away!
It was heavenly and I am lucky that it is fairly close to me, but how great would it be to have something like this everywhere? Or better yet, have these standards become the norm.
Everywhere we went in Europe the lights worked off the key and the ac as well. Funny to me that this is not wide spread in America yet.
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Looks amazing – getting to spend a night there would make me happy too! Looks like your son had an awesome time as well! Happy Monday.
Thanks for the review, we just had family move to Seattle and will definitely be checking the Hyatt out. Hopefully more hotels will be following their lead soon on all these eco-friendly features.
This place looks amazing! Might be worth planning a trip just to see it. I really hope more hotels start doing this. I’d love to see stats on how much $ they are saving. What a great trip for your son!!!!!
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Wow sounds like a great time! I love when people treat children with respect. I also love the light saver with the cards. Very cool!
Great review and photos! Seattle has a ton of nice accommodation options. Have you seen the hotels Lynnwood WA has to offer?