EXCLUSIVE! Why Hotel Max Is Seattle’s Most Alternative, Retro-Chic Boutique Hotel

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Flawlessly mixes design, music, art and style right in the heart of downtown.

Ready to discover Seattle’s most alternative, retro-chic boutique hotel? Hotel Max flawlessly mixes design, music, art and style right in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Hotel Max is the modern rendition of a historic building built in 1926 on 7th and Stewart Street. This fine, classic building has served throughout the years as corporate offices, dormitories and even a car dealership before being converted into a hip boutique hotel. Hotel Max opened under Provenance Hotels in 2005 and is continuously transforming under Seattle’s flourishing creative scene.

Step into the lobby and one can’t help but feel incredibly cool and welcome at the same time. The sleek design paired with bright pop artwork sets the tone for what will be a comfortable and pleasing stay. The lobby is honestly the most fun part of the hotel to spend time in with lots of comfortable couches, games, books and a fireplace where you can dry off after stepping out of Seattle’s constant rain.

The lobby is also where the hotel hosts their popular free craft beer hour. Every day starting at 5:30, guests can sample craft beers made by local Seattle breweries for free and socialize with staff and other guests. If that doesn’t seal the deal, there’s also local artisan coffee served in the mornings until 9:30 to show off the city’s world-famous taste in good brew.

The rooms are straightforward and functional with many of them looking out to the city streets in front of the hotel. Rooms come with a comfy bed, reasonably priced Honor bar plus tea and coffeemaker with delicious high-quality teas and artisan coffee. All of the entrance doors to the rooms display hip floor-to-ceiling photos by local Seattle photographers. The fifth floor is the specifically themed Sub Pop floor on which every door has photographs of famous rock stars and bands which pays homage to the alternative music genre that originated in Seattle. Each room on the Sub Pop floor comes equipped with Crosley record players so that guests can jam out and get in the mood for exploring this punk rock city.

The service is awesome from start to finish. The staff shows off Seattle-lites’ low-key and friendly attitude. Everyone from front desk to bellmen to housekeeping is very approachable and are always ready to help and answer questions. The hotel provides the personalized service one would expect from an intimate boutique hotel.

Something that many people may not know about is that the hotel has an uber-hip airy urban space for events on the upper floor of the garage. One takes a long freight elevator to an industrial landing which is perfect for events like company socials, personal parties or product fairs. Hotel Max also has one conference space in the lobby which can be used by business groups for meetings.

The hotel’s got the trendy, minimalist restaurant, Miller’s Guild, conveniently located in the lobby. Miller’s Guild serves up hearty and refined New American fare. The Inferno oven, the highlight of the restaurant, pumps out artfully crafted steaks, seafood, pork chops and more for lunch and dinner. There are also delectable raw items such as steak tartare, oysters and scallop crudo, as well as crowd-pleasing appetizers and charcuterie. This makes it the perfect destination for happy hour where you can get crafty nibbles with cocktails or wine from the bar. Guests can walk down from their rooms anytime for breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch on the weekends, for a laidback meal in a trendy and modern atmosphere.

Going forward, Hotel Max hopes to embed itself into Seattle’s innovative music scene and larger community. Max is all about showcasing everything that makes Seattle great and unique, including local bands, breweries, coffees shops, artists and more. It’s the ideal place for visitors who look for a distinct sense of place whenever they stay at a hotel in a new destination.

With ultra-cool design, rad service, cool amenities and even more renovations underway, there’s no doubt that Hotel Max will only gain more popularity as the trendiest boutique hotel to stay at in Seattle.

For more information, go to hotelmaxseattle.com.


Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features and online via JST's social media platforms. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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