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The restaurant menus and d├ęcor are inspired by the Pacific Northwest. (Image: The Hyatt at Olive 8)

Exploring the Hyatt at Olive 8

I was drawn to staycationing at the Hyatt at Olive 8 for a collection of reasons. Their sparkling blue glass design reaches up 39 stories high, just steps away from majestic The Paramount Theatre as well as shopping at Pacific Place, Nordstrom and other fun shops in the downtown core. Seemed like the perfect spot to visit before attending a musical at The Paramount! Their restaurant, Urbane, offers farm to table seasonal offerings with a small outdoor patio. But the reason I was most drawn to check out this hotel? Their indoor saltwater pool!

Located so close to the Convention Center, it shouldn't have come as a surprise that the room decor was more business chic than romantic getaway in design. As we popped the cork on the bottle of wine we brought to celebrate our night away, we were surprised the room came only with pint glasses - no wine glasses in sight. While the look and feel of the rooms was very clean and modern, it didn't have a sexy or cozy feel I look for in a staycation. Eco-conscious? Olive 8 is LEED certified which means they've made extra efforts to include energy and water saving features in the hotel. Your key card powers your room's electricity, which means no wasted energy when you leave the room.

We made our way to the pool and hot tub area, which was well lit, letting in natural light that made the tiles sparkle with soft rainbows. The pool was a lovely size, if a bit on the chilly side. The atmosphere of the pool area was cheerful and bright, echoed by the family of four who were clearly enjoying their vacation. The spacious hottub was the perfect temperature for us to sit back and relax. Each locker room offered a small sauna and steam room, available to all guests, not just those who added spa services to their stay.

Urbane, the street level restaurant attached to Olive 8, is the shining star of the property, with sustainable and delicious dishes that will make you want to book your next visit even before they bring dessert to your table! Many of the menu items rotate based on season, so there's often new offerings to delight your palate. I highly recommend the charcuterie board with it's delectable stone ground mustard that is fortified in-house with a reduction of rhubarb, honey, wine and spices. The first of the season halibut was perfect.

Staying true to their interest in being focused on "local," Urbane offers a Washington Beverage Challenge every third Wednesday of the month from 6pm - 8pm. This tasting event is open to the public and puts Washington distillers, winemakers and brewers in a blind head-to-head challenge against top brands. Their June 18th event will feature Black Raven Brewing from Redmond, WA. For $15, you'll receive two tasting flights as well as snacks and charcuterie from Urbane.

Splurge: Add a visit to the Elaia Spa which offers pampering services such as a Seattle Coffee Scrubs, Hot Stone Massages, Market Fresh Facials and beyond.

Save: Urbane offers happy hour twice daily Monday through Saturday (4pm - 7pm & 10pm - close) and from 2:30pm to close on Sundays. Dog owners can bring their furry friends along for "Yappy Hour" - available on the patio. Pups will be provided with house-made dog treats at no cost as well as a water bowl to enjoy as you sip on your cocktail!