Employees of this downtown Seattle hotel and their families delivered meals to residents in need | Traveling and Giving Back: Meg James | Founder of Go and Do Good®

ByShannon J. Cortes

Apr 5, 2022

Meg James

Our stay was sponsored by The State Hotel. All opinions are mine. Follow me on NewsBreak to learn more about hotels giving back!

Our eighteen-year-old niece, Brynn, graduated from high school this year and was able to choose any city to visit as a gift from the Go and Do Good® hotel directory. She immediately chose Seattle, a city she had always wanted to visit.

While researching hotels that give back in the Seattle area, I discovered The State Hall, a boutique hotel with an exceptional location two blocks from Pikes Place Market and other major Seattle attractions. We were thrilled to visit this lovely hotel in person and highlight the good it has done for others in the Pacific Northwest.

The State Hall was as dreamy in person as it appeared to be online, with dark, modern spaces, comfy linens, and a hotel lobby that welcomed all visitors, including our young boys. Location was key The State Hall, as we spent our days being tourists around the area. It was so refreshing to know that this cozy and trendy hotel was waiting for us each evening after a long day of sightseeing with family.

Our favorite things about The State Hall:

  • My husband, Logan, loved having access to the basement gymnasium of The State Hall. This small urban space was just spacious enough for him to get a good workout between meals.
  • From our elevator on the 7th floor, we had an amazing view of Pikes Place Market and the Ferris Wheel, Seattle Great Wheel. Despite being so close to the action, the rooms and hallways were quiet, giving us some well-deserved respite during travels.
  • We’ve stayed in boutique hotels where the boys (ages six and eight) weren’t as welcome as they were at The State Hall. The staff were great with our boys, even helping our youngest who managed to slip into the elevator and down to the lobby a bit earlier than us.
  • With many boutique hotels without a concierge, I was glad to have an employee of The State Hall onsite at all times at the front desk, providing added security and peace of mind for us as out-of-state travelers.
  • The decor was simple but it made a big statement. We really liked the modern black and white hues and modern charging stations available in all rooms.

What we missed at The State Hall:

  • The on-site restaurant downstairs, Ben Paris, looked and smelled good but was not open for most of our stay (it is currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). We would have liked to try this restaurant on site which gets a lot of praise in the reviews.

Not only is The State Hall great location and nice to look at, he has also done a lot of good in his local Seattle community. We witnessed so many people in need of shelter and food on the streets of Seattle and it was comforting to know that we were choosing to stay at a hotel that cared about its local community.

The State Hall has been a beacon of positivity throughout COVID-19 in downtown Seattle, sharing an encouraging message to the community: “#WeGotThisSeattle.” The property’s management was also out with their families delivering meals from their on-site restaurant, Ben Paris, to those in need.

Additionally, The State Hall has partnered with FareStart, a local non-profit organization, to offer a free virtual cooking and cocktail class to raise awareness of this organization and engage guests and the community. FareStart transforms lives, disrupts poverty and nurtures communities through food, life skills and job training.

A few other tips if you are heading to Seattle soon:

Logan and I visited over ten years ago as newlyweds without the responsibilities of a dog or children like we have now. We actually visited then for a little over twenty four hours for a wedding which was a pretty whirlwind trip considering we were traveling from Florida to Washington State. For this trip, we had a bit more time to explore, so here’s our itinerary and what we enjoyed (or would do differently) in downtown Seattle and beyond:

Have a picnic in the park with a view of Puget Sound: We arrived later on our first night and had great difficulty finding a restaurant that didn’t require a reservation in the heart of downtown. We chose to get takeout food from Cutter’s Crabhouse and we ended up taking full advantage of the view of the ferries going in and out of Puget Sound as we ate our delicious food. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

Pike Place Market: It’s a no-brainer, but save a lot of time exploring Pike Place Market. We loved being tourists and walking in and out of the shops, seeing the big overgrown local flowers and the fish market. This trip our two favorite places at Pike Place Market were the smoothie stand across from the entrance for delicious fresh fruit smoothies and The Pike Place Bar, a fun local brewery where we will taste local beers and play cards with the family. While you’re there be sure to check out the interesting Gum Wall – it was a favorite with our kids!

The Seattle Waterfront: One area where we really enjoyed this trip was Seattle’s waterfront, an amusement park type area with access to Puget Sound. My niece, eldest son and husband took a ride on Seattle Ferris Wheelthe waterfront ferris wheel. My youngest son and I absolutely loved a mock ride on Wings over Washington, a fun look at the types of ecosystems available to tourists in the Pacific Northwest. Highly recommend this attraction for young children (and the young at heart!)

Elliotts Oyster House for dinner: Crab and salmon were mostly on the to-do list to eat and we enjoyed our choice of restaurant by the water, Elliott. This restaurant was recommended by the staff at the State Hotel and it did not disappoint. We were able to get same day reservations for an early timeslot. (Get the corn and crab chowder – yum!)

Visit to Olympic National Park: Other than the hotel, the highlight of our Pacific Northwest trip was booking a day trip with Seattle Custom Tours visit Olympic National Park. Our family always loves to visit new national parks when visiting cities and Olympic National Park and this tour did not disappoint.

A family business, Seattle Custom Tours was efficiently run and provided everything (and more!) that was advertised for a day spent exploring the natural habitats the outskirts of Seattle have to offer. We started the day being picked up at The State Hall and take a ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island where the boys searched for sea lions but ended up seeing lots of jellyfish and a porpoise.

As we passed through small coastal towns taking us not far from the Canadian border of Vancouver, Joel with Personalized tours was informative and so great with our young boys. This group tour focused on three main areas to explore in and around Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Beach, and Crescent Lake.

The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center was our favorite, with stunning views of the snow-capped, snow-capped mountains from every angle. This is where we also saw a black tailed deer and a black bear in the wild, providing some amazing nature experiences. We then made a quick stop to find a Pacific Northwest beach looking like crabs and sea stacks (small mountains) in the ocean at Crescent Beach.

Crescent Lake offered a 2.4 mile hike that was perfect for our young boys and provided them with a world of adventure at their fingertips. We all enjoyed the secret trails, tall moss-covered trees, and beautiful lake and mountain views at Crescent Lake Lodge in Olympic National Park.

If anyone was looking for recommendations on a good hotel to stay in while visiting Seattle, I would recommend hands down The State Hall for families and couples. It was a special trip marking a special occasion when my niece graduated from high school – a trip filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Meg James