My boyfriend and I have had the very privileged  pleasure to go to Seattle for NYE 16-17 (pictures coming soon). The Hilton Seattle has an executive lounge for those who purchase an executive room. It includes a complimentary hot & cold breakfast buffet AND a complimentary happy hour with beer, wine, and apps from 5-7.
One of the main reasons, I recommend this place! It saves you a ton on food and alcohol (usually my main expense!) AND its walking distance to EVERYTHING. This doesn’t include Meredith Grey’s house, but I saw the general area from the Space Needle so that was good enough for me 😉 Also, they held our luggage free of charge until the room was ready when we arrived and at check-out so we could explore before our flight.

Bri Hack: Sign-up for Hilton Honors (it’s free) and you get discounts on your room, ability to check-in early (via app) and pick your room at most locations, free WIFI, AND the ability to access your room from your phone (via app) at most locations!


I should note we got the City Pass for $75. It made sense for us because we had plenty of time and were interested in visiting all of these places. If you even visit 2 out of the 5 it pays for itself.

It includes the following 5 places:

  1. Seattle Aquarium – LOVED (but Monterey is still the best)

  2. Space Needle – LOVED (dress warm)

  3. Museum of Pop Culture* – LIKED (Enjoyed it, but definitely not my fave)

  4. Chihuly Glass Garden* – LOVED (try to catch a glass blowing workshop!)

  5. Argosy Seattle Cruise Tour – LIKED (very relaxing and informative… perf for the day after NYE for us)

*You can opt for a different option for 4 & 5, but those were our choices

We also did the following not included onto city pass:

  • Dinner at Six Seven for my 26th – LOVED the waterfront view; LOVED the food; LIKED the drinks (weak pours)

  • Argosy Cruise for NYE – LOVED (dress warm)

  • Post Street/Gum Wall – LOVED (and its free)

  • Pike’s Place – LOVED (and its free)

  • First Starbucks Store – LOVED (the line seems long, but it moves fast!)

I just moved to SD (see this post) so I will post pics of everything I am behind on (PACE & Seattle including Pike’s PlaceChihuly, and MoPOP) ASAP!
In the mean time, feel free to ask any questions or recommendations about a trip you may be planning to Seattle!