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Sunday, June 04, 2006

A night away from the kids

Brenda and I decided it was time to do an overnight without the kids this weekend. So we booked a room at the "W Hotel" downtown, hired our great babysitter, and got out of the house by 6:15 on Friday night.

I'd never been to the W in Seattle--but Brenda had heard good things. The W is certainly a different style than other hotels. I felt like I'd walked into the hotel IKEA. There are interesting design touches everywhere. For example, the hallways are dark, illuminated only by blue lights.

As we entered our "spectacular" 16th floor room (this is the adjective reservations used to describe any room above the 14th floor), the furniture once again reminded me of IKEA. Most of the furniture was dark wood, and I didn't see any traditional table legs. An LCD TV on the wall blasted the "W channel." The bathroom sinks were steel, with a smoked glass countertop. Unfortunately, the bathtub stopper was broken.

The view? Well, it wasn't very spectacular. But there was a comfortable couch set against the window that Brenda really liked.

By 8:00 p.m., we headed out to dinner at Palomino. I'd only been there once before, over ten years ago. The restaurant was packed, as was the bar, with people from all walks of life. We ordered an excellent crab and artichoke dip for our appetizer, which came with the most wonderful flatbread. I then ordered the spaghetti with "Kobe" meatball for my main course. I'd heard how good Kobe beef was, and it lived up to its reputation--so much so that I ate too much.

After some great service by the waitstaff, our server seemed to forget about us near the end. If this hadn't happened, it probably would have been one of the best dining experiences I've ever had.

I would definitely recommend the W Hotel for those who want to experience a different take on hotels.
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