Andra Hotel, Seattle

Hotel Andra, Seattle

It was a relief to arrive at Hotel Andra. After a few nights of basic accommodation, this chic downtown design hotel felt ultra-luxurious. The main lobby was instantly welcoming, with a blazing fire and an interesting book collection on display. In the distance we could smell Greek aromas from acclaimed chef, Tom Douglas’ eatery (Lola) on site, which makes this venue a destination for foodies. Guests will be pleased to find that the hotel is within walking distance of many of Seattle’s most popular sights, including Pike Place market, the Space Needle and Seattle Art Museum.

There are 119 rooms and suites in the hotel, all of which are decorated with Scandinavian design in mind. We were on floor five in a spacious queen superia room. The open-plan space combined the bedroom, living area and mini kitchen all in one. I felt immediately at home, spreading out my luggage and relaxing on the comfortable sofa. The decor had a grown-up feel, with lyrical abstract prints on the walls. There was plenty of natural light, which I really appreciated, and despite the central location our room was always extremely quiet.

The bathroom and walk-in wardrobe give guests plenty of space to beautify and get ready for the day. The bathroom is immaculately finished and features a top-of-the-range power shower with suitably chic Face Stockholm toiletries. We spent more time than planned relaxing in the room thanks to the thoughtful modern features and when it was time to get into the huge bed I fell asleep instantly, waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and rested.

Despite opening in 2004 the hotel still feels new, with up to date facilities and well-maintained bedrooms. After a busy day exploring Seattle, I was so grateful for our cocoon of indulgence at Hotel Andra.

More information and book a room at Hotel Andra here.

The Burrard, Vancouver

Burrard Hotel

The Burrard is a special hotel. It stands out on a road of uniform shiny buildings with its retro theme and unique appeal. Centrally located, it is the ideal base for busy travellers who haven’t got a fortune to spend. First opened in 1956 as the Burrard Motor Inn, the long history of this quirky hotel contributes to its local reputation. Since the 50s it has undergone a transformative renovation to encorperate modern design and technology whilst keeping its style and personality.

Check-in was quick and easy, it doesn’t take long to get to your room in this boutique accommodation. We found our way to the top floor and admired the courtyard below, with white and block colour design – it certainly has a striking look.

We were in room 423, a basic but comfortable bedroom dominated by the large bed. The rooms are simply designed with vintage features adding character, such as decorative lamps and colourful artwork on the walls. The tiny en suite had everything we needed – a bath/shower, toiletries and other practical amenities. In the room we had complimentary wireless wifi, free national calls, flat-screen TV with movies (at no extra cost) and a coffee machine.

Downstairs there is a collection of vibrant photographs depicting seedy motel scenes, these prints add a tongue-in-cheek charm to the reception area, and emphasised the retro vibe. In the adjoining cafe, Container Coffee, we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast each morning. Yoghurt with fruit and granola was the perfect healthy sustenance before a day of sightseeing, and I particularly liked the Matchstick coffee from the local roasters which is served here.

Hotel guests are lucky enough to have the Burrard Brooklyn Cruiser bikes at their disposal during their stay. We made full use of this added bonus and spent two days cycling around the city – it was a lovely way to get to know our surroundings.

The Burrard staff are friendly and helpful, assisting with your trip in any way they can. We found the hotel to be a comfortable and fun place to start our holiday in Canada.

More information and book a room at The Burrard here.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 261

Dosa at Egg sounds more like an Indian breakfast dish than a pop-up shop in Knightsbridge. Egg is a beautiful boutique that is usually known for its discreet white exterior and muted simple clothing. The Dosa pop-up at Egg is a blast of brightness, a collaboration of two artists (Christina Kim and Sam Schonzeit) and everything is pink. Needless to say this made me extremely happy.

The Dosa summer 15 collection is named ‘untitled pink field’ and is lively and high spirited. A beautiful collection of lightweight, floaty garments that showcase a range of rose hues. Smock dresses and billowing shirts make for the perfect summer wardrobe. The clothing collection is displayed on minimalist industrial rails in front of a wall installation inspired by the lotus pink sunsets of Myanmar and the pink-robed Buddhist nuns of Bagan. It is a patchwork collage of neon pink and white postcards, which are also available to buy individually.

In true Egg style there are cherries and cupcakes (all pink of course) for shoppers to pick at and pretty peonies adorning the entrance. It is a gloriously celebration of the colour pink and an immersive experience for fashion and design enthusiasts.

37 Kinnerton Street London

Exhibition open
5th June – 25th June
10am – 6pm
Monday  – Saturday