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HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE.


HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

Rose and I are still on a giddy wine buzz after staying at Seattle’s glorious downtown Hotel Vintage Park! My friends have been gushing about Kimpton boutique and luxury hotels, so we were keen to stay in a Seattle one. Vintage Park suited our aesthetic perfectly: red rum decor, eco and pet friendly rooms, free wine tastings in the fireplace-lit lobby.

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royals — and even got upgraded to a queen suite. The staff genuinely enjoyed meeting guests and sharing their favorite spots in Seattle. (For those who requested it, here’s a close-up of Rose’s handmade fox hat. She only works with vintage furs.)

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

As a travel TV host and writer, I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels. The tiniest details can transform a stay. Plenty of mirrors and proper lighting for makeup — check. Ridiculously comfortable beds — check.

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

I was so happy that Hotel Vintage Park had wireless internet; how else could I Twitter and Skype with Sebastiano? Each room is named after a Washington winery that donates art for the room (so that each has an individual look) and officiates wine tastings.

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

The intricately folded toilet paper made us giggle. And I was pleased because the shower had several pulse settings (yes, these things matter!)

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

Kimpton hotels are legendary for their playful personality. Just look at the animal-print robes, which match our leopard prints.

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

My butterflies are flitting into Rose’s mouth. What’s that on our fingers? Introducing… the Super Exclusive Spooky Friendship Club Rings! I have a few more to give out. Who else on this blog do you think deserves a spider?

free wine seattle, HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

We adore the Hotel Vintage Park concierge, Louis (who immediately added me on Twitter and recommended a burlesque carnival night). He sent up a basket of rose wine, chocolate chip cookies, truffles, and a DVD about Washington winemakers. I wished I had brought Basil Farrow along to make furry friends…

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

That afternoon, Phil of Naches Heights Vineyard held a wine tasting. It was a pleasure to chat with the other guests, and I was fascinated to learn about the wine-maker’s biodynamic growing principles.

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

You can see more photos of our Japanese Punk leopard-print outfits in this post (all the brands are listed).

HOTEL VINTAGE PARK SEATTLE: KIMPTON LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS. downtown seattle hotels, near pike place market, WINE TASTINGS, ECO & PET-FRIENDLY, BEST SERVICE. 4 star affordable rooms, hotels in seattle washington, hippest coolest hotel interiors, HARAJUKU PUNK LEOPARD FASHION. LISTEN FLAVOR CAT SWEATER, ANIMAL PRINT LEGGINGS. BIG EYES JAPANESE MAKEUP TECHNIQUES. Cute jpop girls, gyaru, japan gal fashion, harajuku girls, custom hat, emily temple cute, alice and the pirates, shiny black ankle boots

Rose and I can’t wait to return and say hello to Louis! Boutique hotels have much more flair and individual service than the same-old Sheraton or Marriott. If you’re stopping in Seattle, we encourage you to check out Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage Park. (Rooms start at $145 a night; we were hosted as media for our stay.)

What do you look for in a hotel? Which ones are your favorites?

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48 Comments

  1. Andie
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard only excellent things about Hotel Vintage Park. -Andie

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      It’s wonderful. You’d love it!! Next time we can have a wine party there!

  2. Andrea
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Oh I’m jealous, it looks amazing ^^

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      We met so many good people during our short stay!

  3. Aki
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    *w* nice *o*

  4. Petal
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    OMG love Roses pink fox hat… How do I get me one?

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi dear, Rose makes these hats and bags! You can contact her via facebook, Rose Schwarz, or pandasnacks.com

      • Petal
        Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

        Thanx La Carmina xxx

      • Petal
        Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

        Thanx La Carmina xxx

  5. Celine
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    HEY, just wanna say your style is… AWESOME, i really like it. – peace.(:

  6. Elizabeth
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    i love it. i want to stay there too and party with you!!

  7. Louise
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I’m not fond of real fur, but it does look cool. I think it would look better in fake fur, but that’s her choice not mine :)

  8. Glitch
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Looks like they had robes to match your look. Here’s to goth wine tasting. Cheers. *clink* :)
    Such a posh hotel. The nicest one I’ve stayed in was the crowne plaza in san jose. The nicest I’ve merely set foot in was the Fairmont hotel. So big and elegant that it looks like the stage for fighting a final boss. 0_0

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Hotels are fun when they feel like home, and this one truly did!

  9. sara (iomoo)
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    i loooooooooooooove the hats! :D

  10. Kylie
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Kylie scrawled that hotel looks awesome! (the sad part is that i live near seattle and i’ve never heard of it before!)

  11. Kat
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    wow how cool.!!

  12. James
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    i love the decorations.

  13. Ana
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Cool

  14. Courtney
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    ooo love them <3

  15. Kuujiryo
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    The fox hat is so cute!

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      I’ll post more photos of Rose’s unique designs soon!

  16. Glen
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    I bet that poor fox is crying in Fox Heaven – “They turned me into a pink girly hat….”

  17. Sarah
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Serious hat lust. <3

  18. Anonymous
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    OMG I love both of your outfits!!! @_@ I want to stay in one of those hotels… and I want the furry hat too!!! T_T

  19. Memo Juez
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Starting at $145 for a luxury hotel in Seattle is an exceptional price!

    You know you are a geek when you immediately stare a computer screen and think, “Ah, she’s using the ‘new’ Twitter layout” before looking at anything else in the picture.

    I think a lot of your dedicate followers your blog deserve a super exclusive spooky club spider ring! There are so many good luck figuring out which ones :-)

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      I loved this hotel, I want to go back! And I was tweeting great things about it haha

  20. Shul
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your stay in Seattle! I’ll be going there next spring for the first time to see exist†trace.

    I have a question, sorry for posting it here because it’s not relative to your blog, but I couldn’t find one that had what I’m looking for. I’ll be visiting Tokyo for Christmas and my roommate adores the Japanese band Boris, they are a ‘noise’ genre and from what I understand not as popular in Japan as they are in the noise scene here… but I was hoping to find vintage CDs or even vinyls of their music as a christmas gift while I was there. Are there any stores that sell vinyls and CDs that you can think of that I should look out for?

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Wahhh at Sakura Con? Ohh I should try to go, if I’m around (my travel schedule is insane, so I can never plan ahead…)

      YES, you should check out the Visual Kei / Jrock / alt stores in Tokyo. There are many in Shinjuku, outside the West Exit. Also there are used cds at Closet Child Mens and Ikebukuro. And there are new CDs on the top floor of Marui One. More info, photos and addresses are in my shop guide: http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2009/04/tokyo-gothic-lolita-shopping-guide-sweet-and-goth-harajuku-stores-where-to-buy-clothes-in-japan/

      • Shul
        Posted December 1, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

        Yes! They’re releasing their albums in America, selling in Hot Topics starting this month I believe. Very exciting.

        Thank you for the link and maps! I will look for the stores while I’m there trying not to get lost heh ^^;

  21. Shadowpal2
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    THE best hotel I stayed in would have to be a capsule hotel near that one station in Hokkaido in Japan.

    …lol, no but in all seriousness I’m a fairly flexible guy. Now some things I wouldn’t be able to stand was if I open the shower curtains and see bits of hair stuck in the drain. Let’s not talk about cockroaches either. – But unfortunately I did experience this kind of thing for 1 night… – NYC. Later on though I ended up moving to I think Marriott in Manhattan and that was quite nice.

    The hotel you guys were staying it as is actually quite nice I must say. But better yet – you had excellent service which is good.

    I guess the best most recent hotel I’ve stayed in would have to be the Marina Bay Sands back in Singapore. It’s quite expensive though…roughly $300 a night for the cheapest room, that’s just 1 bed. But I remember scrolling through their choice of rooms back then and seeing some DAMN luxurious rooms haha…I honestly think it was a bit too much. I mean Presidential Suite and Chairman Suite lol – oh boy you need to bring a load of friends if you want to have fun and well…share the cost of it.

    But overall the room I stayed in was quite nice, you end up getting a nice view usually – either ocean side or at the glimmering central business district. In case if you’re the audacious type – they have a casino. They have a club as well and a sort of “park” on top of the hotel called Skypark. It’s gorgeous up there – but honestly I didn’t spend that much time there as I did actually exploring the whole country (island).

    It’s NEAT that you got leopard designed bathrobes there – considering you usually get a white bathrobe.

    Do they have chocolate mints in hotel rooms anymore – I remember back in my childhood that was one of the things I looked forward to when entering a hotel room haha.

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Hahah I just worked on a TV shoot where we filmed in a Tokyo capsule hotel. Usually women aren’t allowed in, so it was a treat to be able to see one in person. We took some awesome photos.

      Hmm I haven’t seen chocolate mints in hotel rooms for some time…

  22. Michelle
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    this outfit looks really good. good coordinate & a good match with your current hair color~

  23. Teknicolor Dahlia
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Those robes are reason enough for me to stay. Its a little pricey for a traveler on a budget, but if I ever take a trip to Seattle I *have* to at least try to stay there.

    Not to mention I can bring along my kitty! Oh won’t my boyfriend be excited XD

  24. boredcow
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    seems like a nice hotel! i love your outfit, really digging that meow shirt ^^ the blue compliments your hair color nicely!

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I should get you a Meow shirt the next time I’m in Tokyo! (And one for Tommy too.)

  25. the fashion turd
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    foxy hat…oh dear bad joke…. but it’s nice to see a fashion blog that isnt just a collection of vintage clothes pics!….will be following

    http://www.thefashionturd.blogspot.com

  26. Jade
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    What a marvelous hat :D
    I love it!!

  27. SiouxsieL
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Looks like a great hotel. I just stayed at the Palomar in DC (also a Kimpton). It had a fireplace and free wine. Had a great experience.

  28. Ssee
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    adorable!

  29. Magnales
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I don’t look much in a hotel. To me, I visit a city. Not a hotel. I’m happy if a hotel has a nice bed, hot shower and a mirror. Everything else that comes with the hotel is welcome, but I don’t need much more.

  30. jacks1589
    Posted December 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    great post thanks to share, i like this place very much

  31. Compra coletiva de hoteis
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Hotel Vintage Park is really looking just incredible place for getting higher fun and enjoyment. And the existing hotel features are really looking just awesome. And it’s really looking one of the best Eco-freindly and pet friendly hotel. Thanks for sharing some great exceptional place.

  32. Anonymous
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

     I’m not fond of real fur, but it does look cool. I think it would look better in fake fur, but that’s her choice not mine Pattaya Hotels

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