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Mayflower Park Hotel, Seattle,Washington

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The Mayflower Park Hotel was born on July 16, 1927 and has been in continuous operation ever since One of Seattle's first "uptown" hotels, it was designed by architect B. Dudley Stuart, took six months to build and cost $750,000. The hotel had 240 rooms and according to the Seattle Daily Times of July 15, 1927,boasted "all with baths." The lobby was decorated with deeply napped oriental carpets, palm trees, mirrors, brass, iron fixtures and a fountain filled with goldfish.

I was a guest at the Mayflower Park Hotel recently and things looked a bit different. There was an airy feel of lightness to the lobby now, done up in warm beige. There are no longer any palms but there are other green accents and the most beautiful fresh flower arrangements. No oriental rugs either, but instead a pretty apricot-colored area rug in the center of the room.

Through the years the hotel has been refurbished and upgraded time and again while keeping the old world charm of yesteryear. Happily the restorations have retained the ambiance of a classic European hotel. Crystal chandeliers, lofty ceilings, and stained glass windows all contribute to the feeling of old world charm. Lobby antiques and a cozy mezzanine with a fireplace and grand piano create a welcoming ambiance. The hotel is a proud member of The National Trust, Historic Hotels of America. For the last 40 years, the hotel has been independently owned and operated by current owners Marie and Birney Dempcy and partners.

I had a very tight, hectic schedule while I was in Seattle and it was such a delight to come back from meetings each day and find rest and repose in this wonderful property.

While in Seattle, be sure to visit the nearby Seattle Art Museum. On view now:Miro - The Experience of Seeing, through May 26, and William Cordova's "Machu Picchu after Dark through May 11.

However, you must be aware that NYC has its own Grand Dames. The Pierre Hotel has been known as The Toast of New York for nearly a century, 2 E. 61Street (212)838-8000 and the Plaza Hotel is another Grand Dame at 768 Fifth Avenue (212) 759-3000.

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