Cedarbrook Lodge is just a five-minute drive from SeaTac airport but you’ll feel like you’re in the wilderness. The hotel is set on 11 acres of greenspace surrounded by an additional seven acres of wetlands. Its 167 guest rooms are spread over three low-rise buildings looking out over vast lawns, flowering trees, gardens, and the treed wetland separating the hotel from SeaTac. There are several walking paths plus places to lounge outside surrounding fireplaces.
Our room had a balcony just above the chef’s gardens. The desk area was big enough for one of us to work with space to spare for a delicious room-service delivery of cheeses and charcuterie. I relaxed in the easy chair with my ipad, admiring the original artwork and trying hard not to turn on the 42” HDTV. After a full-day of activities in the marvelous Seattle Southside neighbourhood, I was happy to climb into the comfortable king-size bed with a buckwheat pillow chosen from the pillow menu. My sleep was fantastic.
Unlike at many hotels, there was plenty of room for two in the bathroom. I loved the travel-inspired Natüra amenities marked Roam, the big bathroom counter, well-lit mirror, and the glass-walled walk-in shower. The tiny light on the shaver outlet was a nice nightlight for a late-night bathroom visit without being blinded by the overhead lights.
Though an extensive room service menu is available, don’t miss dinner at the Copperleaf. Be sure, though, to save room for an ice cream snack later from the Living Room. Each of Cedarbrook’s three residential buildings has a fireplaced Living Room, filled with couches, easy chairs, books, a TV, a fridge to store your perishables, and lots of complimentary snacks.
Also included in room rates is a large breakfast buffet featuring several local products including charcuterie from Armandino Batali’s Salumi (yes, his son is chef Mario Batali), eggs from Mad Hatcher, milk from Springbrook Farms, and the hotel’s own honey.
Onsite at Cedarbrook Lodge are a large light-filled gym, equipment for lawn games, and an outdoor hot tub. The large spa has a full range of services plus a relaxation room with fireplace, a patio area, and a sophisticated room for pedicures that might even convince the men to indulge.
Cedarbrook is the ideal place to hold meetings and retreats for eight to 300 guests. They have 23,000 square feet of conference space. Most of their 13 private meeting rooms have huge windows and look out onto the tree-filled grounds. The auditorium has all the desired tech including individual laptop ports and Dolby-Digital Surround EX sound. The business centre is open 24/7 and has the capacity to not only print documents but to shred them too.
Pets are welcome in some rooms for a $50 surcharge, and there’s even a room service menu for dogs featuring meatloaf, baked salmon, lamb, and chicken.