Cedarbrook Lodge, 18525 36th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, is close enough to the SeaTac Airport to provide a complimentary shuttle. However, ten minutes after boarding the van, you deboard to fragrant woodlands and enter a lobby that’s worlds away from travel hassles. Everything here at this upscale lodge is arranged for comfort and tranquility.
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Sure, there are guestrooms (169 of them), but the lodge also has Living Rooms. Three serene community spaces named for local tree species — Spruce, Dogwood, and Alder — are inviting places for relaxing, working, or visiting. Catch up on your emails, watch television, or play a board game with colleagues or family. Debrief after that all-day workshop.
Available 24/7, the Living Rooms are stocked with complimentary snacks (do try the signature Cedarbrook Malt Balls and the Snoqualmie Ice Cream).
If you’d rather work out than relax, a fitness room provides the usual equipment. You also can take to the walking paths around the property and enjoy the Pacific Northwest.
There’s a spa, but I was there for just one night, so I didn’t have time even to look at the expansive spa menu with special seasonal offerings (I see now that in the fall there’s a cranberry pomegranate pedicure. Wow.) The spa is not just for lodge guests: it’s also a day spa. The thought occurs: next time I have a long layover at SeaTac, I could schedule an appointment for their signature CBD Massage Enhancement, shuttling back and forth.
It really was easy for me to get to Cedarbrook Lodge from SeaTac Airport. There’s complimentary shuttle service from two locations at the airport. From the lodge, there’s also complimentary transit via the shuttle van to and from Seattle Link Light Rail and the Amtrak platform in nearby Tukwila, Seattle Southside.
Guestrooms at Cedarbrook Lodge are spare, neutral spaces: lots of natural brown wood, soft grays, and white. Next to the wide wood-framed windows that let in beautiful, leafy sunlight is a comfortable upholstered chair and footstool with an adjacent reading light.
The expansive desk is wide enough for ample workspace as well as a coffee maker. The ergonomic chair is a comfortable place to sit and catch up with work on your laptop. Of course, WiFi is free and fast.
Amenities in the all-white bathroom were a brand I’d not heard of before — ROAM — but I loved the shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and bar soap, which had little “bumps” to provide a mini massage in the shower.
There was a hair dryer, of course, but also (my favorite addition) a makeup mirror. The glass shower stall had an adjustable shower head. In the closet: a cozy bathrobe.
The Copperleaf Restaurant was something else I didn’t have time to enjoy, but I wish I’d been there at dinner time for one of their “fork to phenomenal” offerings such as the Gleason Ranch Grass-Fed Bacon Cheeseburger, topped with sharp gruyère cheese, pickled onion, “dijonaise”, and tomato jam (no plebeian catsup here!).
Spaces (up to 21,000 square feet) for conferences, dinners, wedding receptions, and other gatherings are available both indoors and outdoors.
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Cedarbrook Lodge is a partner of Stash Hotel Rewards (although it charges for parking, there is no resort fee).
(Review and photos by Susan McKee, who was a guest of the hotel).