The Edgewater (formerly the Edgewater Inn and, briefly when first constructed, the Camelot) is a four-story, 223-room hotel in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is located on the Central Waterfront on a pier over Elliott Bay (a bay of Puget Sound) and is the only over-water, and water-front hotel in the Seattle area. Shortly after it was built, shoreline zoning changes precluded the construction of further hotels on piers. In its early years, the hotel advertised on its north elevation that you could "fish from your room."
The hotel is particularly famous for hosting The Beatles when they visited Seattle in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. Because of the Beatles' connection to the hotel, there is a Beatles-themed suite and the hotel has hosted several Beatles-related events and tributes in recent years. Other famous guests have included Led Zeppelin (who were banned from the hotel after their second infamous stay there; see Shark episode), the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, and U.S. president Bill Clinton. However, Robert Plant was welcomed back to the hotel during his recent concert in Seattle. The Edgewater is also a filming location in the 1992 season 3 episode "It Happened in Juneau" of Northern Exposure.
The hotel sits on the site of the onetime Galbraith-Bacon Pier, renamed Pier 67 during World War II. It also incorporates part of the area of the former Pier 68 (the Booth Fisheries Pier). Both old piers were demolished to build the hotel. The hotel was originally intended to open in time for the Century 21 Exposition, Seattle's 1962 world's fair. Originally named the Camelot, it soon became the Edgewater Inn (more recently, just The Edgewater).
The Edgewater sits partly on state-owned land. A lease from the state was renewed in 1988 and is good through 2018. As of 2008, it pays the state a rent of $330,000 a year or 3 percent of the hotel's gross receipts, whichever is greater. The lease requires the hotel owners to spend a minimum of $2 million on maintenance and refurbishing every five years.
The original architects were John Graham & Co. There have been two significant remodels: one in 1969 by James Barrington (Arcadia, California) and another in 1990 by Seattle's Callison Partnership.
The Edgewater is owned by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, whose 14 hotels (as of 2006) also include the Hotel Deca (formerly Edmond Meany Hotel, University Tower Hotel) in Seattle's University District.
- Elenga, Maureen R. (2007), Seattle Architecture, Seattle: Seattle Architecture Foundation, ISBN 978-0-615-14129-9
- Elenga 2007, p. 180
- Patrick MacDonald, Two Zeppelin tributes to tide you over till fall, Seattle Times,February 17, 2008. Accessed online 29 October 2008.
- Lily Eng, John, Paul, Ringo, George - And Dave -- Beatles Display A Ticket To Ride Into Band's Era -- Fans Share Memories And Memorabilia, Seattle Times, December 13, 1993. Accessed online 30 October 2008.
- Mark Yuasa, Outdoors notes: Fishing for a Yellow Submarine, Seattle Times, June 10, 2004. Accessed online 30 October 2008.
- 'Northern Exposure' Episode Based in Juneau - Sort of, Associated Press, May 1, 1992 (retrieved from AP News Archive, April 8, 2013)
- Summary for 2411 Alaskan WAY / Parcel ID 7666202317, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Accessed online 28 October 2008. This is the source of the name "Camelot".
- Jim Erickson, 230-room Edgewater Inn is sold; Owners will spend $2 million on hotel, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 1, 1988. Accessed online 30 October 2008.
- Jeff Meisner, University Tower given new identity: Hotel Deca, Puget Sound Business Journal, June 2, 2006. Accessed online 29 October 2008
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