Downtown destination perfects the ART of hospitality

Served by one of Seattle's best sushi joints, the boutique Hotel Max may seem attractive for its loads of headroom, but don't forget that entire place is littered with sweet art and portraiture.The artiness starts in the entrance, though checking in can be a bit of a, um... blur?In total there're over 350 original paintings and photos strewn about the inky black lobby, guest rooms and corridors.Once you check in, head upstairs to get checked out by the door to your room.What the "Queen of Art" rooms lack in space they make up for in amenities including super-high thread counts, a pillow menu, and aveda bath stuff.The lobby's free gumballs are awesome, but don't ruin your appetite for......Asian eats and steaks at next-door Red Fin.Or you can wander off in search of nearby dining/shopping options confident the neon sign will guide you back.