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Business/Location: Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House
Address: 607 S Main St
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98104
Phone: 206-515-4000

Posted by:  Karen Watson
Photo:  Karen Watson
   Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House
Once humble and somewhat forgotten, the Panama Hotel has now been immortalized in prose as the setting for the bestselling novel "The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." Tucked away in a cozy corner of the International District, this national historic landmark really is like a living history lesson and simply sighs nostalgia. The preserved original wood floors cast a warm buttery glow about the place, and countless black and white photos transport you back to Seattle’s infancy. You really won't be able to resist the temptation to spend hours in the first floor coffee house pouring over a good read while nursing a green tea latte on a soggy day. Originally built by the first Japanese architect in Seattle, it still houses the only authentic Japanese bath house in the States. Although the baths are no longer in use, the rest of the hotel is still functioning and open for guests. If you can handle the European style of shared bathrooms on each floor, the Panama is a fantastic budget friendly choice in the downtown corridor. The staff is just as eclectic and unusual as the place itself, easily inspiring several of the book's characters, and readily entertains with stories and smiles.

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