We’re big fans of the Graduate Hotel approach to hospitality. Located in dynamic university-anchored towns across the country, each hand-crafted hotel pays homage to the heritage of its unique town through cultural nods to the local community. There’s Berkeley, which features cheeky bedside lamps, and Lincoln’s iconic wallpaper. The most recent property has landed in one of our favorite cities: Seattle!

The Graduate Hotel Seattle is located in a historic art deco building right in the heart of the University District. It’s a 16-story, 154-room property with two on-site dining spots: Poindexter Coffee, a café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and the Mountaineering Club, a rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views.

“Our inspiration in developing Graduate Seattle was the city’s lush landscape and the historic art deco building,” says Senada Hajric, General Manager of Graduate Seattle. The lobby features 18-foot purple plaid sofas, a cozy fireplace, and a two-story wall installation of vintage amps and speakers. (So Seattle!) There are tons of purple accents throughout the hotel, a nod to UW’s colors. Guest rooms are a little crabby — literally! — with custom Dungeness crab wallpaper as a nod to Puget Sound.

Guests and locals alike will enjoy a visit to this U District hotspot. Might we suggest heading to the roof? You’ll enjoy views of Mount Rainier and the Space Needle while dining on local favorites like scallop crudo with grape, basil and Serrano chile; raw oysters. (Or, do as we do and grab a bottle of wine and snack on a campsite-inspired spread of prosciutto, pimento cheese, pickles and toast.)

Take a tour of the hotel in the slideshow, and then check out Graduate’s other locations here.