Pleasing as it is, Seattle's skyline lacks the sense of scale that the world's biggest cities offer: that feeling that you're surrounded, from earth to

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Best Place to Feel Like You're in Midtown Manhattan

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Pleasing as it is, Seattle's skyline lacks the sense of scale that the world's biggest cities offer: that feeling that you're surrounded, from earth to sky, by human life and engineering. For a fleeting weekend, however, I felt like that in Seattle. I was staying in a high-up room at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for a getaway jaunt with my husband. It was winter, and from our window we could see snow falling on all the lofty rooftops that congregate in that part of downtown. Far below, we saw people bustling off to restaurants or the theater. We looked down from an even higher perch while swimming in the 35th-floor pool at the very top of the hotel. Then we dove down into the street and went off to the theater and a restaurant ourselves, all within a three-block radius of our hotel. Afterward, we found a nearby place for a late-night drink with no problem, and when we left to turn in, there were still plenty of people partying amid the high-rises.—Nina Shapiro

 
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