Prior to a couple of weeks ago, the last time I visited Escala was early 2009 so I was curious to see how the project has come along now that people are starting to move in and all the construction equipment is nowhere to be seen. Here are some thoughts from my most recent visit earlier this month.
The lobby is the grandest that I've ever seen in Seattle, perhaps even including the residential sections of the hotel/condo combos. It competes easily with some of the five star hotels like Four Seasons. The long stairway leading up the Club Cielo was accented with gorgeous Koa wood. The owner's lounge was beautifully designed and filled with handmade furniture, carpets, and curtains. This fine accoutrement was put together by the oh so fancy folks at Masins in case you want to deck your halls with the same.
I toured the spa, exercise room, cozy wine cave, lounge, and restaurants. Say what you will about Escala's prices (which I agree are overdue for reconciliation with the current market conditions), but the totality and quality of the amenities are truly impressive (even to someone who tours condos daily). Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to take any pictures but the building will be available for public tours during the months of February-March (Luxe Life Tour) so you can see for yourself that this ain't your typical Seattle condo.