In 1964, the Beatles arrived in Seattle on Aug. 21 to play the Seattle Coliseum. Most hotels wouldn't house the moptops because they couldn't protect them from their ever-present hysterial fans, but the Edgewater Hotel did.
Half a century on, the waterfront hotel marks its moment in the Bealemania spotlight with a Fab Four World Tour package for anyone who wants to relive the Beatles era.
"Beatlemania so consumed Seattle that the Edgewater had to install cyclone fencing around the hotel to keep the screaming fans at bay," the hotel's website says. "Some fans even tried swimming across Elliott Bay to reach the Fab Four."
The package starts with a night in the Beatles Suite, a 750-square-foot space in the refurbished Room 272 where they stayed. It has panoramic views of the bay, a living room, a dining area, a library and an in-room photo gallery of the group. Pictures include images of the lads fishing from the window of the room.
Package extras include a $20
After they played that 1964 concert, the Beatles returned to the hotel by ambulance to duck the crowds. The hotel's then-PR person, Marty Murphy, told Examiner.com that there were guards at every door of the Edgewater so no one could sneak in and get to the band.
And when the lads were antsy for something to do at 2:30 in the morning, there was only one place to take them: the city's newish Space Needle.
"To get there, they had to sneak out disguised, to Marty's car, a '57 Chevy, and crouch down on the floor in the back, and they laughed all the way," the story said.