Best hotels and hostels in Seattle

  • Top ChoiceLodging in U District

    University Inn

    This spotless, modern, well-located place is good – especially when you factor in the waffles served with the complimentary breakfast. The hotel is four blocks from campus and just three from the bustle of 'the Ave.' The 102 rooms come in three levels of plushness. All of them offer such basics as a coffee maker, hair dryer and wi-fi; some have balconies, sofas and Bluetooth docking stations.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Palihotel

    The rare new hotel that isn't a utilitarian business tower, Palihotel is an understated boutique (part of a small, but expanding, chain) whose early-20th-century 'forest green walls and overstuffed leather chairs' aesthetic is as chic as it is cozy. Although the theme is antique, the building's remodel ensures 21st-century luxuries like air-conditioning and rain showers.

  • Lodging in U District

    Graduate Seattle

    This new kid on the block brings hip sophistication to the U District's hotel scene. Eclectic furniture and walls full of framed photographs almost make this place feel more like a passed-down vacation home than a new hotel, but then amenities such as the 24-hour gym and incredible rooftop bar bring it all back into focus.

  • Lodging in Belltown & Seattle Center

    Palladian Hotel

    Run by the Kimpton Group as an upscale boutique hotel, the Palladian’s vintage neoclassical facade lives up to its name. The interior decor is more whimsical. The biggest eye-catchers are the portraits of cultural icons – Bill Gates and Jimi Hendrix among them – depicted in imperial garb on the walls (they’re also reproduced on pillowcases).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Belltown & Seattle Center

    Edgewater

    Fame and notoriety have stalked the Edgewater. Perched over the water on a pier, it was once the hotel of choice for every rock band that mattered, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and, most infamously, Led Zeppelin, who took the 'you can fish from the hotel window' advertising jingle a little too seriously and filled their suite with sharks.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Fairmont Olympic Hotel

    With 450 rooms and every imaginable service, this place is certainly a splurge, but it’s worth exploring even if you don’t stay here – have an oyster at Shuckers, the oak-paneled hotel bar, or pose like royalty on the Versailles-worthy main staircase.

  • Lodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Alexis Hotel

    Run by the Kimpton Hotel group, the Alexis is a boutique hotel that is positively lavish, with huge rooms, thick carpets, gleaming bathrooms and some luxury extras – a steam room and fitness center, for instance. The hotel’s pet-friendly moniker is taken seriously; visiting dogs get bowls of distilled water on arrival.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ballard & Discovery Park

    Hotel Ballard

    Ballard's glittering designer hotel, which opened in May 2013, exemplifies the neighborhood’s upward rise. The seduction begins outside: Hotel Ballard has a lovely street profile, with its wrought-iron balconies blending in with the redbrick edifices of yore. Inside, it’s even more opulent (upholstered headboards, funky chandeliers, super-streamlined bathtubs), but stays faithful to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian heritage with Nordic murals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Georgetown & West Seattle

    Gatewood B&B

    Ease into a totally cozy getaway in this beautifully restored home on Seattle's leafy outer edges. Each room is different, but they all have early-20th-century craftsman touches (think tasteful wood paneling and black and white tile bathrooms), comfy beds and luxurious linens and toiletries. Guests also rave about the personable staff.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Capitol Hill & First Hill

    Bacon Mansion B&B

    A 1909 Tudor-style mansion whose imposing exterior belies the quirky charm of its friendly hosts, this four-level B&B on a quiet residential street just past the Capitol Hill action is one of the best in the area. Among its charming amenities are a pleasant garden and a grand piano in the main room that guests are invited to play.

  • Lodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Arctic Club

    This plush hotel is housed in a downtown building renowned for its carved walrus heads, the former home of an association for 1897 Klondike gold-rush vets. Currently under the ownership of Doubletree hotels, it has been upgraded to lure in equally rich contemporary clients with a wood-paneled private-club feel not far removed from its original incarnation.

  • Lodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Hotel 1000

    If you love the clean lines and simple elegance of IKEA, but you happen to have just won the lottery, you might design a hotel like this. Leather-clad egg chairs cuddle around a concrete-and-steel tube fireplace in the lounge; rooms have bedside tables made of chrome and wood, and bathrooms have granite counters and freestanding tubs that fill from the ceiling.

  • Lodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

    You can expect swish, five-star luxury from the Four Seasons with exemplary beyond-the-call-of-duty service to go with it; indeed, the personal touches are more akin to an intimate B&B than a 147-room hotel. The look is contemporary Northwest and is complemented by the setting – downtown and close to the water.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Belltown & Seattle Center

    Hotel Max

    It's tough to get any hipper than a hotel that has a whole floor dedicated to Seattle's indie Sub Pop record label (that unleashed Nirvana on an unsuspecting world). The 5th floor pays homage to the music with giant grunge-era photos and record players with vinyls in every room. The art theme continues throughout the hotel (there's a Warhol in the lobby).

  • Lodging in Queen Anne & Lake Union

    Moxy

    A chain (or rather, a Marriott-branded property) with enough goofy charm to take the corporate edge off, Moxy is a relatively new hotel in the South Lake Union area, opened to cater to the neighborhood's booming tech industry. The lobby is a fantasia of PNW design, and the rooms have both pleasant cleanliness and quirky amenities in droves.

  • Lodging in U District

    Watertown Hotel

    Easy to miss because it looks like one of those crisp new modern apartment buildings, the Watertown has an arty-industrial feel. Bare concrete and high ceilings in the lobby make it seem stark and museum-like, but that translates to spacious and warmly furnished rooms with giant beds and huge windows.

  • Lodging in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Hyatt at Olive 8

    Encased in a sleek 39-story tower, the Olive 8 is managed by the Hyatt chain and is best described as swish, ultramodern and, above all, green (it was the first LEED-certified hotel in Seattle). The hotel shares the tower with residential apartments, an arrangement that has its advantages – the on-site fitness club is huge and there’s a good lap pool.

  • Lodging in Belltown & Seattle Center

    Hotel Ändra

    It's in Belltown (so it's trendy) and it's Scandinavian-influenced (so it has lashings of minimalist style), plus the Ändra's fine location is complemented by attractive woody decor, subtle color accents, well-stocked bookcases, fluffy bathrobes, Egyptian-cotton bed linen and a complimentary shoe-shine. The Lola restaurant next door handles room service. Say no more.

  • Lodging in Belltown & Seattle Center

    Hotel Five

    This trendy hotel mixes retro '70s furniture with sharp color accents to produce something dazzlingly modern. The ultra-comfortable beds are a valid cure for insomnia, while the large reception area invites lingering, especially when complimentary cupcakes and coffee are on offer in the late afternoon.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Queen Anne & Lake Union

    Maxwell Hotel

    Located in Lower Queen Anne, the Maxwell has a huge designer-chic lobby with a floor mosaic and colorful furnishings that welcomes you with aplomb. Upstairs the slickness continues in 139 gorgeously modern rooms with hardwood floors and Scandinavian bedding. There’s a small pool, a gym, free bike rentals and complimentary cupcakes.