Must-see hotels in Seattle

  • University Inn

    Seattle

    This spotless, modern, well-located place is good – especially when you factor in the waffles served with the complimentary breakfast. The hotel is four…

  • Palihotel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Edgewater

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    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,…

  • Fairmont Olympic Hotel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Hotel Ballard

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    Ballard's glittering designer hotel, which opened in May 2013, exemplifies the neighborhood’s upward rise. The seduction begins outside: Hotel Ballard has…

  • Gatewood B&B

    Seattle

    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…

  • Bacon Mansion B&B

    Seattle

    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…

  • Hotel Max

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    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…

  • Maxwell Hotel

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    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…

  • Hotel Monaco

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Whimsical and with dashes of European elegance, the downtown Monaco is a classic Kimpton hotel whose rooms live up to the hints given off in the…

  • Graduate Seattle

    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…

  • Palladian Hotel

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    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…

  • Alexis Hotel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Arctic Club

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Hotel 1000

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Moxy

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    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…

  • Watertown Hotel

    Seattle

    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…

  • Hyatt at Olive 8

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    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…

  • Hotel Ändra

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    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…

  • Hotel Five

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    This trendy hotel mixes retro '70s furniture with sharp color accents to produce something dazzlingly modern. The ultra-comfortable beds are a valid cure…

  • Ace Hotel

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    The original locale of the highly stylized Ace Hotel chain, this place sports nouveau-industrial decor, sliding-barn-door bathrooms and Pendleton wool…

  • Thompson Seattle

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    The Thompson Hotel has been a hot spot among tourists and locals alike since it opened early in the summer of 2016. Designed by the famed local Olson…

  • 11th Avenue Inn

    Seattle

    Formerly a boarding house and a dance studio, this 1906 home has been a B&B since 2003. Its facade is not the grandest of Seattle's B&Bs, but you know…

  • Sorrento Hotel

    Seattle

    William Howard Taft, 27th US president, was the first registered guest at the Sorrento, an imposing Italianate hotel known since its birth in 1909 as the…

  • Hotel Hotel Hostel

    Seattle

    Fremont's only real hotel is a good one, encased in a venerable old building replete with exposed brick and chunky radiators. In true Fremont fashion,…

  • Green Tortoise Hostel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Seattle's backpacker central – and what a location right across the street from Pike Place Market! Green Tortoise Hostel got its start in the ’70s and…

  • Holiday Inn Seattle Downtown

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    Balancing out the benefits of quality versus price in the clutch of chain hotels around the Space Needle, this dependable Holiday Inn might just come out…

  • Renaissance Seattle Hotel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    With 552 rooms set in a 28-floor tower, this gigantic hotel (Marriott chain) has a boutique-like sheen with a relaxing lobby lounge, sparkling modern…

  • Inn at El Gaucho

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    In 17 suites decorated '50s-style, above the type of anachronistic steakhouse, the Inn at El Gaucho offers a particularly oversized, swaggering American…

  • City Hostel Seattle

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    This well-located, boutique 'art hostel' has colorful murals painted by local artists splashed on the walls of every room. There's also a common room, hot…

  • Marriott Residence Inn

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    A convenient place to settle in for a lengthier stay, the Residence Inn has work-friendly studio suites and family size two-room suites, all with kitchens…

  • Ballard Inn

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    This small, intimate hotel with a European feel (the Scandinavian influence?) offers a far cheaper alternative to the nearby Hotel Ballard. The building,…

  • Silver Cloud Inn Lake Union

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    Silver Cloud is a pleasant Pacific Northwest chain (with 10 hotels in Seattle and Portland, OR). This branch with 184 rooms overlooking Lake Union is…

  • Hotel Vintage Park

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    The rooms at this wood-paneled, gay-friendly hotel are a little smaller than at some other downtown hotels and they get a bit of street noise, but it’s a…

  • Executive Hotel Pacific

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    This reliable but not flashy hotel, located next door to the Seattle public library, dates from 1928 but feels a lot more modern. Rooms are fairly small…

  • Mayflower Park Hotel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    If you’re coming to Seattle to shop, this is the hotel for you. Attached by an indoor walkway to the Westlake Center, it’s also handy for taking the…

  • W Hotel Seattle

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Seattle’s W, like W hotels worldwide, offers comprehensive, upscale facilities with an abstract touch. The dark, minimalist Living Room bar out front sets…

  • Chelsea Station Inn

    Seattle

    A bit of a walk from Fremont's commercial center, but a short one to the fabulous Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake, the Chelsea Station Inn has a…

  • Paramount Hotel

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    The Paramount has 146 large rooms that, like the lobby areas, are furnished with heavy antiques perhaps meant to give the relatively new hotel an old…

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