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A Seattle getaway provides the opportunity to enjoy everything from a wealth of outdoor adventures to cultural sites, high-end restaurants, art galleries, an outstanding music scene and luxurious hotels – all, with a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. The Emerald City is framed by the lush Cascade Mountains to the east, the craggy Olympic Mountains to the west and surrounded by glistening water in nearly every direction.
To make the most out of your time in Seattle, you can’t go wrong with any of these top hotels.
The Pan Pacific Hotel in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is just minutes from numerous attractions throughout the area – if you don’t want to drive, just hop on the complimentary shuttle to go downtown. Right onsite you’ll find a whirlpool spa and sauna, fireplace lounge and South Lake Kitchen + Bar, which has a seasonal patio with views of the Space Needle. The hotel has an “East meets West” feel with blond wood, tan marble and cinnamon accents that create a warm atmosphere to help brighten the dreary Seattle weather. Rooms come well-equipped with high-tech amenities like a programmable thermostat, iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs with premium movie channels and complimentary Wi-Fi. You’ll also have the option to add a Guest Amenity Program, which offers a truly personalized experience.
One of the city’s most stylish hotels, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is located in the heart of downtown. It is filled with colorful décor, including eclectic art and boldly striped wallpaper aimed to both relax and rejuvenate. It also happens to be one of Seattle’s most pet-friendly properties, with no fees or pet size restrictions. Furry friends are also welcomed with food and water bowls, a pet bed and disposable pickup bags. Of course, you don’t have to be a pet lover to appreciate this hotel, you’ll love the easy access to popular sites like Pike Place Market, the Washington State Trade & Convention Center and historic Pioneer Square – all just a short walk away. The staff, from the valet and the front desk to room service attendants, make each guest feel as if they’re a VIP.
The Fairmont Olympic has been a stylish hotel since opening in 1924 with its Italian Renaissance architecture, elegant crystal chandeliers and ornate, wrought-iron staircases. It’s also been the area’s destination for prominent social and civic events as well as honeymoons and other celebrations. The Fairmont boasts impeccable service, a convenient downtown location, steps away from the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market and a host of museums, theatres, shops and restaurants. Inside its well-appointed guestrooms and suites, you’ll find windows that open to let in a gentle breeze, terry bathrobes and goose down duvets. It also features countless amenities, from a full-service fitness center and spa to an indoor swimming pool and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.
This boutique luxury hotel has been recognized as a “Top 500 Hotel of the World” and is consistently ranked on Conde Nast’s Gold List for its exceptional accommodations. Located about a mile north of Pioneer Square, it melds 1901 architecture with contemporary black, taupe and steel décor, like leather wing chairs paired with stainless steel four-poster beds. Not one of the rooms and suites have the same layout, thanks to the old building’s quirky contours. In addition to the convenient location and friendly service, Alexis stands out for its rotating art exhibits in the lobby and gallery room. Specialty suites, like the Spa Suite with a two-person soaking tub or the Fireplace Suite with an in-room fireplace, are especially ideal.
Seattle’s Hotel Theodore is a luxury hotel in the downtown area that highlights the city’s rich traditions. Each of the rooms and suites offers guests a lavish respite from the city bustle, while the museum-curated collection of art and artifacts and regional cuisine served at the on-site restaurant offer a personalized local experience. Rider is the hotel’s signature restaurant and serves wood-fired seafood, dry-aged steaks and craft cocktails, while in-room honor bars are stocked with regional snacks, wines and craft beers for nights you want to stay in. Pike Place Market and Seattle neighborhoods like Capitol Hill are a short walk away.
Just a block from Seattle’s waterfront, the Four Seasons Hotel features touches inspired by the region, including local artwork displayed throughout the property, as well as a variety of dramatic views from the bustling cityscape to picturesque Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. Enjoy indulging in the spa or relaxing with a cocktail at the rooftop pool. At its popular Goldfinch Tavern, you can dine on fresh-caught seafood and dishes that highlight Pacific Northwest flavors. When it’s time to retreat to your guest room, take in spectacular views from floor-to-ceiling windows along with luxurious perks like down duvets and pillows, plush terry bathrobes, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
Loews Hotel 1000, Seattle is an ultra-modern property that combines innovative technology with sophisticated, luxurious accommodations, drawing trendy travelers with its truly customized experience. Upgraded rooms feature striking views of downtown Seattle, Elliot Bay and Puget Sound from floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also boasts Seattle’s only virtual reality Golf Club, with more than 50 courses from around the world, including Pebble Beach and the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. The Spa offers a serene refuge with an array of treatments, while its onsite restaurant, All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar serves boat-to-table cuisine with local ingredients from local farmers and Pike Place Market.
The oldest boutique hotel in Seattle, the Hotel Sorrento, built in 1909, is filled with charming details like wrought-iron gates and an eight-sided Fireside Room where guests can unwind and relax with a glass of wine. It’s been a special place in the city for over a century, renowned for its personalized service and rich Italian architecture. The Sorrento’s on-site restaurant is also a hotspot for locals who come to sip some of the best martinis and dine on farm-to-table cuisine. No two of its chic rooms and suites are alike, though all offer European stylings, minibars, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Inn at the Market is a boutique hotel that is one of Seattle’s most well-known and most popular hotels, partly due to its fabulous location as the only hotel in Pike Place Market, right in the heart of downtown. Despite the hustle and bustle that goes on just around the corner, the property stays nice and cozy, with a romantic ivy courtyard and a rooftop deck with the ultimate panoramic view of Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. Rooms feature unbeatable vistas along with flat-screen TVs, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, free Wi-Fi and Keurig coffee makers. Foodies are in for a treat, as renowned restaurants can be found just around the corner, from Cafe Campagne to Bacco.
Hotel Andra is a boutique hotel ideally located on the edge of the city’s trendy Belltown neighborhood, about a mile north of Pioneer Square. In the 1970s, the classic brick and terra cotta building was restored to become a small boutique hotel and was thoroughly re-created to become the Hotel Andra in 2004. Its living room-like lobby features modern furnishings that surround a stone fireplace, with unique Scandinavian meets Northwestern-style décor. The stylish rooms and suites have a warm, residential feel with calming textures and subtle Scandinavian design. Each includes a flat-screen TV, a spacious desk area and goose down pillows. The two onsite restaurants, Lola’s with its Pacific Northwestern cuisine and Assaggio Ristorante serving hearty Italian cuisine, are known as some of the best in the area.
The Edgewater Hotel, originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, rests atop Pier 67 over Elliott Bay as the city’s only true waterfront hotel. Perched on its own pier into the harbor, guests enjoy prime views of the Puget Sound. You’ll also be just steps away from the Bell Street Pier cruise-ship dock and within about a 10-minute walk of the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, numerous shops and eateries. Rooms have a cozy, lodge-like feel, featuring pine knotty furnishings, a gas fireplace, rain shower bath, thick bathrobes, a down comforter and quality toiletries. Choose a waterfront room and enjoy floor-to-ceiling sliding doors with breathtaking views of the water, ferries coming and going and the soaring Olympic Mountains providing an especially magnificent backdrop. You can look forward to dining at Six Seven Restaurant, which offers outdoor seating, fabulous vistas and scrumptious meals.
Located at the base of Queen Anne Hill, adjacent to the Seattle Center and the city’s most iconic landmark, the world-famous Space Needle, The Maxwell Hotel has strong ties to the city’s arts community, with its colorful, original interiors providing a warm, inviting ambiance with cheery details like a large mosaic pineapple and commissioned mural paintings. Not only is it within close proximity to many of Seattle’s most popular attractions, but it’s an ideal spot for taking in the legendary Space Needle fireworks shows on Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve every year. The Maxwell is also dog-friendly and features amenities like complimentary bicycles, an indoor pool and a fitness room. All rooms include plush pillow-top beds, high-speed Wi-Fi and mini-fridges. Upgrade to a Diva’s Dressing Room Suite for a spa tub and private balcony. When hunger strikes, visit Pineapple Bistro & Bar for crisp pizzas, build-your-own mac and cheese or craft cocktails.