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- Best Overall: Inn at the Market – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The only hotel located inside Pike Place Market, putting you at the center of the downtown action."
- Best Budget: Georgetown Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Room rates are a particularly good value, considering the slew of complimentary perks."
- Best Boutique: Hotel Ballard – See Rates at TripAdvisor "With just 29 rooms, you’re guaranteed personal service and exceptional attention to detail."
- Best for Families: The Maxwell Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Use the hotel’s complimentary beach cruisers to explore, creating fun family memories as you go."
- Best for Romance: Kimpton Alexis Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Enjoys a romantic location near the waterfront, within easy walking distance of Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market."
- Best Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The hotel offers exemplary service and exquisite decor."
- Best Nightlife: Motif Seattle – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The hotel puts you in the middle of downtown’s lively bar scene."
- Best Business: Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Broadway – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Ideal for hosting business events with a stylish boardroom and two meeting rooms."
- Best B&B: Chelsea Station Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor "In a fantastic location at the junction of five of Seattle’s favorite neighborhoods."
Best Overall: Inn at the Market
Four-star Inn at the Market is the only hotel located inside Pike Place Market, putting you at the center of the downtown action. It’s also the top-rated hotel in Seattle on TripAdvisor. It embraces contemporary style throughout, from its public spaces to its 76 rooms and suites. All accommodations spoil with a luxury Hypnos bed, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a Keurig coffeemaker. Consider upgrading to a water view room for spectacular views of the yachts, ferries, and cruise ships making their way across Elliott Bay.
You can also admire magnificent panoramas of the Seattle waterfront, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains from the hotel’s rooftop deck. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the early morning or for a glass of wine at sunset. There are four excellent restaurants to choose from, including Café Campagne (for classic French fare) and Sushi Kashiba (for the finest Japanese cuisine). Plus, all restaurants use fresh ingredients from the iconic market. In-room massages, on-site boutique shops, a salon, and two fully-equipped meeting rooms complete the hotel’s long list of amenities.
Best Budget: Georgetown Inn
If affordability is your top priority, you can’t go wrong with the Georgetown Inn. Located in the city’s former industrial district, it’s a 15-minute drive from the waterfront and is surrounded by a treasure trove of independent bakeries, breweries, shops, and restaurants. The hotel also has a boutique feel, with local artwork showcased throughout. Room rates start at $109 and are a particularly good value, considering the slew of complimentary perks including Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, free parking, and an excellent continental breakfast.
You can also help yourself to local tea and coffee in the lobby at all times. All 52 rooms and suites combine contemporary decor with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a 42-inch HD TV, a mini-fridge, plush bedding, and spa-quality vegan toiletries. Studio suites also have a kitchenette, allowing you to save money by self-catering. Although the hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant on-site, there are plenty of well-priced choices within easy walking distance. Options range from Mexican eateries to Italian restaurants serving handcrafted pizza and ale.
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Best Boutique: Hotel Ballard
At the heart of Seattle’s historic Ballard district lies Hotel Ballard, a boutique hotel with a reputation for elegance. With just 29 rooms, you’re guaranteed personal service and exceptional attention to detail. Spacious Standard Rooms overlook Ballard Avenue from a Juliet balcony or bay windows and include a California King-sized bed, an HD TV, and Molton Brown toiletries. Upgrade to a Courtyard or Luxury Suite for the added decadence of a separate parlor, a fireplace, and a deep-soaking tub.
The adjacent Olympic Athletic Club gives you complimentary access to two lap pools, assorted exercise studios and sports courts, steam rooms, and saunas. After a workout, unwind with a massage at the Olympic Spa or with sundowners by the fireplace on the breathtaking rooftop deck. The hotel has one restaurant, Stoneburner, which offers tasty Mediterranean cuisine from 3 p.m. For breakfast, you can have local delicacies delivered directly to your room from nearby Alison’s Coastal Café. Better yet, underground parking and complimentary Wi-Fi are also included with your stay.
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Best for Families: The Maxwell Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel
Kids will love The Maxwell Hotel’s bright color scheme and pineapple motifs. It also enjoys a convenient location in the Queen Anne district, just steps from the Space Needle and within easy reach of downtown Seattle. Use the hotel’s complimentary beach cruisers to explore, creating fun family memories as you go. In between adventures, the indoor pool is a surefire hit with children and adults alike, and at just four feet deep, it’s made for safe swimming. Every afternoon, complimentary cupcakes and coffee are also served in the lobby.
Pineapple Bistro & Bar caters to guests of all ages with brick oven pizzas and build-your-own mac and cheese for the little ones, as well as craft cocktails for mom and dad. In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of family-friendly floor plans to choose from, including double rooms with two queen-sized beds to suites with space for six. All rooms come with an HD TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a microwave and mini-fridge for basic self-catering. There are also generous pet-friendly packages for four-legged family members.
Best for Romance: Kimpton Alexis Hotel
The Kimpton Alexis Hotel enjoys a romantic location near the waterfront, within easy walking distance of Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. Built in 1901, it’s decorated in a luxurious style with rich fabrics and curated local artworks. In the guest rooms and suites, a whimsical palette of blues, whites, and greens evokes the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Choose the Spa Suite for its indulgent soaking tub or the Fireplace Suite for its in-room fireplace and wet bar. Both have blissfully comfortable king-sized beds.
The hotel has its own full-service spa, although in-room massages are a romantic alternative for couples. You can also shop for keepsakes at the on-site boutiques or use the complimentary bicycles to do some sightseeing. Make sure you return in time for the hosted wine reception, held every afternoon in the lobby. With its brick walls and shelves of classic novels, Bookstore Bar & Café provides an atmospheric location for a special dinner. Pair locally inspired entrées with an impressive selection of over 130 rare whiskeys.
Best Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the ultimate choice for luxury travelers. In addition to its enviable location on the downtown waterfront, the hotel offers exemplary service and exquisite decor. All rooms and suites come with beautiful marble bathrooms, including a deep-soaking tub, a separate rain shower, and an LCD TV integrated into the bathroom mirror. For the most luxurious stay, book the Presidential Suite — along with the master bedroom, it comprises an expansive living area, a dining table for eight, and sweeping 10th-floor views of Puget Sound.
Each day starts with a fresh cup of coffee delivered to your room. Then, explore the city using the complimentary bicycles or Tesla house car before coming back for an afternoon of pampering at the spa. In summer, the heated rooftop infinity pool is a popular spot, with waiters delivering Evian spritzes and cooling towels, as well as the sophisticated poolside bar and grill. For every other culinary occasion, Goldfinch Tavern, an Ethan Stowell Restaurant, offers mouthwatering meals made with artisanal ingredients from across the Pacific Northwest.
Best Nightlife: Motif Seattle
If you’re coming to the Emerald City to party, you’ll love the youthful, on-trend vibes of Motif Seattle. The hotel puts you in the middle of downtown’s lively bar scene and is actually home to one of the area’s best nightlife spots. On the fifth-floor rooftop, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails serves Pacific Northwest cuisine alongside local draft beers, wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Kick back by the outdoor patio’s toasty fireplaces, challenge your friends to a game of ping-pong, or take a moment to admire the distant Olympic Mountains, glass in hand.
The bar hosts a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. every weekday and occasionally doubles as a venue for local live music. During the day, spend your time sightseeing or detoxing with a session in the 24-hour fitness center. Rooms and suites boast decor inspired by Seattle’s famous music scene and come with tech-savvy amenities including Amazon Alexa for guest requests and questions. You can also expect complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, an LCD TV, a mini-bar, and a Keurig coffeemaker.
Best Business: Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Broadway
A stay at Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Broadway places you across the street from Seattle University and Swedish Medical Center, as well as a four-minute drive away from Washington State Convention Center. The hotel is also ideal for hosting business events — it has a stylish boardroom and two meeting rooms, with a maximum capacity of 150 people and a wide range of catering menus and packages. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a business center, and a mobile guest printing service are all also included.
When you’re not working, you can clear your head with a work out in the fitness center, or head to Jimmy’s on Broadway for a tasty meal prepared with local ingredients. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and, best of all, they host a sociable happy hour after work. All rooms and suites come with a 55-inch HD TV, a coffeemaker, microwave, and mini-fridge. Secure covered parking is available, while other useful amenities include complimentary laundry facilities and a local area shuttle service.
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Best B&B: Chelsea Station Inn
Chelsea Station Inn B&B enjoys a fantastic location at the junction of five of Seattle’s favorite neighborhoods: Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Fremont, Green Lake, and Woodland Park. As such, there are endless opportunities for excitement and discovery in the surrounding area. The B&B has just four apartment-like suites, each of them intended to be a home away from home with an astonishing list of amenities. There’s an en-suite master bedroom, a full kitchen (complete with a dishwasher and local recipe books), a dining room, living room, and private laundry facilities.
You’ll also have access to an outdoor grill and spa. Every morning, make your way down the back staircase to the Breakfast Room for your complimentary hot breakfast spread. You can help yourself to juice, beer, sparkling water, and assorted treats throughout the day, while afternoons are celebrated with a daily wine reception. Wi-Fi and parking are also provided free of charge. Children ages five and older are welcome in the two, ground-floor suites and are accommodated by a fold-out sofa bed in the living room.