Seattle is a laid-back kind of city, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fair share of ritzy hotels. Seattle's most expensive hotels are worth the splurge, offering stellar water views and top-notch amenities. Bonus - they all have stellar locations that get you right downtown near theaters, restaurants and plenty of things to do. Sure, downtown Seattle has all kinds of hotels to choose from, and many will save you a pretty penny over these options, but if you want to go all out and you want to do it in style, then look no further.
Whether you're traveling on business, looking for an amazing staycation or looking for a beautiful wedding venue, here are Seattle's very best places to stay, and a bit about the amenities that make these hotels worth the cost.
Also worth looking into are Seattle’s most romantic hotels.
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has a great location near Pike Place Market and downtown, but you may not ever want to leave the hotel. Decorated in light and airy tones and materials, the Four Seasons is an experience as soon as you step inside. Rooms have water, city or mountain views, and even the pool and hot tub overlooks the water. Fine touches include turndown service in the evenings, a luxurious spa, bathroom mirrors with integrated TVs, and upscale tavern dining at Goldfinch Tavern.
The Edgewater is among Seattle’s most expensive hotels for a few reasons—it’s perched right on the edge of beautiful Elliott Bay and yet not far from downtown, but also it’s played host to everyone from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin. You can even stay in The Beatles Suite and stay in the very same room The Beatles stayed in. However, even many of the standard rooms come with partial or full views of the water and fireplaces, while suites come with European-style bathrooms, skylights, private decks and sitting areas. The hotel is within a short walk of downtown and has a restaurant called Six Seven Restaurant.
Historic and luxurious at the same time, Fairmont Olympic is located in a 1920s building—and much of the hotel’s historic charm shines through, even though the hotel is undergoing a massive renovation in 2015/2016. Within the hotel is a AAA 4 Diamond restaurant called The Georgian, as well as a more casual oyster bar called Shuckers. The hotel’s historic atmosphere makes it a popular choice for weddings, too, and it’s by far one of Seattle’s most romantic hotels.
Hotel 1000 has a prime downtown location and luxurious interiors that set out from the start to impress. From stellar customer service to incredible views, this ritzy hotel includes BOKA Restaurant + Bar, a spa, meeting and event space, and makes a beautiful wedding venue. Special touches include rooms with views of the Puget Sound just a few blocks away as well as heat sensors in the rooms so housekeeping and other staff can know if you’re still in without knocking and disturbing your stay. All rooms are amazing, but most amazing of all is the Grand Suite on the 14th floor—with 2,000 square feet, city views from expansive windows surrounding the bathtub, a 60-inch TV and more.
While the above hotels are the ritziest of the ritzy, there are plenty of other hotels in and near Seattle that offer a luxurious experience without officially having five stars to their names. These include Seattle's top boutique hotels like Hotel Andra and Hotel Monaco, which offer luxurious surroundings with a little more intimacy and style than larger hotels. For instance, you won't find leopard-print robes everywhere, but you will at Kimpton Hotel Monaco! And the lobby of Hotel Andra is connected directly to Lola - the restaurant by Tom Douglas right next door. There are several Tom Douglas restaurants in the area, but Lola is a treat to dine at.