Hotels in Seattle
A recent boom means there's an array of standout hotels in Seattle. They're on the expensive side, especially during the high-demand summer months, and rooms with water views are hard to come by, so book well in advance. Here, a shortlist of the best hotels in Seattle:
On Whidbey Island, book a room at the quiet Boatyard Inn for the off-season or far in advance; there are few places to stay on the island, so demand is especially high.
Modern Seattle hotels include the W Hotel (perk: pets are allowed).
If you plan to visit Seattle with friends or family, the quirky Hotel Monaco, located in the center of downtown, is an excellent choice. It's also very Fido-friendly.
Near Pike Place Market, the Four Seasons Hotel is a 21-story tower with spectacular views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains from practically every angle.
The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club, and Spa is an excellent base for business travelers working at the nearby Microsoft Redmond Campus. Top-notch amenities include cashmere throws, soaking tubs, dual-head showers, feather beds, and beds for pets. There's also a kayak available for complimentary use as well as bike rentals.
A short walk from the Bainbridge Island ferry, the inn surrounds a small garden, with cozy interiors that feature overstuffed armchairs and Oriental rugs. The rooms have cushy beds and sofas, and DVD players.
Situated downtown within walking distance of Pike Place Market, this 26-story boutique hotel evokes a 21st-century European chic beginning with the lobby, which is adorned with candlelit tables, marble floors, and a collage of bold original artwork.
Contemporary chalet overlooking Snoqualmie Falls in the Cascade Range foothills, with a stellar selection of wilderness offerings, from guided bike rides to kayaking.
You don’t have to love art galleries, vintage-boutique shopping, or indie-rock concerts to enjoy staying at the Max—but it sure helps.
The property is the only beachfront hotel in the park, opt for one of the ocean-view log cabins.
There are no TV’s or phones to distract from the idyllic views. Rooms in the converted 1916 tavern and Roosevelt cottages feel the most authentic, thanks to rustic birch furniture and pine-lined walls.
The 84 rooms are subtly done in salvaged timber and antique slate, and outfitted with Frette linens, fireplaces, and giant Jacuzzis for two. The Burke Gilman Trail beckons cyclists to feel the wind in their hair. A full-service spa offers lengthy massages.
Seattleites seeking urban respite head eight miles west and across Lake Washington to Bellevue. Despite the hotel’s easy access to I-405, it’s hidden away on a quiet side street in a residential neighborhood.
At the new Hotel Murano, each of the 21 guest-floors honors a different artist (from Australian Cockburn to Chihuly), and rooms are filled with one-of-a-kind handblown pieces.
Situated on Lake Union’s southern shore, this 184-room hotel has panoramic views of the waterfront and city skyline. The guest rooms are basic in style, but most overlook the lake and come equipped with free Wi-Fi and 42-inch plasma TV’s. Some also have gas fireplaces and oversize Jacuzzi tubs.
For total Victorian immersion book a four-poster bed at the turreted hotel.
The call of the wild meets upscale comfort at Alderbrook Resort & Spa, two hours west of Seattle.
Incredible Elliott Bay and Puget Sound vistas are the draw at this 70-room hotel (which, yes, sits right next to the famous Pike Place Market). The best way to enjoy them: sipping coffee or a cocktail from a teak lounge chair on the fifth-floor deck.
With its self-consciously hearty, rustic interiors—all log and pine furniture, checks and tartans, river stones and slate—the Edgewater takes the Pacific Northwest-lodge motif to the nth degree.
Book the “Colonel Bob,” with two bedrooms and a wraparound porch.