10 Seattle Hot Spots to Welcome You Once You've Cruised into Town

Say goodbye to your sea legs, and get ready to enjoy the city's many delightful lodging options. Seattle's two main cruise ports are both very close to the thriving downtown area (one near Belltown, the other closer to Magnolia), meaning that hotel choices are plentiful. Cruise passengers can either walk to nearby hotels or take a quick taxi/bus ride to convenient, central accommodations. Lodging in this city can mean either modern and posh or traditional and no-frills, depending on your tastes. Some hotels are ideal for families, while others even welcome four-legged friends. Whether you're looking for a spot with unique, city-specific history, like the Edgewater Hotel where the Beatles once stayed (seeking refuge from enthusiastic fans) or a venue with guaranteed class (like the W Hotel), you will no doubt find a pleasant place to call home for a short while. Since Seattle's tourist scene ramps up in summer months (especially from July through September), it's always a good idea to book your accommodations as well in advance as is possible. Downtown hotels not only offer easy access to Seattle's lovely waterfront area and seafood-theme eateries, but also to must-see downtown sights from Pike Place to the Seattle Art Museum. 

Care to emerge yourself in Seattle art without leaving your hotel? Hotel Max is your spot. There are more than 350 original works of art throughout this modern and hip boutique hotel. Of course, you'll want to head out at some point. A short...  Read More

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown
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Guests find a warm welcome in the heart of Seattle at Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown. This downtown hotel is within half a mile of Seattle's world-famous Space Needle and only a few blocks from Lake Union's waterfront attractions....  Read More

Hotel Monaco Seattle - a Kimpton Hotel
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Loyal guests laud this downtown boutique hotel where "fun and luxury unite in the heart of Seattle." Hotel Monaco is close to Pike Place Market, the waterfront, theaters, shops and other popular sites. Recognized by Fodor's as a "Top 100 Hotel...  Read More

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Grand Hyatt Seattle
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The Grand Hyatt Seattle is conveniently located in downtown Seattle near the Washington State Convention Center and Pike Place Market. Guests find the rooms to be clean and spacious, though some complain about the lack of free wireless Internet...  Read More

Ace Seattle is a 28-room hotel located in the heart of Belltown, ideal for passengers coming in on cruises. It's near downtown and within walking distance of many popular destinations like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the waterfront....  Read More

Within walking distance of this swank hotel, guests will find Pike Place Market, the renowned Seattle Art Museum, the bustling Seattle Waterfront, Pioneer Square and many upscale art and antiques galleries. This downtown charmer is in a historic...  Read More

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The Westin Seattle is a business-friendly hotel located in central Seattle, close to Westlake Center, Washington State Convention & Trade Center and Seattle Public Library. Additional points of interest include Pike Place Market and Space...  Read More

Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square
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The Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square, located in Seattle's vibrant historic district and near the cruise terminals at Piers 91 and 66, is an adaptive reuse of the 1904 Historic Alaska Building. Guests enjoy water views of Elliott Bay,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Cris Molina/Kimpton Hotels

The newest addition to the Kimpton Seattle line-up, the Palladian hotel now finds a home in a renovated, 97-room property located on the edge of Seattle's Belltown neighborhood (2000 2nd Avenue). Inside the historic 1910 building, the...  Read More

The Edgewater Hotel Seattle
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Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, this rustic-modern lodge on Elliot Bay was named "Best Hotel in Seattle" by CNBC in 2010. A favorite of traveling international rock bands playing Seattle in the 1960s and 1970s, the hotel actually juts over...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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