Seattle Center is a central city site–buzzing with activity and not to missed. In fact, it's hard to miss, considering its focal point is the Space Needle, and its very top–an aircraft warning beacon–reaches 605 feet. (The Observation Deck stands tall at 520 feet, and the SkyCity Restaurant revolves at 500 feet.) But the Space Needle is not the Seattle Center's only attraction.
This megaplex consists of 74 acres of parks, sculptures, fountains, cultural venues, restaurants and entertainment for all ages. The site is rich in history (it was the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962), and its unique design combines the past, present and future. Locals and visitors alike flock here for fascinating museums like the Experience Music Project and the Pacific Science Center.
Perhaps one of the biggest draws, though? Key Arena, a multi-purpose venue used for entertainment purposes, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses and sporting events. It has a seating capacity of 17,072 for basketball games, 15,177 for ice hockey games and ice shows, 16,641 for end-stage concerts and 17,459 for center-stage concerts and boxing.
Visitors who stay close to this hub of activity will find a multitude of lodging options ranging from chic boutique hotels to standard, high-quality brand names that can be found in cities across the country (and in some cases, world). The central location means hotel guests can experience Seattle Center, the downtown hub and the city's varied, eccentric neighborhoods, all in one short stay.