Hotel Deca: Art Deco Charm in Seattle's University District

For Deca-dent lodging, stay at this historic, convenient hotel

By Corinne Whiting,

Modern decor impresses at this trendy hotel — Photo courtesy of Hotel Deca

Since its opening as the Edmond Meany Hotel in 1931, the historic Hotel Deca in Seattle has remained a staple among the city's University District hotels. This aesthetically-pleasing lodging space has long housed leisure and business travelers alike. Here, guests find themselves in the heart of a youthful, vibrant neighborhood and unique setting.

In 1938, the Edmond Meany Hotel was part of a national architecture exhibition on Art Deco style. And even though Hotel Deca has undergone several renovations over the decades to modernize its style, the integrity of the architecture remains.

In present-day news, the 158-room, full-service boutique hotel was recently named Best University Hotel by Seattle Magazine. All deluxe guest rooms and three penthouse suites boast contemporary Art Deco motifs as well as perks like free WiFi, iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and (often) sweeping views of the city skyline. In Premier Suites, find a private, wrap-around deck; South African slate-tiled baths; and custom Italian furnishings.

The Seattle skyline dazzles from this venue — Photo courtesy of Hotel Deca

An array of packages help sweeten the deal. Try the Classic One Night Escape, which includes overnight accommodations for two with a full American breakfast, complimentary overnight parking, a morning newspaper and $5 coffee gift card.

Another shopping package appeals to those wanting to hit the Seattle retail scene; it mixes overnight accommodations with a Visa gift card and the helpful "Eat-Shop Guide." Other hotel incentives include savings of 20% when you make your reservation 30 days in advance. Be sure to ask about deals when booking your room.

The hotel's unique location allows visitors nearby access to an array of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The University District is home to the new Sundance Cinemas, as well as Neptune Theater, where local and national talents rock the stage most nights of the week.

In even better news, getting downtown is easy, too. Plenty of direct bus lines or affordable taxis will drop you at the doorstep of the thriving city center. Time to get exploring!