Bellevue-Area Hotel Highlights: Your Best Lodging Bets on Seattle's Eastside

There are plenty of reasons visitors may travel over to Seattle's Eastside–be it for work or pleasure or a combination of the two. Situated about 20 minutes to the east of Seattle across the Interstate 90 floating bridge, on the far side of Lake Washington, Bellevue began as a tony enclave to the Emerald City. Neighborhoods of waterfront view homes were quickly joined by suburban expansion to the east, away from the water, and continued development has turned the once-sleepy suburb into a thriving urban scene with world-class shopping, dining, recreation and cultural attractions. Today the rapidly expanding zone has grown into the high-tech and retail hub of the Eastside.

We've come up with 10 ideas on where to stay in bustling Bellevue–as well as in surrounding towns also on the east side of Lake Washington and near Sea-Tac Airport. Whether you stay deep in Washington wine country (in Woodinville) or down on Kirkland's waterfront, you'll discover the difference of staying at venues where even the tiniest details are taken care of, leaving guests feeling welcomed and pampered. 


Hotel Bellevue
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Hotel Bellevue, surrounded by verdant gardens, offers an in-city resort just one mile from the Meydenbauer Center and shopping at Bellevue Square. Positioned in suburban Bellevue, this boutique property is still within 8 miles of the Space Needle and 10 miles from downtown Seattle. Complimentary Town Car service is provided to destinations within one mile of the property. Hotel features include a seasonal menu of regional and international cuisine (served at the bistro-style Polaris restaurant), while Cosmos offers light meals, salads and cocktails accompanied by live jazz music every other Friday evening. Light fare is served overlooking the indoor pools at Splash Café, and Luna Express Café, positioned in the athletic club's entrance, features pastries, beverages and sandwiches. Hotel guests receive complimentary access to the property's extensive athletic facilities, which include indoor and outdoor courts for tennis, racquetball and squash. Two fitness studios offer cardiovascular and strength-training equipment.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue
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This all-suite hotel with free breakfast is located in Bellevue. Easily accessed from highway I-90, Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue is a two-minute drive from Bellevue College and about eight minutes from downtown Bellevue's corporate offices. If you'd like to head into the Seattle, that's only a 15-minute drive west (traffic depending). Northwest shopping doesn't get much better than The Bellevue Collection, a mega-complex that's situated a 10-minute drive from our hotel and features more than 250 high-end retail outlets and numerous dining venues. (Featured in the cult TV series "Twin Peaks," scenic Snoqualmie Falls is a 25-minute drive east.) The hotel is generous with its free food, serving a free evening reception in addition to an ample free breakfast with cooked-to-order omelettes and hot and cold fare. During your stay, guests enjoy access to free parking, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor atrium pool.

The Heathman Hotel
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About five miles north of Bellevue, Kirkland's Heathman Hotel offers luxury on the edge of Lake Washington. Enjoy stunning accommodations, an elegant ambiance, upscale amenities, farm-to-table dining and flex meeting space in charming Kirkland. Trellis diners savor innovative, field-to-fork fare made from organic ingredients at their seasonal peak. The menu has been crafted to celebrate the land of the region. Dishes center around freshly-harvested ingredients prepared by Executive Chef Benjamin Closson, as well as dishes that showcase hand-raised livestock and freshly-caught seafood. The culinary team's harvest includes treasures like heirloom tomatoes, winter squash, beets, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, celery root, leeks, corn, potatoes, sweet peas, beans, assorted berries and a large variety of tree fruit. Enjoy delectable food and wine in a sleek, non-pretentious dining room or on a welcoming, heated patio.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
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Although this hotel is not located in Bellevue, it's a convenient option for travelers needing to stay near the airport the night before or after a flight. Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport recently opened as the only waterfront hotel within 10 miles of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (and the Hyatt Regency brand's third Seattle-area hotel). The brand-new 12-story hotel is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Washington in Renton, among a lush natural setting with panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport offers 347 elegantly appointed, state-of-the-art guestrooms as well as Asian-inspired Northwest fine dining at Water's Table, a lakeside kitchen and bar. Other amenities include tranquil health and wellness offerings like a 24-hour StayFit™ gym, dedicated yoga room, an indoor saline pool, and an on-site, full-service spa with three treatment rooms.

Salish Lodge & Spa
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A bit farther east than Bellevue��"and a scenic 30-minute drive from Seattle��"brings you to the charmingly rustic Salish Lodge & Spa, which offers Old-World ambience and modern elegance. Get out and enjoy nature near the lodge, whether hiking around the rushing cascades or while trying activities like fly fishing and snoeshowing, depending on the season. Back at the cozy venue, dine on award-winning Northwest cuisine while enjoying romantic views of Snoqualmie Falls. Take advantage of special seasonal packages and holiday meals. Currently, for example, "Twin Peaks" fans enjoy theme offerings that speak to the hit TV series that boasts a special Salish connection.

Cedarbrook Hotel SeaTac
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This option, though not in Bellevue, might interest those with early-morning or late-night flights. Located just a few minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is a highly-rated hotel in the Seattle area. Nestled on eighteen lush acres, its spacious and clean rooms draw rave reviews from guests, who compliment the modern amenities and free snacks offered by the hotel in common areas. (A continental breakfast is also offered free of charge.) Located inside the hotel, Copperleaf Restaurant draws nearly universal praise for its farm-to-table dining philosophy. Some of the produce and herbs used by the culinary team have been grown on-site. Guests also love the brand-new Copperleaf Bar and Terrace with Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee on tap.

W Bellevue
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This brand-new Bellevue addition has created plenty of buzz, giving devoted W Hotel fans an opportunity to stay on the Eastside (as well as in downtown Seattle). The hotel, which boasts 245 rooms (25 suites), a spa and a fitness center, invites guests to "shop and dine, mix and mingle in the heart of downtown Bellevue, where fab lake views unite with a cheeky design and insider amenities." When it comes time to dine, The Lakehouse invites diners to savor contemporary Northwest cuisine in a lively farmhouse-inspired setting. Here lauded Chef Jason Wilson showcases seasonal local produce, complemented by house-made pastas, cheeses, fresh shellfish, and grilled meats, poultry and fish. In Civility & Unrest, guests enjoy a speakeasy-inspired ambience and an innovative approach to craft cocktails.


Located in rural Woodinville, this luxury inn accommodates visitors who are ready for ultimate pampering. Situated on five landscaped acres that border the scenic Sammamish River, the lodge is approximately 25 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International airport. It is also located right next to the Redhook Brewery and an abundance of popular wineries and restaurants. Northwest Native American art is displayed throughout the lodge. Decor in the 86 rooms is rustic yet upscale, with features including stone fireplaces, soaking tubs, Italian Frette linens and a patio or balcony. The lodge's Spa and Health Club features fitness facilities, a sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, massage therapy and spa treatments. . Attached to the lodge, find the highly-lauded Barking Frog, former winner of the Washington Wine Commission's Restaurant of the Year award. The lodge serves cocktails and wine tastings nightly, as well as share plates ideal for a lighter dinner.

The Westin Bellevue
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"Natural beauty meets urban sophistication in the heart of Bellevue, Washington." Situated in downtown Bellevue, adjacent to Bellevue Square Mall and Lincoln Center, this AAA Four-Diamond award-winning hotel is located in the heart of unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment optrions. The Westin Bellevue Hotel's guest rooms and suites offer spectacular views of the surrounding city or Lake Washington, and amenities include a 25-meter lap pool and 24-hour fitness center (featuring state-of-the-art Lifestyle Fitness cardio machines and strength-training equipment). The Truce Spa offers massages and spa treatments. Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar, a chic gathering spot for business travelers and locals, pairs premium Northwest wines with savory fare. (You can also start the day out right with their nutritious SuperFoodsRx™ breakfast items.)

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
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At the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, located on the Eastside of Seattle in downtown Bellevue, guests enjoy the best of all worlds. Surrounded by exciting activities and attractions, as well as breathtaking mountain and water views, parents can enjoy an upscale retreat with plenty of options to keep the little ones happy.The Hyatt Regency Bellevue is situated less than a kilometer from popular area attractions, including Lincoln Square, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue Center Hall and the Bellevue Square. There are 733 guest rooms and 55 in this 24-story hotel with a 7,000-square-foot fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool. The property also provides a business center, a 70,000-square-foot meeting/event space, wireless Internet access and concierge services. On-site dining options include Daniel's Broiler, 13 Coins and Eques (loved for its delectable brunch spreads).


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