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Seattle-Area Budget Hotels Make the Visit Even Sweeter



Sometimes the words "budget" and "hotels" in the same sentence can conjure questionable visions. Thankfully, though, in Seattle, options abound for accommodations that are not only reasonably-priced but also pleasant, clean, well-situated and enjoyable enough that visitors consider coming back time and again. Seattle is already an affordable destination, thanks to the plethora of free attractions and no-cost cultural events that abound (think parks, beaches and museums that offer free entry on certain days of the month). Restaurants and bars also cater to those wanting to keep tight reins on their wallet by offering happy hour food and drink deals (that sometimes come about multiple times in one evening).

Lodgers will be thrilled to learn that there are also many budget choices as to where to stay throughout the city (and, in some cases, a little bit beyond). Whether you're looking for accommodations close to Sea-Tac Airport (convenient for early or late-night flights), or you're wanting to experience a bit of the city's neighborhood culture (like College Inn in the University District, for example), you'll find an option to suit every need. Regardless of where you choose to hang your hat at night, rest assured that you'll be in good hands, and your stay will likely not feel long enough. 

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The Econo Lodge SeaTac Airport is, yes, you guessed it, a Seattle hotel near the airport. Conveniently located just one mile from Sea-Tac and two miles from the Boeing Field / King County International Airport. For added convenience, this hotel offers free airport transportation 24 hours a day for its guests; restrictions apply. This hotel is also close to the Museum of Flight, the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square historic district, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Space Needle, among other must-see sites. Both downtown Seattle and the U.S. Immigration Building are just minutes away. Hotel features include free coffee, free congenital breakfast, free local calls, a newsstand, and business travelers will appreciate having access to fax services. This is a pet-friendly hotel, although a nightly fee is required. In addition to standard amenities, all guest rooms at this hotel come equipped with refrigerators and microwaves.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Econo Lodge SeaTac Airport North is conveniently located near the airport, and rooms come with perks like refrigerators and microwaves.

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Travelodge SeaTac Airport - North
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The Travelodge Sea - Tac Airport North hotel is near the Museum of Flight, among other popular attractions. The hotel offers free parking and a convenient location off Interstates 5 and 405. Guests enjoy a free "continental breakfast with a free copy of USA Today." The Seattle hotel also offers handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms. Hotel staff members recommend that, for Asian fare, guests head to China Pavilion, located in the hotel. Diners can also relish pasta dishes, lasagna, chicken plates and a rack of lamb at Grazie Restaurant, just 10 minutes from the hotel. Alternatively, guests can choose to head to Duke's for famous Seattle chowder, grilled salmon, fish and chips, seafood tacos and burgers, among other tasty dishes. The Seattle hotel offers 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Travelodge Hotel is located extremely close to Sea-Tac Airport (along with an array of ethnic eateries), plus they offer a free airport shuttle.

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The Rodeway Inn® hotel is located within 30 minutes of both Seattle and Tacoma. This venue is near the Westfield Southcenter mall, the Museum of Flight, the Seattle Center multi-purpose venue, Space Needle and Tacoma Dome arena. The airport is less than one mile from the hotel, and a 24-hour airport shuttle service is provided. The campuses of Seattle University and the University of Washington are within 20 miles of the hotel. The hotel also features shuttle service to Westfield Southcenter mall five times a day. There are three restaurants within walking distance, or the shuttle can deliver guests to one of the many area restaurants. Pets are welcome with a nightly fee, and coin-operated laundry facilities are available.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Rodeway Inn SeaTac is within 30 minutes of Seattle and Tacoma, and shuttles operate between the hotel and the airport plus Westfield Southcenter mall.

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Sandstone Inn and Airport Parking
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The Sandstone Inn and Sea-Tac Airport Parking has been serving Seattle's residents and guests since the 1960s. The venue is conveniently located just half a mile south of Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport and minutes from some of the city's best dining and attractions. Whether guests are in town for business or pleasure, the budget-friendly airport hotel features 94 comfortable guest rooms and two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 85 people for a variety of small-to-medium events and business functions. In addition, guests at Sandstone Inn and Sea-Tac Airport Parking enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, free 24-hour Sea-Tac airport shuttle service and a free continental breakfast each morning.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Sandstone Inn & Airport Parking means affordable accommodations as well as parking options just a half mile from the airport.

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When searching for hotel deals, don't forget to look into those not directly in the city. Motel 6 Everett South is conveniently located off I-5 at 128th Street. An array of restaurants are within walking distance. Guests can fill their free time by choosing to play golf at Mill Creek Country Club located four miles away, or they can visit the Port of Everett which is nine miles from the Motel 6 South Everett. Wi-Fi is available in all guest rooms for a fee. Guest room options include those with two full beds as well as the standard guest room option; these rooms have a queen bed.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Motel 6 South Everett is located off I-5. Nearby attractions include the Mill Creek Country Club and the Port of Everett.

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Americas Best Value Inn Edmonds / Seattle North
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America's Best Value Inn Edmonds/Seattle North is conveniently located off of WA-99 North. The location means the hotel is near the Red Dragon Casino, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Marsh Park, Port of Edmonds, Edmonds Underwater Park and Olympic View Arena. Nearby local restaurants include Tapioca Express, Miyako's Teriyaki and Wok, and T and T Seafood Restaurant. The self-proclaimed "friendly 24-hour staff.... is here to help make our hotel your home away from home." Perks include free newspapers in one of the hotel's common areas and free high-speed wireless Internet access in all rooms and public areas. Children aged 16 and younger always stay free. In-room amenities include satellite TV with HBO and free local calls. Some rooms also offer a microwave, mini-fridge, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: America's Best Value Inn-Edmonds/Seattle North is located off WA-99 near sites like the Edmonds Center and Red Dragon Casino. Kids 16 and younger stay for free.

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Studio 6 Seattle - Mountlake Terrace offers affordable rates and everything guests might need for an extended stay. (Sunset Beach is only four miles, and the airport is nearby, too.) Short- or long-term guests can enjoy modern rooms, and Wi-Fi is available in all guest rooms for a fee. Other perks include free local calls, a fully-equipped kitchen (an appealing feature for those wanting to cook and enjoy meals on-site), free expanded cable, and kids can stay for free. Pets are allowed (potential guests should view the policy), options for restaurants are located nearby, and coin laundry is also available.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Studio 6 Seattle North-Mountlake Terrace lends itself to extended stays, thanks to perks like modern rooms and fully-equipped kitchens.

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The College Inn is located just across the street from the University of Washington campus, making it a short distance (via several bus lines) from the Convention Center, Capitol Hill, Fred Hutchinson, Children's Hospital, Pioneer Square, Safeco Field, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Center. Also, numerous shops, restaurant and the University Village shopping center are just blocks away. College Inn is a quaint, European-style venue, its historic building is a complex that includes the hotel, the Banana Leaf Cafe, the College Inn Pub, the Easy Shoppe convenience store and the Bean and Bagel coffee and lunch stand. Rooms range from a small twin to two queens with a view of Lake Union and downtown Seattle. Perks include a generous continental breakfast served on the fourth-floor lounge, where visitors find "a relaxing place to read, sip hot chocolate and visit with fellow travelers."

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The College Inn is a European-style hotel boasting history and Old-World charm not far from the University of Washington.

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
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Guests enjoy great rates and a convenient location at the Super 8 Motel SeaTac, located just off Interstate 5 near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Guests can check in at any time, and, in the morning, they will enjoy waking up to free eight-item "SuperStart breakfast bonanza with hot waffles." Other motel features include access to free Wi-Fi and free coffee in the lobby. The Super 8 also offers meeting space, fax and copy services, free bus and truck parking and a guest laundry facility. Non-smoking and handicapped-accessible rooms are available, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult. The motel is pet-friendly, too.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Super 8 Motel SeaTac is close to the airport and the light rail, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.

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Skyway Inn Hotel is located only one mile south from Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport on International Blvd. This means it's also only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, Safeco Field and Qwest Field and sites like the Space Needle. Boeing's Museum of Flight is just seven miles away and the Westfield shopping mall areas are ten minutes as well. The Skyway Inn is the ideal location to accommodate most visitors' travel plans. (Guests should ask about special value-added Park/Sleep/Fly rates and Seatac airport parking packages.) The hotel also features a complimentary 24-hour SeaTac Airport shuttle, and secured parking is available for $6.99 per day. Other perks include a 24-hour business center in the lobby, complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi available in rooms, and the hotel's within walking distance to numerous dining choices and Angle Lake Park.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Skyway Inn Hotel is located one mile south of Sea-Tac Airport. It also offers a free airport shuttle, complimentary breakfast and other perks too.

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