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 walk in either direction takes guests either up to eclectic nightlife in the Capitol Hill neighborhood or to downtown to the landmarks and destinations there. In addition to its art, Hotel Max is known for sincere and friendly service. Amenities include high-speed wireless internet, a 24-hour fitness center, and room service provided by hotel restaurant Miller's Guild. Luxurious bedding comes complete with a pillow menu. The hotel is pet-friendly, with a maximum weight limit of 75 pounds and a fee of $45. Valet parking is available.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Hotel Max is a boutique hotel just six blocks from Pike Place Market. Highlights include a nontraditional art gallery that wows guests from the get-go.

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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. Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown makes a great base to indulge sporting and cultural passions like sports;the hotel is less than ten minutes from the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field, the Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field and the frequent Broadway shows at 5th Avenue. Guests who lodge here enjoy a free hot breakfast, clean and fresh Hampton beds®, free high-speed Internet access in every room and gym/fitness center use.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown offer reliable comfort and a central location. Guests enjoy a hot breakfast and access to the fitness center.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
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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 in the World," Hotel Monaco keeps up the reputation for its "warm Kimpton Hotel hospitality, unique services and a vibrant style." Guests enjoy perks like a daily wine hour, pet-friendly and kid-friendly services, high-speed wireless Internet access (complimentary to Kimpton Karma Guest Loyalty members) and proximity to the on-site venue Sazerac, one of downtown's top restaurants and bars with a generous happy hour menu.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Hotel Monaco Seattle combines top-noth Kimpton hospitality with a central downtown location. Enjoy perks like a wine reception each evening!

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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 access. Those looking for the best accommodations in the hotel are advised to book a corner suite. Guests enjoy the hotel's fitness room, though many note that it is located across the street from the main building. The Ruth's Chris steakhouse inside the hotel draws superb reviews, as does the efficient room service. Some guests note that hotel does give out free breakfast vouchers for Ruth's Chris and advise guests to request them if they are not offered. Expert tip: You can't go wrong at a hotel with a Ruth's Chris steakhouse inside the building. Forget the continental breakfast buffet and take advantage of the proximity of a gourmet steak and eggs breakfast at your doorstep.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Grand Hyatt Seattle is downtown near the Convention Center. Features range from a fitness room and Ruth's Chris steakhouse located on-site.

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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. It's also easy to get to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and it proves a great place to stay when seeing the Mariners at Safeco Field or the Seahawks at Qwest Field. The unique boutique hotel (in a historical building) offers many green, eco-friendly and sustainable elements, like vintage and re-purposed furniture, and the design has been described as "bohemian, organic and hip." Find simple luxury, as well as the Cyclops Café and the Panther Room bar downstairs, serving food and drinks until late at night. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, and accommodations are pet-friendly, which really means dog-friendly. Expert tip: check back often with the hotel for new deals and packages.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Ace Hotel Seattle boasts a hip and bohemian vibe and a convenient location in Belltown. The venue also features many eco-friendly elements.

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The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
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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 building (built in 1901) and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, live entertainment and other attractions. Guests can enjoy the comfort of a fully-stocked minibar, movies on-demand and an ergonomic Kielhauer work chair and desk. The hotel art walk is located on the main level and features artwork rotated quarterly by the hotel's curator. Guests make use of The Cardio Room, featuring a motorless treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike, and The Functional Fitness Room, with its rock climbing wall, monkey bars, boxes, jump ropes and hula hoops. The hotel offers a nightly wine reception, and the newly-expanded Bookstore Bar & Café showcases tasty dishes by James Beard-winning Executive Chef Caprial Pence.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Alexis Hotel lives up to Kimpton's high standards by offering a lovely, art-filled ambience and desirable amenities.

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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 Needle. Dining options at The Westin Seattle include a restaurant and a coffee shop/cafe. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This four-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a meeting/conference room and secretarial services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Extra comfort points here for the pillow-top mattresses and premium bedding that come standard.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Westin Seattle is a business-friendly hotel with a prime downtown location. Take the streetcar from here to lovely Lake Union!

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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, and sports fan relish the venue's proximity (walking distance) to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. Inside, highlights include a modern lobby that features The Bistro-Eat. Drink. Connect, where you can enjoy a full meal with cocktails in the evening, or grab something light to go. Guests take advantage of free WiFi and redesigned rooms "that offer an ideal mix of relaxation and flexible functionality."

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square finds its home in a repurposed historic building from 1904. Guests enjoy the proximity to sports venus.

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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 transformed hotel boasts "an edgy, masculine style and a touch of whimsy with celebrity-emblazoned lobby art, and a pillow in each room, including the regal-garbed likenesses of David Bowie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Selleck, Dave Grohl and others." On-site culinary gem Shaker + Spear (which seats 65 and has a 12-person bar) features a seafood-centric menu paired with fresh, regional ingredients; items include Northwest favorites like a market fresh omelet, Penn Cove mussel chowder, salmon pastrami and cod suppli served alongside a parsley herb salad.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The newest addition to the Kimpton Seattle line-up, the Palladian hotel finds a home in a renovated, 97-room property located on the edge of Belltown.

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The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
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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 Elliot Bay on piers, and some stars were said to fish right from its windows. Roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms have stunning Olympic Mountain and sunset views; the remainder face the iconic Seattle skyline. Each room has its own gas fireplace and custom luxury bedding. Eco- and pet-friendly, the hotel has a boutique featuring eco-chic Pacific Northwest inspired items, and its coffee bar brews fair-trade espresso and coffee by Starbucks. Other amenities include 24-hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, and complimentary bath amenities. Valet parking is around $34 per day. Dining is available on site at the hotel's famed seafood restaurant, Six Seven.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Seattle's waterfront hotel features fantastic views, a delightful ambiance and a storied musical past.

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