Seattle's Downtown Hotels Pamper, Assist Travelers from Near and Far

A stay at a hotel in downtown Seattle allows visitors to feel as though they're connecting to the heartbeat of the city. With a downtown core made up of a business district bordered by distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character, lodging opportunities vary with the needs and whims of travelers.

For business travelers in need of conference facilities and extensive amenities, world-renowned chains such as the Hilton Seattle and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel fit the bill. Culture seekers will enjoy the downtown area’s proximity to galleries and museums–and often the art in the hallways of their hotels–like at Hotel Max and the Alexis Hotel, known for their displays of local artwork. A few downtown Seattle hotels house some of the best restaurants in the city, as well, notably the Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic and Hotel Andra, where room service is by Lola. And there’s nothing wrong with saving money otherwise wasted on taxis by staying directly in the heart of Seattle’s thriving downtown, where you can walk to stores, bars and cafes hiding around every corner. After all, if you end up staying downtown, you may find that you get to know the inner workings of Seattle even more than you could have initially imagined.

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle
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The hotel's newly redesigned boutique hotel accommodations have been transformed into urban havens "finessed with the style and substance of Washington wine country." Inspired by some of the region's most notable wineries, guestrooms combine vineyard hues of burgundy, taupe and green with sleek, contemporary furnishings. Despite any design changes, this Kimpton outpost continues to showcase an award-winning boutique ambiance and attentive service. Guests can still expect all the extras and amenities that make up the Kimpton experience--think perks like complimentary coffee and a daily paper, access to 24-hour in-room dining and the latest guestroom technologies such as flat screen TV's and Wifi, yoga mats rolled up in the closet, comforts of home including hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, 100% cotton oversized bath towels, fun Kimpton animal print bathrobes and an evening wine reception in the lobby.



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.



Within walking distance of the Alexis Hotel, guests will find the world famous Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the bustling waterfront, historic Pioneer Square and many upscale art and antiques galleries. This recently renovated downtown charmer is in a historic building (built in 1901) and features 121 rooms, a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out service, conference facilities and a car park. Guests can enjoy the comfort of a fully stocked minibar, movies on-demand and an ergonomic Kielhauer work chair and desk. In true Kimpton, spirit, the hotel offers a nightly wine reception.The hotel art walk is located on the main level and features artwork rotated quarterly. Guests may also make use of the gym and sauna or treat themselves to a spa treatment. The Library Bistro is reminiscent of a 1940's supper club, featuring faux lizard skin high-back booths and dramatic lighting creating an ultra-stylish setting.

Pan Pacific Seattle
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The Pan Pacific Seattle is one of the highest-rated hotels in the city. Located in downtown Seattle in the South Lake Union zone, it is within long walking distance of popular attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Guests adore the huge and spacious rooms and bathrooms, while praising modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and oversized European tubs. Visitors enjoy the hotel's restaurant, Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, plus the fitness center and spa. Likewise, most guests find the hotel's valet service to be convenient and worthwhile (but a few quibble at its high price). Expert tip: The Pan Pacific's location adjacent to Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar is enough alone to recommend a stay here.

The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
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As 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 70s, the hotel actually juts over Elliot Bay on piers, and some stars (like the Beatles) 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. Other amenities include 24 hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, as well as complimentary bath amenities. Dining is available on site at the hotel's famed seafood restaurant Six Seven.

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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 the clean and spacious; those looking for the best accommodations in the hotel are advised to book a corner suite. The Ruth's Chris steakhouse inside the hotel draws superb reviews, as does the efficient room service. (Be sure to inquire about breakfast vouchers for Ruth's Chris.) 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 to the proximity of a gourmet steak and eggs breakfast at your doorstep.

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The Westin Seattle is a business-friendly hotel, conveniently 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 the 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.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
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The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is widely considered to be the top luxury hotel in the city. It is conveniently located near both the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. Guests love the sumptuous rooms and suites, which are immaculately furnished and come with modern amenities such as large screen televisions, marble bathrooms and glass-enclosed rain showers. The fitness center, hot tubs and stunning patio pool also draw excellent notices. ART, the hotel's restaurant, draws loyal fans for cocktails and tasty dishes. When you stay at the Four Seasons Seattle, be sure to step into the luxurious Spa at Four Seasons, noted as an urban oasis of water, basalt rock and glass tile in the heart of downtown. The rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest inspires the reviving rituals practiced within.


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