Seattle's Downtown Hotels Welcome 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 consisting of a business district bordered by distinct, character-filled neighborhoods, lodging opportunities abound and adapt to the needs and whims of each traveler.

For business travelers in search of conference facilities and extensive amenities, world-renowned chains such as the Hilton Seattle and the Sheraton Grand 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 run by Lola. And there’s nothing wrong with saving money otherwise wasted on Ubers by staying directly in the heart of Seattle’s thriving downtown, where you can walk to stores, bars and cafes hiding around every corner. You may find that you get to know the inner workings of Seattle even better than you could have initially imagined.


The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
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The Sound Hotel, which pays homage to the city's music-centric personality and neighboring Puget Sound, proves a prime downtown hub with especially appealing perks for Hilton Honors members. With an ideal address in happening Belltown, The Sound places you near the Amazon HQ (you can glimpse the Spheres from some guest rooms), the city's best attractions (Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Art Museum), as well as near an impressive lineup of bars, restaurants and music venues. The contemporary hotel features spacious rooms showcasing a sleek palette of gray, beige, navy and pops of mustard, plus amenities like Keurig machines, small fridges, robes and slippers, lighted mirrors and dreamy showers. Enjoy delicious, locally-sourced food from The Market at Currant or delightful onsite restaurant Currant Bistro. Hilton Gold and Diamond members savor complimentary breakfast each morning, served in The Sound Bite, a seventh-floor oasis with sensational Space Needle views.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Sound Hotel, boasting a prime Belltown address, pays homage to Seattle's music-centric personality and sparkling Puget Sound through its hip decor and stunning views.

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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 Downtown Hotels because: Hotel Max emerges Seattle guests in a world of art and luxury--in the heart of downtown.

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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.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Downtown's Hotel Vintage Park showcases Washington wine country through its welcoming decor while boasting the typical Kimpton perks.

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The Charter Hotel Seattle
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A brand-new downtown hotel encourages guests "to adventure, to go forth and explore" by offering maps and curated itineraries as suggested by "Seattle's most in-the-know tastemakers." Highlights at The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton, include a city-center location (just blocks from Pike Place Market), luxury guest rooms with fabulous city and water views, an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge (Fog Room) and Argentine-inspired restaurant Patagōn (do not miss the empanaditas or Gaucho Rib Eye). Enjoy a romantic getaway in a sleek yet elegant guest room that features warm wood finishes, luxurious bedding, a 50-inch HDTV, a mini-fridge, desk, plush robes, slippers, a marble bathroom, local brew and snacks from Seattle-area companies like Theo Chocolate, Erin Baker's and Bavarian Meats.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Highlights at The Charter Hotel Seattle include a city-center location, luxury guest rooms with fabulous views, an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge and Argentine-inspired restaurant.

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The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
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Displaying its commitment to the arts, the Alexis Hotel features works of local artists in the masterfully curated "ArtWalk" space and displays original pieces throughout the hotel. Located in a historic downtown building, the renovated luxury boutique hotel features 121 rooms. Named one of Travel + Leisure's Best 500 Hotels in the World, the Alexis boasts a variety of modern and sophisticated rooms meticulously designed to showcase classic and antique treasures. The hotel art walk is located on the main level of the hotel and features artwork rotated bi-monthly and selected by the adjacent Michael Birawer Gallery. Guests may also make use of the gym (with climbing wall and peloton bike!) or treat themselves to a spa treatment. The Bookstore Bar & Café perfectly combines cozy and chic. Other draws include a nightly wine reception, bikes to borrow during your stay and a pet-friendly policy (without fees for size restrictions).

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Alexis Hotel combines a great location with quality, friendly service. The recently renovated Library Bar (cozy meets chic) is a not-to-be-missed spot.

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Sheraton Grand Seattle

The 35-story-tall Sheraton Grand Seattle hotel, located within blocks of iconic Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront, recently underwent a dazzling revamp. The redesign spans from the central hotel's guest rooms to the 32nd-floor Sheraton Club Lounge (which has doubled in size and features a panoramic view of the city and Puget Sound). Nestled within the newly renovated lobby of the hotel, find a modern Starbucks experience that celebrates the best of the Emerald City, described as "an intimate, lounge-like atmosphere [serving] up handcrafted, elevated coffees, including nitro taps and pour-overs." In addition, discover a chic Northwest beer and wine bar, fresh grab-and-go items, healthy snacks and Seattle-specific retail, along with other perks and amenities that celebrate the city that the hotel calls home. Guests love the top-level fitness center and pool, both boasting dazzling city views. Pets are welcome here, too (maximum one per room, weight restriction: 80 pounds).

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The 35-story-tall Sheraton Grand Seattle hotel, located within blocks of iconic Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront, recently underwent a dazzling revamp.

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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 bustling South Lake Union zone, it is within long walking distance of popular attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle as well as the Amazon Spheres and a lineup of nearby shops, cafes and restaurants. Guests adore the huge and spacious rooms and bathrooms while praising modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and oversized European tubs. Visitors also enjoy flavorful fare ordered via room service or enjoyed downstairs at The Lobby Bar, plus they enjoy the fitness center and shuttle services. Likewise, most guests find the hotel's valet service to be convenient and worthwhile.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Pan Pacific Hotel offers decadent rooms, a nice location and quick access to Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.

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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 boasts spectacular panoramas. 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 faces 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 it's coffee bar brews fair-trade espresso and coffee by Starbucks. Other amenities include 24-hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and perks like 127" HDTVs. Dining is available on-site at the hotel's chic seafood restaurant, Six Seven.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Edgewater Hotel rules as Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, and it features a decadent, rustic-modern lodge decor.

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Hotel Theodore Seattle
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In downtown Seattle, Hotel Theodore entered the scene as a "landmark reborn." In a historic 1929 building, the luxury hotel, consisting of 153 guest rooms, 12 of which are spacious studio suites with soaking tubs and loaner rain jackets," honors the city's longstanding tradition of makers, builders and doers. The hotel, proud to provide guests "with an authentic, genuine experience," values the hand-crafted and custom-tailored over the mass produced. Alluring draws range from intriguing artwork (provided by the Museum of History and Industry) that celebrates Seattle's pioneering spirit. Guests also enjoy "a renowned sleep experience," curated local amenities, welcoming and detail-oriented staff, a festive aperitivo hour in the beautifully revamped atrium lobby and an on-site restaurant (Rider) that boats one of the most happening happy hours in town.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: In the heart of downtown Seattle, luxurious spaces within brand-new Hotel Theodore (and on-site restaurant Rider) honor the city's tradition of makers, builders and doers.

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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. Goldfinch Tavern, the hotel's restaurant, draws loyal fans for cocktails and tasty dishes by the talented team of Ethan Stowell. 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.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, widely considered the top luxury hotel in the city, brings decadence to a downtown location with water views.

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