Seattle's Family-Friendly Hotels Invite Guests of All Ages to Enjoy Their Stay

Don't let family vacation time intimidate you; travel with the whole crew and stay at a family-friendly hotel in Seattle, and make memories to last a lifetime. Looking to spend time in the company of your kids or relatives without sacrificing privacy with your spouse? Try the The Edgewater Hotel Seattle located down by the picturesque waterfront or the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle in the heart of downtown. And then of course, all of the Kimpton hotels pride themselves on being especially family-friendly. As you drink in the skyline and the city's sights and sounds, let the whole family create and share beautiful moments from your visit to this magnificent city.

Family-friendly hotels can help remove some of the stress of a group trip so you can focus on time with your loved ones. These days, traveling can be a hassle, but thankfully, the Seattle hospitality scene has done their best to assure that you will have an easy, enjoyable time once your plane touches down (or your train/bus/car pulls across Seattle city limits). Hotels offer amenities that cater to younger travelers (think pools, video game consoles, Wi-Fi and other perks), and hotel staff (check the concierge desk!) have all kinds of tips on family-friendly activities around town. 


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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Kimpton hotels always welcome all guests from kids to four-legged friends, and this hotel's newly redesigned boutique hotel accommodations prove especially cozy (and centrally-located!).

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Hyatt Regency Bellevue
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The Hyatt Regency Bellevue is situated less than a kilometer from popular area attractions. These include the Lincoln Square, Bellevue Arts Museum, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue Center Hall and the Bellevue Square. The Seattle Lake Union Airport and the Seattle Boeing Field are within a few kilometers away from the hotel. There are 733 guest rooms and 55 suites at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. These accommodations are equipped with LCD televisions, iPod docking stations, wired/wireless Internet connections, safe-deposit boxes, ironing equipment and telephones with voicemail features. Bathrooms have hair dryers, designer toiletries and other amenities. The Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a 24-storey 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, Tully's Coffee Shop and the Twisted Cork Restaurant.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Hyatt Regency Bellevue promises families will love amenities like an indoor heated swimming pool and a location close to dining and shopping options.

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The Renaissance Seattle Hotel stands close to a host of local attractions. Among these are the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Waterfront and the Seattle Art Museum. Tulio, Benihana and the Metropolitan Grill are some of the nearby dining options. There are 552 guest rooms and 5 suites at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. All units are provided with wireless Internet connections, cable televisions, coffee/tea makers, mini fridges, ironing equipment, work desks and telephones with voicemail features. Bathrooms come with hair dryers and shower/tub combinations. The Renaissance Seattle Hotel is a 28-story property with a full-service business center and 29 meeting rooms. This high-rise hotel also provides a fitness room, a concierge desk, vending machines, an ATM and laundry facilities. On-site dining options include the Lobby Court Café & Lounge and the Maxwells Restaurant.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Renaissance Seattle Hotel is conveniently located close to many local attractions, and the 28-story property has features like an indoor swimming pool.

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Hyatt At Olive 8
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With 346 rooms of sleek, modern luxury, this eco-friendly hotel in the heart of the theater district is the first in Seattle to be LEED certified. Their focus on sustainability and environmental conservation spans all that they've undertaken, be it the Northwest farm-to-table menu at lobby restaurant Urbane or the eco-conscious and organic products and services available from Elaia Spa. Additional features include hypo-allergenic rooms, concierge service, valet parking, complementary wifi, in-room dining, dry cleaning services, babysitting services, a coffee and wine bar located in the lobby, and a 24-hour StayFit gym with state of the art equipment and pool and daily classes including pilates and yoga. Hyatt at Olive 8, with its Lake Union and Olympic and Cascade Mountain views, is also within walking distance to notable Seattle landmarks such as the flagship Nordstrom department store, Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and downtown's best shopping.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hyatt at Olive 8 offers sleek downtown lodging with amenities that please the whole family.

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The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
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The hotel lies in the heart of the creative West Edge neighborhood. Within walking distance, guests will find the world famous Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the energetic Seattle Waterfront, the historical Pioneer Square and many upscale art and antiques galleries. The renovated downtown charmer is in a historic building (built in 1901) one block east of the waterfront and ferry terminal and four blocks from the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square Station. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, live entertainment and other attractions. The hotel art walk is located on the main level of the hotel and features artwork rotated quarterly by the hotel's curator. Guests may also make use of the gym (with climbing wall!) and sauna or treat themselves to a spa treatment. The recently renovated Library Bar perfectly combines cozy and chic--and serves a killer breakfast, among other tasty meals.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Kimpton hotels provide top-notch service to all ages, and the Alexis Hotel is no exception. Check out the new Library Bar!

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Hotel Andra
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Located in the hip urban Belltown neighborhood, Hotel Andra has a Scandinavian theme of modern minimalism integrated smartly with rustic warmth and Pacific Northwest charm. Scandinavian touches in the hotel's Living Room and exposed Loft are also evident in the 119 spacious guest rooms, even including complimentary FACE Stockholm toiletries. Guest services and amenities here include same-day dry cleaning and pressing, a fitness room and affiliations with nearby yoga studios and athletic clubs, a pet-friendly policy, a business center, valet parking, in-room massage and spa services, spa robes, double-paned operable windows and complimentary Starbucks coffee and Tazo teas. Room service is provided by Tom Douglas restaurant Lola. Authentic Italian cuisine inspired by the North Central Adriatic region is also available nearby, at Assaggio Ristorante. With additional restaurants, bars, and clubs within walking distance, Hotel Andra is a great launching point for enjoying the district's thriving nightlife scene.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hotel Andra brings Scandinavian flair to the hip Belltown zone. (Order room service from Tom Douglas's Lola restaurant.)

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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 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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Kimpton's top-nothc service and air of playfulness cannot be beat. Hotel Monacois a downtown gem that is hospitable and vibrant.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The newest addition to the Kimpton Seattle line-up, the Palladian hotel now finds a home in a renovated property on the edge of Belltown.

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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's Place Market. Guests find the rooms to be the 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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Grand Hyatt Seattle offers spacious rooms in a central downtown location.

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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. Rough 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 – What else? – fair-trade espresso and coffee by Starbucks. Other amenities include 24-hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services. Valet parking is $34 per day. Dining is available on site at the hotel's famed seafood restaurant, Six Seven.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Edgewater mixes history with elegance at its hot waterfront spot.

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