Hub of Hotels: Lodging near the Action of KeyArena at Seattle Center

Seattle Center is a central city site–buzzing with activity and not to missed. In fact, it's hard to miss, considering its focal point is the Space Needle, and its very top–an aircraft warning beacon–reaches 605 feet. (The Observation Deck stands tall at 520 feet, and the SkyCity Restaurant revolves at 500 feet.) But the Space Needle is not the Seattle Center's only attraction.

This megaplex consists of 74 acres of parks, sculptures, fountains, cultural venues, restaurants and entertainment for all ages. The site is rich in history (it was the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962), and its unique design combines the past, present and future. Locals and visitors alike flock here for fascinating museums like the Experience Music Project and the Pacific Science Center.

Perhaps one of the biggest draws, though? Key Arena, a multi-purpose venue used for entertainment purposes, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses and sporting events. It has a seating capacity of 17,072 for basketball games, 15,177 for ice hockey games and ice shows, 16,641 for end-stage concerts and 17,459 for center-stage concerts and boxing.

Visitors who stay close to this hub of activity will find a multitude of lodging options ranging from chic boutique hotels to standard, high-quality brand names that can be found in cities across the country (and in some cases, world). The central location means hotel guests can experience Seattle Center, the downtown hub and the city's varied, eccentric neighborhoods, all in one short stay.

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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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....  Read More

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 the Pike Place Market. Guests love the sumptuous rooms and suites, which are immaculately...  Read More

Financial District


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...  Read More

Financial District
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; those looking for the best accommodations are advised to...  Read More



Ace Seattle is a 28-room hotel located in the heart of Belltown. 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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne