Sleep in Style: Luxury Hotels in Central Seattle Locales

In this hectic world, everyone deserves a little "me" time, especially when visiting or exploring one of the world's greatest cities. Savor your time in the Emerald City by spoiling yourself at some of the most posh luxury hotels Seattle has to offer (take the Sorrento Hotel, for example). Indulge in ritzy, on-premises upscale dining, or pamper yourself with plush king-sized beds and in-room deluxe hot tubs. Relax in top-notch spas and salons, and unwind in grand lobbies that display artwork and design features by local talents. If you like to travel extravagantly, Seattle luxury hotels are the only way to go.

The city boasts an alluring array of accommodations, many of them located downtown, that range from smaller boutique options to multi-floor, luxury high-rises. Thanks to the city's beauty, guest room windows often reveal stunning views that feature the city's highlights (from snowcapped mountain peaks to sparkling waterways). Craving a 24/7 view of the iconic Space Needle? That can be arranged, too!

While some hotel names are specific to Seattle, others belong to nationwide brands that consistently manage to "wow" no matter the city (take Kimpton, for example). And while some venues may not be known exclusively as luxury hotels, they do offer more VIP options within their repertoire. Friendly staff members and knowledgeable concierges will gladly help you navigate the town and find some of the hottest attractions, shops, restaurants and bars. This is how we roll in Seattle; welcome to the land of style, comfort, community and fun!


Loews Hotel 1000
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According to Hospitality Technology magazine, Hotel 1000 is a traveling-techie paradise. The hotel, the mag says, is –known for leveraging innovative technology with sophisticated and luxurious accommodations.– What does that mean? It means a detailed list of guest-room tech: media hubs for MP3, DVD, laptop and gaming connectivity; temperature control with Smart infra-red technology; two-line, touch-screen VOIP telephone that shows flight information, stock quotes, and more; electronic Do Not Disturb and Housekeeping Service features; and electronic door bells for quieter hallways. Public spaces include kiosks for e-mail and airline check-in, wireless valet dispatch, and guest profiles to ensure a personalized (and privacy-protected) experience. Even conference and event spaces, including the outdoor terrace, are state of the art. When business concludes, celebrate the deal with a round of virtual golf on any one of over 50 top courses at The Golf Club. After a strenuous –round– on the links, the well-appointed Spaahh is an appealing, soothing option. The hotel–s clean, Asian-inspired contemporary look flow into its restaurant, BOKA, where an urban-American menu is paired with handcrafted cocktails.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This downtown spot pampers its guests royally. Lodging and service are top-notch, while the spa remains a main draw

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The Alexis Hotel boasts the signature perks of the Kimpton brand, plus the luxury venue's arts and culinary scenes proves destinations unto themselves.

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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 Luxury 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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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 and kid-friendly services, plus proximity to the on-site venue Outlier, a vibrant restaurant-bar that features a wall-sized beer-can mural, sun-splashed patio, craft-focused cocktails and delicious, shareable bites. The 100 percent pet-friendly nature of the venue proves another major draw.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Loyal guests praise the Hotel Monaco Seattle, a downtown boutique hotel where "fun and luxury unite in the heart of Seattle."

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Hotel Theodore Seattle
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In downtown Seattle, Hotel Theodore entered the scene as a "landmark reborn." In an 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 Luxury Hotels because: In an historic 1929 building in downtown Seattle, Hotel Theodore entered the scene as a "landmark reborn," and guests love its luxurious-meets-hip feel.

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Pan Pacific Seattle
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"A contemporary haven located in the city's cultural epicenter," Pan Pacific Seattle touts itself as an elegant, four-star luxury hotel, where "the essence of the Pacific Northwest is accentuated by modern hospitality." Located in the booming South Lake Union zone, near the Amazon HQ, the venue puts guests between bustling downtown and some of the city's quieter residential neighborhoods (like Eastlake, which runs alongside Lake Union). The hotel's extensive range of amenities and services attempt cater to all guests' needs, and views from many of the guest rooms certainly "wow." Visitors will also enjoy the onsite food and drink option plus impressive conference and banquet rooms.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Pan Pacific brings elegances and luxury to the booming South Lake Union zone, between downtown and some of the city's residential neighborhoods.

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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 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 whole snapper, Rainier beer-steamed clams and smoked salmon Caesar salad. Pennyroyal bar has the aura of a sophisticated speakeasy, while serving up whimsical cocktails that often follow a theme.

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

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Inn at the Market
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This boutique hotel is located downtown in Seattle's bustling Pike Place Market. With views of downtown, the Market, the waterfront, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, the inn provides the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience. Multiple critically acclaimed restaurants, including the notable Cafe Campagne and Matt's in the Market, are within a quick walk. So are the market's dozens of shops and stalls of fresh flowers and local produce. Guests can plan their exploits from the vantage of the hotel's rooftop deck. When in their room, they enjoy amenities and extras such as plush signature robes, complimentary WiFi, coffeemakers with Seattle's Best coffee and a selection of Tazo Teas, and a refrigerator and honor bar featuring Northwest noshes spirits. Room service, valet parking, a 24-hour business center and in-room massage services are available. Guests are also afforded privileges at the prestigious Seattle Athletic Club nearby.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Inn at the Market inn provides the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience, offering top-notch amenities in the heart of Pike Place Market.

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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
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The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle guarantees luxury, lodging, dining and, of course, pampering too. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel invites guests to its urban oasis, inspired by the rugged natural beauty of the Northwest. Patrons here find a decor marked by water, basalt rock and glass tile that speaks to the venue's external surrounding and soothes one's interior wellness. The spa mixes Zen and urban chic to its signature treatments, and it offers the latest in anti-aging skincare technology. Guests enjoy extra luxuries like the Relaxation Lounge and Couple's Suite with views of Elliott Bay to the eucalyptus steam room and sleek changing rooms. Guests experiencing a full-day treatment package also enjoy exclusive access to the hotel's outdoor infinity pool deck and 24-hour fitness center.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle guarantees luxury, lodging, dining and, of course, pampering too, all in a central downtown spot.

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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 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 perks like 127" HDTVs. Dining is available on-site at the hotel's chic seafood restaurant, Six Seven.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, this rustic-modern luxury lodge lures visitors (and rock stars!) to its warm and welcoming downtown space.

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