Sweet getaways: romantic hotels pamper couples during their Seattle stay

Rekindle your love life with a trip to a romantic hotel in or around Seattle. Whether you've traveled from far away or live in town and simply crave a staycation, couples here benefit from romantic amenities and special rates at welcoming hotels such as Woodinville's Willows Lodge (right next to The Herbfarm, any foodie's must-try destination). Seattle offers some of the most romantic hotels in Washington, including the Four Seasons, Inn at the Market, the four downtown Kimpton hotels, as well as newer additions (appropriate for solo travelers, too) like the Charter, Sound and State hotels, located just steps from Pike Place Market. 

Seattle offers accommodation options that range from boutique inns nestled into busy city blocks to more remote lodges, situated a bit farther outside of town, that offer a peek at the stunning natural beauty defining this region. Several romantic hotel options exist in the heart of downtown, just blocks from Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the beautiful waterfront, as well as galleries, restaurants, theaters, galleries, shops, cafes and lounges in which to grab a nightcap with your date. Regardless of one's personal tastes or the occasion that prompted this adventure, Seattle promises to give you and your significant other a memorable experience you won't soon forget. Ah, the good life. 


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, complimentary 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 saline lap pool (plus 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 Romantic Hotels because: Plan the ultimate spa getaway with your love at Hyatt At Olive 8, where the remarkable Elaia Spa proves one of the main attractions.

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Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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The grand Fairmont Olympic Seattle is located in Seattle's downtown core, near famous attractions like Pike Place Market, the Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Seattle Art Museum and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The historic 450-room hotel recently underwent a $25 million renovation that helps guests feel even more "VIP" inside luxurious rooms with design elements inspired by the natural hues of the Puget Sound and elevated amenities that ensure comfort and ease. This high-rise hotel offers a business center, 25,0000-plus square feet of meeting space, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness room and wedding services. Expert tip: The Georgian Restaurant, the hotel's in-house fine dining room, is a gourmet favorite of locals and travelers alike. Informal dining is available, too; try Shuckers for casual seafood and the Terrace piano bar for bar nibbles and entertainment.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This recently renovated, historic 450-room hotel allows guests to feel like true "VIPs" in the heart of downtown Seattle.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Kimpton's Alexis Hotel offer top-notch amenities in the heart of downtown Seattle. Enjoy rotating art and a nightly wine reception.

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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. 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 restaurant-bar fare downstairs (with a wonderful patio for warmer months), plus the fitness center and spa. Likewise, most guests find the hotel's valet service to be convenient and worthwhile. Ask for a city view to truly savor Seattle's iconic scene.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Pan Pacific Seattle gets some of the highest marks in the city; its Space Needle views and spacious suites make for a great staycation, too.

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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 features a cozy lounge, romantic restaurant and rooms with stunning water views. A favorite of traveling international rock bands playing Seattle in the 1960s and 70s, the hotel juts over Elliot Bay on piers, and some well-known stars (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 a 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, of course, fair-trade espresso and coffee by Starbucks. Other amenities include 24-hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, and complimentary bath amenities. Dining is available on-site at the hotel's popular seafood restaurant Six Seven.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Edgewater once lodged rock sensations like the Beatles; today it welcomes pampered guests to its cozy, waterside venue.

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Salish Lodge & Spa
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A scenic 30-minute drive from Seattle brings you to the charmingly rustic Salish Lodge & Spa, which offers Old-World ambiance and modern elegance. Get out and enjoy nature near the lodge, whether hiking around the rushing cascades or while trying activities like fly fishing and snowshoeing, depending on the season. Back at the cozy venue, dine on award-winning Northwest cuisine while enjoying romantic views of Snoqualmie Falls. Take advantage of special seasonal feasts as well as holiday menus that prove the perfect treat to be shared with your favorite person. Dreamy services at the spa help promote ultimate relaxation, while many guest rooms show off waterfall views that help you feel more connected to nature––"and the partner with whom you're sharing this sensational experience.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A half-hour from Seattle, the charming Salish Lodge & Spa melds Old-World ambience and modern elegance in a romantic, natural setting.

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Hotel Sorrento
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The Sorrento Hotel brings lavish Italian Renaissance charm to Seattle's First Hill. Explaining its rich history, the venue's websites says: "When we opened our doors in 1909, our first guests were the anxious prospectors, cagey entrepreneurs and curious tourists who attended the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, which was pretty much the first time anyone outside the Northwest had ever heard of Seattle. Intrepid men and women from near and far came to rest their heads in our guest rooms, celebrate their adventures in our sumptuous Fireside Room, and dance and dine at the Top o' the Town, the city's highest restaurant way up on the seventh floor. The Sorrento became Seattle's original hub of hospitality, creativity and urban life." The bustling venue continues to thrive today, bringing together visitors and locals who lodge in the hotel's spacious suites and enjoy delicious fare in the Dunbar Room, as well as fireside tea, cocktails and music in the elegant-meets-cozy lounge.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Sorrento Hotel brings lavish Italian Renaissance charm to Seattle's First Hill. Enjoy fireside music or tea, among other perks.

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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 snacks and 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 Romantic Hotels because: This boutique hotel is located downtown in Seattle's bustling Pike Place Market, with views of downtown, the Market, the waterfront, mountains and Puget Sound.

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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 the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market, and a short stroll away from the stadiums, too. The luxurious hotel invites guests to its urban oasis, inspired by the rugged natural beauty of the Northwest. Patrons here find decor marked by water, basalt rock and glass tile that speaks to the venue's external surroundings 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is widely considered to be the top luxury hotel in the city, conveniently located near Pike Place Market.

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Located in rural Woodinville, this luxury inn accommodates visitors who are ready for ultimate pampering. Situated on five landscaped acres that border the scenic Sammamish River, the lodge is approximately 25 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International airport. It is also located right next to an abundance of popular wineries and directly across from The Herbfarm, a culinary standout that showcases local bounty in its 9-course menus with sensational wine pairings. In the lodge, Northwest-inspired designs beautify the spaces; decor in the 86 rooms is rustic yet upscale, with features including stone fireplaces, soaking tubs, Italian Frette linens and a patio or balcony. The lodge's recently refreshed Spa and Health Club features fitness facilities, a sauna, outdoor jacuzzi, massage therapy and spa treatments. Attached to the lodge, find the Barking Frog, a former winner of the Washington Wine Commission's Restaurant of the Year award. The lodge serves cocktails and wine tastings nightly.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Willows Lodge, Woodinville's romantic luxury inn, boasts five riverside acres and proximity to dozens of wineries. For ultimate romance, enjoy dinner at neighboring The Herbfarm.

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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