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See the fish fly in Seattle's Pike Place Market

Tucked into the northwest corner of the United States, the Emerald City is a beautiful community on the coast situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Seattle is home to a popular music scene that predates the age of grunge and Nirvana, and several venues for the visual and performing arts are conveniently located within walking distance of many renowned hotels. The locals are also passionate supporters of Seattle's sports teams, and it's easy to get caught up in their enthusiasm.

The great outdoors is never far away during a stay in the city, and trails include the 27-mile Burke-Gilman route, which takes adventurers through the grounds at the University of Washington—one of the oldest educational institutions in this part of the world—as well as offering views across the water. Discovery Park, set in the Magnolia district, provides a fun hike and picturesque beach for families to explore.


Things to see

Many of Seattle's impressive attractions are located in or near downtown.

Seattle Center

The home of the 1962 World's Fair is where the Space Needle, the landmark feature of that event and the symbol of Seattle, sits. Once completed, this 605-foot structure was the tallest west of the Mississippi River. Many hungry visitors now dine inside the restaurant here, the second revolving one in the world.

Also in Seattle Center are Key Arena, the city's primary indoor entertainment center, and the EMP Museum, which is home to an impressive display of popular culture, including science-fiction and musical memorabilia. Visitors looking for an oasis in the city should try the Chihuly Garden and Glass center, where colorful, delicate sculptures adorn the outdoor space.

SoDo

This neighborhood, which received its name due to its location directly south of downtown, is home to the city's major sports facilities. The NFL's Seahawks and the Sounders of MLS play at CenturyLink Field; both are known as having the loudest fans in their respective leagues. Meanwhile, MLB's Seattle Mariners play at beautiful Safeco Field, a complex with a retractable roof that protects players and fans from the rain.

Pike Place Market

Flying fish, vibrant flowers, delicious food and unique handmade items are all staples of Pike Place Market. Coffee lovers can stroll just across the street to reach the first-ever Starbucks café, where the smell of roasted beans permeates the air and traditional hardwoods create a welcoming atmosphere for those looking to escape the rain.


Annual events

Seafair

This citywide celebration is a perfect event for those visiting Seattle in June, July or August. Among Seafair's highlights are the Torchlight Parade, which goes through downtown, performances by the Blue Angels over the city, and the Seafair Cup hydroplane races on Lake Washington.

Bumbershoot

Music lovers will want to make sure that they travel to Seattle Center during Labor Day weekend for this event. The international music and arts festival regularly plays host to talented musicians such as Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie and Heart.

Fremont Fair

This quirky celebration is self-described as “a free spirited solstice weekend,” and it celebrates the “delibertas quirkas” (freedom to be peculiar) culture. It is perhaps best known for the artistic Solstice Parade, which occurs on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. Cyclists, many clad only in body paint, traverse the route immediately prior to the parade.


Climate

Locals don't want the secret to get out, but summers here are gorgeous. The average day in July has nearly six times as many sunny hours as one in December. Just four percent of the city's annual precipitation occurs in July and August combined. Conversely, if your visit is during the winter months, you should expect the cloudy, grey weather that Seattle is celebrated for. Travelers will find plenty to love about this Jet City.

Recently booked Seattle hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Hotel FIVE - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality
Downtown
1 hour ago 3 stars $138
Warwick Seattle Hotel
Downtown
2 hours ago 3 stars $174
Hotel 1000
Downtown
2 hours ago 4 stars $180
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Downtown
3 hours ago 4 stars $159
Executive Hotel Pacific
Downtown
3 hours ago 3 stars $123
MarQueen Hotel
Seattle Center
3 hours ago 4 stars $149
Motif Seattle
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $147
The Edgewater
Downtown
5 hours ago 4 stars $180
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Downtown
5 hours ago 4 stars $179
Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport 6 hours ago 3 stars $99

Recently Rated Seattle Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Stadium
4.3 / 5
76 reviews
4 stars $179
The Edgewater
Downtown
4.1 / 5
371 reviews
4 stars $189
Mediterranean Inn
Seattle Center
3.9 / 5
126 reviews
3 stars $139
Alexis Seattle, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown
4.3 / 5
74 reviews
4 stars $225
Motel 6 Seattle Sea-Tac Airport
2.4 / 5
21 reviews
1 star $55
Americas Best Value Inn
2.7 / 5
263 reviews
2 stars $51
Motif Seattle
Downtown
4.0 / 5
268 reviews
4 stars $135
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Downtown
4.5 / 5
140 reviews
5 stars $215
MarQueen Hotel
Seattle Center
4.1 / 5
96 reviews
4 stars $149
Silver Cloud Inn Seattle UW District
University District
4.1 / 5
52 reviews
3 stars $159

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1 Motif Seattle

4 stars
4.0 / 5 268 reviews

1415 Fifth Avenue Map

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Residential comfort in the heart of the cityMost of the shopping, dining and sightseeing delights of the Emerald City are a short distance from Motif Seattle. The 319-room hotel prides itself on... More

Handicapped BR is inconvenient
Everything was great down to the Keurnig coffee maker but the handicapped shower had not wall mount for the hand held device
Sep 11, 2014
From $189

2 The Edgewater

4 stars
4.1 / 5 371 reviews

2411 Alaskan Way Map

Save 15% on your stay

Luxury and service at Seattle's only waterfront hotelThe Edgewater Hotel is the only hotel situated at Seattle's waterfront, right at Pier 67. The hotel offers splendid views of Elliott Bay and the... More

Good if water-view room
We had a pleasant stay despite room overlooking parking lot at high rate. Previous stay with water-view room was much preferable.
Sep 13, 2014
From $139

3 Mediterranean Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 126 reviews

425 Queen Anne Avenue North Map

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Seattle's newest Hotel is one block west of The Key Arena and The Space Needle, located in the Vibrant Queen Anne Neighborhood. All Guest Rooms are furnished Studio Apartments with... More

Pre alaska stay
I chose this hotel for the roof view and I wasn't disappointed. The view is awesome. The staff was always friendly and helpful. We stayed pre and post cruise and the staff was great at finding us a...
Sep 13, 2014
From $197

4 Hotel 1000

4 stars
4.6 / 5 46 reviews

1000 1st Ave Map

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Located in the heart of downtown Seattle on the corner of First and Madison Street, Hotel 1000 is steps from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market,... More

Fantastic all around
Terrific room and amenities, Wonderful service, great location, near lots of great restaurants, museums, art galleries and shopping. Do not need or want a car. Can walk to Pikes Market and have...
Sep 9, 2014
From $149

5 Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle - Broadway

4 stars
4.1 / 5 60 reviews

1100 Broadway Map

Trendy hotel located on the outskirts of Seattle?s downtown The Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway is a classically styled hotel is in the trendy neighborhood of Capitol Hill, just nine blocks from the... More

namlessinseattle
A very comfortable facility in nice location. Friendly staff
Sep 8, 2014
From $148

6 Hotel FIVE - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

3 stars
4.1 / 5 151 reviews

2200 Fifth Avenue Map

Comfort and convenience in downtown SeattleThe Hotel FIVE is situated in the heart of the city. Most major attractions, in addition to shopping and dining, are within walking distance of the... More

Highly recommended
Staff are very nice and accommodating and the rooms are super clean with all the essential amenities.
Sep 4, 2014
From $177

7 Sorrento Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 120 reviews

900 Madison Street Map

20% off Sorrento Suites

Iconic vintage hotel in historic First Street neighborhoodBuilt in 1909, the Sorrento Hotel remains Seattle’s oldest boutique hotel. Its current owners restored the property in the 1980s, and kept... More

Great vintage vibe, location is a little out of the way.
Beautiful woodwork in the main entrance and the rooms were nicely decorated with comfy linens and pillows. We upgraded to the corner suite, which was worth the extra $ per night! The suite was huge...
Sep 8, 2014
From $179

8 Grand Hyatt Seattle

4 stars
4.4 / 5 112 reviews

721 Pine St Map

Bed & Breakfast for 2 + Late Check-out

Corporate comfort and service in the city center The Grand Hyatt Seattle offers amenities and services to court leisure and business customers. The hotel is located a convenient distance to most... More

Lovely weekend stay
First stay, regular visitor to Seattle, really liked the room and hotel location -- all very nice.
Jun 16, 2014
From $179

9 Hyatt at Olive 8

4 stars
4.5 / 5 122 reviews

1635 8th Ave Map

Bed & Breakfast for 2 + Late Check-out

Green splendor in the heart of the Emerald City The Hyatt at Olive 8 prides itself on being the first LEED-certified hotel in Seattle. Eco-friendly touches abound, from fixtures and lighting in... More

Great location, comfortable and clean
Had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. The room was furnished nicely and had a modern look. Bed was very comfortable, Wi-Fi was reliable and speedy (for a fee if you want it in your room),...
Aug 18, 2014
From $147

10 Hotel Max

3 stars
3.9 / 5 293 reviews

620 Stewart St. Map

Art-filled accommodations in downtown Seattle The Hotel Max combines art and stylish boutique comfort, all within walking distance of Seattle's most famous attractions. Almost 400 works by 39... More

hotel max
Great clean hotel downtown Seattle, room was awesome. On the small side for 2 buddys.. lil pricey but we didn't book till 10 days prior.. wasn't any on site parking. Valet for 33$/ nite. Keep all...
Aug 17, 2014
From $199

11 The Westin Seattle

4 stars
4.1 / 5 178 reviews

1900 5th Avenue Map

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Corporate queen of the downtown hotel scene With a big name like Westin on the door, guests expect lots of options. At the Westin Seattle, they get it. The twin-towered hotel offers nine types of... More

Emerald City
Excellent stay in the heart of Seattle, nice staff and great location
Sep 8, 2014
From $175

12 Sheraton Seattle Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 153 reviews

1400 6th Avenue Map

Save 20% on your stay

Amenities galore in the heart of the cityThe mammoth Sheraton Seattle Hotel is a little city unto itself nestled in the heart of Seattle. The 35-story glass building boasts 1,258 guest rooms and... More

We will bve back!
The Seattle Sheraton is in a perfect downtown location to all the must-sees of the city. Our room was on the 28th floor, so we had a beautiful view of the city. The hotel is directly across from...
Aug 3, 2014
From $151

Downtown hotel in the center of the arts district Strong connections to the local arts community make the Maxwell hotel the prime location for art lovers and patrons. Situated at the bottom of... More

Potential to be a great hotel, but needs work on providing a consistent experience
Had to book reservation through a travel website due to difficulty with the Hotel's direct reservations service. Room was extremely clean when I arrived, but housekeeping did not clean all parts of...
Sep 7, 2014
From $149

14 Silver Cloud Inn Seattle - Lake Union

3 stars
4.1 / 5 97 reviews

1150 Fairview Avenue North Map

The Silver Cloud Inn Seattle is located on Lake Union, offering spectacular view of the water. Just minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle and close the the Seattle Center, Space Needle and the... More

Short visit, great view
This was the only hotel I could find with opening near Lake Union on short notice. Great location. Friendly staff. Expensive, but it was the tourist season so that is to be expected. No issues.
Aug 17, 2014
From $245

15 Inn At the Market

4 stars
4.4 / 5 30 reviews

86 Pine Street Map

Great Rates Available

There are many hotels in downtown Seattle, WA. But Inn at the Market is the only downtown Seattle hotel located directly in the famous Pike Place Market. Inn at the Market's ivy-covered courtyard... More

Perfect Pike Place Experience
Fabulous!!!!!!!!!! You'd be crazy to stay anywhere else...One night was not enough. We WILL be back for a minimum of two!!!!!!!!!! We did not bring the kids on this trip but this hotel is perfect...
Jun 1, 2014
From $170

16 W Seattle

4 stars
3.9 / 5 76 reviews

1112 4th Avenue Map

Save 30% on your stay

Chic, urban style in the heart of SeattleThe W Seattle towers above the city, its lighted steel pyramid top integrated into Seattle's skyline. The contemporary hotel has 415 rooms and nine suites,... More

Great location
Given the price of the rooms, was very surprised rooms did not include internet, was surprised coffee was not included in rooms, however provided downstairs. With that, surprised morning breads...
Aug 26, 2014
From $174

17 Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

4 stars
4.4 / 5 131 reviews

2125 Terry Avenue Map

Luxury and high style meet in an up-and-coming neighborhoodThe new Pan Pacific Seattle hotel is a Forbes Four Star awardee, one of only 3 hotels in Seattle to win the award in 2013. This ideally... More

Awesome accommodation!
Loved the staff and view. Extensive gym and pool facilities. There's a free shuttle that takes you basically anywhere in the Seattle CBD too.
Aug 19, 2014
From $135

18 Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union

3 stars
3.7 / 5 50 reviews

925 Map

Rate includes breakfast

Lake Union's premier hotel for travelersThe Lake Union views are visible from most rooms in the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union, as is the breathtaking city skyline. Located on... More

July 12th at the Courtyard Marriott..
t get ready for our wedding was perfect as we had it across the street on an Argosy cruise on the Celebrations vessel. I chose this mainly for ease of getting to the boat for the ladies as well as...
Jul 15, 2014
From $161

19 Roosevelt Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 158 reviews

1531 Seventh Ave. Map

Advance Purchase Non Refundable

Vintage charm with downtown convenienceA vintage hotel in downtown Seattle, the Roosevelt Hotel offers traditional charm and a convenient location. Leisure travelers can walk to most attractions.... More

Great Hotel. Enjoyed our stay
We had a great stay at The Roosevelt in Seattle. Staff was very helpful, room was spacious and everything was perfect. I would highly recommend!
Aug 30, 2014
From $199

20 Monaco Seattle, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 53 reviews

1101 4th Avenue Map

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Downtown boutique hotel with quirky style and amenitiesWith on-demand goldfish, animal-print bathrobes and striped wallpaper, the Hotel Monaco Seattle sports lots of personality. Behind the stripes... More

First trip to Seattle
Walked everywhere from this location. Wonderful staff very pet friendly.
Jun 30, 2014