Seattle is a multi dimensional city that offers a great combination of outdoor activities and urban entertainment. Youíve got seaplanes flying overhead, quirky neighborhoods to explore, fantastic food, a busy iconic market on the water and a ferry system that provides infinite possibilities. If itís culture youíre looking for, Seattle has theatre, museums and art galleries, while outdoorsy types will find endless opportunity for adventure. Itís a city that can sustain multiple trips without ever doing the same thing twice. Here are nine fabulous options for accommodations in the Emerald City.
Comfortable rooms with televisions integrated into the bathroom mirrors, soaking tubs, modern furnishings, and floor to ceiling windows framing views of the city, bay, and mountains combine to make rooms cozy and luxe.
This five star hotelís location a block from Pike’s Place Market makes it convenient for exploring the city while the 12-meter rooftop infinity pool is the perfect place to hang out on a sunny day. Glittering quartz sparkles in the light as you float around taking in views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Bright green patio furniture and a glowing fire pit make it a place to linger both during the day and in the evening.
If the pool doesnít cause you to fully unwind, head to the Spa for a treatment in elegant surroundings with soothing textured decor like shiny glass tiles and striated bamboo floors. †Melt away your stress with a wide variety of unique treatments inspired by ancient healing traditions from various cultures.
ART, the hotelís restaurant named for the proximity to the Seattle Art Museum across the street is even more divine than the spa. †Fabulous decor and views combine with even more exciting food options like Indian Spice Rubbed King Salmon and other interesting dishes containing locally sourced and organic ingredients prepared with a twist. Food is served in an artful manor, of course, with style and originality. Even if youíre not staying at this hotel, itís worth making an effort to have dinner at ART.
For the most gorgeous, unobstructed views of the Space Needle, head to the Pan Pacific. This modern, luxurious hotel is in an excellent location in the Lake Union neighborhood.
Itís situated right above Whole Foods Market, so you have easy access to healthy foods and sundries. They also are connected to Sea Star Restaurant, which has fantastic sushi. This hotel shines with a wonderful staff that will go out of their way to make sure you are happy. The atmosphere is sleek and the views are spectacular. Be sure to ask for a room with a view of the Space Needle, as it is a big treat to see Seattleís architectural icon in this comfortable context. After a long day of sightseeing, have an amazing, totally unforgettable Ayurvedic spa treatment at Vida Spa.
If you want to explore Seattleís Pike Place Market, Inn at the Market is an ideal choice. Situated directly in the Market on Pine Street in a hidden ivied courtyard, this hotel is a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle. †Itís fun to walk around the alleys and discover restaurants, cafes, and shops nearby.
Rooms are clean and crisp featuring contemporary furnishings and sweeping views of the bay, market and Ferris wheel, which is especially pretty at night when itís all lit up.
For a quintessential Pacific Northwest atmosphere, head to Salish Lodge, a luxurious rustic getaway. Nestled in the Cascade foothills, the lodge is perched to overlook the 268-foot majestic Snoqualmie Falls and offers spectacular views. The soothing environment makes you feel like you are much further away from the city than you are, itís just a 40 minute drive from downtown Seattle or the airport.
Wood burning fireplaces and huge jetted spa tubs provide in room pampering and that feels like a refuge. And if you need a little extra pampering, the spa offers treatments and amenities for guests like soaking pools, sauna and steam room.
The Dining Room offers a menu featuring local ingredients and organic honey sourced from the lodgeís onsite hives. The veggie Eggs Benedict is outstanding, as are the salads on the dinner menu. Meals are enjoyed in a comfortable room overlooking the falls with a crackling fire in the background. †Several community fireplaces are found throughout the lodge making it extra cozy.
Originally built in 1912 as a last stop for travellers crossing the Snoqualmie Pass, Salish Lodge is a perfect place for family meet-ups. Huge suites with dining tables and large seating areas make an ideal space for gatherings. It’s also a great home base for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and weather permitting, snow sports.
Hotel 1000 is a bright modern Asian influenced boutique hotel. Youíll see bamboo throughout the hotel and Asian influenced art. Rooms offer big soaking bathtubs complete with rubber duckies, comfortable furnishings, and terrific views. Try to get a corner suite to enjoy fabulous views of Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, and the city. The downtown location is great for sight seeing.
The hotelís restaurant, Boka, features upscale comfort food prepared with local and organic ingredients. The Bear Burger, a veggie burger served with local Mama Lilís relish and truffle fries is excellent, and so is the sourdough grilled cheese and tomato soup. The restaurant has glowing lights that change color and set a fun mood. The whole hotel has a lively vibe.
Head to the Spaahh for some pampering with a signature Bamboo Massage that utilizes bamboo reeds in a similar manner to a hot stone massage. †Golf lovers will be thrilled to find a Virtual Golf Club at Hotel 1000. †Play on 50 of the world’s most famous golf courses in the virtual golf simulator which accommodates up to four players in two separate tee boxes.
Quirky and fun, Hotel Monaco has a festive atmosphere and great location in the heart of downtown Seattle. Dreamy wallpaper with a cloud motif, bright bold colors, and animal print robes make this AAA four-diamond boutique hotel whimsical and fun. They offer coffee in the mornings and local wine and sodas in the evening in the lobby for all guests, creating an opportunity to mingle. The hotel restaurant, Sazerac, known for happy hour and craft cocktails and has seating at the chefís counter, which can be very entertaining as you watch food prep and interact with the friendly chefs who slip you random tastes.
This airport hotel is like an oasis youíd never expect to find near an airport or in the city. Lush green trees surround the property and you really feel like you are in a remote haven. Dťcor is quintessential Pacific Northwestern featuring wood and open space. Rooms are cozy and comfortable with lots of greenery outside your window.
The hotel restaurant, Copperleaf, serves fantastic gourmet meals made with organic and locally sourced food. A complimentary shuttle will take you to and from the airport, which is five minutes away. Included with your stay is a breakfast buffet featuring continental offerings like granola and yoghurt. It makes for a very restful stay right before an early morning flight or a great resting point after a long day of travel into Seattle.
If you like old world luxury, then the Fairmont Olympic is your hotel. Since opening its doors in 1924, the Olympic has been a Seattle landmark hosting such notable guests as President Kennedy, Joan Crawford, and Elvis.
The Olympic was a hopping destination during the 1920ís and you can easily visualize women in flapper dresses sauntering through the hotel. It still retains much of its original design. An opulent lobby with chandeliers and tapestry make a grand first impression and rooms are classic with traditional furnishings and fixtures. The downtown location is convenient to Seattle attractions.
Located near Capitol Hill in the Uptown neighborhood, Grand Hyatt is a AAA four-diamond hotel. They have a club lounge with a great selection of food including local favorites like baked goods from Macrina Bakery. Rooms feature large marble soaking tubs and great views. †Opt for a corner suite for the most beautiful views of the city and Puget Sound. †This hotel is a great choice for business travelers with conferences rooms available for meetings, express checkin, 24 hour business center access and a special program called the Business Plan designed to streamline travel for the business crowd.
Leah DeAngelis is Editor of Best Travel Gear.