Your Getaway Guide for Where to Stay in Seattle

Sunset from Smith Tower in Seattle

Planning to visit one of the most amazing cities in the US’s Pacific NorthWest? Check out our getaway guide for where to stay in Seattle to help you plan your trip like a pro. With tons of amazing Seattle hotel options from artsy hotels, hipster hotels, amazing boutique hotels, and B&Bs you can’t go wrong with which area you choose to stay in.

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Downtown

Pike Place Market Seattle

THE SCENE

Downtown is where to stay in Seattle if you want to be centrally located with something always going on. There seems to always be a major event going on in Downtown Seattle and the area is rather lively and the central business district of the city. Plus this is the heart of the city and where you’ll find alot of the tourist attractions including one of our favorite spots in the city, Pike Place Market! Even though the downtown area isn’t large there’s still alot going on here!

WHO IT’S FOR

Downtown is where to stay in Seattle for business travelers and travelers looking to be in the center of all the action since it’s the busiest neighborhood in the city.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include the famous Pike Place Market, the famous Gum Wall, the gorgeous Public Library, Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, Paramount Theater, 5th Avenue Theater, Showbox, shopping at Westlake Center, Pacific Place, piers on the waterfront, and Pioneer Square is right next door.

Hotels

$$ Sorrento Hotel

Sorrento Hotel Seattle

We actually stayed Hotel Sorrento in Downtown Seattle during our visit and LOVED it. This historic hotel feels straight out of a Wes Anderson film and features elegant Italian architecture. Each room is designed uniquely which include antique details and furnishing. They also have an amazing bar and restaurant on site and even poetry readings or silent readings in the Dunbar Room with a fireplace.

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$$$ Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

The Four Seasons Hotel is where to stay in Seattle if you’re looking for the ultimate luxury experience in the city. The amazing location is just 3 minutes walk to the Seattle Museum of art and only 5 minutes to Pike Place Market. The amazing rooms come with city or bay views with marble bathrooms with tubs. Upgrade to a suite for a separate living room and panoramic views of the city. Don’t forget to check out the unbelievable rooftop infinity pool too!

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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square Seattle

THE SCENE

Full of beautiful brick and stone historical buildings this area of town is full of character and considered the birthplace of Seattle itself. We found this area to be the most photogenic spot in the city, but Pioneer Square gets a bad reputation and is considered the first Skid Row. We didn’t feel threatened or scared walking through the area, but as long as you use your better judgment – just as you should no matter where you are – you should be fine. This is an area not to be missed. There are also tons of great galleries and cafes in the area to check out!

WHO IT’S FOR

Pioneer Square is where to stay in Seattle if you love the aesthetics of old buildings and want to still be walking distance to Downtown Seattle. We think Pioneer Square is perfect for just any traveler since it’s a convenient location and has a lot of history. If you’re into ghosts and paranormal activity, you can check out some of the said to be haunted spots around here as well!

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include Downtown Seattle, Smith Tower, Merchant’s Cafe, Flatstick Pub, Century Link Field, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Occidental Square, and the Seattle underground.

Hotels

$$ Kimpton Alexis Hotel

The Kimpton Alexis Hotel is an amazing Seattle Hotel and a historical building from 1901 in Pioneer Square. The rooms are elegant and have antique touches in the decor as well as high end linens and toiletries. The rooms come with your basic amenities and electronics but also have yoga mats and an upgraded room gives you panoramic city views. A perk to staying here is the complimentary wine hour and access to a rotating exhibit of Pacific Northwest artwork.

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$$$ Fairmont Olympic Hotel

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is another amazing place for where to stay in Seattle in historical Pioneer Square. This upscale hotel is in an elegant Italian Renaissance-style building dating back to 1924. The rooms are sophisticated and have gorgeous decor and touches. Upgrade to a suite for separate living areas, marble bathrooms, grand pianos, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city. Don’t miss out on the spa, indoor pool, and fitness center on site.

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International District

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THE SCENE

This is where to stay in Seattle if you want a bit of diversity and culture! Since the 1880s, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino immigrants have called this area their home. This is also considered the “Chinatown” of Seattle and includes amazing sushi spots, dim sum, noodle restaurants, karaoke bars, and markets selling imported goods.

WHO IT’S FOR

This is where to stay in Seattle if you’re a budget traveler as the city doesn’t have too many budget friendly options. You can find hostels here and other affordable hotels while not sacrificing a convenient location still walking distance to downtown. We particularly love how close the International District is to Pioneer Square.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include Pioneer Square, Wing Luke Museum of the Asia Pacific American Experience, Pinball Museum, and Hing Hay Park.

Hotels

$ Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel

The Hostelling International Seattle  at the American Hotel is a great budget friendly option in this relaxed downtown hostel. They offer basic dorms with shared bathrooms or an upgrade to private rooms which some have their own private bathrooms. During your stay you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, access to a 24 hour kitchen, communal dining room, laundry, and a TV lounge and game room you and mix and mingle at with new friends.

Set 1 mile from the Seattle Aquarium, this relaxed downtown hostel is set in an updated 1926 building. It’s also 2 miles from the EMP Museum and Space Needle. 

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$$ Panama Hotel and Teahouse

The Panama Hotel and Teahouse is a cool little spot located in a brick building dating back to 1910 built by a Japanese architect making it a perfect spot to stay in the International District. The rooms are cozy with antique furniture dating back to before WWII and have shared bathrooms. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the on site teahouse or enjoy an authentic Japanese bath house while you’re here.

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Belltown

Seattle Pier

THE SCENE

Loaded with restaurants and bars right next to the heart of Downtown Seattle Belltown is a lively little neighborhood and the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle. Located on the city’s downtown waterfront you can’t go wrong here if you’re looking for a great food scene, especially since you’re also just a short walk to Pike Place Market.

WHO IT’S FOR

Belltown is where to stay in Seattle if you want to be centrally located near all the tourist hotspots or are looking for a great waterfront hotel. This is great for any visitor.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include Olympic Sculpture Park, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, Pike Place Market, Downtown Seattle, and waterfront piers.

Hotels

$$ Ace Hotel Seattle

The Ace Hotel Seattle is an incredible option for where to stay in Seattle if you like hipster hotels. Set in former maritime workers’ lodging, this trendy hotel in Belltown district is located halfway between Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. The rooms are decked out with a minimalist style. Some rooms feature shared bathrooms which pays homage to the former maritime worker lodging but upgraded rooms do offer en suite bathrooms. Try to get one of the rooms with water views! Also, staying here includes a complimentary breakfast!

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$$$ The Edgewater

The Edgewater is a supreme 4 star choice for where to stay in Seattle for a killer view. Located on Pier 67, this upscale waterfront hotel is in a prime location and only a 3 minute walk to the Port of Seattle ferries in case you intend on doing any island hopping while you’re here. The bright rooms come with gas fireplaces and some room even have balconies. Don’t miss out on the swanky restaurant and bar featuring waterside seating or the rustic lobby lounge with a stone fireplace for the perfect ambiance with the chilly PNW weather.

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Queen Anne

Seattle Space Needle

THE SCENE

Queen Anne covers a larger part of Seattle and is broken down into North Queen Anne, West Queen Anne, East Queen Anne, Queen Anne, and Lower Queen Anne which is home to the Space Needle. Most of the action is going on in Lower Queen Anne and this is where you’ll find more restaurants, exhibits, and hotels. All of Queen Anne offers a mix of commercial hubs and residential neighborhoods. If you make your way to Upper Queen Anne you can enjoy the 19th-century homes and architecture as well as the stylish cafes and boutiques. Don’t miss out on the viewpoint from Kerry Park while you’re here.

WHO IT’S FOR

Queen Anne is where to stay if you want to be near the Space Needle or want to hit up a hotel that bumps up into a residential neighborhood for a more quiet place to stay.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, Kerry Park, Museum of History & Industry, and Olympic Park.

Hotels

$$ MarQueen Hotel

The MarQueen Hotel is a relaxed hotel with sophisticated touches and traditional rooms featuring rooms with kitchenettes and dining tables and pull out sofas for extra guests. This hotel has a more homey vibe in the historic Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Upgrade to a suite for a full living room as well as a full kitchen to make your stay even more home-like. Check out the lounge on site that often has live music.

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$$$ The Maxwell Hotel

The Maxwell Hotel is a fun contemporary, artsy hotel conveniently located walking distance from the Space Needle. The art-filled rooms are decorated with bold accent colors, upgrade for a suite for a living room, kitchenette, and city views! Don’t miss out on the complimentary pineapple cupcakes in the afternoon and be sure to take advantage of their free loaner bikes with your room. You can also take advantage of the local shuttle service, indoor pool, gym, and business center.

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Capitol Hill

Elysian Brewery Seattle

THE SCENE

The bustling, artistic, colorful, and LGBTQ hub of the city is a great option for where to stay in Seattle. Full of great bars, shops, cafes, and even parks this part of the city will leave you coming back for more. You can’t miss the fun and colorful rainbow crosswalks and signs that indicate this place is an LGBTQ center as well as an accepting place for everyone.

WHO IT’S FOR

This is where to stay in Seattle for everyone! We especially loved the vibe in Capitol Hill and even though it has a hot going out at night scene it was a little quieter and felt more residential than downtown Seattle. You won’t find tons of options here but the few great options here are more intimate B&B style accommodation.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include tons of amazing restaurants, bars, and boutique, Starbucks Reserve Roastary, Volunteer Park, Asian Art Museum, Lake View Cemetery, and Cal Anderson Park.

Hotels

$$ Gaslight Inn

Gaslight Inn is where to stay in Seattle if you’re looking for a more intimate, adults-only B&B style accommodation in the city. The B&B is elegant and feels homey with cozy rooms. Some rooms have their own fireplaces and separate living rooms with views of Seattle or Puget Sound. Breakfast is included and don’t miss the heated outdoor pool! Parking is available and sorry, no kids allowed.

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Ballard

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THE SCENE

Ballard is where to stay in Seattle if you want more of a locals-only experience in a hip waterfront neighborhood chocked full of trendy restaurants, cool independent shops, bars, and craft breweries!

WHO IT’S FOR

This is where to stay in Seattle if you’re looking for a more quiet trip not in the hot seat of all the touristy attractions. This is more of a residential area and perfect for a more quiet less touristic getaway.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include Golden Gardens Park, Nordic Heritage Museum, Ballard Locks, and Woodland Park Zoo.

Hotels

$$ Ballard Inn

The Ballard Inn is where to stay in Seattle if you want to be in a gorgeous area of the city that is more residential. This boutique hotel is located in a former bank dating back to 1902. The rooms are contemporary with minimalist decor and most rooms share a bathroom. You can upgrade to a private bath.

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University District

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THE SCENE
The University District is a more of a relaxed area set away from downtown Seattle with a young scene since it’s near the University of Washington. You can expect to find casual eateries and good nightlife around here thanks to the college crowd! Also, you can get a killer view of Mount Rainer from here on a clear day!
WHO IT’S FOR

This is for anyone who is visiting the University of Washington, otherwise, there’s not much of an incentive to staying in this part of the city.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include the University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Husky Stadium, shopping along University Way, and Portage Bay.

Hotels

$$ University Inn

University Inn  is a great hotel option if you’re staying in the University District. Located less than a minute drive to the University of Washington with comfortable modern rooms. Be sure to take advantage of the loaner bikes for guests, free cupcakes and coffee in the afternoon, and outdoor pool! There’s also complimentary breakfast during your stay.

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Fremont

Unique things to do in Seattle

THE SCENE

This is where to stay in Seattle if you’re looking for a more hip residential neighborhood away from all the touristy sites and with a more locals-only vibe. Fremont is full of cool bars, independent boutiques, outdoor sculptures, the Fremont Troll, and tons of restaurants. Don’t miss the Sunday Market in Fremont full of art, antiques, and food trucks.

WHO IT’S FOR

This is where to stay in Seattle if you want to remove yourself from the touristy parts of the city and fit in more like a local. There are tons of cool restaurants, bars, and microbreweries that are perfect for foodie and craft beer lovers.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include the Fremont Troll, Fremont Brewing Company, Theo Chocolate, Lenin Statue, Gas Works Park, and across the bridge from Queen Anne.

Hotels

$ Hotel Hotel

Hotel Hotel is the perfect place for where to stay in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The hostel has an industrial-chic theme. There are minimalist dorm rooms or private rooms available for an upgrade. Breakfast is included and there is also a full kitchen and TV room for guests to use.

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$$ Staybridge Suites Seattle Fremont

Staybridge Suites Seattle Fremont is a great option for where to stay in Seattle Fremont. This contemporary hotel offers modern studio style rooms with 2 bedroom suites. Some rooms even have mountain views! Parking is free, breakfast is complimentary, and every Tuesday through Thursday there’s an evening reception. Don’t miss the indoor pool, terrace, BBQ spot, and fitness center.

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South Lake Union

Seaplane Tour Seattle

view from Kenmore Seaplane Tour

THE SCENE

South Lake Union is the city’s hub for Amazon! You can expect to find some great bars, cool restaurants, and food trucks in this business sector of the city. This is also where to go if you want to take a seaplane or participate in water activities on Lake Union!

WHO IT’S FOR

This is where to stay in Seattle if you’re a business traveler but honestly, anyone can stay here as you’re in a great spot still close to Downtown, Queen Anne, and Capitol Hill.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include Lake Union, Center for Wooden Boats (where you can rent anything on the water from boats to kayaks), Kenmore Air, Museum of History & Industry, and Capitol Hill.

Hotels

$$ Residence Inn by Marriot

The Residence Inn by Marriot is a great spot to stay in South Lake Union. The hotel features rooms that are modest suites from studios to two bedrooms. Each room comes with fully equipped kitchens, a dining area, sitting area, and pull out sofas. Some rooms have private balconies with lake views. Breakfast is included and don’t miss the indoor pool and hot tub on site.

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Bainbridge Island

Mount Rainier Day Trips from Seattle

THE SCENE

Bainbridge Island is where to stay in Seattle if you want to enjoy the artistic and nature-filled island just a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Enjoy the Bloedel Reserve with all of its trails and gorgeous gardens or check out the beaches of Fay Bainbridge Park. There are local galleries, shops, restaurants, and gorgeous sunsets here. We took a day trip but would totally stay the night to see more of the island.

WHO IT’S FOR

This is where to stay in Seattle if you want to escape the city experience and trade it out for a more quiet, small-town island city filled with some of the mesmerizing beauty of the PNW. This is a more quiet experience where there’s nothing to do but relax and enjoy outdoor activities.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby attractions include Bloedel Reserve, Fay Bainbridge Park, Bainbridge Island Museum, and shopping and restaurants!

Hotels

$$ Inn at Pleasant Beach

The Inn at Pleasant Beach is where to stay in Seattle’s Bainbridge Island. A small Inn with 12 cozy rooms featuring country chic decor this place feels more like a B&B than anything. Some rooms even come with sun decks and fireplaces. Don’t forget to check out the pool and enjoy the waterfront view from the Inn.

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