Seattle has both big fancy hotels and small boutique hotels - take your pick based on the type of experience you want to have. Because we live in Seattle, we sometimes use the city as a weekend getaway, so we've stayed in many different places. Here is a list of my favorites.
Updated Jan 2006
Hotel Andra This hotel's location in the trendy Belltown area will put you in the center of Seattle's nightlife and close to many of its best restaurants. You'll also be walking distance to tourist attractions like Pike's Market. Guest rooms are stylishly decorated. Famous Seattle chef, Tom Douglas' newest restaurant, Lola, is located in the ground floor.
The first truly hip Seattle hotel. Right in the middle of everything. This hotel has a great lounge bar that I love to hang out in on weekend evenings
Inn at the Market
This hotel has a great market location and very friendly service. Some rooms have wonderful views (while others stare at an adjacent building's wall). Cafe Campagne downstairs is one of my favorite Seattle restaurants. This hotel's beds are the most comfortable in town.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Old fashioned luxury in a central location. The Georgian Room serves an elegant afternoon tea and Sunday brunch
Five blocks from Pike's market and Belltown bars. Close to the Monorail and downtown shopping. Cool cylindrical tower design for those retro-modern fans.
With rates beginning at $85, a stylish Belltown location, and modern decoration, this hotel is difficult to pass up. Be aware, though that the least expensive rooms have shared bathrooms.
Out of town
Willows Lodge in Woodinville
Next door to the Herbfarm Restaurant (35 min to downtown), this hotel feels like a mountain retreat and has a beautiful spa. Suites have jetted tubs. Breakfast at the Barking Frog restaurant is included.
Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland
Comfortable, homey but elegant hotel on Lake Washington (20 min to downtown). Snacks available in the kitchen at midnight. Book a room with a lake view and have dinner at the Yarrow Bay grill.
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