Downtown Seattle Economy Hotels

by Mark Heidelberger Google
The world-famous Space Needle makes Seattle's skyline easy to identify.

The world-famous Space Needle makes Seattle's skyline easy to identify.

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Those visiting Seattle, Washington, on a budget may be surprised to learn that several hotels throughout the city offer rooms starting under $100 per night. Although amenities and services are limited, the properties are clean, comfortable and just as convenient to local area attractions and restaurants as the city's pricier hotels. Additionally, many of the properties are brand name chain hotels that lend a sense of trust and familiarity, while a few others are historic staples of the city itself.

The Moore Hotel

The Moore Hotel, constructed in 1907, serves as one of Seattle's historic landmark properties, while offering easy access to local points of interest ranging from the Seattle Symphony to the Paramount Theatre to the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The hotel's lobby features exquisite tile work, restored marble accents and decorative moldings dating back to the early 20th century. The 100 percent smoke-free property maintains low prices by eliminating many amenities like air conditioning and parking, although free Wi-Fi Internet terminals can be found on-site. Those seeking fresh local eats will enjoy the famous Pike Place Public Market just two blocks away, while nearby Bell Town offers an array of casual cafes and bistros. Each of the 120 rooms is outfitted with plush queen beds, antique lighting and cable TV, while some feature views of the Puget Sound. European-style rooms have a shared bath. In addition, all children under age 10 stay free with a paying adult.

Best Western Executive Inn

The AAA-rated three-diamond Best Western Executive Inn is less than a mile from the shops at Pacific Place, attractions like the Space Needle, and business entities like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center with treadmills, stationary bikes and a hot tub, while executive travelers have complimentary use of a business center and access to ten different meeting rooms. The 24-hour front desk offers safety deposit boxes and a multilingual staff that speaks Spanish, French and Farsi. Additionally, the concierge service can assist guests with booking theater tickets or arranging a limousine. Brellas, the on-site restaurant, serves a hot breakfast buffet in the morning and upscale American cuisines for dinner. All 121 guest rooms come with a work desk, microwave, fridge, easy chair and private bath with robes and toiletries. Eight rooms are designed for physically challenged guests. No pets are permitted on the premises.

Travelodge Seattle By The Space Needle

The Travelodge Seattle is convenient to many area attractions, including the Woodland Park Zoo, Intiman Theater and Pacific Science Center. On-site recreational opportunities range from a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with sundeck and Jacuzzi to a first-rate workout room. Guests can enjoy services like valet laundry and dry cleaning, express check-in and check-out, free newspapers and high-speed wireless Internet access in all public and private areas. A complimentary light breakfast with freshly brewed coffee is served in the mornings, while lunch and dinner spots like Crow Restaurant and Daniel's Steakhouse are just a stone's throw away. Each of the 88 tastefully appointed guest rooms offers a choice of one king, one queen, two queen or two double beds, and all rooms features satellite TV, extra-wide personal safes, and bathrooms with massage showerheads. Interested parties should also inquire about various package deals, featuring tours of Tillicum Village or passes to the top of the Space Needle.

Ramada Seattle Downtown

The Ramada Seattle Downtown is nestled in the heart of the city, close to the Seattle Aquarium, Washington State Conference Center, and sports arenas such as Safeco Field and Qwest Field. Corporate guests can utilize a business center with computer workstation and wireless data connection, while other property amenities include an exercise room, meeting facilities, automated wake-up calls and a hotel parking garage for a nightly charge. The hotel’s convenience mart sells snacks and sundries 24 hours a day, while breakfast and lunch is served daily at the on-site Max's Cafe. Also, restaurants like Nara Grill, Palace Kitchen and the Dahlia Lounge are within walking distance. All guest rooms are non-smoking and are furnished with Serta Concierge Emerald Plush Bedding, 27-inch cable TVs with pay-per-view, direct-dial phone with voice mail capabilities, and desk with lamp and chair. Guests can also choose whether they want views of the Space Needle or the downtown skyline.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.

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