Hotels & Inns in Seattle, Washington

by Cicely A. Richard

Seattle, Washington, refers to itself as a "metro-natural" city because of its metropolitan location surrounded by the mountains and Puget Sound, and hotels and inns in Seattle offer spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and downtown. Guests have the option of enjoying Seattle’s world-class entertainment like the Frye Art Museum, hiking the mountains or boating in the sound. Several inns and hotels, such as the Mayflower Park Hotel, are historic landmarks.

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AAA Four Diamond Lodgings

Inn at the Market is a boutique hotel in historic Pike Place Market that features an ivy-covered courtyard and a rooftop deck overlooking downtown, the market and Puget Sound. The lobby has a fireplace and showcases the works of local artists. Amenities include in-room massages, a beauty salon and access to the Seattle Athletic Club. Guest rooms contain floor-to-ceiling bay windows, refrigerators and televisions with cable, movies and video games. Hyatt at Olive 8 is the first hotel in Seattle certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Green practices include low-flow plumbing, minimal water use and recycling. Hotel amenities consist of concierge service, eco-friendly spa treatments and room service. Guest rooms feature neutral colors and have 37-inch flat-screen televisions, glass walk-in showers and Portico bath products.

Historic Hotels and Inns

The Mayflower Park Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Opened in 1927, it is the oldest continually operating hotel in downtown and has its original terra cotta facade. The interior features high ceilings, stained-glass windows, a crystal chandelier and a 200-year-old grandfather clock. Hotel amenities include concierge service, evening wine, 24-hour room service and a fitness room. Guest rooms contain bathrooms with tile floors with deep tubs, flat-screen televisions and sitting areas. Built in 1909, the Bacon Mansion is a Tudor-style home in the historical Harvard-Belmont Landmark District. The interior features family antiques, a marble fireplace and a crystal chandelier. Each guest room has a different design. The Carriage Loft offers a private entrance through the garden and two rooms connected by stairs.

Romantic Lodging

The Edgewater Hotel sits on the shores of Elliott Bay on Pier 67 and offers views of the Seattle skyline, the bay and the Olympic Mountains. Its 2010 Snuggle & Smooch package includes chocolates from a local chocolatier, five chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to guest rooms and massage lotions. The Six Seven restaurant features tables overlooking Elliott Bay and Puget Sound and serves meals using local ingredients. Guest rooms feature pine furniture, amber quartz flooring, black granite countertops and fireplaces. Chambered Nautilus Bred & Breakfast Inn is a 1915 Georgian colonial home with landscaped gardens with relaxing chairs. The home also features a front porch, a fireplace and a dining room. Amenities include 24-hour snacks and a 24-hour business center. Its basic romance package includes a dozen roses, a box of Fran’s Chocolates and a teddy bear. Select rooms have gas fireplaces, sitting areas and oak furniture.

Additional Information

Seattle hotels are located on public transportation lines, or guests can reserve limousines, town cars and private buses. Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau provides information about area hotels and package deals to area attractions, including the Space Needle and live events.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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