Hotels near Seattle City Center

by Steven Blum
The International Water Fountain is just one of the many attractions at Seattle Center in downtown.

The International Water Fountain is just one of the many attractions at Seattle Center in downtown.

seattle fountain image by Valeriy Poltorak from

Home to Pike Place Market, Seattle Center as well as numerous shopping centers and performance venues, downtown Seattle is the place to stay to get a taste of urban life in Washington. Hotels here range from spendy luxury hotels to trendy boutiques, but there are also a number of moderately priced options. The best hotels in the city center offer easy access to all the attractions while ensuring guests a comfortable stay.

W Seattle

Like its sophisticated siblings across the country, this hotel in the center of downtown offers upscale and urbane accomodations. The W Seattle is located less than a mile away from the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Space Needle. Rooms, which tend to be on the larger side, come with goose-down comforters and plasma TVs, and the hotel provides a range of amenities for pets. The lobby turns into a fancy lounge at night and the hotel's restaurant, Earth and Ocean, has won accolades from both Seattle Magazine and Seattle Weekly.

Inn at the Market

It doesn't get more central than this; the Inn at the Market is located just steps from the fruit stands, fine restaurants and flower shops of Pike Place Market. Rooms are decorated like a European beach resort and come with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, large bathrooms and window views of either the inner courtyard or Elliott Bay. Downstairs, the elegant Campagne serves formal French cuisine while the attached Cafe offers a similar menu in a more relaxed atmosphere with an extensive happy hour. Shuttle buses provide free transportation to downtown attractions.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Just minutes from the 5th Avenue theater and down the block from the Pacific Place shopping center, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is located in prime touristic territory. Housed in a classic building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the lobby is decorated with crystal chandeleirs, ornate moldings and oak walls and pillars. Rooms tend to be on the smaller side, but still quite luxurious with top-thread linens, and down duvets and pillows. The Fairmont has a lounge, a spa, shopping center, health club and two restaurants.

Sorrento Hotel

Located on First Hill, the Sorrento straddles the border between Capitol Hill and downtown, meaning you can quickly take a hotel shuttle to a show downtown or walk around the block to grab a drink on "the hill." Elegant and whimsical, the Sorrento's courtyard features both wrought-iron gates and palm trees. Amenities include valet parking, Shiatsu massage, and complimentary wireless Internet. You can also read by the fire in the cozy Fireside Room.

About the Author

Based in Seattle, Steven Blum has been writing about arts and culture since 2002. His articles have appeared in "The Stranger" and "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer" newspapers. For two years, he served as Seattle city guide editor for New York's "Blackbook Magazine." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Washington.

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