Inexpensive Seattle Hotels

by Morgan Rush
Seattle's hotels can accommodate budget travelers.

Seattle's hotels can accommodate budget travelers.

Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Gourmet lattes, local beer, mountain views and seascapes – there’s plenty to like about Seattle. Visitors to this Pacific Northwest city can check out the Space Needle, ferry around Bainbridge Island, admire art in Seattle’s countless galleries or snack on organic appetizers at outdoor cafes. The cost of kayaking, shopping and indie concert tickets adds up, so conserve your dollars for preferred activities by staying in one of Seattle’s inexpensive hotels.

Basic Comforts

The Travelodge Space Needle Hotel in downtown Seattle lies within two blocks of its namesake, but it's also close to other traveler destinations, such as the Sci-Fi Museum and Children’s Museum. Amenities include free Belgian waffle breakfast, free wireless Internet access, free newspapers, an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness center. For business travelers, the hotel provides convenient access to the Washington State Convention Center. Visitors pay extra for parking, and pets must stay at home.

Central Location

Guests at downtown Seattle’s Sixth Avenue Inn won't have to drive to get to such attractions as Pike Place Market, the monorail and the Space Needle. The inn conveys old-school class with its low-lit lounge and club-style seating at the on-site Sixth Avenue Bar and Grill, according to Lonely Planet. Home-style food includes burgers, pizza and sandwiches. The hotel offers free wireless Internet access, meeting rooms and business centers. It charges parking fees, but kids younger than 17 stay free with parents. Families can request a roll-away bed and crib, or a microwave and fridge for convenient snacking. Notable sights close by include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Google campus and Starbucks' corporate headquarters.

Free Bus

Washington’s Ramada Seattle Downtown hotel lies on the free city bus line, making it easy for guests to hop aboard and explore the sights. Walk to the Seattle waterfront and Pike Place Market, six blocks away, for waterside dining and shopping centers. Guests can dine in at the on-site bistro or purchase snacks at the Ramada’s convenience store. Amenities include a business center, free wireless Internet access and a fitness center. Guests pay extra for parking and roll-away beds; pets aren’t permitted.

Modern Pizzazz

Hotel Max establishes itself as hip and modern by permitting up-and-coming artists and photographers to display some 350 paintings and photographs around the hotel. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, pillow options, plush robes and organic coffee, and the on-site Red Fin restaurant features Asian fusion cuisine. Guests pay extra for pets, valet parking and wireless Internet access. Special packages include an offer to discount the contents of in-room minibars by 50 percent should you consume its entire contents and romance packages with an edgy twist.

About the Author

Morgan Rush is a California journalist specializing in news, business writing, fitness and travel. He's written for numerous publications at the national, state and local level, including newspapers, magazines and websites. Rush holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images