Seattle Hotels & Motels

by Pamela Wright
Seattle skyscrapers.

Seattle skyscrapers.

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Travelers visiting Seattle have plenty of lodging options. Top hotel chains, including Sheraton, Hyatt, Residence Inn, Best Western and Homewood Suites, as well as luxury brands like Pan Pacific, Fairmont and Four Seasons are located in the city. Most are clustered in the downtown area with easy access to top attractions, like Pike's Place Market, Space Needle and Seattle Art Museum. However, if you're looking for something more more unusual, consider staying at one of Seattle's green hotels or a trendy boutique. You might also consider a historic hotel, showcasing a slice of Seattle's past, or a property along the city's vibrant waterfront district.

Green Hotels

Two Kimpton hotels in Seattle, the Hotel Monaco Seattle and the Hotel Vintage Park, have received Green Seal Silver Certification. The hotels use eco-friendly cleaning products, soy inks and recycled paper for company communications and brochures, low-flow water systems and organic products. They also donate unused amenity bottles to local charities. Hotel Monaco, ranked as one of the top 100 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine, has a slightly playful decor, with stucco walls, wrought-iron accents and splashes of bright colors. A mural showing a pod of swimming dolphins is on one wall of the lobby. Bright golds and reds accent the rooms and lobby area at the Hotel Vintage Park, a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. Most of the 225- to 360-square-foot rooms have city views.

Waterfront Area Hotels

You'll have views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains from The Edgewater hotel, perched on Seattle's Pier 67. A large river rock fireplace is the focal point of the lodge-style lobby, with windows overlooking the water. The 223 rooms have a blend of rustic and modern decor, with knotty pine furniture and sleek baths with white bead-board paneling, black granite counters and vessel sinks. About half of the rooms have water views; the others overlook the Seattle downtown skyline. You'll also have water views from about half of the rooms at the contemporary Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Rooms are decorated in neutral tan and creamy white colors and fabrics, with cherry wood accents; some rooms also have private balconies overlooking Elliott Bay.

Boutique Hotels

The 121-room Alexis Hotel, located in the artsy West Edge district, showcases a collection of original local art in the hotel gallery and lobby. This boutique hotel, with bold, geometric rugs and black and white accents, offers high-end amenities like luxury linen sheets, feather duvets, flat-screen TV and in-room spa services. Walk to to Pike's Place, the Space Needle and the waterfront from the Euro-style Ace Hotel. Standard rooms are bare-bones minimalistic with white walls, in-room wall sinks and shared baths. The deluxe rooms have the same white-on-white, industrial-style decor with private baths.

Historic Hotels

The grand Mayflower Park hotel has been designated one of the Historic Hotels of America. The hotel, originally known as The Bergonian, was built in 1927. New owners changed the name to Mayflower Park in 1974. The hotel has been updated and renovated several times, but the original features remain. The restored lobby has painted wood-paneled walls and traditional furnishings and colors, like creams, tans and greens. Rooms have Queen Anne-style furnishings, including large armoires, and original 1927 tile bath floors. Amenities include an on-site lounge, restaurant and fitness studio. The Farimont Olympic has been a downtown Seattle landmark since it opened in 1924. The Italian Renaissance building with Palladian windows, carved wood paneling, chandeliers, fountains and ornate staircases is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel, with 450 traditionally styled rooms, is an AAA Five Diamond property.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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