|Futuristic, yet so Zen — that’s how paradoxical Seattle is. Set in tranquil Puget Sound where water, slopes, extensive forests, and tech giants meet, Seattle is an excellent Northwest destination for travelers yearning to experience the best of both worlds.
To get an even greater perspective of what Seattle is all about, be sure to add these stylish boutique hotels that are renowned for that distinct Emerald City hospitality.
A Waterfront Inn in the Midst of a Historic Market
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Aptly named Inn at the Market, this hotel rests at the heart of one of the United States’ oldest public markets – Pike Place Market – where fragrant breads and organic produce can be fished fresh. This elegant 4-star outfit features relaxing water-view rooms with regional masterpieces, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
A Choice Hotel for Both Man and Pet
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A Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice awardee, luxurious Hotel Monaco Seattle boasts a stunning lobby and an on-site dining facility renowned for its evening wine hour and delectable Southern dishes. The individually designed rooms come with hypoallergenic beds, flat-screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, and bathrooms with tubs and designer toiletries, plus guest privileges like free coffee, newspapers, and yoga mats.
Contemporary Luxury Near University of Washington
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A leisurely walk from the University of Washington, the Space Needle, and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Watertown Hotel is an ideal base for an education-centered tour of Seattle. Also within close proximity are Pike Place Market and downtown restaurants, which can be explored by loaner bikes or shuttle service, courtesy of the hotel. Otherwise, you can dine in the on-site cafe where free cupcakes and afternoon coffee are served.
19th Century European Class at the Heart of the City
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Founded in 1927, the historic Mayflower Park Hotel bears European elegance through and through: a classy terra cotta facade, halls adorned with opulent chandeliers and 19th-century antiques, and period-style rooms with beautiful floor tiles hauled from the 1920s. All rooms host spacious work areas, LCD TVs with cable, and luxurious bathrooms with deep tubs.
Downtown Budget Inn that Doesn’t Sacrifice Quality
When you want a budget accommodation that doesn’t scrimp on quality, the Quality Inn and Suites Hotel Seattle Center is a fitting choice. For less than $225 a night, you’ll have a spacious room with en suite bathroom (with whirlpool tub for suites), coffeemaker, 32-inch TV, weekday newspaper, and high-speed internet access.