Best Hotels in Seattle

Seattle is the largest city in the Northwestern United States. Each year Seattle welcomes thousands of visitors, and whether you are there for business or pleasure you’re going to need somewhere to stay. Here are a few of the best hotels in and around the city.

For sheer decadence, look no further than The Four Seasons. The world’s leading luxury hotels operator offers the very best in five-star, modern luxury and hospitality, just five minutes from the waterfront in downtown Seattle.

With floor-to-ceiling windows guest rooms offer stunning views. All feature an iPod docking station, plasma TV and a DVD player. Laptops, fax machines, printers and PlayStations can be provided on request. The hotel even offers a twice-daily housekeeping service and an evening ice delivery!

There is an in-house florist and limousine service. A 24-hour business center caters for the workaholics. The fitness center houses the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment. For those who would prefer to kick back and unwind, rather than work up a sweat, visit the luxury spa, or take a gentle swim in the rooftop pool before relaxing by the outdoor fireplace.

Rates start at around $300 per night.

For a little luxury in an intimate setting, why not try the Vintage Park. Located in downtown Seattle, within easy walking distance of Pike Place Market, theatres and restaurants, the multi-award winning, eco-friendly, boutique-style Vintage Park has made the grade in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious “Best 500 Hotels in the World” list in 2009 and 2011. 

While the building itself is new, the interior oozes vintage glamour and sophistication. Inspired by the Washington Wine Country, this boutique-style hotel has designed its guest rooms in rich, warm tones, with plush fabrics and cherry wood furniture, each one named after a local vineyard or winery. Each night the hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour in the lobby, offering guests the chance to taste the very best in Washington wines.

Rooms start at around $200 per night.

The Paramount Hotel offers great value for a mid-range price. This classic boutique hotel sits a block from the Washington State Convention Center and the Paramount Theatre. Seattle’s downtown shopping district is a five minute walk away, as are some of the city’s most famous eateries

The decor is contemporary and stylish. The staff are multi-lingual and extremely helpful. A trendy on-site restaurant is popular with locals as well as hotel guests. There is a 24 hour business center and fitness center. Wireless internet is complimentary, as are in-room refreshments and newspapers.  Rooms are comfortable, quiet and spacious. Because of its proximity to the Convention Centre the Paramount is a great choice for business travellers.  

Rates start at $145.00 per night.

The Cedarbrook Lodge was ranked #2 hotel in Seattle by Tripadviser in 2011. Located just outside of the city, and nestling in almost 20 acres of lush greenery, Cedarbrook offers guests a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Sea-Tac International Airport, which is only five minutes away. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport, and the Seattle Link light railway, where trains run regularly into the city centre – a journey that takes around 40 minutes.

Each lodge on the complex features a living area, where guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks, and relax in front of the open fire. A hearty continental breakfast is included in the room rate and served in the hotel’s comfortable restaurant. There is also an on-site bar and lounge, fitness center and 24-hour business center. Free Wi-Fi is available in every room and local calls are also free of charge.  Guest rooms feature over-sized bath tubs, ideal for soaking after a hard day sightseeing. Environmentally friendly, luxury bath salts will help sooth away any aches and pains.

Rooms at Cedarwood Lodge start at around $110 per night.

Of course, there are hundreds of hotels in and around Seattle, catering to every taste and budget. It’s important to do your own, independent research before making the decision about where to lay your head. Tripadviser is an excellent resource, as is expedia. You can sometimes pick up good room discounts via these sites too.