The best hotels in Seattle not only deliver top-notch service and comfort, but they also occupy some of the city’s premier downtown real estate. That means dazzling views from your guest room, and a wealth of activities and attractions right from the lobby.
The Best Hotels in Seattle
Make the most of your visit with a stay at one of these five-star hotels in Seattle. Because many of them serve a business clientele, rates at Seattle luxury hotels are often lower on weekends.
Loews Hotel 1000
A recent renovation to this Seattle luxury hotel created sleek and bright guest rooms, complete with deep soaking tubs in the glass-walled bath. (Electric blinds add privacy as needed.) Higher floors provide an intriguing view of shipping traffic to and from the Washington State Ferry terminal and West Seattle’s shipyards.
Amenities: Dining at All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar, virtual golf simulator, full-service spa, fitness center, and saunas.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
At the foot of Union Street near Pike Place Market, the Four Seasons makes the most of its idyllic location with a rooftop infinity pool that seems to melt right into Puget Sound. Don’t miss dining at The Goldfinch Tavern, Ethan Stowell’s on-site restaurant.
Amenities: Dining at The Goldfinch Tavern, fitness center, spa, outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, and outdoor fireplace.
Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Built in 1924 and filling an entire city block, the venerable Fairmont brings Old World glamour to the heart of downtown. The over-the-top lobby with grand main staircase sets the tone for unabashed elegance at one of the best hotels in Seattle. The Four-Diamond Georgian Restaurant serves afternoon high tea.
Amenities: Dining at the Georgian restaurant, Shucker’s Oyster Bar, fitness center with indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub.
One of the best hotels in Seattle for great views, the Edgewater Hotel offers lavish rooms (each with fireplace and luxe bedding) built on a pier over the water. Everyone loves the stories of rock bands—The Beatles, Led Zeppelin—fishing out the windows. Yes, all the famous folk have stayed at this legendary spot, because who doesn’t want to wake up to a view of Puget Sound?
Amenities: Waterside dining at Six Seven Restaurant, complimentary downtown shuttle service, fitness center, and loaner bicycles.
A stylish Scandinavian aesthetic of wood, glass, and textiles in Nordic blues and oranges greets guests at this stylish downtown spot. It’s one of the best hotels in Seattle for foodies, home to both Lola, Seattle chef Tom Douglas’s acclaimed Greek restaurant, and the Hot Stove Society, Douglas’s cooking school.
Amenities: Dining at Lola, fitness center, and shoeshine service.
Inn at the Market
You can’t get closer to Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market than this inn, a tranquil oasis tucked away within the market itself. Its communal rooftop terrace alone is worth a stay, with peeks down into the market hustle and bustle, plus panoramic views of the city skyline, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains. Spacious guest rooms also offer enviable views from large windows or balconies. Dozens of restaurants and shops are just steps away.
Amenities: Rooftop deck, salon, massage services, business center, and privileges at nearby health club.
A facade of angled glass showcases the sleek Scandinavian style that defines the Thompson. Guest rooms are artful, airy spaces with hardwood floors and decidedly Danish-inspired furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame Pike Place Market across the street and a panorama of Puget Sound just beyond. Every guest can enjoy the dazzling view, thanks to The Nest, the rooftop bar and outdoor living room.
Amenities: Dining at Scout PNW, The Nest rooftop bar, rain shower, oversized signature robes, and DS&DURGA bath products.
Doubletree Arctic Club
Relive Seattle’s Klondike Gold Rush heyday at this historic gem of a building in Pioneer Square, once the private clubhouse for miners swapping Arctic stories. Now a Doubletree by Hilton property, it celebrates the past with a rich wood-paneled interior, the sublime Northern Lights Dome Room, and a restored facade festooned with terra cotta walruses.
Amenities: Dining at Juno Restaurant, Polar Bar, fitness center, and business center.
A dramatic modern lobby clad in stainless steel sets the tone for this striking Seattle luxury hotel located downtown. Couples sip cocktails at the Living Room bar near the three-story fireplace; music thumps from the DJ booth on weekends.
Amenities: Dining at TRACE restaurant, Living Room bar, 1,600-square-foot fitness center, in-room spa services, and Bliss products.
The lush and plush Hotel Ballard brings an unexpected elegance to the youthful vibe that pervades Ballard Avenue. All the fun you want is right outside your door; inside, it’s all about comfort and elegance in guest rooms with featherbeds and marble baths. Suites have fireplaces, balconies, and soaking tubs.
Amenities: Library, rooftop pavilion with outdoor fireplace, Molton Brown products, and complimentary access to Olympic Athletic Club next door.
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—Original reporting by Tina Lassen