The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Moore Hotel
“An old-school, no-frills classic with rooms full of faded charm.”—Becky Ohlsen, author, Lonely Planet Seattle. Attaches to the 1907 Moore Theatre, the oldest in the city; 120 rooms with shared or private bathrooms, some with water views; located downtown. 1926 Second Avenue; tel. +1 206 448 4851.

Gaslight Inn
Art-filled bed-and-breakfast in a 1906 home; eight rooms, some with stained-glass windows and decks; private or shared baths; heated outdoor pool (open in the summer) surrounded by a garden; located in Capitol Hill. 1727 15th Avenue; tel. +1 206 325 3654.


Pensione Nichols
“Classy little B&B in a 1910 building within easy walking distance of Pike Place Market.”—J. D. Dickey, author, The Rough Guide to Seattle. Ten antique-decorated rooms with shared baths, two suites with private baths and kitchens; complimentary breakfast in a sitting room with Elliott Bay and Pike Place Market views. 1923 First Avenue; tel. +1 206 441 7125.

Hotel Deca
“Good value and beautiful art deco theme.”—Sally Farhat Kassab, editor, Northwest Best Places. Panoramic views from 158 rooms; colorful décor inspired by the early 1930s; complimentary parking; located in the University District.  4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE; tel. 800 899 0251.

Ace Hotel
“Rock-and-roll hipster; very Seattle.”—Becky Ohlsen. Minimalist, edgy design; unique touches like copies of the Kama Sutra in 28 rooms; shared or private baths; complimentary continental breakfast; located in Belltown. 2423 First Avenue; tel. +1 206 448 4721.

Hotel Max
“Where each room is individually art directed, and style is king.”—Becky Ohlsen. Original artwork by Seattle artists decorates 163 chic rooms; menu of pillows; walking distance to downtown shopping district. 626 Stewart Street; tel. +1 206 728 6299.

Inn at El Gaucho
“An upscale bachelor pad.”—Sally Farhat Kassab. Plush 18-room hotel above the steakhouse El Gaucho in Belltown; leather chairs and handmade furniture; Elliott Bay and Olympic Mountains views from some rooms. 2505 First Avenue; tel. +1 206 728 1133.


Alexis Hotel
“Excellent, stylish hotel dotted with modern art by the likes of Dale Chihuly.”—J. D. Dickey.Colorful contemporary decor; 121 rooms; complimentary nightly wine reception; located downtown. 1007 First Avenue; tel. +1 206 624 4844.

Inn at the Market
“A great, romantic place to call home in Seattle.”—Jim Gullo, author, Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula for Dummies. Boutique hotel in Pike Place Market; 70 rooms, many with large bay windows offering Elliott Bay and Market views; rooftop garden. 86 Pine Street; tel. +1 206 443 3600.

Sorrento Hotel
“If I had a million dollars, I’d always stay at the Sorrento.”—Becky Ohlsen. First guest was President William Taft; 1909 Italian mission-style hotel; 76 elegant rooms with Italian marble bathrooms and Egyptian cotton sheets; located in First Hill. 900 Madison Street; tel. +1 206 622 6400.

Pan Pacific Seattle
Western luxury meets Eastern-minimalist design at this 2006 hotel in South Lake Union; neutral color scheme and zebrawood in 160 rooms, some with Space Needle and Lake Union views. 2125 Terry Avenue; tel. +1 206 264 8111.

Edgewater Hotel
“The classic waterfront hotel where you used to be able to fish from your room’s patio.”—Sally Farhat Kassab. Perched over Elliott Bay on the end of Pier 67; fireplaces and a teddy bear in each of the 223 rooms, many with water views; Pacific Northwest lodge-inspired decor; waterfront and patio dining at restaurant Six Seven. 2411 Alaskan Way; tel. +1 206 728 7000.


Hotel 1000
“Cutting edge; loaded with high-tech features.”—Jim Gullo. Luxe 120-room hotel; bathrooms with soaking tubs that fill from the ceiling; Thai bedding; on-site virtual reality golf course; located downtown. 1000 First Avenue; tel. +1 206 957 1000.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, elegant 1924 Italian Renaissance-style hotel with 450 opulent rooms and suites; located within the downtown shopping district. 411 University Street; tel. +1 206 621 1700.

Grand Hyatt Seattle
A Willem de Kooning sculpture marks the entrance to this high-end hotel popular with executive business travelers; 425 rooms with oversize bathrooms and soaking tubs; located downtown. 721 Pine Street; tel. +1 206 774 1234.


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