I recommend these luxury hotels, which top my Seattle hotel reviews. They’re the best hotels in Seattle.
This elegant and contemporary hotel has the best location downtown. It’s between the art museum and the market, near stairs to the waterfront.
The dim lobby is lined with sleek stone and wood, and the understated theme continues in the beige rooms. They’re spotlessly clean, with marble baths and floor-to-ceiling views.
The Fairmont is king when it comes to traditional luxury. Seattle’s well-to-do have gathered in its opulent splendor for charity events and weddings since the opening night gala in 1924.
The lobby is richly ornate, rooms are tasteful, service impeccable, and the regal Georgian restaurant is superb.
Classy Hotel 1000 is your best choice for modern luxury and high-tech features in downtown Seattle. A small lobby is accented by colorful lighting and art. Staff is warm and helpful.
Large and well-appointed rooms are decorated in luxurious earth-tones; their floor-to-ceiling windows offer gorgeous views. Library on floor 4.
This boutique hotel offers outstanding customer service in two renovated historic buildings in downtown Seattle.
The hip decor is a nice mix of modern and retro, with warm walls, exposed brick, and fine artwork. Rooms are large and well decorated, but a few lack bathtubs. Ask for a quiet one.
Bright stripes and floral prints on the walls of this stylish boutique hotel are a welcome relief from Seattle’s gray skies. The bold colors and eclectic decor attract a younger clientele.
Rooms are cheerful and comfortable, the lobby is inviting, and lively Sazerac restaurant serves inventive southern cuisine. Try a New Orleans Sazerac cocktail at the bar.
If the top hotels I recommend are booked, consider these alternatives, especially if they offer discounts.
Tallest Seattle hotel. Best views from top floors, good location, indoor pool. Recent remodel. Uneven service.
Trendy lobby, dark decor, great bar, nice beds, some views. Expensive.
Built on a pier above Puget Sound in 1962 before the practice was banned, its priciest rooms have unique water views. Hunting-lodge look. Walkable to cruise ships. A bit worn and noisy.
This superb hotel in the heart of fashionable Kirkland only makes sense if you prefer suburbs to city.
After you explore bustling Pike Place Market, walk half a block uphill and through a charming courtyard to the front door of this romantic inn. The comfortable lobby is a tranquil oasis, and staff are helpful and friendly.
Rooms are large and elegant. Upper floors have panoramic views of Puget Sound and the market below, as does the 5th floor deck, where guests can watch the sunset with a glass of wine.
Marché is a top French restaurant on the courtyard. Health club access (fee). All non-smoking. No pets.
Ändra means change in Swedish, which perfectly suits this vintage building, transformed by renovation and re-outfitted with Scandinavian furniture and modern amenities.
Near Belltown restaurants and clubs, it’s two blocks north of the airport rail terminal at 4th and Pine, and four blocks from the Pike Place Market.
Enjoy nice rooms in earth tones, an attentive staff, and a relaxing lobby that spans two floors. Be sure to reserve a table at popular Lola for the best Greek food in Seattle.
Fitness room. In-room spa services. All non-smoking. Pets OK.
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