What are the best hotels in Seattle?

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People visit Seattle for the food, the natural wonders and all the beautiful bridges. But one thing guests learn when they get to the Emerald City is that choices aren't just limited to the attractions. The city has quite the impressive collection of posh hotels, too. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is widely regarded as the grand dame of the city. The 1920s Italian Renaissance vibe runs through the property: the grand lobby is punctuated with crystal chandeliers and the rooms have classic, elegant décor. Head straight to the top of the Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Seattle when you check in for sweeping views of Elliott Bay — order a glass of locally produced wine at the Pool Terrace, which also has an outdoor fire pit. The downtown hotel has a modern Northwest feel, with natural materials (stone, hardwood), sleek décor and pieces by local artists. Casual chic meets high-tech comforts at Hotel 1000. This modern Four-Star boutique hotel's 120 residential rooms are well situated as a starting point for exploring downtown — from Pike Place Market to Seattle’s sporting arenas. Technology reigns supreme here, with infrared occupancy sensors, VoIP phones, a tub that fills from the ceiling and rotating art on plasma screens. Standards are also set high at the luxurious Four-Star Pan Pacific Seattle, a hotel catering to a well-heeled, international clientele. The contemporary styling is neutral and soothing, and punctuated by zebrawood furnishings and limestone accents. As for the Sorrento Hotel, it's one thing to be Seattle's oldest hotel — state records substantiate the claim — but it's quite another to embrace all the history while also keeping pace in the ever-evolving hospitality industry. This Italian Renaissance-style property does just that.

I love the Inn at the Market, which is in Pike Place Market, so you’re in the heart of everything. You wake up and go downstairs and you get, like, an amazing pastry. Really cool.

There’s another little hotel I love called Hotel Ändra — small, boutique-y, but not too expensive. Great service, great people. Also kind of in the heart of everything.

The Sorrento is really nice. That’s up on Capitol Hill, which is kind of like your hip neighborhood with some of the best restaurants. Some of the best coffee shops are on Capitol Hill. You’re not in downtown; you’re still in a nice hotel that is in a great neighborhood — probably my favorite neighborhood hotel.

Megan Hill

Seattle's best hotels offer a chance to relax after a long day of hitting the streets. Three Seattle hotels — all of which have earned Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star or Four-Star ratings — stand out:

The Pan Pacific Seattle, on the north end of downtown, is within striking distance of higlights like the Space Needle, the hip bars and restaurants of Belltown, and up-and-coming neighborhood South Lake Union. The luxury hotel consists of 153 rooms, many with views of the city skyline and the lake. The Four-Star hotel provides complimentary town car service, perfect  for evening excursions or exploring downtown. Visitors can also take advantage of half- and full-day tours offered by the hotel.

Patrons of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Seattle in downtown Seattle can be at Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum in minutes. Rooms here open onto expansive views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound, with its many islands, and the Olympic Mountains in the background. Amenities here include a rooftop pool and terrace (for more views!), 24-hour in-room dining service, and a luxurious spa. You may never leave!

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is also conveniently located in downtown Seattle, making it easy to explore the area and indulge in the city's many excellent restaurants. You might also choose to eat at The Georgian, the Fairmont's in-house restaurant, with its fantastic French-influenced Northwest cuisine. The Four-Star hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's retained its bygone charm.

Charyn Pfeuffer

Where you stay in Seattle can make a huge difference in the degree to which you enjoy this engaging Pacific Northwest city. Luckily, there are several options suitable for discerning travelers. The best hotels in Seattle have all earned Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star or Four-Star awards: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Pan Pacific Seattle and Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle's downtown location offers an impressive view of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound and the mountains that surround the city. The modern glass tower that houses this Five-Star hotel is a work of modern art — and speaking of art, you'll be close to one of the city's best cultural attractions, the Seattle Art Museum, when you book a room here. 

If you're coming to Seattle to hit up landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, you can't go wrong with a room at Four-Star Pan Pacific Seattle. This luxury Seattle hotel offers 153 rooms that range in size and price. That means you'll have all the space you need to bring along the family, or just the right amount of space to unwind on a solo business trip. Not that you'll be spending all your time in a guest room, though; the hotel offers complimentary town car service that will drop you off right at the door of any place you'd like to go downtown.

The posh stylings of Fairmont Olympic Hotel make it a favorite among architecture and design buffs. Classically dressed guest rooms serve as relaxing retreats from a day of exploring all the attractions in this Four-Star hotel's home base of Rainier Square, which is within walking distance of fantastic boutique shopping and popular restaurants. Elegance from a bygone era radiates from each corner of this hotel; no surprise, since it's on the National Register of Historic Places.

Another option for those who want to steal away from Seattle proper is a small town called Bellevue. Deserved of its name – Bellevue is French for “beautiful view” – this former farming town sits pretty on several hills overlooking Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Hotel Bellevue is a popular outpost with a great location that offers easy access to I-405 and a six block walk to the center of town, but Hotel Bellevue’s intimate, garden environment makes it feel much more remote. 

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  • Megan Hill, New Orleans, LA, USA
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