What are the best places to stay in Seattle?

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From tiny B&Bs serving home-cooked breakfasts to sleek, modern hotels (and pretty much everything in between), Seattle has a wide variety of hotels to choose from when visiting. Forbes Travel Guide picked five top spots to stay and play when you’re visiting the Emerald City:
 
1. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Four-Star downtown hotel is widely regarded as the grand dame of the city. The 1920s Italian Renaissance vibe runs through the hotel: the grand lobby is punctuated with crystal chandeliers, the rooms have classic, elegant décor, and The Georgian Four-Star restaurant is one of the finest in all of Seattle.
 
2. Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Head straight to the top of the Five-Star hotel 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.
 
3. Hotel 1000. Casual chic meets high-tech comforts at this modern boutique hotel. One hundred and twenty residential rooms are well situated as a starting point for exploring downtown — from Pike Place Market to Seattle’s sporting arenas. Technology reigns supreme at this Four-Star hotel, with infrared occupancy sensors, VoIP phones, a tub that fills from the ceiling and rotating art on plasma screens.
 
4. Pan Pacific Seattle. Standards are set high at the luxurious Four-Star Pan Pacific Seattle, which caters to a well-heeled, international clientele. The contemporary décor is neutral and soothing, and punctuated by zebrawood furnishings and limestone accents. 
 
5. 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 stay at the Hotel Ändra — I have a restaurant in the hotel, but it’s not my hotel. I put people up there. A crazy-fun place that’s always expensive — because it’s always full — is the Inn at the Market at the downtown’s Pike Place Market. I’m a fan of fancy hotels. There’s a brand-new Four Seasons Hotel Seattle here that does a very nice job. I got married at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, so I always like that hotel, too.

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