Seattle is an incredible, vibrant city where there is always something to do and natural beauty to explore. You’ll find specialist artisan makers, independent boutiques, unique galleries and cool and unusual bars and cafes.
In this guide, I recommend the best boutique hotels in Seattle where you can relax during your visit to one of the country’s great cities.
Boutique Hotels in Seattle
Seattle has many diverse neighbourhoods worth exploring, so I recommend staying at places with easy access to these as well as the attractions in the CBD and around Pike Place Market.
I recommend staying in Belltown, the district just north of downtown.
You’ll find great places to eat out, entertainment venues and artisanal shopping here. Other districts to look out for include Capitol Hill, Ballard, Pioneer Square and West Seattle.
Top PickThe Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown
Address: 2120 4th Avenue, Belltown, Seattle, WA, United States
The Sound Hotel is an incredibly beautiful and uniquely designed boutique hotel in the Belltown district of Seattle. The rooms are a great size with large beds, spotlessly clean interiors and everyone loves the amazing showers. The hotel’s Currant Bistro has a thoughtful menu highlighting regional ingredients, Seattle’s craft beer and Washington wine. The atmosphere is calm, classy and cool.
- Great location near Jazz Alley.
- A viewing terrace where you can see the Space Needle.
- Cool artwork by local artists.
- High-end amenities in the amazing shower.
- Exceptional attention to detail and service.
Pros: This is one of the most highly-rated hotels in Seattle and deservedly so. Staying here is more than just a roof over your head, it’s a wonderful experience in every sense. Read the reviews for yourself to see how guests find the Sound, particularly the exceptional service.
Cons: The hotel parking is expensive although this is not unusual in Seattle.Check Availability
In this guide, I recommend The Sound Hotel as my top pick and best hotel in Seattle.
I based this on the quality of the fittings, furnishings and amenities, the location in Belltown (one of the most popular areas to stay in Seattle) and the highly-rated service.
An analysis of the hotel reviews shows this is one of the most loved hotels in Seattle, with very few negative comments.
The State Hotel
Address: 1501 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA
This historic boutique hotel near Pike Place has been beautifully converted into a stylish place to stay. The contemporary rooms are simple, clean and comfortable, you’ll find a peloton bike in the gym and a cool vibe in the lounge. The staff are known to be friendly and the free drinks and snacks on offer are a bonus.
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
Address: 201 Westlake Avenue North, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA, USA
You’ll find citizenM in many hotels around the US, but they are always worth considering for their cool design features and value for money. The hotel is well-located in Seattle’s South Lake Union / Denny Triangle district, where you can walk to many of Seattle’s main sights and attractions.
Address: 2000 4th Avenue, Belltown, Seattle, WA, United States
Seattle’s best luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Ändra is beautifully designed with Scandinavian-inspired decor, high-end amenities, plush bathrobes and two on-site restaurants where you can eat in or order room service. Hotel Ändra is located in the cool Belltown district, where you’ll find great bars, restaurants, independent stores and live music venues.
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
Address: 1007 First Avenue, Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
Thanks to its central location in the CBD, The Alexis Royal is a popular hotel with business and conference visitors. However, the hotel is also one of the best for couples. The onsite Bookstore Bar & Cafe is a great place to browse books while sipping a drink from the specialist whiskey library or during regular scotch tastings. The functional gym is one of the city’s best hotel gyms, including a bouldering wall, rings and monkey bars. As for the rooms, the rooms are large and stylishly decorated and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly.
Address: 1112 4th Avenue, Seattle Central Business District, Washington
You’ve likely heard of the W Hotel, so you’ll know it’s a cool hotel with state-of-the-art amenities. There’s a great cocktail bar in front of the 3-storey high fireplace where you can also listen to music with a live DJ on the weekends. Friendly staff, comfortable beds and a relaxed vibe are features of this boutique hotel.
Address: 1000 First Avenue, Seattle
Hotel 1000 is a great alternative to The Alexis Royal, located across the road. This hotel has light and bright rooms, many of which have views of the bay. Stay here if you’re looking for a hotel with a spa and services that include massages, manicures and beauty treatments.
Address: 107 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, USA
The Palihotel is one of the most stylish boutique hotels in Seattle. The unusual decor is highlighted by rich, green-coloured walls and carpets. Nice features include Smeg mini-fridges, large comfy beds and bicycle rental. The location is directly opposite Pike Place, but this does mean the rooms can be a little noisy at times.
This article is part of my series on where to go in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most naturally beautiful areas in North America.
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