Seattle is not the easiest place to find a nice affordable place to stay. On my first trip to Seattle, I camped in a very pretty area east of the city but it was very inconvenient for enjoying the city's many brewpubs. My second time in the Seattle found me at the budget Commodore Hotel which had a good location but was quite frankly a bit of a flea bag.
It was nice to have friends to stay with on our most recent visit. My wife's friend from Munich married an American girl and they moved to her hometown. Lucky for us, it happened to be Seattle!
Well, it's not right in Seattle. As our friends say, they would love to live near Green Lake but it's not really in their price range. They live in the northern suburb of Lynnwood, about 15 minutes in non-rush hour traffic. We grabbed a ride into town with them in the mornings a few times so we didn't have to drive but found the car was the best way to visit the outlying neighborhoods so drove more than we would have liked.
Our room was comfy, had wireless, and the laundry across the hall came in handy when we returned from visits to nearby National Parks. We had some fun meals at the house with our friends and hope to visit them again someday.
Thanks, CrizB and Taj for your warm welcome.
This is the place I stay each and every time I come to visit Seattle...which is about once or twice a year...more if there's a good opera or art show at the SAM.
This is the home of my brother-in-law, Donald, a music teacher who lives in Bellevue.
He has a spare guest room off the kitchen...nice and close for midnight snacks...but that is usually unnecessary due to the very, very generous supply of food he provides his guests!
It's also close to the bathroom, but don't even think of going in there until he's done showering before his first music lesson with a student...usually at 8 a.m....at which time you may as well get up, shower, etc. because the sounds coming from the studio (musical and other types of "instructional" sounds) are guaranteed to keep you awake anyway! Try to come on a weekend when there's more chance of sleeping in...but not if you want to get a full day of sight-seeing in.
As your personal tour guide, Donald runs a tight schedule and makes sure every second of the day is filled with either a culinary, educational, musical, or artistic experience.
If you want to rest...better to stay home!!
Well, Seattle is a big city, so there are many hotels, for the higher/highest end is the 4 seasons and the Alexis. The 4 seasons is very large, and located near the shopping area, and the alexis is small and near pioneer square.
The HI youth Hostel is located on 84 union street, its right next to pike place market and near the waterfront.
All in the city center
This hotel is newly renovated hotel so everything inside is new. If you are that kind of person who likes brand new hotels with no smell of old hotels, book at the Courtyard by Marriot.
This hotel is very close to the Westfield Shopping Mall which is also newly remodelled and renovated. It is one of the best Malls in Seattle right now.
This hotel has a 24-hour shuttle-airport service, indoor swimming pool and spa. It is also a walking distance to various dining facilities.
For pricing, call them directly because I have never booked in this hotel as I live in Seattle.
Note: This hotel is located south of Seattle so it is very far from many tourist destinations. The only close tourist attraction to this hotel is the Boeing Field and the Museum of Flight. Do not book at this hotel if you want to spend more in the City of Seattle. However, there is a bus that goes to downtown Seattle.
Newly renovated hotel so most of its facilities are brandnew.
Sara, her parents, her brother, and his girlfriend stayed at this oddly-named place for the wedding. They got three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs, and access to a common kitchen/dining/living area downstairs. Amenities were top-notch, with large bathrooms, a large-screen TV, a Karaoke machine, comfy couches, and an inviting porch with barbecue, hammock, and orange cat included (the latter was a huge help at dinner time...). Breakfast was a bit disappointing, with lots of fresh bread and bagels, but not much to put on them or to drink (the bride had to make a shopping run to augment the supplies). Other than that nit-pick, Sara found it quite an enjoyable stay.
Cost for the flat is $295 for up to 4 people per night, including breakfast, $20 extra per person up to 8. Costs for groups larger than 8 are negotiable with the owners (Is this where you play "Let's Make a Deal"?).
- Scenic flat in North Seattle house with full kitchen and breakfast included
- Free parking
- Credit cards not accepted (cash or personal check only)
- $295 deposit required with reservation; deposit forfeited if you cancel within 2 weeks
Seattle hotels are expensive. Add 11-15 % tax plus parking fees to the cost of a room and they'll really take a bite out of your budget. Solution? Rent a condo or efficiency apartment. We've become huge fans of vacation rentals for stays longer than a few days as they often offer more space and useful amenities for lower prices. Being able to make breakfast/lunch versus eat out every meal also saves a bundle. Sure, there's no room service, on-site restaurants or concierge but who really needs that stuff? We found this studio - with free parking, en-suite laundry, kitchen and shared indoor pool/exercise room in a great Belltown location - for about $130 a night on Homeaway.com: a bargain for Seattle. They're not all perfect - this one had a worn carpet and lacked some desired kitchen equipment - but was still a great deal for the $$ we saved.
Rentals are great for families, couples or singles traveling together. Do your homework on VRBO, Homeaway or other legitimate sites: look for rentals with lots of reviews and check cleaning fees, taxes (some include them and some don't), location and extras important to you such as elevators and internet service. Also, never send downpayments via cash or wire - book only by credit card.
Unique qualities: space, free parking, desired locations and amenities you'll actually use instead of a bunch you won't
We picked Sutton Suites And Extended Stays only for its proximity to Sea-Tac Airport. Had we not had a 7am flight, we would have stayed closer to Seattle.
However, if close to the airport is what you need, this is the place to stay. The rate was good, the room was clean, and airport access keeps them in business.
All rooms are suites, equiped with full kitchen and a small dining area.
As stated, hotels in Seattle are expensive and , often, booked. So, plan well!
I have found some alternatives to hotels on Craigslist...you could post what you need or look under temporary housing there. You've probably made a decision by now, but in the future remember Craigslist. We found a lovely B&B type house that cost less than the hotels ($90.00) and was in a neighborhood I had not really explored.
Offered an atosphere like a home, with a living room, reading room and kitchen...all rooms cleaner and more luxurious than many 3 or 4 star hotels! Impressive. Plus, it is fun to explore a neighborhood, and to awaken to trees outside the window...and, I must say it was most pleasant to have coffee on a porch rather than take an elevator down to a busy street in search of food in the a.m.!
My partner was very excited to find Motel 6 suites. A NEW suite-motel, for $50 per night, that allows a dog, and is only 15 minutes from Seattle? Wow.
The price is key. We stayed 7 nights, and our dog was a $50 extra fee, so each night after taxes, we actually paid $65.45.
The suite was clean, comfortable, quiet and functional, all in the most basic sense of the word. Motel 6 style.
The best part of our stay was that we had a place...most affordable motels won't allow dogs. It was great to have a clean place to come back to each night and we really appreciated the kitchen.
The worst part about our stay was that our tub didn't drain. We asked for someone to be sent up anytime during the next week at their convenience. The manager says she doesn't have maintenance and won't be getting any. Weird. We checked 2 other rooms, and their tubs didn't drain, either. Like our room, the other tvs and remotes were broken. Unlike our room, the other "nonsmoking" rooms were very smoky.
I would recommend this motel with reservations: this motel is NOT new - in fact, it is quite run-down under the surface. However, it was very clean and the price was good for a suite.
Room had very functional layout for 2 people: big clean bathroom; kitchen with good storage, counter space, 2 burner stove, sink, microwave and frig, plus basic pots, plates, etc; plenty of room to work on computer at counter-height table (that also serves as a dining table and kitchen counter); big closet and dresser for clothes; lounge chair; room had iron and board, motel has coin laundry; surprisingly quiet for being right off the highway and for being Motel 6.
This hotel was very nice and had everything you need. It has a nice continental breakfast that serves eggs, sausages, bacon, pancakes, waffles, juice, coffee, bagels, toast, fruit and yogurt. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were exceptionally clean and well maintained. Close to the bus line that will take you directly into the city.
There is a restaurant / pub right across the parking lot from the hotel.
The Four Season Hotel is just about the grandest hotel that exist in Seattle. It used to be called the Olympic (named after the Olympic Mts & Peninsula across the Puget Sounds). It continues its tradition of luxury and it has retained much of its old world charm. It has within its lobby a grand old mechanical clock at which used to be considered the venue for people to meet.
Its rooms are very comfortable and large and when I was very pleased to have the opportunity of visiting one of them as there was an exhibition of teddy bears in one of them.
The Four Season, difficult for me call it that as I used to know it as "The Olympic", has all the comfort of a four star hotel. On the highest floors, one can actually see the Olmympic Mts., across the Puget Sounds. It has over 900 rooms plus several restaurants and a very charming tea room which looks over the streets. It has a swimming pool which is heated during the winter.
Try to book a room close to downtown if you can find something in your price range, unless you plan on spending half your time outside the city itself. We booked a room 10 miles outside Seattle to save money and it was not worth it! Make sure you don't book a room in a bad part of the city or its surroundings, do some research first. The internet will help your researching efforts greatly, use it.
Aurora Avenue used to be the main highway in Seattle but I-5 is now the busy north-south
highway. There are many cheap motels on Aurora Avenue. I accidentally threw away a free guidebook that I got at the airport that list the name of one hostel. If you have a business expense account, you might stay at the Grand Hyatt Elliot Bay or another one of the big hotels.
While I was staying here I was in a Penthouse suite and it cost me 320 American a night. Normal Rooms are 100 and the cheapest in town is 75, so as you can see Its Not bad at all.. This place is a 5 star hotel, the prices are low because they were just bought by some right guy that wanted it for some reason or another and lets the manager run the place.
I can't complain about one single thing. Everything is classy yet does not cost an Arm and Leg.
The first time we went, we spent 1 night (on our way to Vancouver) and stayed at the Warwick hotel.
We paid $110 for the night. We had a room with 2 beds and a mini bar.
There was a really nice little grocery store and deli across the street from them.
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful
Latest Seattle hotel reviews