University Plaza Hotel

400 NE 45th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98105, United States
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hotels near Alaskan cruise ports

by nanadear

Hi guys, we'll be traveling with 6 adults and want to come in early for a July cruise to see Seattle. We'll fly in Sat. and cruise out the following Tues. so we have 3 days to see the sites and need info about hotels near our departure port (pier 99 I think). Also would like advice on best way to get from Sea-Tac to that area. All advice from locals are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much

Re: hotels near Alaskan cruise ports

by Marianne2

First, I would check with your cruise ship line, as there is a bus that runs between downtown and Terminal 99. I believe it is operated by the cruise ship line/s. For public transport, the new Sounder train from the airport to down is the cheapest ($2.50). But then you'll still have to get yourselves to the terminal, probably by taxi, if you have a lot of luggage. There's Shuttle Express, which is a shared van, which is what I would suggest since there are six of you. It will take you from the airport to either to your hotel directly, or to the cruise terminal.

For hotels, there is a vast variety here, although none especially near the cruise terminal. The best bet is downtown or Queen Anne. You don't say what your price range is, so you might first start by looking at the Seattle hotel tips on this site, or Trip Advisor reviews. Good luck!

Re: hotels near Alaskan cruise ports

by nanadear

Thanks for your help, we're really excited about coming to your fair city.

Re: hotels near Alaskan cruise ports

by glabah

To give you better hotel advice, we really need to know the pier number. Also, will you be spending one or more nights on the ship while it is in town, or arrive at the ship on departure day?

There's a fair amount of cruise ship traffic out of Pier 99, which is in the Magnolia area, and doesn't really have that much directly near it in terms of hotels. There is a bus stop on the Magnolia bridge directly north of the terminal. This area appears on Google Maps as "Smith Cove Waterway". That bus stop is served by bus routes 19, 24, and 33. It is a bit of a walk from where the cruise ships usually are to the bridge, so you would only want to do that option if you are spending the night on the ship due to the luggage.

There is always a regular stream of taxi cabs to the cruise ships that stop there, but it is about 3 miles to town.

I've actually walked to the downtown Seattle waterfront from that area along a really nice bike path that runs along the water and has few road crossings. It takes me about 45 minutes.

If the pier number is in the 60s range, then you are right downtown, and have a number of different options for hotels right near the water. Cruise ships have mostly moved to the Magnolia pier, but sometimes they do still visit downtown.

They just started train service from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle last month. That service is operated by SoundTransit, but with the amount of luggage you will need for your multi-days cruise I'm sure you will want to use something that will allow easier moving of bags. Airport shuttles range as high as $70 due to the distance from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle, so be sure to shop around.

Travel Tips for Seattle

Finding Addresses in Seattle

by Paul1202

The Seattle Street Name Desigations sometimes confuse people new to Seattle. Seattle is divided into 10 sections. In each of these sections the street or avenue or maybe both are tagged with a diferent designator. All the streets run East/West and all the Avenues run North/South. Downtown there are no designators. But an address of 1115 19th Ave E. is about 20 blocks from 1115 19th Ave and about 40 blocks from 1115 19th Ave. S. But if you know the designators you have a rough idea of what section of Seattle the address is in. Also addresses ending in odd numbers will always be found on the south side of the street or west side of an avenue.

See the lively Pike Place...

by noahsdad

See the lively Pike Place Market. See Chinatown (actually a pan-Asian neighborhood) and the Asian supermarket. Take in the underground city--a little touristy but an interesting peek into the pioneer city. Visit galleries of Native American art. Look for the prophetic words of Chief Seattlth (sp?). Finish with a meal of great seafood and a pie made with fresh Northwest berries.

Queen Anne

by sarahandgareth

No doubt I'm more than a little biased since I lived in this neighborhood for almost a year, but Queen Anne is one my favorites.

There are many parts to Queen Anne. At the top of the hill, is a great little collection of restaurants. A little down the hill towards Seattle Center, west on Highland Drive, is one of the neatest little parks in the entire city. The highlight is the best views of the Space Needle and downtown Seattle. The surrounding homes are worth a look as well. They are huge!

Just north of the Seattle Center, Queen Anne's proximity to the major tourist destinations makes it a prime residential location and an easy target for further exploration.

Experience Music project (EMP)

by jujub

Experience Music Project (EMP) is a museum dedicated to music. The 140,000 square foot facility was created to celebrate creativity and innovation as expressed through American popular music and culture.

The building was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain (in case you were wondering why does the shiny metal ondulating exterior looks so familiar).

The exterior metal wall is really interesting -- in so me places, it changes color as you walk along it.

This museum is expensive, though: adults expect to shell out $19.95, kids age 7-12, $14.95. Not sure if they have student discount...

Please visit their website for hours of operation:

EMP is located at (right next to the Space Needle)
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(on the Seattle Center Campus)

A Starbuck's In Hand

by PrunedInWA

Just in case you are confused as to the reasoning behind all of this...Smokers have cigarettes, Seattle has coffee.

Much as a smoker finds comfort in having a cigarette in hand, a Washintonian finds comfort in having a mocha...or americano...or tall double shot vanilla soy latte in hand.

Your most popular choices will be from Starbuck's (the pioneers of this phenomenon), Tully's & Seattle's Best Coffee (SBC)


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