The best hotels in Seattle, Washington. Including luxury accommodation at Hotel 1000, Monaco & Andra, plus value options such as Max & Marqueen.

Best hotels in Seattle, USA | Budget accommodation ($)

The Seattle City Hostel (2327 2nd Avenue) has to be one of the most likeable hostels in the world. There’s street art over the bedroom walls and bathrooms are spotlessly clean. They also keep chickens outside whilst growing fruit and honey on the roof. Private doubles with shared bathrooms start at $80. The Moore Hotel (1926 2nd Avenue) has flamboyant hallways that don’t match the dowdy-but-spacious rooms, but it’s excellently located on the cusp of Pike Place, Downtown and Belltown. Otherwise is the place to go hunting for decent suburban B&Bs.

Best hotels in Seattle, USA | Mid-range hotels ($$)

The Max (620 Stewart Street) has plenty of energy; each floor has a different theme, bright colours hold sway and treats such as pillow menus are thrown in. The best value tends to come in the Queen Anne area, however. The Maxwell (300 Roy Street) is lovely, with wooden floors, rainbow rugs and coffee makers giving the heart to balance the surprising luxuries of marble bathrooms and small pool. The Marqueen (600 Queen Anne Avenue North) has a glorious vintage feel; fridges, microwaves and deep burgundy splashes compliment the dark woods and antique furniture.

Best hotels in Seattle, USA | Luxury hotels ($$$ to $$$$$)

The Scandinavian-tinged Andra (2000 4th Avenue, 448 8600,, from $184) has spacious rooms that manage to be contemporary without veering into bland. Touches such as the furry headboards and roaring lobby fires add soul. The endearing Inn at the Market (86 Pine Street, $$$) has two key points of difference – the location at Pike Place market and the fabulous rooftop deck overlooking Puget Sound. The Hyatt at Olive 8 (1635 8th Avenue, $$$$) offers much the same look and facilities as the Grand Hyatt around the corner, but at more competitive rates. It’s businessy without feeling whitewash corporate.

Hotel 1000 (1000 First Avenue, $$$$$) is Seattle’s best top end bet. The art in your room is adjusted to your tastes, water in the baths pours down from the ceiling and there’s a virtual golf course downstairs. The Monaco (1101 4th Avenue, $$$) is very much love or hate, coming across as a gaudy circus-esque palace. Wallpaper is extravagantly stripy, they’ll lend you a goldfish in a bowl for company and the bathrobes are leopardskin print. Less exciting is the predictable Four Seasons (99 Union Street, $$$$$) – but the facilities are arguably the best in town.

Seattle hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season.

$ = under US$90 a night

$$ = under US$170 a night

$$$ = under US$250 a night

$$$$ = under US$350 a night

$$$$$ = over US$350 a night.

The Seattle hotels above have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Seattle, try a Seattle hotel search with our booking partner,

Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in May 2011. Things may have changed since then.

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