Check out some of our favorite places to stay in Seattle
1 of 7John Clark
This recently spruced-up arty hotel is a book-lover’s dream. Try to score the Author’s Suite, where you can curl up next to a fire with a book pulled from the room’s private library. Look closely and you’ll find signed copies from authors who have stayed in the room.
Pictured: Pull a volume from the shelf or doodle with colored pencils while you wait for brunch at the Library Bistro, just downstairs from your room at the Alexis.
1007 First Ave., Seattle WA
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2 of 7Photo by Lisa Romerein
Hyatt at Olive 8
Inside the skyscraper with the blue glass fins at Eighth Avenue and Olive Way is a Hyatt hotel with environmentally conscious rooms, some of which have a view over the green roof with drought-tolerant sedums.
The look is all clean lines and fun nods to 1960s mod. And, oh, that view―the Olympic Mountains and sparkling saltwater crisscrossed by ferries. Be sure to check out the bathwater-warm outdoor infinity pool (left) with a panorama of Puget Sound.
The hotel is fairly new, but it’s in a 1917 landmark building that was once a men’s club. Whereas the other new downtown hotels are sleek and spare, the Arctic Club is plush and plump. Rooms on the Executive Level have terraces with knockout views.
Celebrating its 25th birthday in 2010, the inn has simple, stylish rooms and a sunny deck with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline and sparkling Elliott Bay. Grab your lunch at Pike Place Market outside then head up to theere for an impromptu picnic.
Most of the 10 rooms in the Pike Place Market walk-up share baths, in keeping with the tradition of classic pensiones.
But everything is neat as a pin in this budget-priced European-style gem, where breakfast is served at antique wooden tables overlooking the Puget Sound and rooms are appointed with antiques and crisp white linens. (Two second-floor suites include both kitchens and private baths.)