Despite being the headquarters of many of the biggest companies in the U.S., the luxury offerings of Seattle have never blown me away.
However, after having lived in the area for several years it turns out that, just maybe, I was simply looking in the wrong places.
Sure, Seattle doesn’t have any Michelin Star restaurants, but there are still plenty of great places to eat.
Sure, Seattle doesn’t have any really great wine tours, but the craft beer options are out of this world.
Sure, Seattle doesn’t have any real luxury hotels…oh wait…yes we do. If there’s one thing that Seattle is good at it’s providing luxury accommodation (and killer views).
While you might be experiencing quite the level of attentiveness and luxury that you might find in other cities (or countries) there are places that will please just about anybody (and for sure anyone who is reading this blog or having their assistant do so – shoutout to the assistants here booking rooms for their boss, you’re cool and I like you!)
So where should you stay if you’re looking for the crème de la crème?
Well, here is my plebian and uncultured opinion on what I find to be the most luxurious stays in Seattle (and yes, I’m mostly using cost as my metric).
Most Expensive Hotels in Seattle, Washington
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle – Presidential Suite
The Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle offers luxurious accommodations on the 10th floor with stunning views of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains. The suite features a spacious living area with a built-in fireplace, a dining table for eight, a dedicated office space, and a design inspired by local craft traditions and modern Asian influence. Rich shades of terracotta and chocolate accent a palette of taupe and pale gold, while light ashen woods provide an elegant atmosphere.
The suite comfortably accommodates up to four adults or two adults and two children, with a choice of one king bed, two rollaways, or one rollaway and one crib. Covering 2,480 sq. ft. (230 m2), the suite includes one full marble bathroom with double vanity, a guest powder room with shower, and a range of high-quality bed and bath amenities, such as down pillows, orthopedic pillows upon request, thick terry bathrobes, and hypoallergenic feather products.
Guests are provided with complimentary premium Wi-Fi, a multi-line cordless telephone, voicemail, a refrigerated private bar, and an array of entertainment options including a plasma/LCD screen television, DVD player, Kube Systems charging station, and Bluetooth speaker. Additional services and amenities are available upon request, such as a laptop, video games, fax machine, printer, humidifier, air purifier, and mini refrigerator.
Designed for socializing and entertaining, the Presidential Suite encourages guests to invite friends, family, or colleagues to enjoy dinner or drinks in the living room next to the fireplace. The ample seating options include two sofas, four lounge chairs, and a gaming table. For those seeking a private retreat, the master bedroom offers a quiet sanctuary with a large HDTV for relaxation.
Pricing is dynamic but starts at just under $7,000 per night. There is also the option of paying extra for a “bed and breakfast” experience or the inclusion of the spa.
Hotel 1000 – The Presidential Grand Suite
The Presidential Grant Suite at Hotel 1000 in Seattle offers an opulent experience with panoramic views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and Puget Sound from the 14th floor. This spacious 2,000-square-foot suite boasts a grand foyer with a guest half bath, a dining table for eight, and a double-sided fireplace shared between the living room and parlor. The relaxing bathroom features a glass surround shower, a separate jetted tub, and a glass wall that connects it to the bedroom, with an electronic shade for privacy.
Accommodating up to three guests, the suite provides a comfortable seating area with a sofa, a separate bathtub and shower, and a separate toilet area. Guests can enjoy luxurious touches such as 300 thread count sheets, a 47-inch HDTV, and a Keurig coffee maker. The room is equipped with a range of modern amenities, including air conditioning, signature task lighting, an ergonomic desk chair, and an adjustable thermostat.
Hotel 1000 offers an array of facilities and services to enhance guests’ experience. Among them are connecting rooms, non-smoking rooms, a digital key, a concierge, a spa, golf, EV charging stations, an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, pet-friendly rooms, room service, a business center, and meeting rooms.
The Presidential Grand Suite is thoughtfully designed for guests’ convenience, with features such as bathroom amenities, Braille room numbers, convenient electrical outlets, desk level electric plugs, high-speed internet access, an iron and ironing board, remote control curtains and shades, and two telephones with voice mail and speakerphone functions. For added security, the suite offers an automatic door closer, double locking doors, electronic locks, an electronic smoke detector, and a safe.
The Grand Hyatt – Onyx Suite
The Onyx Suite at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Seattle provides an unparalleled luxury experience, encompassing 2,740 square feet of elegant living space. Guests can enjoy breathtaking city views, a separate bedroom with a king-size Bryte Balance™ Smart Bed, a dining room with a wet bar and kitchenette, and a spacious parlor area with a pullout sofa bed. The suite also features a spa-inspired bathroom with a jetted tub, creating the ultimate indulgent retreat. Amenities include two 55″ flat-screen TVs, individual climate control, blackout curtains, Balmain Paris® Spa bath amenities, robes, a Nespresso® Verturo Plus Machine, and more.
In addition to the Onyx Suite, the Grand Hyatt Seattle offers other luxurious suite options. The Carrara Suite is a 1,354-square-foot high-floor premium suite with one king bed, a separate parlor, a wet bar, a dining area, and an expansive spa-inspired bath with a jetted tub. The Emerald Suite is an 823-square-foot suite on the top four floors, featuring one king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping city views, a pull-out sofa, and a spa bath with a deep soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower. Lastly, the Vesuvio Suite is a 1,354-square-foot suite on an upper floor, offering one king bed, a separate parlor, a wet bar, a dining area, a pull-out sofa, and a spa-inspired bath with a jetted tub. Each suite boasts exceptional amenities and captivating views, ensuring an unforgettable stay for every guest.
The Edgewater – Penthouse Suite
The Penthouse Suite at The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle is a luxurious and spacious accommodation, perfect for guests seeking an upscale experience. This 1,000 sq. ft. split-level, the one-bedroom suite offers stunning panoramic views of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. The master bedroom features a four-poster king bed, while the suite includes a private deck with Adirondack chairs and a chaise lounge. Guests can enjoy a charming dining area for six with a wet bar, a loft-style living room with a sleeper sofa and gas fireplace, and a glass surround shower featuring waterfall and handheld showerheads.
The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle is an excellent option for several reasons. Its prime waterfront location offers stunning views of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay, creating a serene and picturesque atmosphere. The hotel features a range of well-appointed rooms and suites, including the luxurious Penthouse Suite, to cater to different guests’ preferences and needs. The Edgewater Hotel is also known for its warm, welcoming service and exceptional amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Its proximity to popular Seattle attractions, shopping, and dining makes it a convenient choice for both leisure and business travelers. Overall, the Edgewater Hotel offers a unique and memorable experience that combines the beauty of its surroundings with outstanding hospitality.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel – Olympic Presidential Suite
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle presents the Olympic Presidential Suite 1 King, a top-floor penthouse suite that provides guests with exceptional comfort and luxury. This premium suite features a well-appointed bedroom with a king-size bed and an option to add a second bedroom at an additional cost. The spacious parlor is designed for lounging and entertaining, showcasing large picture windows, a grand piano, and a classical dining area that accommodates up to 12 guests.
The 3,000 sq. ft. (279 sq. m) suite offers city views and comes with numerous amenities, including air conditioning, complimentary Le Labo toiletries, a Keurig coffee maker, down pillows and duvets, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private stocked refreshment center, terry bathrobes, and a television with cable and in-room pay movies. The windows in the suite can be opened for fresh air.
Upon request, guests can access additional amenities such as connecting rooms, cribs, DVD players, microwaves, small refrigerators, and hypoallergenic bedding, subject to availability. The hotel also caters to business travelers, offering an all-news cable network, access to the business center, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access for ALL – Accor Live Limitless members, PressReader app access, a multimedia ChargePort, and a speakerphone with voicemail.
Luxury Options That Won’t Break The Bank
Now, not everyone wants to stay at the most expensive hotel in Seattle. Well, actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that while everyone wants to stay at the most expensive hotel in Seattle, most people aren’t willing to pay the price.
So what options are left in the luxury range? Well, luckily there are a couple and this is an area where I have much more experience since this is a bit closer to my price range, albeit still a splurge.
These hotels still feel luxurious and are nice enough for a romantic anniversary or special occasion but I have done my best to choose options that come in under $500/night.
And, better yet, most of these can be booked through any of the major price aggregating services to you don’t have to call to make a reservation.
Hotel Ballard – Luxury Suite
Hotel Ballard’s Luxury Suite in Seattle provides an indulgent experience for guests seeking comfort and elegance. Spanning 630 square feet, the suite offers expansive views of historic Ballard Avenue through large bay windows in the parlor and a Juliet balcony off the bedroom. The parlor features a sleeper sofa, lounging chair, large desk, and high-definition television, while the bedroom boasts a signature California king bed, fireplace, and another high-definition television. The suite includes a spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub and walk-in shower. Sliding doors separate the parlor, bedroom, and bathroom, providing optimal privacy.
Guests staying in the Luxury Suite enjoy amenities such as premium down comforters and pillows, blackout window drapes, two large flat-panel televisions, complimentary in-room coffee and tea, Molton Brown bathing products, plush robes, slippers, and more. Hotel Ballard also offers complimentary WiFi, afternoon room service on select days, and a 24-hour front desk to ensure a pleasant and convenient stay.
Inn At The Market – One-Bedroom Suites
The Inn at the Market’s One Bedroom Suites in Seattle blends warmth and elegance, offering guests the ultimate Northwest urban retreat. These suites feature a separate front sitting room with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing spectacular waterfront views.
The large bedrooms also share the view through retractable pocket doors. Custom amenities, including a desk and wet bar, complement the tasteful décor. Each suite comes with a luxurious king-sized custom-made bed, complimentary Wi-Fi, a Keurig coffee maker, custom Sferra linens, plush signature bathrobes, and a spacious bathroom with a lighted mirror and telephone extension.
Additional in-room features include a flat-screen television with cable and an in-house movie system, an iPod docking station and alarm clock, a refrigerator and honor bar, an in-room safe, a full-sized ironing board and iron, complimentary local calls, air conditioning, and a hairdryer, ensuring guests have a comfortable and convenient stay.
Arctic Club Hotel – Rainier King Suite (Top Floor City View)
The Rainier King Suite Top Floor Balcony City View offers guests an exceptional stay with breathtaking city views and balcony access. Located on the top floor, this 590 sq ft (55 m2) two-room suite features a plush king-sized bed with a variety of hypo-allergenic, down-filled pillows, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.
The suite includes a separate lounge area with a sofa bed, a 49-inch HDTV with casting and streaming capabilities, and an iPhone docking station. Guests can relax and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Starbucks® coffee or unwind in the luxurious bathroom featuring a jetted whirlpool tub and rainfall shower. The suite accommodates up to four people and comes with a range of amenities such as air conditioning, complimentary internet access, a mini-refrigerator, ironing facilities, a hairdryer, a telephone, and more, providing a comfortable and convenient experience.
Other Luxury Experiences In Seattle To Round Out Your Trip
What are the best fine-dining restaurants in Seattle?
Seattle has a reputation for many unsavory things and, unfortunately, it’s earned most of them.
One of the few savory reputation points that it has deservedly earned is the reputation for fine food (get it…savory…).
We’ve written quite a bit about the best restaurants in Seattle but, if you’re just looking for reservations, here are a few options.
Among the city’s top restaurants are Canlis, known for its exquisite Pacific Northwest cuisine and breathtaking views, and Altura, famous for its seasonally-driven Italian dishes. For another great dining experience, we recommend visiting Canlis, which has been a Seattle institution since 1950 and consistently earns high praise for its impeccable service and stunning ambiance.
Which upscale shopping districts or malls can I find in Seattle?
If you, your spouse, or the “miss” that you’re visiting in Seattle love shopping, you’re in luck. With several luxury outlets, Seattle is a great place to shop.
Among these are University Village, an open-air shopping center with a mix of national and local high-end stores, and Pacific Place, a luxury shopping mall in the heart of downtown.
How can I arrange for private transportation or chauffeur services in Seattle?
There are numerous options for private transportation and chauffeur services in Seattle, including luxury car rentals, limousine services, and high-end ride-sharing options.
These services cater to the needs of discerning travelers, providing comfort, convenience, and style. To ensure a seamless and luxurious travel experience, we recommend Savoya, a trusted provider of chauffeured services known for their professional, well-trained drivers and diverse fleet of luxury vehicles.
Are there any luxury spas and wellness centers in Seattle?
Seattle is home to a variety of luxury spas and wellness centers that offer a range of indulgent treatments, from rejuvenating massages to bespoke beauty services.
Top choices include the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle (which you should be staying at anyway…) which offers an extensive menu of treatments, and Penelope & The Beauty Bar, a premier day spa located within the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
How is the nightlife in Seattle for an upscale traveler? Are there any exclusive clubs or lounges?
Seattle’s nightlife scene offers a variety of options for upscale travelers, including chic cocktail bars, exclusive lounges, and sophisticated clubs.
While I wouldn’t consider them upscale or chic, there are also some great tiki bars in the area!
In conclusion, Seattle has some really freakin’ expensive hotels. The number of luxury offerings has improved significantly in the past few years and I’m no longer embarrassed to write this list.
So if you’re the type that needs a luxurious place to sleep and poop while traveling, book any of the above.
Or, be brave and try one of the hostels instead. You’ll probably survive.