Despite its long-standing reputation for a high cost of living, I’ve never found Seattle to be particularly luxurious.
There are some excellent places to eat (better than Portland, anyway…) but many of the places to stay lack a level of refinement.
However, I’ve stayed at enough hotels in the Seattle area (with and without family) that I feel positioned to give a few recommendations if you’ll be visiting the city.[pb]6[/pb]
I won’t bore you with my decision-making process upfront. It’s not important anyway. If you’re interested, I’ll include my thinking points at the end but the short version is that I looked for a balance of ambiance & historical significance, location, staffing, on-site amenities, and room size/outfitting.
With the addition of personal experience, I’ll flatter myself that the below list is rather complete and there are very few places worth staying that didn’t make it into this article.
Most Central & Luxurious Seattle Hotels
1. Four Seasons Seattle
The Four Seasons Seattle is a AAA Five Diamond hotel situated in the heart of downtown.
The skyline views from the rooftop deck are breathtaking, and the rooms are some of the most spacious and well-appointed in the city.
I found the concierge team to be incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, as they’re always happy to recommend the best restaurants and attractions in town.
The on-site spa is also a wonderful place to relax after a long day of exploring, and the staff provides an exceptional level of service.
Overall, the Four Seasons Seattle is an ideal choice for those who want to experience all that the city has to offer in style and comfort.
2. Hotel Ballard
Hotel Ballard Seattle is a historic hotel that first opened its doors in 1924. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, the hotel offers guests a unique and charming experience.
The hotel’s rooms are individually decorated and feature all of the basic amenities one would expect, such as free Wi-Fi and cable TV.
On the more interesting side, guests can also enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning in the hotel’s dining room.
Hotel Ballard Seattle is the perfect place to stay whether you’re visiting the city for business or pleasure. With its convenient location and wonderful amenities, it’s one of the most recommended hotels by locals. While I wouldn’t say that it’s a truly luxurious place to stay, it is enjoyable.
3. Lotte Hotel
Lotte Hotel Seattle is a AAA Four-Diamond award-winning luxury hotel in downtown Seattle.
The hotel is located in the city’s vibrant business district, just steps from the shopping and dining of Pike Place Market.
The world-class property features stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, as well as a full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three acclaimed restaurants.
Lotte Hotel Seattle provides an unforgettable experience for both business and leisure travelers alike. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s many attractions or simply looking to relax and rejuvenate, Lotte Hotel Seattle is a really great option.
4. Bellevue Club Hotel
Bellevue Club Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the heart of Bellevue, WA (which is pretty much the same as Seattle, sorry locals…)
The hotel features an indoor pool, spa, and fitness center, as well as a restaurant and bar.
The guest rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with views of either the city or the surrounding mountains.
The hotel is conveniently located near many of Bellevue’s corporate headquarters, as well as shopping, dining, and entertainment options. In addition, the Bellevue Club Hotel Seattle offers a variety of packages and deals that make it an even more attractive option for those looking for great value.
5. Hyatt Regency Seattle
Opened in July 2003, the Hyatt Regency Seattle is a luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown.
The hotel features 1,260 guest rooms and suites, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor pool.
Guests can enjoy views of the city from their room or dine at one of the hotel’s five restaurants.
The Hyatt Regency Seattle is also home to a full-service spa, which offers a variety of treatments including massages, facials, and body wraps.
For business travelers, the hotel offers over 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The Hyatt is, in my opinion, the best place to stay if you’re traveling with family as it is conveniently located to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other city attractions.
6. The Lodge at St. Edward State Park
The Lodge at St. Edward State Park is a stunning piece of architecture nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Built in the early 20th century, the lodge was designed to resemble a Renaissance chateau and features a grandiose main hall, exquisite woodwork, and a beautiful central stone fireplace.
In addition to its architectural significance, the area surrounding the lodge is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, elk, cougars, and bobcats.
The park is also a popular spot for birdwatching, and over 200 species of birds have been sighted within its boundaries. With its breathtaking scenery and rich history, the Lodge at St. Edward State Park is truly a hidden gem.
7. Inn at the Market
Inn at the Market is a wonderful place to stay when visiting Seattle. The location is unbeatable – right in the heart of Pike Place Market – and the views are stunning.
The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and they go out of their way to make sure your stay is perfect.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, with everything you need for a relaxing stay. And the breakfast buffet is delicious! I highly recommend Inn at the Market to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Seattle.
8. Fairmont Olympic Hotel
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is a historic luxury hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington.
The hotel has been in operation since 1924, and it is currently owned by the Lowy family. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is situated on the corner of University Street and 4th Avenue, in the heart of Seattle’s downtown core.
The hotel has 700 guest rooms and suites, as well as more than 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is also home to the Rothko Chapel, a non-denominational space for prayer and contemplation. The chapel was designed by American artist Mark Rothko and it is considered to be one of his most important works.
In addition to its art and architecture, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is also known for its impeccable service and attention to detail. Whether you are staying at the hotel for business or pleasure, you can be sure that you will be well taken care of.
9. Hotel 1000
Hotel 1000 Seattle is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Seattle. The hotel features a variety of amenities, including an on-site restaurant, fitness center, and business center.
Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at Hotel 1000 Seattle are spacious and elegant, with plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable.
I would consider Hotel 1000 to be a really mid-level hotel as opposed to a luxury stay but, if you’re in the city for a night, it will still check all of the boxes.
Each room features a king-size bed, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and valet parking is available for an additional fee.
10. Mayflower Park Hotel
The Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle is situated in the heart of downtown, just steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The hotel offers a variety of accommodations to suit every need, from cozy guestrooms to spacious suites.
Guests can enjoy world-class amenities, including an on-site spa, 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. The Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle is the perfect choice for business or leisure travelers seeking a truly memorable experience.
11. Kimpton Hotel Monaco
The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is located right in the heart of the city, just steps away from all the best shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites to choose from, each appointed with luxury amenities and views of the cityscape.
Guests can enjoy on-site dining at the acclaimed Union Restaurant, or take advantage of the 24-hour fitness center and business center.
12. The Sound Hotel
The Sound Hotel Seattle is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city.
Just steps from Pike Place Market and the waterfront, the hotel offers a great location for exploring all that Seattle has to offer.
The Sound Hotel Seattle is also a great choice for business travelers, as it offers easy access to the Convention Center and downtown business district.
Guest rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with free Wi-Fi and plenty of workspace. The hotel also features a fitness center and an on-site restaurant, making it the perfect place to stay for both business and pleasure.
13. The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel Seattle is a historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle.
The hotel was built in 1926 and originally served as an apartment building. In the early 1970s, the hotel was converted into an office building. In 1994, the hotel was restored to its original purpose and reopened to the public. The Paramount Hotel Seattle is best known for its Art Deco architecture and its iconic neon sign.
The hotel has been featured in several movies and television shows, including “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Shining.” The Paramount Hotel Seattle is one of the most popular hotels in the city, and it is a great choice for visitors who want to experience the history and culture of Seattle.
My Luxury Hotel Ranking Factors
First off, the above list is not really in order of my recommendations, luxury, cost, or anything important.
I simply sat down with a pencil and paper and asked myself, “If I were to head to Seattle, where would I be interested in staying?”
Having stayed at some truly amazing hotels, all of the above still have, in my estimation, unique value to offer any stay or vacation.
Your choice will rely heavily on what amenities you value but you can’t really go wrong with any of the choices.
If you’re a bit overwhelmed and wish that I had offered a more direct recommendation or a shorter list, I’m sorry. The list is already written and will never be shortened (unless I have an awful experience at one).
I will, however, give you my short recommendation to save you the hassle of doing more research.
If you’re in Seattle with family and want to experience the city, stay at the Hyatt Regency. It has the best mix of amenities and location.
If you’re in Seattle for business, stay at the Hyatt Regency or Bellevue Club Hotel (which has an excellent bar).
Enjoy your trip!