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The 7 Best Cheap & Moderate Hotels in Seattle
1. Ace Hotel
Hip, quirky boutique hotel in a fantastic location (steps from some of Seattle’s coolest bars and restaurants). The building is old, but the vibe is fresh and fun: think high ceilings, wood floors, original artwork, and minimalist design. Guest rooms are clean and comfortable; standard rooms have full platform beds, in-room sinks/vanities and share bathrooms (these are clean and plentiful), deluxe rooms have en-suite baths and full, queen, or king beds – and the best have partial water views. Interior rooms have air conditioning. Daily waffle breakfast. Located in the fun Belltown neighborhood, an easy walk to Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.
Comfortable and modern hotel, great central location (5-minute walk to Pike Place Market), amazing views. Guest rooms are spacious and bright, with comfy beds and marble bathrooms. All rooms and suites have Juliet balconies; those on the 5th floor and above have unobstructed city and Sound views. Recently renovated fitness center and pool/hot tub, good in-house restaurant and lounge. Excellent location: close to shopping and downtown attractions.
A modern hotel in an historic building – The gorgeous marble lobby dates from the early 1900s, but this hotel’s vibe is sleek, contemporary, and urban. Guest rooms and suites are cozy, with large windows and great views. There’s an indoor heated pool, fitness center, coin-op laundry, and a bistro-style restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner. Located in Seattle’s financial district, so don’t expect a lot of nightlife nearby but it’s easily walkable to all of downtown, with super easy access to buses and light rail. The Pioneer Square transit station is one block away.
A clean and comfortable historic district hotel. Guest rooms have original woodwork, vintage decor, and air conditioning. Bathrooms are small, but well-appointed. Some rooms have balconies with city and Sound views; avoid west facing rooms if road noise is an issue. Continental breakfast provided. Located in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, walking distance to the ferry terminal; Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders games; and Pike Place Market.
5. Moore Hotel
Historic hotel with loads of charm – one block from Pike Place Market. Guest rooms are comfortable and spacious, with high ceilings and retro decor. Bathrooms are no-frills, but clean and serviceable. Shared bath “European Style” rooms have in-room sinks/vanities and the lowest rates you’ll find anywhere. Suites come in many configurations, and are great for families. There’s no AC, so avoid west-facing rooms in the summer months if you’re bothered by street noise. Lovely marble lobby, fantastic coffee shop, unbeatable location and price.
6. The Maxwell
Fun hotel in a quieter neighborhood. The atmosphere here is vibrant and very family friendly: all rooms have microwaves, Junior Suites sleep six, and there’s wood-fired pizza right next door. The indoor pool isn’t huge, but it’s great for kids. Located near Seattle Center – walk to the Space Needle, museums, grocery stores, and the monorail into downtown. Complimentary shuttle bus takes guests pretty much anywhere in the city. Free parking, wi-fi, and bike rental.
7. Hotel Hotel
Boutique, no-frills hostel in charming Fremont (10 minutes by bus from downtown). Hip, clean, and secure, Hotel Hotel has co-ed shared-bath dorm rooms with lockers, private rooms with shared or en-suite baths, and a private-bath family room that sleeps four. There’s a well-stocked kitchen available for guest use (and free daily breakfast), and a communal lounge space with TV. Surrounded by great food and fun shops in one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods.
Best Seattle Hostels
If you’re open to staying at a hostel, here are a couple more to consider (both with great locations): Hotel Hotel’s sister property, City Hostel, features amazing local artwork and is located close to downtown in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. The Green Tortoise at Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most famous hostel and a great option for small budgets: along with free breakfasts, they offer 3 free dinners a week, bike rental, and loads of communal tours and events.