The State Hotel Seattle – Hotel Review

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 6, 2019

Exterior corner view of the State Hotel in Seattle.

The State Hotel is on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle.

The State Hotel is a 91-room boutique property within a lovingly-restored 1902 building just one block from Pike Place Market. The decor is a pleasing blend of Mid-century and Art-Deco styles, with local and bespoke artwork featuring prominently throughout. Their excellent and reasonably-priced on-site restaurant, Ben Paris, has an innovative cocktail menu and daily happy hour. 8th-floor guest rooms feature terraces, alongside a communal rooftop terrace offering amazing views over the Market and Puget Sound that’s open to all. Unbeatable location for restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing.

State Hotel Seattle – The Basics

  • Location: Fantastic downtown location, just a block from Pike Place Market. Loads of great shopping, restaurants, bars, cafes, and attractions within close walking distance. The nearest Link light rail stop is Westlake Station, a 3-minute walk away.
  • Ages: The State Hotel welcomes all ages, and offers complimentary portable cribs on request.
  • Pet Policy: Dogs 50 pounds and less are welcome for a non-refundable fee of $30 per stay, limit 2 per room. Dogs must remain on leash at all times. Dog-friendly rooms are limited and subject to availability, and dogs are not permitted in the hotel restaurant.
  • View: Splendid views over Pike Place Market and Puget Sound to the west, and dynamic city views to the east from higher floors.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free across the hotel for all guests.
  • Parking: Curbside curbside valet is available for $49/night. Self parking is $20/night.
  • Nice Perks: Communal rooftop terrace with great views, virtual concierge, complimentary welcome drink, complimentary 24/7 coffee in the lobby, late-night snack cart.
  • Phone: (206) 513-7300
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Two months in advance during the April-September cruise season, and during the December holidays. Two weeks in advance October-March.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

State Hotel Seattle – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: Small but well-equipped basement fitness center featuring True-brand treadmill and elliptical machines, Peloton bike, free weights, and yoga equipment.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

State Hotel Seattle – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Ben Paris is the State Hotel’s in-house restaurant, serving upscale American fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Ben Paris features an open kitchen, as well as high ceilings, tall windows, and an innovative cocktail list. Reservations recommended for weekend dinner. Open 6:30am-10pm Sunday to Thursday, 6:30am-11pm Friday and Saturday. Daily happy hour 4pm-5:30pm.
  • Lounge/Bar: Full bar with dedicated bar seating in Ben Paris restaurant. Additionally, the State Hotel offers roving “bar-cart” room service with innovative cocktails.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served in Ben Paris restaurant (or via room service) from 6:30am-11:30am Monday to Friday, 6:30am-9:00am Saturday & Sunday. Weekend brunch is offered in the restaurant from 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Fresh coffee is available in the lobby 24/7.
  • Room Service: Available during Ben Paris restaurant hours. Outside of restaurant hours, there is a late-night snack cart that can be summoned via the virtual concierge service.

State Hotel Seattle – Rooms

  • Room Types: Micro Queen • Queen • King • City View King • Water View Micro Queen • Water View Queen • Water View King • Terrace King • Terrace King Suite • List of all rooms
  • Room Tips: Coffee makers and refrigerators can be added to any guest room on advance request.
  • Smoking Rooms: State Hotel Seattle is 100% Smoke free.
  • For Families: There are no adjoining rooms at the State Hotel, no rooms with two beds, and no additional beds can be added to any room. Portable cribs are available by advance request.
  • Accessible Rooms: City View King and Terrace King Suites are accessible.
  • Best Room: The Terrace King Suite features two entrances, a spacious living area with meeting desk and powder room, and a wraparound rooftop terrace with excellent city and water views.

State Hotel Seattle – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Nearby Restaurants

Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Target – Discount department store with grocery and pharmacy, directly across the street from the hotel. 1-minute walk.
  • Pike Place Market – One block away, with dozens of fruit stalls, bakeries, and specialty food shops; hours are more limited than a typical grocery store. 2-minute walk.
  • Kress IGA – Traditional grocery store with bakery, deli, beer, wine, and spirits. Just around the corner and open 7am-10pm daily. 2-minute walk.

State Hotel Seattle – The Hotel

2nd Avenue entrance to the State Hotel in Seattle

The State Hotel is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle. The hotel entrance and valet parking are on 2nd Avenue.

Pike Street entrance to Ben Paris restaurant in Seattle's State Hotel

The entrance to Ben Paris, the hotel restaurant, is on Pike Street.

Pike street entrance to Pike Place Market with the famous Pike Place Market sign

One of the State Hotel’s many attributes is its location; just one block west of the hotel is the iconic entrance to Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market.

Lobby of the State Hotel in Seattle

The State Hotel’s lobby features comfortable seating for relaxing and socializing, as well as for working.

Large windows in the State Hotel's lobby overlook 2nd Avenue.

Large windows look out onto 2nd Avenue, providing plenty of natural light. Coffee is available to guests at all hours.

Sectional seating in the lobby of Seattle's State Hotel

Hotel decor is an eclectic mix of Midcentury Modern and Art Deco, with plenty of local original artwork to keep things modern.

Colorful wallpaper in an elevator bank in Seattle's State Hotel

Each elevator bank features a different vibrant and locally-themed wallpaper, created specifically for the hotel by a Northwest artist.

Original portrait paintings on the wall of a State Hotel guestroom

Local and original artwork continues throughout the hotel into the guestrooms. These paintings hang in the Terrace King Suite.

Bed in the State Hotel's Terrace King Suite

The Terrace King Suite is the hotel’s best accommodation. It features sliding glass doors that let in lots of light…

Sitting room in the State Hotel's Terrace King Suite

…and a sitting room with a dining or work table.

Marble sink and vanity in Seattle's State Hotel

All guest rooms feature modern bathrooms with walk-in, glass-doored showers and William Roam toiletries.

Terrace overlooking 2nd Avenue in Seattle

The Terrace King Suite boasts a spacious terrace that overlooks 2nd Avenue on one side…

Rooftop terrace view from State Hotel in Seattle

…and extends around the corner over Pike Street…

Bar-style seating in State Hotel's rooftop terrace.

…providing amazing views of Puget Sound to the west. This suite’s terrace is adjacent to a communal terrace with bar-style seating, seen here, that’s open to all guests.

View of Pike Place Market from the State Hotel's 8th floor terrace

The communal terrace seating provides fantastic views over Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay.

Treadmill and elliptical machines and stationary bike in the State Hotel's fitness center

The hotel fitness center is located in the basement. It is small but well-equipped with True-brand treadmill and elliptical machines, and a Peloton bike.

Free weights and yoga mat in State Hotel fitness center

There are also free weights and yoga equipment for guest use.

Wallpaper in the State Hotel's fitness center, with vintage photos of Seattle

The fitness center is wallpapered with vintage views of the hotel’s past life.

Interior of Ben Paris restaurant in Seattle's State Hotel

The hotel restaurant, Ben Paris, serves delicious New American fare at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. It features an open kitchen, high ceilings, and large windows that look out over 2nd Avenue and Pike Street.

Outdoor seating in the State Hotel's restaurant

The seating in Ben Paris restaurant extends out onto the Pike Street sidewalk in nice weather.

Mural and bar area in Ben Paris restaurant

Looking in the opposite direction, you can see the Ben Paris Bar, and more original artwork – a mural that extends over the open kitchen.

Shepard Fairey original mural at the State Hotel in Seattle

The State Hotel’s biggest and best work of art is the original Shepard Fairey mural that adorns the building’s west side, visible from 1st Avenue.

State Hotel Seattle – What’s Nearby?

Pike Place Market entrance and sign

The historic and dynamic Pike Place Market is just down the street from the State Hotel – one block away.

Shopping arcade at Pike PLace Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market is a must-do for Seattle visitors, and is home to some of my very favorite restaurants, bars, and shops.

Tables at Steelhead Diner in Seattle

Steelhead Diner is a fantastic and family-friendly Pike Place Market restaurant that’s 3 minutes from The State Hotel.

Demilune windows at Matt's in the Market restaurant, Seattle

Matt’s in the Market has incredible food, and great views.

Bistro tables at Place Pigalle Restaurant, Seattle

Also in Pike Place Market, Place Pigalle is a cozy French restaurant that’s a great date spot.

Shug's Ice cream parlor in Pike Place Market

Shug’s is a charming ice cream parlor and soda fountain, a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

Radiator Whiskey is a great Pike Place Market spot for (you guessed it) whiskey – as well as other drinks, and a great meat-heavy menu.

Tourists taking photos at Pike Place Market's Gum Wall.

Alibi Room has good pizza and is open late, located at Pike Place Market’s notorious Post Alley Gum Wall.

Stuffed animals in Robot vs. Sloth store, Seattle

Robot vs. Sloth sells adorable handmade kids’ toys.

Display of maps in Metsker Maps, Seattle

Metsker Maps is heaven for map-lovers, or anyone planning a trip. 2-minute walk.

Westlake Station entrance next to the Church of Scientology in Seattle

The nearest light rail stop to the State Hotel is Westlake Station, accessed on Pine Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue – a 3-minute walk. On the south side of the street, the entrance is next to the church of Scientology.

Westlake Station entrance under Macy's department store in Seattle

Across the street on the north side, the entrance is underneath Macy’s department store.

the flagship location of Nordstrom department store in Seattle

A few more minutes’ walk up Pine Street will take you to the flagship location of Nordstrom department store…

Atrium in Pacific Place Mall, Seattle

…and the high-end shops, restaurants, and 11-screen cinema in Pacific Place mall.

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