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From budget hotel rooms to hotel suites that boast panoramic vistas, there’s accommodation in Seattle for just about all tastes. Whether you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with friends, on a romantic holiday, or just swinging by with the family, the city has plenty of inns, bed and breakfasts, hotels and apartments to suit all budgets.
With forests, mountains and water on all sides, Seattle is a destination that features incredible natural views, as well as the expected urban hustle and bustle. It’s the last major city in the northwestern part of America before you hit Canada, making it a popular stop for roadtrippers and those wanting a multi-city getaway. With its vibrant culinary scene, bohemian neighbourhoods and iconic tourist attractions, your Seattle holiday is bound to be unforgettable.
Where to stay
This is the area that will bring you right into the heart of the city centre, on the doorstep of many of Seattle’s famous sights. If it’s your first time to Seattle, the Downtown neighbourhood will leave you in walking distance of must-see attractions, including Pike Place market, Seattle Aquarium and the Art Museum. The Space Needle is located just to the north too. Home to dozens of hotels in the mid to high budget range, Downtown is also one of the best places to holiday for sensational waterfront views across Elliott Bay.
Located just south of Downtown, Pioneer Square is where Seattle’s old centre once was. As a result, it’s bursting with historic spots that’s well worth taking a tour around. It’s also the home of much of the city’s nightlife, ranging from speakeasy bars to wine rooms, so it’s the place to be if you’re wanting to get a real flavour of the city after dark. There are a few accommodation options dotted around, but expect these to be on the higher end of the budget.
A mix of commercial and residential streets, Queen Anne sits atop a hill, making it feel world’s away from the hustle and bustle of the main city centre. In reality, it’s home to a number of key Seattle sights, not least the most famous building of them all - the Space Needle. As a result, it’s one of the best places to stay if you’re in town for sightseeing opportunities on your holiday. It’s also slap bang in the middle of several other popular neighbourhoods, including Capitol Hill and Fremont, so you’ll never be short of places to explore.
Another popular spot for nightlife lovers, Capitol Hill is known as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city. It’s got a youthful vibe both day and night, with markets, boutiques and music venues dotted along the streets. Owing to its popularity with younger crowds, Capitol Hill is also where you’ll find plenty of hostels and cheaper accommodation options.
What to see
Seattle is known for many things, from coffee through to its tech companies. One thing that many people flock to the city for is its natural scenery, which is best viewed from the 184-metre Space Needle. This iconic structure offers floor-to-ceiling glass windows, from which it’s possible to see sights including the downtown Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, Cascade Mountains and nearby Elliott Bay. Pike Place Market, a place where you can pick up local food and crafts, is another of the city’s most famous - and Instagrammable - sights.
The Museum of Pop Culture hosts a number of exhibitions and one-off events all throughout the year, and it’s also close to other family-friendly, holiday sights including the Children’s Museum and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Both venues have interactive exhibits that’ll keep the whole family entertained. Sports fans will be in their element thanks to the city’s soccer and baseball stadiums just south of Pioneer Square, while the Fremont neighbourhood to the north is worth exploring for its bohemian vibes, indie shops and quirky outdoor sculptures.
Seattle has one of the most eclectic nightlife scenes in the United States, ranging from jazz clubs to sports bars and karaoke spots. There are several pockets known as the place to be after dark, including Pioneer Square where you can dance until the early hours of the morning at underground clubs, or sip artisanal cocktails at stylish bars. South of Capitol Hill is where you’ll find a variety of LGBT-friendly nightclubs, many of which host a dazzling roster of local DJs.
What to eat
As the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle has got coffee running through its veins. It’s also got an enviable independent coffee scene, with roasters across the city offering some of the best coffees across America. Unsurprisingly, thanks to its seafront location, Seattle is well-known for its deliciously fresh seafood - be sure to check out the city’s chowder, salmon and sushi. Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original farmer’s market, established over 100 years ago in 1907. It’s the place to head to for an authentic taste of the city - look out for a cream cheese hot dog known as the Seattle Dog.
Whether you’re after locally made gifts or vintage threads, Seattle’s shopping scene is as varied as its culinary offerings. Downtown Seattle is where the luxury shops can be found, while the Ballard neighbourhood is home to shops selling retro clothing, local crafts and minimalist jewellery. Be sure to also check out Fremont’s weekly flea market, held every Sunday - as well as food trucks, it’s where you’re most likely to find a bargain.
Fast facts about Seattle
Direct flight time: 10 hours from London
Transfer time: From 17 minutes
Time zone: GMT-7
Currency: American Dollars
Average price of a domestic beer: $7
Average price of a bottle of wine: $16
Average price of a bottle of wine: $16