Best Cheap Hotels in Seattle, USA

Seattle has an exciting selection of downtown budget hotels and citizenM is the new kid on the block
Seattle has an exciting selection of downtown budget hotels and citizenM is the new kid on the block | Courtesy of citizenM Seattle South Lake Union / Expedia
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16 December 2020

No need to spend a lot of green for your Emerald City stay – book an affordable hotel in Seattle, USA with our recommendations.

Seattle, known as Emerald City because it is so green, is home to some of the world’s biggest corporations – think Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks – but budget travelers will find plenty of interesting options all over the city. Many of Seattle’s more affordable hotels toss in extra perks that will help you justify that splurge for dinner atop the Space Needle.

Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center, Seattle

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The Maxwell Hotel
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Gray days are more fun with the pops of color all over this small hotel on the Queen Anne Hill side of Seattle Center, from red bed skirts and cheery yellow coffee mugs in the guestrooms to the rainbow hues in the lobby and pint-size pool. Light snacks and beverages are available at the hotel, or grab groceries nearby and have a picnic.

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The Belltown Inn

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The Belltown Inn
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For a friendly place to stay in one of downtown Seattle’s scruffier (but still safe) areas, the Belltown Inn is a good bet. Every room has a kitchenette, you can do your own laundry, and you’ll be an easy walk from Seattle Center, which has plenty of free sights in addition to its marquee attractions. Free bikes with helmets and locks are another good perk.

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McMenamins Anderson School Hotel

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McMenamins Anderson School Hotel
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You won’t get in trouble for falling asleep in this 1930s junior high school in the Seattle suburb of Bothell, where each of the former classrooms has been individually decorated to honor a former teacher or local luminary. Nor will you be afraid to visit the Principal’s Office, one of several bars on the five-acre resort property. Live music, movies, pinball and an indoor pool are other diversions.

Staypineapple, Hotel Five, Downtown Seattle

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Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle
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Sleep With Me toss pillows on the bed and Afternoon Delights (fresh coffee, cookies and pineapple-infused water in the lobby) hint at the playful atmosphere of this little Belltown motel beneath the monorail. Bathrobes and thick towels are among the unexpected upscale touches in the guest rooms. Neighborhood attractions include the Amazon Spheres and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, a classic supper club.

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  • The Paramount Hotel

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    The Paramount Hotel
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    The Paramount Hotel is a best bet for people with more taste than money, thanks to its inviting living room-style lobby and guest rooms that are big by downtown standards. Another classy move many Seattle hotels now charge an amenity fee for basics, such as wifi and the fitness center, but not here. As the hotel name implies, you’re a block from the Paramount Theatre, home to many major touring shows.

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    Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

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    You can practically reach out and touch the Space Needle from the Hyatt House. The guest room decor is crisp with few frills, but the rooftop deck and ample breakfast are welcome additions in this price range. Seattle Center, right across the street, has attractions galore. Expect a 20-minute walk or a quick monorail ride to the heart of downtown.

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    citizenM Seattle South Lake Union

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    citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
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    The citizenM has a split personality. The exterior and big lobby pulse with color and kitsch, while the small guest rooms are sleek and futuristic, with a MoodPad that controls the lights, blackout blinds, TV and temperature. New in 2020, the hotel is in the heart of Amazon’s world headquarters and close to Seattle’s top attractions. A good choice for solo travelers.

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    Ace Hotel Seattle

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    Ace Hotel Seattle
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    The first in a small chain that has grown to about 10 hotels, the Ace Hotel Seattle reimagined a former sailors’ inn near the waterfront as a boho-chic landing pad for urban wayfarers. Spare hallways open into comfortable rooms with high ceilings, exposed brick and artsy touches. Some rooms share a bath down the hall, always a good option for cost-conscious vagabonds.

    These recommendations were updated on December 16, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.