Seattle is surrounded by water, from sunset vistas over Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay to Lake Washington, and home to houseboats, seaplanes, and championship rowing teams. If you want an aquatic escape that’s even closer, many of the city’s best hotels have pools that promise a refreshing swim or a relaxing spot to lounge.
Located in the heart of Seattle, the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel is the best place to book for a legendary experience. The guestrooms and suites come equipped with complimentary Le Labo toiletries and Keurig coffee makers – while additional guest services such as babysitting, pet-friendly policies, and a concierge add a special touch. The hotel is also home to the Fairmont Olympic Health Club, complete with a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and an unrivaled fitness center. The 42ft (12.8m) pool is enclosed by a solarium that is opened during the summer months. Whether you’re traveling for business, are on vacation, or planning a weekend getaway, this is one of the best hotels with a pool in Seattle.
Combining a prime downtown location with spacious rooms, soaring views, and signature Heavenly amenities, the Westin Seattle is more than just another Seattle hotel with an indoor pool. Making it easy to stay active while on holiday, the hotel’s WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio features top-of-the-line gym equipment, including multiple Peloton bikes, and the spacious heated indoor pool is open every day from 5 am to 11 pm. For a taste of local wine and the best farm-to-table ingredients, don’t forget to make a booking at the innovative 1900 FIFTH, or opt for a more casual dinner at Relish Burger Bistro.
Within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Chihuly Garden & Glass, it’s initially hard to see why you would choose to spend any time inside the Sheraton Grand Seattle while on holiday. However, the all-new, renovated guest rooms provide unparalleled comfort, and the unique Starbucks experience in the lobby will have you sampling nitro-brews and pour-overs for hours. The heated indoor pool is perfect for a quick dip, while the Sheraton Fitness Center isn’t only equipped with top-of-the-line equipment, but is located on the 35th floor and features unforgettable panoramic views of the city.
The glass-walled rooftop infinity pool at the Four Seasons Seattle appears to blend into the expanse of Elliott Bay, with Olympic Range vistas complementing the waterfront view. After your swim (or a soak in the jetted tub), settle into the poolside chaise lounges and watch the Seattle Great Wheel spin into the long summer evening.
Guests at this small hotel in the Ballard neighborhood have full access to the Olympic Athletic Club next door, one of the biggest and nicest of its kind in Seattle. The lap pool is kept cool for vigorous swims, available 24 hours a day, while a second pool welcomes families. Work up an appetite, then enjoy the Mediterranean fare at Hotel Ballard’s Stoneburner restaurant or classic diner grub at Hattie’s Hat.
The petite indoor pool at the Maxwell Hotel maxes out at four feet (1.2m) deep, but it’s fine for taking a quick dip, especially with little children, who will also like the fun artwork tiles around the pool perimeter. It’s an easy walk to the Seattle Center, where you’ll find more splashy fun at the International Fountain, a fixture from the Seattle World’s Fair.
Perfect for a stay near the University of Washington campus, the Residence Inn has a heated indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. Each guest room has a kitchenette, but rates also include free breakfast. The hotel is in a busy commercial area with restaurants, shops, and entertainment options, and the nearby Burke-Gilman Trail offers miles of running and cycling fun. Downtown is only a short drive away.
Long before the Seattle skyline sprouted with the countless condo and office towers that now occupy it, the circular Westin towers were landmarks in the city’s central core. The heated indoor pool is open early and late, and the Peloton-equipped fitness studio never closes. Comfy beds and workspaces facing floor-to-ceiling windows offer plenty of rest and inspiration in this rising global city. A restaurant and bar are on site, with plenty of other options nearby.
A clever indoor-outdoor pool allows guests to have it both ways – a sunny dip on fine days and a sheltered swim when the weather turns foul. Now that the old Alaskan Way viaduct has been dismantled, the Marriott has easier access to the attractions along its namesake waterfront. Pike Place Market and downtown are still a steep climb away. Ask for a view if that’s important to you.
The Hyatt at Olive 8 has the only saltwater pool in downtown Seattle, and it’s a beauty – part of the hotel’s full-service Elaia fitness facility and spa. Guest rooms have city views, walk-in showers, and many ecoconscious touches. This high-rise hotel is across the street from the shops and movie theaters of Pacific Place and a short walk from the Seattle Center monorail.
For a budget option, see our top pick of cheap hotels in the city. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little more special, discover our guide to the best boutique hotels in Seattle and book now on Culture Trip.
Mara Curechian contributed additional reporting to this article.
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