Dive into these top hotels in Seattle with pools, complete with cocktail bars and family-friendly perks
Seattle is surrounded by water, from sunset vistas over Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay to Lake Washington, home to houseboats, seaplanes and championship rowing teams. If you want an aquatic escape that’s even closer, many hotels have pools that promise a refreshing swim or a relaxing spot to lounge.
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.
One of the most unusual hotel pools in the United States was once part of a junior high school – but you wouldn’t know it from the way it’s been transformed into a tropical-themed oasis, complete with warm saltwater. The North Shore Lagoon restaurant and tiki bar overlook the pool. McMenamins Anderson School is in Bothell, a hip suburban enclave about 17mi (27km) north of downtown Seattle.
Guests at this small hotel in the Ballard neighborhood have full access to the Olympic Athletic Club next door, among the biggest and nicest 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 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 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 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 a short drive away.
Pretend you’re living in Seattle with a stay at this upscale apartment community near Pike Place Market and the waterfront. There’s an indoor pool and three hot tubs, plus yoga and Peloton cycles. Downtown is at your doorstep, but a leafy green courtyard keeps nature close at hand, and a daycare center offers the possibility of some much-needed parental ‘me’ or ‘we’ time.
Long before the Seattle skyline sprouted with countless condo and office towers, 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 onsite, 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 eco-conscious touches. This high-rise hotel is across the street from the shops and movie theaters of Pacific Place and a short walk to the Seattle Center monorail.