The Best Beach Hotels and Beach Houses to Book in Seattle

The Edgewater is the only over-water hotel in Seattle and offers breathtaking views over Elliott Bay
The Edgewater is the only over-water hotel in Seattle and offers breathtaking views over Elliott Bay | Courtesy of the Edgewater / Expedia
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1 December 2021
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Seattle is surrounded by waterfronts, and when you’re not exploring the city, you’ll be gazing out at the lake-filled landscape. Downtown is dope, but around these parts, nature still reigns supreme. See for yourself at the best beach hotels in Seattle – bookable on Culture Trip.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport, for lakeshore chic

Room at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
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Drop anchor at the Hyatt Regency at Seattle’s Southport, where water views over Lake Washington await. Live like you’re an executive at one of the big businesses in Seattle and claim the corner suite, with a plush king bed, a parlor behind pocket doors and a five-piece bathroom. You’ll have a dining table as well, so let the concierge send you up some local surf and turf to feast on.

The Edgewater – A Noble House Hotel, for waking on water

Room at the Edgewater – A Noble House Hotel
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The Edgewater goes one better than the best beach hotels in Seattle by being the only over-water hotel in Seattle, as it’s located on a pier jutting over Elliott Bay. The hotel also boasts a rock and roll past, when acts including Led Zeppelin and Neil Young wandered the halls. You can even stay in the suite where the Beatles were once photographed fishing out of the window. Prefer grunge to the classics? The Pearl Jam Suite was designed by Eddie Vedder and has a Fender waiting for you to play your best rendition of ‘Black’.

Seattle Marriott Waterfront, for contemporary cool

View of the Seattle skyline from Seattle Marriott Waterfront
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Stay close to the waterfront and everything you want to visit in Seattle at the Marriott. This ultra-modern hotel has it all: rooms with panoramic views, indoor and outdoor pools for holiday relaxation and waterfront dining that somehow makes every bite of local fish taste better. Stroll south down the waterfront for a few minutes and you’ll find the Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Great Wheel and the ever-popular Pike Place Market.

Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa, for natural highs

Room at the Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
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Floating just north of the Yarrow Bay Wetlands, Woodmark Hotel is just outside the city proper. Reconnect with the natural side of the Emerald City by checking out a complimentary bike to tour the shoreline. In the summer you can rent boats, jet skis, kayaks and paddle boards, while Houghton Beach Park is an easy stroll if you’d rather stay on land.

Ballard Inn, for a check-in with a difference

Room at Ballard Inn
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This chic space in a former bank is just two blocks from Salmon Bay. There’s free coffee and tea in the lobby, and complimentary access to the Olympic Athletic Club and its spa. Most rooms offer shared bathrooms, so if you’re going to sing in the shower, make sure it’s a locally appropriate song, such as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

Residence Inn Seattle Downtown / Lake Union, for floating your boat

Room at Residence Inn Seattle Downtown / Lake Union
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The Residence Inn is one of the best beach hotels in Seattle if you want to be close to the popular Capitol Hill neighborhood. When you’re not piloting model boats in the Lake Union Park pond, you’ll find a multitude of other ways to have fun in the game room. More refined pleasures can be enjoyed in the spa and the True North Taproom.

The Heathman Hotel, for bedtime benefits

Room at the Heathman Hotel
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Explore the lakeside neighborhood of Kirkland from the boutique Heathman Hotel. Before you dive into the comfort food on the menu at the Hearth restaurant, let your eyes wander the signature bed menu. Yes, you can select the type of bed you want in your suite, to ensure you can count sheep as comfortably as you do back home. A good night’s rest will leave you ready to walk to Marina Park to sip a morning coffee and watch the boats cruising around Lake Washington.

Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle / Renton, for a rooftop rendezvous

Terrace at Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle / Renton with the sea behind it
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See Seattle from across the water at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Renton. On the shores of Lake Washington, you’ll stay mere steps from Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Gaze at the water from the rooftop patio in the warmer months, or splash to your heart’s content in the indoor pool on a rainy day. The I-405 is right behind your suite, should you need to make a quick dash into the city for the ultimate Starbucks run.

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