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Thompson Suite 2 | Photo Credit, Andrew Pogue
Thompson Suite 2 | Photo Credit, Andrew Pogue

The Best Boutique Hotels in Seattle

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Updated: 19 October 2017

For those who still want to feel at home while on vacation, boutique hotels may be a good move, as they tend to be more intimate than larger establishments. If this sounds up your alley, read on for the best boutique hotels in Seattle.

Hotel FIVE

This 116-room boutique hotel lies among Seattle’s most popular attractions, including the Seattle Center, the Seattle Waterfront, and Pike Place Market. The hotel sits on Seattle’s bus line and also offers a Bicycle Checkout Program; therefore, getting around is easy. This modern, stylish hotel with a tad of flair houses Max’s Café for a convenient dining option. As a green hotel, it uses bath amenities that are 99% natural and biodegradable (from dispensers instead of small, disposable bottles), in-room recycling, and ceramic or glass dishware to eliminate the use of plastic and Styrofoam. Don’t forget to check out Hotel FIVE’s signature pineapple cupcakes.

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle

This 124-room hotel is one of four Kimpton boutiques in Seattle. Hotel Vintage is the place to stay for a wine-country getaway—without leaving the city. Other than the typical Wifi, 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking, Hotel Vintage’s amenities promote convenience and relaxation at every turn. They offer complimentary hotel bikes and the only hotel Zipcar location in Seattle. Indulge in self-care with the in-room yoga mat or in-room spa services. Treat yourself during the hotel’s evening social hour, which highlights local Washington wines. If you have pets, dog-sitting services and a “personalized doggie itinerary” are available.

Thompson Seattle

Located just two minutes from Pike Place Market, Thompson Seattle takes advantage of its stunning surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel—including in the 24-hour fitness center—keep you as close to Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains as possible. With complimentary Wifi available in each of the 158 guest rooms, the hotel also offers valet service as well as two restaurants. Scout PNW, decorated with plaid and Douglas fir, presents locally sourced foods and a cabin for private dining of up to 20 guests. Otherwise, enjoy the Nest, the hotel’s rooftop bar, lounge, and terrace.

Hotel Ändra

Hotel Ändra flourishes in the Pacific Northwest while honoring the area’s Nordic heritage. To begin, Ändra is the Swedish word for “change,” which is befitting as the hotel wants to change the guest’s stay from everyday ordinary to extraordinary. While using local materials, the hotel boasts Scandinavian designs. Along with the 119 rooms, it offers complimentary Wifi, a fitness center, and valet parking. The icing on the cake? Tom Douglas and his restaurant (Lola), his cooking school (Hot Stove Society), and his catering of events through the hotel.

Kimpton Palladian Hotel

The smallest of the Kimpton hotels in Seattle was named after the Palladian windows of the 1910 original structure in which it resides. After renovation, the common spaces and 97 rooms pay homage to history while also keeping it modern. With some original architectural features and claw-foot tubs, the speedy Wifi will remind you where you are in time. This anachronistic charm is best illustrated by the Palladian Hotel’s celebrity pillows, featuring current celebrities as Napoleon-era heroes. Otherwise, guests are well taken care of, from in-room yoga mats, a 24-hour fitness center, and public bikes to amenities for pets too. Check out the social hour at 5 pm to jump-start your night in the Belltown neighborhood.

Hotel Max

This boutique hotel is for the creative, artsy type. Offering top amenities such as Shinola bicycles to get around the city, a pillow menu, a spiritual menu (for both humans and pets), and a complimentary craft beer happy hour, this 163-room hotel is only 10 minutes from Pike Place Market. Hotel Max’s dedication to music and visual art is inescapable. Featuring original works of art by artists such as Warhol and Kiki Smith throughout the building, the hallway of each floor is dedicated to a different Seattle photographer. One floor even highlights Sub Pop Records, with record players and rotating vinyl records in each room.

Hotel Deca

Located in the University District, Hotel Deca houses 158 guest rooms in the building’s original 1931 architecture. With contemporary elements added in 2016, the hotel offers all the basic, modern amenities, including Wifi and a fitness center, along with its two restaurants: The District Lounge and Post Alley Café. Hotel Deca is proud to give to local charities, one of which is the Why Not You Foundation: when booking through their website, $3 per night of your reservation are donated to the foundation in your name.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle

The largest of the Kimpton Seattle boutiques has 189 guest rooms. Dolphin murals in the lobby transition into bold patterns and bright colors in the rooms. With all the amenities to which Kimpton guests have grown accustomed, Hotel Monaco also offers the Guppy Love program: upon request, guests may borrow one of the hotel’s goldfish during their stay! The hotel will make sure your new friend stays fed and clean so that you can focus on enjoying its company in your room.

Inn at the Market

The only hotel located in Pike Place Market, the 76 rooms of the Inn at the Market offer in-room massages and dining, and floor-to-ceiling bay windows, which provide breathtaking panoramas of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Want a better view of Elliott Bay and downtown? Make your way to their rooftop deck for the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience. The final touch is the Shine in the Market Salon, so you can look and feel your best.

The Maxwell Hotel

Guests in any of the Maxwell Hotel’s 139 rooms will be sure to enjoy the fitness center, indoor pool, The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen, Pineapple Bar, and Pineapple Espresso. As one of the Staypineapple Hotels, the Maxwell offers environmentally conscious practices, the Bicycle Checkout Program, a shuttle service to connect you with some of Seattle’s most popular attractions, the specialty pineapple cupcakes, and The Naked Experience™. From slippers and robes to towels, pillows, and bedding, everything that touches you is soft, fluffy, and fresh—so you can be, well, naked! “Kids have blankies, adults have The Naked Experience™.”

Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle

The fourth and final Kimpton boutique in Seattle, the Alexis Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building, which houses 121 guest rooms, was once an audience to the turn of the century in Seattle and the Klondike Gold Rush. The exposed brick walls, plush furnishings, and burgeoning technology of Amazon Echo Dots in every room all create an elegant and luxurious atmosphere reminiscent of a fairy tale. In addition to all of Kimpton’s traditional amenities, guests at the Alexis Hotel can enjoy the Bookstore Bar and Café and collection of shops.