Seattle, Washington, bristles with artistic flair and innovation; see it for yourself in this collection of design-forward boutique hotels.
Seattle may be home to some of the biggest corporations in the world – hello, Starbucks and Amazon – but the true delights are found in the underground scene. Book an indie boutique hotel to explore the true artistic flow of the city, while listening to grunge, drinking craft beer and meeting the still-independent sellers at Pike Place Market.
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This 116-room boutique hotel lies among Seattle’s most popular attractions, including the Seattle Center, the Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market. Choose between a (Not So) Standard Room and a Suite, which include Keurig coffee machines, cosy bathrobes and bluetooth docking stations as standard. As a green hotel, it uses bath amenities that are 99% natural and biodegradable, in-room recycling and glass dishware to eliminate the use of plastic. Don’t forget to check out Hotel Five’s complimentary pineapple biscuits in the lobby every day.
This 124-room hotel is one of three Kimpton boutiques in Seattle. Hotel Vintage is the place to stay for a wine-country getaway – without leaving the city. Sip world-class Pinot Noir from the nearby Willamette Valley at the evening social hour, every day from 5pm to 6pm. With high-speed WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center and valet parking, Hotel Vintage’s amenities promote convenience and relaxation at every turn. They also offer complimentary hotel bikes and the only hotel Zipcar location in 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. Take advantage of the two excellent onsite restaurants. Scout PNW, decorated with plaid and Douglas fir, presents locally sourced foods and a cabin for private dining with up to 20 guests. Otherwise, enjoy the Nest, the hotel’s rooftop bar, lounge and terrace.
The smallest of the Kimpton hotels in Seattle, the Palladian was named after the Palladian windows of the 1910 original structure in which it resides. 97 rooms pay homage to history (think clawfoot tubs) while also keeping it modern. Just check out the celebrity pillows, featuring current stars as Napoleon-era heroes, to see what we mean. Wellbeing is a priority here with in-room yoga mat, massage treatments and a 24-hour fitness center. There’s also an excellent bar, Pennyroyal, where you can jump-start your night in the Belltown neighbourhood with a shareable punch bowl, made with strawberry tequila.
This boutique hotel is for the creative, artsy type. Hotel Max’s dedication to music and visual art is inescapable – with original works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Kiki Smith throughout the building. One floor even highlights Sub Pop Records, with record players and rotating vinyl records in each room. Other amenities include 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.
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 you can focus on enjoying its company in your room.
The Inn at the Market has 76 rooms offering floor-to-ceiling bay windows, with breathtaking panoramas of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Want a better view of Elliott Bay and downtown? Make your way to their rooftop deck for a glass of Northwest wine at sunset. As the only hotel located in Pike Place Market, expect top dining options – these include fresh sushi from Chef Shiro Kashiba and French classics, such as steak frites, at Café Campagne.
Anyone who stays at the Maxwell Hotel will be sure to enjoy the fitness center, indoor pool and craft beer from the Pineapple Quick Bites bar. As one of the Staypineapple Hotels, the Maxwell offers a bicycle checkout program, a shuttle service to connect you with some of Seattle’s most popular attractions 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.
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.
Hotel Andra flourishes in the Pacific Northwest while honoring the area’s Nordic heritage. Using local materials, the hotel boasts Scandinavian design across its 119 rooms. They offer a fitness center, valet parking and pet friendly touches, including a welcome pack with a bowl, mat and blanket. The icing on the cake? Chef Tom Douglas serves up Greek-Mediterranean delicacies at his restaurant Lola. Stay for brunch – it has been named one of the best in Seattle.
The stack of vintage luggage in the lobby lets you know that wandering souls will find a home in the Palihotel. Settle into your room and enjoy hand-picked tunes from the Pali Vibes playlist while snacking on something from the retro Smeg fridge minibar. When it’s time to explore, Pike Place Market is nearby, as is the Seattle waterfront.
This downtown art deco landmark opened in 1930 and remained one of the tallest buildings in the city for decades. Now totally refreshed, the hotel continues to honor its history, from lobby art curated by a top local museum to the red neon Hotel Roosevelt sign on the roof, nodding to the original name. The signature room, the Seattle Made Suite, features decor inspired by the water and forests of the Pacific Northwest, plus a collection of work by local artists and designers.
With an excellent location just steps from Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront, The State Hotel arrived in 2019 with a splashy five-story mural by renowned street artist Shepard Fairey. Creativity abounds, from the cocktail menu at Ben Paris restaurant to whimsical wallpapers throughout the hotel. Catch a memorable sunset over Puget Sound from the guests-only roof deck, then stroll down the block to hear jazz at The Triple Door or catch improv comedy at Unexpected Productions.
Set in the bottom third of the angular f5 Tower skyscraper, Lotte Hotel offers calm and comfort in this bustling city. Enjoy the views of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay from the floor-to-ceiling windows in your luxe guestroom, get pampered at Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte, then walk to Pioneer Square for a drink in the speakeasy atop the Smith Tower before dinner back at the hotel.