The capital of Washington state gets overlooked in favor of more buzzworthy Seattle to the north – and that’s how locals prefer it. Originally a crossroads for trade, downtown Olympia offers eclectic shops, restaurants, and major landmarks and museums, including a 17-block historic district. Meanwhile, follow nature trails in multiple parks, from waterfront marinas to the enormous Olympic National Forest. The best part: you’re never too far away from the glittering views of Puget Sound. Book these laid-back Olympia hotels selected by Culture Trip.
Start your day with a walk to Olympia Farmers Market for fresh pastries, or a stroll around Percival Landing Park with its waterfront boardwalk, both a couple of blocks from this well-located hotel. Comfortable rooms charm with big bouncy beds, while suites offer sofa beds for family trips. Sip a craft beer by the gas fireplace in the lobby before you head to more dining options and breweries in the vicinity. End each day with a few lengths in the indoor pool or a workout in the fitness center.
Towering evergreen trees welcome guests to this light-filled property just outside of town with views of Capitol Lake. Fuel up on espresso and pastries in the modern lobby lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, revealing leafy views, before jumping on one of the loaner bikes. Contemporary rooms have wooden floors and lake murals; upgrade for soaking tubs and balconies. There’s a seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck, while a year-round restaurant and bar serve craft beers and Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Three miles (5km) from downtown Olympia, this pet-friendly hotel scores high marks for fresh and fun-filled interiors. Pops of color are everywhere, from the lime-green accents in the lobby to bedrooms bathed in pink, black and white. You’ll feel so energized, you’ll jump in the indoor pool then do a workout in the fitness center. After, you can relax in the lobby and ask the bartender to mix a cocktail for you.
Outdoorsy types of all ages will appreciate the location of this property, steps from Watershed Park with scenic trails under a rainforest canopy. Comfortable rooms soothe with natural shades of green and orange, while suites offer sofa beds and separate living areas. Don’t relax so much you miss a soak in the indoor pool and hot tub, followed by an al fresco coffee on the outdoor terrace. Tuck into all-American, made-to-order breakfasts such as blueberry pancakes, while plenty of enticing restaurants are a short drive away.
Five miles (8km) from the city center, in the suburb of Lacey, relax in contemporary rooms decked out in dark wood enlivened by rich green and blue accents; if you’re with your kids, book a suite for the sofa bed. While you plan your day, sip a complimentary coffee in the lobby. If you love swimming, you’ll appreciate the indoor saltwater pool and hot tub – top off your healthy session with a workout in the fitness center, followed by a breath of fresh air around the fire pit on the terrace.
Within walking distance of St Martin’s University and under 5mi (8km) from the Washington State Capitol, this Lacey hotel suits travelers with more traditional tastes. Fancy drapes frame views of trees, with comfy armchairs pulled up close in rooms – suites might come with kitchenettes and soaking tubs. Even the spa with an indoor pool and hot tub is lined with multiple windows for woodland views. Explore the local woods after a hot breakfast of bacon and eggs.
South of Olympia, with easy access to Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, simple rooms have neutral decor with earthy shades of brown, with one or two beds. Sleep well and make your own waffle at the waffle station; pets are welcome here for a fee. Other amenities include a fitness center and an indoor spa pool. But if you’d rather watch sports than get sporty, you can pour a cup of hot coffee and watch the game on a big screen in the lobby.
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