The Best Hotels to Book Near Seattle's Space Needle

The Space Needle is one of Seattle's most recognizable landmarks
The Space Needle is one of Seattle's most recognizable landmarks | Courtesy of Hyatt House Seattle: Downtown / Expedia
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9 September 2021
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Take your Seattle stay to the top floor: book one of these hotels with Culture Trip and check into your room near the city’s Space Needle.

Trendy Seattle is a sought-after destination not only for its art, music and food scene, but also for classic attractions such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and MoPOP: Museum of Pop Culture – to name just a few. With the Olympic Mountain range, vast Puget Sound and miles of timber forests as a backdrop, this part of the Pacific Northwest may have a reputation for being gray and drizzly, but its beautiful landscapes make up for it. Take in the stunning views of Seattle and its surrounds from the Space Needle – and set up camp in its shadows by booking one of these nearby hotels.

The Maxwell Hotel – A Staypineapple Hotel

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Just a few minutes’ walk from the Space Needle – and with several rooms that enjoy views of it – this Emerald City hotel is a bit bonkers about art. In the lobby is an enormous mosaic pineapple with bright, colorful corridors leading off to the rooms. You will also find commissioned murals throughout the property. Harlequin-themed chairs, hot-orange bedding and, of course, pineapple-themed pillows are a few of the funky features in the spacious guest rooms. The Pineapple Bistro and Bar has a selection of food while the “Everything Person” team offers pineapple cookies to guests on check in.

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

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Muted blues, beige and aqua colors of the Pacific Northwest are used throughout this hotel – including in the 172 comfortable, clean guest rooms. Literally in the shadow of the Space Needle, the location couldn’t be better for your stay as Pike Place Market, MoPOP and the Seattle Art Museum are also nearby. Breakfast is complimentary and there’s a restaurant on site. Take it up a level by booking one of the suites, which have a smartly divided sleeping and living space, plus a tub in the bathroom.

MarQueen Hotel

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Fittingly for an Uptown property built in 1918, the decor of this property is a bit beaux art and art deco thrown together, though the Tin Lizzie Lounge – its name a reference to the hotel’s early incarnation as the Seattle Engineering School where they built Model-T Fords – harks back to an earlier period. The wood furnishings and comfortable bench seats of this cocktail bar are the perfect place for trying out prohibition-period libations. The MarQueen is near the Space Needle and Seattle Center, or hop on the monorail outside to be whisked to downtown attractions.

Mediterranean Inn

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The views don’t have to stop once you descend the Space Needle. Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains are all in view at the Mediterranean Inn’s rooftop terrace. With stylish, contemporary decor, guest rooms are uniquely yet simply decorated. Kitchenettes make this place perfect for a longer stay, and the luxury bath products, Starbucks coffee and tea will make you want to linger. There’s a fitness center, underground parking and bikes available for use with helmets and locks – a perfect way to make yourself at home as you explore the neighborhood and nearby Seattle attractions.

Ace Hotel Seattle

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Join the hip crowd at the 28-room Ace if you’re looking for a hotel that breaks the cookie cutter. The team behind this small chain are intent on reinterpreting historic buildings and creating something radically new. Rooms at the Seattle outpost leave the brick exposed for authenticity and completely reimagine shower and bathroom spaces, using recycled sinks and pipework. Some rooms have original sliding doors, while paintings are produced by local artists.

The Belltown Inn

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The Belltown neighborhood is known for its access to Seattle’s main attractions – and the Belltown Inn is perfectly placed for visitors. Hop on one of the loaner bikes to check out the waterfront, Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. After a busy day exploring, make sure you find the energy to head to the rooftop and enjoy vistas over the city and out to the bay. Bright, light-filled rooms have views of the interior courtyard or downtown perspectives, and each has a very handy kitchenette.

CitizenM Seattle South Lake Union Hotel

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This youthful, arty hotel is so connected all you need do is tap on your phone to adjust the temperature. The hotel app also allows you to draw the blinds, adjust the lights and change the channels on your TV. Well-considered amenities include a massive communal living room, power shower, fluffy pillows and black out blinds – perfect for the morning after those late night forays. South Lake Union may be home to lots of Amazon offices, but you can quickly shake off the corporate vibes with a brisk walk to the Space Needle, or with the waterside views at Lake Union Park.

Moxy Seattle Downtown

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Only a 15-minute walk from the Space Needle, you could think you’re a million miles away given the nearly life-size bear carving in the lobby. The Bar Moxy has a Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm every night, with the wooden grizzly looking on. The wall is punctuated with axes, leather macrame rocking chairs and Navajo blankets – making this the perfect homage to the Pacific Northwest. The spacious guest rooms have exposed concrete for a bit of urban flare and hooks on the walls rather than wardrobes. Head out on foot to explore Seattle’s food scene – local Tex-Mex chain Cactus have a restaurant just one block away.

Looking for somewhere different? Book into one of the best hotels near the Port of Seattle, or the iconic Pike Place Market, now via Culture Trip. Check out our chilled out guide to Seattle, or if you’re exploring further afield, don’t miss the most beautiful islands in Washington State.

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