The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Seattle

Seattle offers modern, relaxed and luxury places to stay in the heart of a bustling city
Seattle offers modern, relaxed and luxury places to stay in the heart of a bustling city | © Sorin Colac / Alamy Stock Photo
Matt Charlton

If you hear the blues a-calling tossed salad and scrambled eggs, or maybe you smell like teen spirit, then this Washington state city is the one for you. This rainy, gleaming metropolis is stacked full of attitude and loaded with caffeine, so why cut yourself off in a hotel when you can stay in a great Seattle holiday rental? Here are the best – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Seattle Vacation Home: The Great Wall, for style near Seattle University


A stylish seating area at the Great Wall, with a cosy fireplace, a glass coffee table, a cushioned sofa and an arm chair
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In the Central District, near Seattle University, this stylish and well-appointed Seattle rental will be all yours. It sleeps up to 10, has three bathrooms, and a range of amenities including a well-equipped kitchen with minibar items, a large flatscreen TV with satellite channels, an open fireplace for those cold Seattle nights, and a patio for warmer evenings. You’re a 20-minute walk from the Japanese Garden and a 13-minute drive from downtown.

2. Sky Mark Lux 1, for modern elegance in downtown Seattle


A rustic seating area at the Sky Mark Lux 1, with a comfy cushioned sofa and a glass coffee table next to a large window
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​​With design finesse worthy of Dr Frasier Crane’s apartment, this Central District rental is a good choice. It’s both near the university and under a 15-minute drive from downtown. Luxurious touches and amenities include hypoallergenic bedding, a rainfall shower, free toiletries, a well-equipped kitchen, and plush soft furnishings. You’re also minutes from the beautiful Madrona Park on the banks of Lake Washington.

3. Seattle Vacation Home: Life's A Beach, for comfort near Lake Washington


A cream and rustic outside view of the Lifes a Beach Seattle Vacation Home, with a cosy balcony and green garden trees
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This beautiful weather-boarded dwelling elevated among the trees has all the little touches considered. There are three bedrooms (some of which open onto a balcony or patio), a luxurious open-plan kitchen, fireplace, cable TV, and outdoor area. You’re minutes from the Japanese Garden, Lakeview Park and Lake Washington itself.

4. Hosteeva Modern Townhome, for Scandi design in Squire Park Manor


A light open plan kitchen and living area at the Hosteeva Modern Townhome, with a sofa, table and chairs and large windows
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You’ll find this gorgeous townhouse in the heart of the Squire Park Manor district, around a 10-minute drive to downtown. Much like being inside an Ikea showroom, the rooms have a breezy, bright, Scandinavian air with pops of bright colors and thoughtful finishes. The open-plan kitchen is sleek and well equipped, and there’s a roof terrace/sun deck (if you can have such a thing in Seattle) with great views over the area.

5. Seattle Vacation Home: The Vineyard, for a stay in Capitol Hill

Short-term Rental

An outside view of The Vineyards grey and cream exterior, with four balcony rooms and large sliding doors
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Stay in this Capitol Hill vacation home to be in the heart of the LGBTQ scene. The area is packed with bars and boutiques and, if you feel like climbing the Space Needle, you’re just over a 10-minute drive from uptown, where you’ll find countless museums and arts centers. The rental itself, with beautifully decorated spaces, has a concierge service, terrace, garden, minibar, and TV with cable service.

6. Modern Roosevelt Urban Studio, for an apartment near the University of Washington


A cosy bedroom at the Modern Roosevelt Urban Studio, with a flat screen TV, a white bed, a table and chairs and large windows
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This Scandi-chic studio is in the Roosevelt neighborhood, near the University of Washington, and a short drive from Ballard Bridge, National Nordic Museum, and the ruggedly beautiful Fort Lawton Beach. In the light and airy apartment itself, you’ll find a kitchenette with a fridge, a hob, a microwave and a dishwasher, a flatscreen TV with streaming services, and free toiletries. You can even bring your pet for an additional fee.

7. Seattle Vacation Home: The Gallery, for luxe near Denny Blaine Beach


An outside view of the cosy and rustic The Gallery Seattle Vacation Home, with balcony rooms and large windows
Courtesy of The Gallery / Expedia

A 12-minute drive to downtown, this cozy and well-appointed townhouse has high-end finishes and luxurious touches. There’s an open-plan kitchen, double sinks in the bathroom, double bunk beds for the kids, and a generous outdoor deck for fairer days. Facilities include a free minibar, a well-equipped kitchen and a concierge service. You’ll be close to the Japanese Garden and Denny Blaine Beach.

8. Seattle Vacation Home: Life's A Game, for a sleek stay outside downtown


An outside view of the cream and rustic Lifes A Game Seattle Vacation Home, with bedroom windows and a green tree
Courtesy of Life's A Game / Expedia

This sleek and beautifully finished property has three bright and arty rooms, concierge services, laundry facilities, and even a restaurant. You’re under a 15-minute drive from downtown, where you should visit the Seattle Waterfront, WaMu Theater, Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, the Seattle Aquarium and, of course, the Space Needle. Then wind down back at your home from home, as you recline by the glass fireplace.

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