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Downtown SeattleSeattle

A clean, walkable city center with tree-filled public spaces, shopping, boutique bars and restaurants, and views across the Puget Sound.

Seattle’s downtown is a major business and retail center, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Puget Sound and waterfront activity. Urban parks and plazas are surrounded by a manmade forest of high-rise architecture with some older buildings mixed in. Further west is the famous Pike Place Market. Dotted in between are a myriad of small and charming bars and restaurants, as well as an assortment of larger establishments and well-known retail outlets.

Start your downtown experience by heading to the Visitor Information Center in the lobby of the Washington State Convention Center on Seventh Avenue and Pike Street. Pick up a walking map of the area and find out what local events are scheduled. Downtown Seattle and its surrounding neighborhoods host around 70 festivals each year, including Bumbershoot, the country’s largest urban arts festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival. It also promotes dozens of musical performances at Benaroya Hall as well as outdoor public concerts on the waterfront. You can hear everything from classical to contemporary throughout the summer.

With more than 1,000 retail outlets, Seattle’s downtown is a great place for shopping in flagship stores, such as Nordstrom, Macy's and REI, as well as a wide array of smaller boutiques. Take in a movie at the multi-screen cinema in ultra-modern Pacific Place. During the winter holiday season, ride the carousel and check out the festivities at Westlake Center, which is the downtown terminal for the Seattle’s Monorail. Don't miss a trip to Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous foodie haven. Here you can see fresh produce from the region, as well as dine, shop and enjoy the views across Puget Sound.

Family members not into shopping may enjoy a visit to the Seattle Art Museum or take the kids on the Monorail and head to the Space Needle, a little over a mile (1.6 kilometers) north of downtown. Meet later at one of the 150 eateries that make downtown such a haven for food-lovers.

Downtown Seattle is a great base to stay while on a visit to the city. It is adjacent to the waterfront area to the west, Belltown and Capitol Hill to the north, and Pioneer Square to the south.


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Top Hotels in Downtown Seattle

Hotel Theodore
Hotel Theodore
4 out of 5
1531 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥12,511 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23

Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from Game Works, Washington State Convention Center, and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Paramount ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,492 reviews)

"My wife and and I really enjoyed our stay here at the Theodore. Rooms room clean, staff was great, and close walking distance to everything! The only thing that I was disappointed in was that the restaurant and bar were closed, (Covid-19 of curse) witch was fine. I would consider taking the restaurant ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Hotel Theodore
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥10,429 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District and 5th Avenue Theater. Washington State Convention Center ...

4.4/5Excellent! (959 reviews)

"It was clean and the staff was friendly. A little further from Pikes Place than I expected however still in walking distance to a lot of places"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥8,879 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Moore Theater and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,211 reviews)

"I loved my whole experience from the flight to the hotel! It was a great trip, the only thing I was not pleased with was the room was not cleaned while we were out, our trash got pretty full and was hoping they’d come get the trash and get some more plastic cups to drink from but still a great ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Warwick Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥9,073 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,822 reviews)

"Favorite hotel in Seattle! I come back here every time. Great location, staff, rooms, and views! I love it here."…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Mediterranean Inn
Hilton Seattle
Hilton Seattle
3.5 out of 5
1301 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥10,106 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Washington State Convention Center, Seattle Waterfront, and Pike Place Market. Space Needle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (272 reviews)

"I liked the location but parking was way to expensive."…"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

Hilton Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥12,431 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,339 reviews)

"The hotel did not have any amenities available due to Covid. I wish at least there would have been more food options in the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

Hyatt Regency Seattle
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