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Downtown Seattle, WA

Seattle
Downtown Seattle featuring street scenes and central business district

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

The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥13,637 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market, and Seattle Center. Space Needle and Washington State Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,023 reviews)
"location"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

The Belltown Inn
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥16,809 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,568 reviews)
"Contemporary decor in an urban settiing."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Mediterranean Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥20,692 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 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! (2,061 reviews)
"overall very nice"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥21,693 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Downtown Seattle, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Waterfront and Washington State Convention Center. Pike Place Market and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (910 reviews)
"The staff was friendly and helpful when needed. Checking in & out was simple and quick. Parking garage is limited to vehicles 6 feet and under. If you have a taller pick-up or SUV you'll need to find other parking."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥18,283 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from 5th Avenue Theater, Washington State Convention Center, and Seattle Central Business District. Nordstrom ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,329 reviews)
"I loved everything. Excellent job to all employees that I came in contact with. Hopefully I will return to Seattle, and stay here. I wish everyone a blessed day 🙏."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Sheraton Grand Seattle
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥17,341 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from Pacific Place, Seattle Paramount Theatre, and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,926 reviews)
"It was a great experience. Great HOTEL FOR A 5 YEAR WEDDING ANIVERSARY."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

The Paramount Hotel
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