In downtown, you’ll find Seattle hotels conveniently located near Pike Place Market and other major attractions, such as the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, and Waterfront Park. Meanwhile, there are a variety of hotels in Seattle, located in areas such as Capitol Hill, that are best suited for those who want to stay in a neighborhood with a livelier nightlife. Alternatively, if you’re vacationing with children, stay at one of the accommodations in Lower Queen Anne, since kid-friendly attractions like the Seattle Space Needle, EMP Museum, and Pacific Science Center, are all within walking distance.
While the Greater Seattle area itself is expansive, Seattle itself isn’t too big that you can’t easily walk much of it. If you’re staying at a downtown Seattle hotel, you’ll be within a few blocks of the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, and the waterfront, and a five to ten-minute cab ride from Seattle Center and the Seattle Space Needle.
It’s also easy to get around using public transportation. The Central Link light rail, which connects downtown Seattle and the airport, makes several stops downtown, including South of Downtown (SoDo), Chinatown, and Westlake. Rather than having to pay every time you ride, consider getting an ORCA pass at one of the downtown stations, which you can also use on any of the buses.
If you plan on visiting some of the outer lying neighborhoods in and around Seattle, such as Bellevue or Kirkland, a rental car can come in handy. Most Seattle hotels offer self or valet parking, but note that most of downtown and its nearby neighborhoods are metered parking.
If there’s one thing that can be unpredictable in Seattle, it’s the weather. No matter the season, what starts as a clear, sunny day, could end with clouds and rain. When going out for the day in Seattle, be it winter or summer, at the minimum have a waterproof jacket with a hood. Most locals will tell you that that’s all you need, since Seattle doesn’t see too many downpours. You’re not likely to see any snow on your trip, save for the snow atop the peaks surrounding Seattle.
Leave your flip flops and open-toed shoes at home for a trip to Seattle, partly because of the climate, but mainly because it’s such a great walking city. However, while Seattle is a waterfront city, many of the streets in downtown have steep hills, requiring good footwear. If a downpour does suddenly occur, consider popping into the downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, which makes multiple stops between South of Downtown and Westlake Center.
Rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable Seattle vacation. Browse our selection of cheap deals on Seattle hotels, rental cars, and flights to kick start your romp in the Pacific Northwest.