“Man has gained nothing from enmity. Our purpose here is not to fight, but to cooperate with each other and move forward. Finding solutions is my job, but I shouldn’t stop there. I should make them real, make them useful.”
Bill Gates, one of the most influential men of the 20th century, needs no introduction. He has been responsible for founding Microsoft – the company that made it possible for millions of people to use computers – in Seattle, and has lived here ever since. A noted philanthropist and a man of calm, composed demeanour, he has been an inspiration to many. In that sense, he can be a definitive image of Seattle – a city that thrives on cooperation, brotherhood and innovation.
Seattle is also known as the Rain City of America because of the unusually consistent rainfalls it experiences all around the year, making its weather resemble typically overcast September days in England.
Among many other things, Seattle is a home to many multi-billion dollar companies that rule the corporate world (Amazon, for example) and many more places of interest, especially for those who take an active interest in outdoor activities. Located on the North Western coast of the United States, Seattle also happens to be an important trading post blessed with many naturally efficient port venues.
A trip to Seattle can be a memorable one if you manage to distribute your time between various sights and sounds of Seattle with ease and efficiency. Lodging is an important aspect of this endeavor, and that is precisely why, this nifty guide to various types of Seattle hotels should come handy for tourists who are probing the possibilities of a trip to Seattle.
Budget Hotels in Seattle
Seattle is the capital of the State of Washington. Being a capital city, it regularly hosts travelers and tourists whose purposes of visit range from business to leisure.
There are over 500 various registered hospitality venues in Seattle, most of whom are dedicated to hosting tourists. Annual tourist footfall in Seattle easily exceeds 1 million mark. In 2014, a record breaking throng of over 2 million tourists busied the streets of Seattle, as favorable weather conditions attracted many more to local festivals and sights.
To house these many tourists and travelers, Seattle offers a number of cheap hotels that are easy on the credit cards of tourists. Avid tourists would agree that saving on hotel and accommodation expenses can easily cut down tour costs by as much as 40%. So, it does not come as a shock that more than half of all the hotels in Seattle are categorized under ‘budget’ segment.
Ramada Sea Tac Hotel, near the airport, is a perfect candidate for tourists who are looking for cheap hotels that are also conveniently accessible and decently comfortable.
Hotel Red Roof Inn is another similar hotel, located near the Seattle City Center. Hotel Nexus Seattle can provide good comfort to tourists, especially backpackers. If you are traveling with family, University Inn Seattle can also provide you a great deal, although it’s slightly more expensive than other establishments in this category.
Extravagance and Style – Combined!
Luxury resorts offer a great peace of mind to travelers, as they try to unwind from their daily stresses and sightseeing fatigue. It should also provide some relief to travelers to know that such hotels in Seattle are quite reasonably priced, as opposed to their counterparts in major cities like LA or Miami.
Inn at the Market is among the best reputable luxury establishments in Seattle. Located in the heart of the city, Inn at the Market offers unparalleled levels of luxury and comfort to its patrons, albeit with hefty price tags.
Hotel 1000 and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle also rise up to the occasion and provide excellent service and hospitality to their guests, inclusive of all amenities you could think of – from in-house ballrooms to rooftop swimming pools.
Independent & Boutique Hotels in Seattle
There is a certain type of tourists who just don’t get taken by the idea of living at a hotel for long periods of time. For the sake of such tourists, Seattle brings a number of alternative options.
The most popular alternative lodging option in Seattle has to be that of holiday rentals. If you are visiting Seattle on holiday with a family, this could well be just the sort of accommodation you are looking for.
However, it should be understood that most of these options come with even heavier price tags than luxury resorts. Seattle Urban Retreat is a fine example of this.
Hotels Near Seattle Airport
Seattle is serviced by the Seattle Tacoma International Airport that lies about 20 km south of the city center. The airport, in an administrative sense, lies within the city limits of SeaTac, but is the only point of entry for travelers to get into Seattle by air.
Considering the distance, many tourists are tempted to find a hotel in the vicinity of this airport, perhaps in SeaTac itself. There are quite a few Seattle hotels that can be found along the road that connects the airport to the city. But most of these are usually budget motels, more often than not unfit to host families. So, it shouldn’t be a big deal for you to drive all the way up to the city center and find a decent enough hotel within your budget there. Booking a hotel well in advance online can allow you to exploit early bird discounts, as well!
Local Transportation in Seattle
Being a city of well laid out infrastructure, Seattle boasts of a very well connected public transport that includes trains and buses.
Getting around Seattle should not really be a problem for tourists, as many local taxi and cab services have fairly priced sightseeing packages that can be easily customised to one’s liking. Renting a car can be a great option, too, if you happen to have a valid driving permit. Your stay in Seattle will be immensely enjoyable if you plan it out thoroughly, well in advance.
The Emerald City will certainly never disappoint tourists with good tastes!
- Top Attractions:
- Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Savor Seattle Food Tours, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Washington State Ferries
- City Size:
- 143 mi²
- 40°F (4°C), Wind N at 6 mph (10 km/h), 100% Humidity