Best hotels for families and some for their furry friends, too
Waterfront views, swimming pools, and large rooms within walking distance to downtown sightseeing – whatever your family fancies, Seattle offers a variety of hotels that typify the casual elegance of the Pacific Northwest.
Photo courtesy: The Maxwell Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel
1/Hotel Five - A Staypineapple Hotel
2200 5th Ave., Downtown
One of four Staypineapple boutique hotels in Seattle, Hotel Five is the best located, just blocks from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Seattle waterfront and right on the bus line that carries you to CenturyLink (Seahawks and Sounders) and Safeco (Mariners) Fields. This downtown hotel is funky, vibrant, and colorful - right down to the rainbow-striped doors. But what really sets it apart are all the extras: a complimentary shuttle bus to tourist sites, free-use bright yellow bikes (kids’ sizes, too), afternoon reception with coffee and Seattle’s Sugar Rush Baking cupcakes, comfy robes and slippers, European-style duvets, and free WiFi. And the beds here are more comfortable than my own! Is the family dog along, too? Well, Fido is in luck! For an extra $25 fee, a doggie bed, bowl, treats, bags, and a stuffed Husky await your pet in your room (up to two dogs of any weight); there’s an urban dog park just a few blocks away. Rates for a room with double beds start at $125/night; parking $20/night.
KidTripster Tip: Be sure to check the hotel website for promotions. With the Eat & Sleep Package, you get a $20 food credit per person; that’s $80 for a family of four to spend in the hotel restaurant (open 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.)! It serves a very tasty breakfast.
2/Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
1101 4th Ave., Downtown
If location is key, Hotel Monaco Seattle is the place to book. Located within walking distance of the waterfront, sports stadiums, premiere shopping, and dining, this boutique-style hotel provides a homey feel with decorative flare. And just in case you couldn’t leave your furry friend at home, pets are welcome at no additional charge. Or you can adopt one of the hotel’s goldfish for your stay through the “Guppy Love” program. Rates start at $245/night; there’s also a $15/day facilities fee that covers WiFi, evening social hour with wine, and morning coffee and tea service.
KidTripster Tip: Hotel Monaco has complimentary bikes to use during your stay, but they are adult-sized.
3/Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St., Downtown
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle provides breathtaking views of the city lights or the waterfront. The large suites offer a combination of luxury and comfort for a family of four. The kids will dig the rooftop infinity pool; you’ll love the spa services - all just minutes from Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, well-known restaurants, and shopping. Rates start at $489/night.
KidTripster Tip: Kids are welcomed with a special treat at check-in, child-sized bathrobes, and their very own toiletries.
4/The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Ave., Downtown
Mountain, water or city views – you choose at The Westin Seattle. With two 47-story, circular towers, this hotel is hard to miss. Situated in the heart of downtown, you’re minutes from Pacific Place Mall, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. An indoor pool offers an outlet for kids to burn off some energy, even in the rain, because that’s how we Seattleites (it’s a word) roll! Rates start at $208/night.
5/Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle
1007 1st Ave., Downtown
You and your family can be a part of history with a stay at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle. Set in a 1901 building that’s included on the National Register of Historic Places, this boutique hotel provides easy access to the city’s major sightseeing destinations and retail attractions. With large rooms and bathrooms, families are able to spread out. Each room comes equipped with an Amazon Echo Dot, which is programmed to answer questions about the hotel and surrounding area. Check out the morning coffee and tea service, as well as the complimentary evening wine reception. Even Fido is welcomed to attend. Rates start at $308/night.
6/The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St., Downtown
Situated in another historic landmark, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel dates back to 1924. It features renovated rooms, kids’ amenities, an ideal location – close to the waterfront, Seattle Art Museum, and Space Needle – and two award-winning restaurants. Ask about the hotel’s babysitting and pet services. Rates start at $269/night.
7/Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle - Stadium
1046 1st Ave. S
The name says it all - “Stadium!” This hotel is an ideal place to stay for those looking to take in a ball game. Silver Cloud sits in the heart of Seattle’s sports scene – directly opposite Safeco (Mariners) and CenturyLink (Seahawks and Sounders) Fields. A heated rooftop pool and hot tub are perfect for the kiddos, and parking is free, a rarity at Seattle hotels. Rates start at $299/night.
KidTripster Tip: The location is a little off the city’s major sightseeing path, so if you’re looking for something moderately priced but a little closer to the downtown corridor, check out the Silver Cloud Inn Seattle - Lake Union.
8/Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
800 Fairview Ave. N, Lake Union
Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union is a hotel with some of the comforts of your own home. The suites range from studios to two bedrooms and come equipped with kitchens, dining tables, and sitting areas. Complimentary, hot breakfast and coffee are served in the lobby. It’s just a short walk to Lake Union, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Center. Rates start at $280/night.
9/The Maxwell Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel
300 Roy St., Queen Anne
This neighborhood hotel provides a good base for guests visiting the city. You’re just minutes from the Seattle Center, monorail, dozens of restaurants, and several grocery stores. A complimentary shuttle takes guests wherever they’d like to go in the city. The pet-friendly Maxwell Hotel also has a small indoor pool, free parking, pineapple cupcakes in the afternoon, and loaner bikes for exploring. Rates start at $159/night.
425 Queen Anne Ave. N, Queen Anne
Inspired by the sea, Mediterranean Inn sits in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, just one block from Key Arena. The units are set up apartment-style with kitchenettes for those who may want to do some light cooking. A rooftop deck provides sweeping views of the city. Free bike rentals are also available for the family. Rates start at $ 239/night.
Kiersten Throndsen lives in Seattle with her husband and two young daughters. A tropical vacation girl at heart, her husband hopes a recently-acquired trailer will convince her camping isn’t so bad. Her verdict is still out.
This writer received some complimentary stays for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions expressed are solely her own.