Hilton Seattle Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Downtown, Seattle, Washington

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Pros

  • Easy, walk-to-everything downtown location
  • Stunning views at rooftop restaurant
  • Nice perks with Executive Club rooms
  • Great city views from higher floors
  • Car rental desk
  • Currency exchange

Cons

  • Tired, outdated decor
  • Awkward entrance with elevators to 10th-floor lobby
  • No valet parking
  • Expensive self-parking in hard-to-maneuver garage

Bottom Line

This perfectly pleasant chain hotel doesn’t bowl you over with elegant furnishings or a proper greeting at ground level, but it makes up for those shortcomings with plenty of amenities and a can’t-be-beat location. Classic Seattle attractions -- the Pike Place Market, Puget Sound waterfront, ferry rides, and the Monorail to the Space Needle -- are all just a 5 to 10-minute walk from the front door.

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 Scene

Outdated chain hotel with the perfect city address

The lobby
The lobby

Walk in the door of the Hilton Seattle and you might just walk right back out thinking you’re in the wrong place. That’s because the entrance to this 237-room hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle is, for lack of a better word, awkward. Unlike some of the grander Hiltons, the lobby is actually located on the 10th floor (above seven-plus floors of garage parking), so what you encounter at ground level is a tiny, storefront-size reception area with an Alamo car-rental desk and two elevators that take you up to the proper lobby. Once there, you’ll see a more typical, expansive welcome space (albeit, with outdated decor), plus a check-in/concierge desk and plenty of lounge seating. It’s not until you get up to the restaurant on the 29th floor -- with its unparalleled views of the city and Puget Sound -- that the hotel starts to feel like a more elegant Hilton. Clearly, this property won’t knock your socks off, but the location and easy walking distance to almost every most major Seattle attraction -- plus a nearby entrance to Interstate 5 -- can’t be beat.

 Location

Hardly a car, taxi, or bus needed at this centrally located downtown hotel

Without being on the waterfront (a coveted Seattle location), the Hilton still manages to take firm advantage of all that downtown Seattle has to offer -- no car or transit needed. It’s minutes away from the Washington State Convention Center, and literally surrounded on all sides by shopping, theater, and dining attractions that will keep you going for days. Want to catch a Broadway musical? Walk the underground footpath to the 5th Avenue Theater. Your kids will likely drag you to Gameworks, the mega-arcade a few blocks down the street, but you’ve got plenty of stores nearby to keep you busy. Nordstrom and Pacific Place shopping center (the latter of which contains a multiplex theater) is within walking distance. Westlake Center is equally close, with its full-on food court and access to the Monorail, the iconic elevated train that whisks you over to the Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) in a mere two minutes.

Less-than-5-minute-walk to:

  • Pacific Place shopping center
  • Westlake Mall (with two-minute transit to Seattle Center, and Light Rail transit to Sea-Tac airport for $2.50)
  • The Washington State Convention Center
  • A.C.T. Theater
  • 5th Avenue Theater

Other destinations:

  • 5-minute walk to Benaroya Hall (Seattle Symphony)
  • 5-minute walk to Pike Place Market
  • 5-minute walk to Seattle Art Museum
  • 10-minute walk to ferries
  • 5-minute drive to cruise ship terminals
  • Sea-Tac International Airport is a 20-minute drive south on I-5 (about $32 to $45 by taxi)
  • Gray Line Airporter Shuttle picks up in front of the hotel ($15 to Sea-Tac; $25 roundtrip)

 Rooms

237 rooms -- including spacious one-and-two-bedroom suites -- with unassuming decor

Double Executive Guest Room
Double Executive Guest Room

There’s nothing terribly extraordinary about the standard rooms at the Hilton: Each 300-square-foot space is done up in neutral tones with minimal decor (can you say beige?) and dark wood furniture. It’s all comfortable, but unremarkable, especially if you book below the 24th floor, where the view out your window consists of neighboring buildings. Scoot up to the Executive Level, however (floors 24 to 28) and the outlook improves considerably, as you’ll score great city views, free continental breakfast at the Top of the Hilton restaurant, and access to the Lounge, where free Wi-Fi, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and bottles of water are added to the mix. The hotel’s roomy suites take things up a notch further, with significantly more square footage, plus a full dining table (it seats six to eight people) and wet bar that make it possible to entertain.

  • Hilton Serenity bed with Serta Suite Dreams bedding, down-filled duvet, and non-allergenic feather pillows
  • 32-inch LCD HDTV with cable, pay-per-view, and premium channels
  • Bathrooms have shower/tub combo with hand-held shower, Crabtree & Evelyn La Source bath products, and granite countertops.
  • Cuisinart coffeemaker
  • Free newspaper
  • Connecting rooms available

 Features

Just the business traveler basics: a small fitness center and a small business center

  • Small fitness center with three treadmills, two ellipticals, a recumbent bicycle free weights, stretching mats, and exercise balls
  • Business center with two computers, big copy machine, and free boarding pass printing
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Alamo car rental desk
  • Currency exchange

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 Food

Amazing views from Top of the Hilton restaurant

  • Top of the Hilton restaurant is located on the 29th floor of the hotel and offers great views of the city and Puget Sound. Open for breakfast and lunch.
  • Lobby Lounge serves lunch, dinner, and light late-night fare

 Bottom Line

This perfectly pleasant chain hotel doesn’t bowl you over with elegant furnishings or a proper greeting at ground level, but it makes up for those shortcomings with plenty of amenities and a can’t-be-beat location. Classic Seattle attractions -- the Pike Place Market, Puget Sound waterfront, ferry rides, and the Monorail to the Space Needle -- are all just a 5 to 10-minute walk from the front door.

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Address

  • 1301 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101-2304, US

Room Types

  • Executive Floor Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 237
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown, Seattle
Address: 1301 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101-2304, US
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