Alexis Hotel -- A Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upscale boutique hotel, featuring 121 eclectic guestrooms that cater to every possible personality, is about as perfectly located as a downtown hotel can be. Many of Seattle’s most desirable sightseeing destinations are within easy walking distance, as are a vast selection of top-notch restaurants. Note, though, that while the Alexis sits on First Avenue, directly above Puget Sound, it doesn't capitalize on the famous harbor views; if vistas are what you’re looking for, best to head a few blocks north to one of the view-front hotels.
Hotel Vintage – a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
It’s hard to go wrong with a Kimpton property, and the Hotel Vintage Park doesn’t disappoint. Hailed for its exceptionally friendly staff that goes out of their way to make guests happy, this luxury boutique hotel delivers an intimacy not found in other, more pretentious venues. Quality vintages (hence, the name) are offered at the free nightly wine hour, but the lobby is a bit small for serious socializing.
The Maxwell Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This stylish boutique is a happy surprise located in an area of downtown that rarely sees a charming, full-service hotel. Though it lacks the classic attraction of the Puget Sound waterfront, you’ll have the Space Needle and many major Arts venues at your fingertips instead.
Hotel Deca Rating: 3.5 Pearls
If you need to stay near the University of Washington -- and want to avoid chain hotels -- Hotel Deca is a solid option. While it certainly lives up to its name as a fun boutique hotel with swanky, bold decor, it lacks the polish and sightseeing perks of many of Seattle’s downtown properties.
The Inn at El Gaucho Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Located smack-dab in the epicenter of downtown Seattle’ popular Belltown neighborhood, The Inn at El Gaucho is an intimate, second-story boutique hotel on top of El Gaucho steakhouse, featuring 18 spacious rooms. The hotel is ultra-convenient -- it’s walking distance to almost every popular Seattle attraction -- but has limited services (no elevator, no gym), so if you’re looking for a bit of pampering and luxury, you’ll probably want to head to a larger, more traditional venue.