Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Rating: 5.0 Pearls
It’s hard to go wrong with this top luxury hotel that has, arguably, some of the best views in the city, not to mention a restaurant with an acclaimed Seattle chef, a rooftop infinity pool, and 147 spacious, classically comfortable rooms. The business-y surroundings might preclude the opulence of other, larger Four Seasons properties, but what you lose in neighborhood ambience you gain in vistas and proximity to the best Seattle attractions.
Pan Pacific Seattle Rating: 4.0 Pearls
There’s nothing innately wrong with this contemporary luxury hotel. That said, its South Lake Union location is a substantial schlep to sightseeing, shopping, and the coveted waterfront. It's convenient for business travelers, but if pleasure is the reason for your visit, best to book one of the hotels closer to Pike Place Market, like the Sheraton or Alexis.
Grand Hyatt Seattle Rating: 4.0 Pearls
If you want modern elegance and lavish rooms -- and are unwilling to spring for the Four Seasons directly on the waterfront -- the Grand Hyatt is an ideal tradeoff. Surrounded by many major Seattle attractions (you can see the Pike Place Market sign just five blocks away), plus great restaurants and shopping, it manages to meld convenience with luxury service.
Hyatt at Olive 8 Rating: 4.0 Pearls
You almost can’t go wrong with the Hyatt at Olive 8, which is known for its exceptionally high customer ratings, environmentally conscious design, and easy, walk-to-everything location. If you’re looking for a romantic lobby in which to have cocktails, you might want to head across the street to the dark and elegant Grand Hyatt; otherwise, be prepared to happily stay put.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Mammoth in size (1,258 rooms), and neutral in charm, the Sheraton capitalizes on its ultimate draw: location, location, location. You can literally walk to every Seattle attraction from this hotel, and the Washington State Convention Center is right next door. It's a prime choice for business travelers and large groups.
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. Corporate headquarters of both Amazon.com and the Gates Foundation are literally down the street.
Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Downtown Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Marriott Courtyard Bellevue/Downtown caters primarily to business travelers whose work takes them to this eastside Seattle suburb. Standard amenities, a neutral, appeal-to-everyone decor, and the ability to walk to major shopping and conference locales are hallmarks of this clean and comfortable chain hotel.