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.
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.
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.
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.