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Graduate Seattle 3.5

University District, Seattle, Washington

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  • About as close to the University of Washington as you can get
  • Art Deco inspired rooms with iPod docks and Keurigs coffeemakers
  • Rooms range from Studio Singles to sprawling apartment-like suites
  • Great views of downtown Seattle, Lake Washington, and the mountains
  • Updated Art Deco lobby with charming fireplace and lounge areas 
  • Stylish restaurant, bar, and lounge open from morning until evening
  • Casual, modern cafe serving coffee, alcoholic beverages, and light fare
  • Small fitness center or free passes to nearby YMCA
  • Six meeting and event rooms, including a grand ballroom
  • Room service available (limited hours)
  • Free property-wide Wi-Fi 


  • 15-minute freeway drive to downtown Seattle
  • Resort fee and extra charges for parking and breakfast
  • Some complaints of thin walls in guest rooms 
  • Limited fitness facilities (small gym, no pool or spa)

Bottom Line

For travelers who need to be near the University of Washington and want to avoid chain hotels, the upper-middle-range Hotel Deca is a solid option. The hotel's 158 rooms, which range from singles to sprawling apartment-like suites, feature Art Deco decor, exceptional views, and modern amenities like 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers. The hotel has a nice restaurant, bar, and lounge, plus a casual cafe and room service during meal hours. There's also a small fitness room, meeting and event venues, and a stylish lobby with a cozy fireplace. While the property certainly fits the description of "stylish boutique hotel," it lacks the polish and sightseeing perks of many of Seattle’s downtown properties like the Paramount Hotel or the Motif Seattle. 

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Historic boutique hotel with updated Art Deco style

Most visitors to Seattle head straight for downtown, with its access to the waterfront, Space Needle, and Pike Place Market. But for travelers who need to be near the University of Washington, Hotel Deca is a good choice. As one of the few non-chain hotels in the area, it offers more character and ambiance, not to mention better views. Built in 1931, the property capitalizes on its Art Deco roots, with an exterior shape that’s not unlike the lower half of the Empire State Building. Though a bit tired and worn in some places, the inside has been renovated several times, most recently in 2013. The lobby offers a midcentury twist on classic Art Deco style with long, rectangular couches, Danish loungers with gray cushions, molded Eames chairs, a mahogany bookcase, and geometric floor tiles. Bright yellow and teal accents offer modern flair, while iron railings, a cozy fireplace, and and oversized art pieces add period charm. Above, each floor holds a mere 12 rooms, reflecting the Hotel Deca's boutique status. 


Ideal for University of Washington visitors, but 15-minute drive to downtown Seattle

While it's not the most centrally located, Hotel Deca appeals to travelers attending college graduations or sporting events, conducting business nearby, or simply those that want to steer clear of downtown Seattle. The "U District" -- where Hotel Deca is situated -- is just a few blocks off of Interstate-5 and minutes away from the sprawling University of Washington campus. The property is smack-dab in the heart of student country; guests can walk to dozens of mid-range restaurants (sushi, subs, and more), in addition to the multiplex Metro Cinema just a couple of blocks away. If you’ve got a car, the entrance to Highway 520 -- the floating bridge that takes you to Microsoft and the east side -- is a five-minute drive from the hotel. Parking is available, but it costs an extra daily fee. The hotel also provides shuttle service to downtown locations and the airport, but this also incurs a fee.

  • Five-minute walk to University of Washington
  • 10-minute walk to Henry Art Gallery
  • 15-minute walk to University of Washington Hospital & Medical Center (five-minute drive)
  • 20-minute walk to University Village Shopping Center (seven-minute drive)
  • 22-minute walk to Husky Stadium (five-minute drive)
  • 10-minute drive to Museum of History & Industry
  • 15-minute drive to downtown Seattle
  • 25-minute drive to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport


Art Deco-style rooms with modern amenities like 32" flat-screens and iPod docks

Guest rooms, which were part of Hotel Deca's 2013 renovation, still channel the hotel's Art Deco roots and run the gamut from the swanky Presidential Suite to the compact Studio Single. The color palette is refined, primarily grayscale, with pops of subdued color, like a burnt orange accent wall. But the patterns are bold -- geometric charcoal-gray carpeting, striped drapes that give way to mountain or city views, and chic button-tufted herringbone armchairs or couches. Black and white bathrooms can be small but are stylish with chic striped accents, white tiling, and black sinks. They usually include combination showers and tubs. Despite the stylish renovation, however, it’s important to remember that this hotel is more than 80 years old; not surprisingly, some of the rooms can show their age, and guests occasionally complain of issues like thin walls. 

Square footage can range from 175 for singles to 350 for Deluxes, while guests on the market for large digs can expect more spacious suites, including the Presidential Suite (already 1,000 square feet) with an enormous terrace and connecting doors leading to the Isabelle Suite, which together, turn the space into a sprawling 2,500-square-foot apartment.

Rooms are air-conditioned and include desks with chairs and down bedding. They also have 32-inch LCD TVs with DVD players, iHome radios with iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms also contain single-cup Keurig coffeemakers (no tea-making facilities, though), irons and ironing boards, and safes. Upgraded rooms have mini-fridges (not minibars) and microwaves. Bathrooms come with hairdryers and toiletry dispensers.


Stylish restaurant and cafe, breakfast service, and small fitness center -- but extra fees apply

The hotel has solid amenities including a stylish restaurant, The District Lounge, with red walls, candles, and dark wood tables. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks and is open into the evening. But breakfast is not usually included in the room rate. The Post Alley Café is a more casual hangout spot with a modern-cafe feel; it serves coffee, alcoholic drinks, and light fare into the early evening. Room service is available for all meals.

The hotel has a small fitness center with two treadmills, a stationary bike, an elliptical, and free weights. Alternatively, the hotel offers free passes to the University Family YMCA, a six-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel has a small "business center" (a little alcove with two computers for guest use) and free Wi-Fi. Hotel Deca offers catering services that can be used when booking one of the six meeting and event rooms, which include a chandelier-studded grand ballroom.

The property provides shuttle service to local destinations and the airport, though it costs an extra fee. Parking also costs a daily fee which some guests find pricey for the area. The front desk is open 24-hours, and staff offer luggage storage, dry cleaning and laundry service, and some concierge services. The hotel also has a large DVD library for use with in-room DVD players. Guests sometimes complain about extra fees, which include a daily "resort fee" in addition to the aforementioned fees for things like parking and breakfast.

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4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98105-4508, United States


(206) 634-2000

Also Known As

  • Hotel Deca

Room Types

  • City Level Guest Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Sky Level Guestroom
  • Studio Single
  • Suite Isabella
  • Suite Talia

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