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Motif Seattle 3.5

Downtown, Seattle, Washington

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  • Superb downtown location near Pike Place Market
  • Fun rooftop ambience at Frolik restaurant and bar
  • Rooms have mini-fridges and Keurig coffeemakers, many have nice views
  • Chic outdoor deck with ping-pong tables and shuffleboard
  • Room service available until late
  • Spacious fitness room with high-end equipment
  • Pets allowed (for a fee)
  • On-site garage parking (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Occasional long waits at elevators
  • Parking is expensive
  • Breakfast not included in room rates

Bottom Line

The Motif is an artsy upper-middle-range hotel located a couple of blocks from Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Its 319 rooms are comfortable and stylish and have mini-fridges and high-end coffeemakers -- many also have spectacular views of the waterfront and Olympic Mountains. The hotel has a great restaurant and rooftop bar with rooms service and there's a gym, but no spa or pool. Still, for the relatively high price tag, it has more class and character than similarly priced chain hotels in the area. For those who want to be even closer to Pike Place Market, check rates at Inn at the Market

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Slick downtown hotel with executive-meets-artist vibe

There’s a slick, artsy look to the Motif, beginning with the colored glass awning that hangs over its front door, offsetting its corporate high-rise look. Many original paintings and prints line the walls of its spacious, open lobby and hallways. Frolik, the hotel's fifth-floor bar and restaurant, has an open floor plan with several comfortable lounge-style chairs and tables, and a wall of four flat-screen TVs. There's a stylish and spacious outdoor deck complete with colorful seating as well as two ping-pong tables, a shuffleboard court, and a large glass fireplace along the far wall. The crowd is a mix of tourists in their 20s and 30s and business travelers, though the hotel does also attracts some older tourists and families.


In heart of downtown Seattle, within walking distance of Fifth Avenue Theater and Westlake Center

The Motif is located in the center of downtown Seattle, one block away from the popular Fifth Avenue Theater. Two major shopping centers -- Pacific Place and Westlake Center -- are two blocks down the street and Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront are a five- to 10-minute walk from the hotel. The Aquarium is a 12-minute walk away. There is a Link light rail stop two blocks away providing easy, regular access to the Space Needle (17 minutes) and many locations in and around Seattle. The drive to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about 20 minutes or 50 minutes on the Link.    


Big suites with large pillowtop beds and great waterfront or mountain views from higher floors

There are 319 guest rooms at the Motif (including 10 suites), and all are comfortable, spacious, and stylish with pillowtop beds, Scandinavian-style solid white headboards, and original, colorful art prints. Windows are large and rooms on the higher floors have great views of either the Seattle Waterfront or mountains. All rooms come with armchairs and ottomans, large flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, plush bathrobes, and iPod docks. Chocolates from local fair-trade chocolatier Theo make a nice welcome gift. Bathrooms are small and simple, with shower/tub combos, but hanging light fixtures and dark-wood framed mirrors give them a touch of elegance.


Free Wi-Fi, paid parking garage, and rooftop restaurant and bar

The hotel's fifth-floor restaurant, Frolik, serves an assortment of creative American fare for breakfast (not included), lunch, and dinner; room service is also available well into the evening. The restaurant opens out onto a fantastic outdoor patio with a fire pit, a ping-pong table, and shuffleboard. There is a paid parking garage under the hotel (although it is expensive) and a large fitness room with high quality stationary bikes, treadmills, and weight-training equipment. The Motif also has several meeting and conference rooms available for special events. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and pets are allowed for an extra fee. There is also a large fitness room with high-end weight equipment and machinery and several executive-style conference and banquet rooms available for special events.

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1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101-2313, United States

Also Known As

  • Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue

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