* The Arctic Club Seattle (www.thearcticclubseattle.com; tel. 800/222-8733 or 206/340-0340): A former men’s club founded by guys who’d struck it rich either in or because of the Yukon Gold Rush, the Arctic Club celebrates its history by giving its large, big-windowed rooms and public spaces the Art Deco look of the club’s heyday. This Doubletree heritage property in the Pioneer Square area has restored the club’s down-to-earth comfort and upgraded it to luxury standards. .
* The Edgewater (www.edgewaterhotel.com; tel. 800/624-0670or 206/728-7000): Built atop a pier on the Seattle waterfront, this boutique hotel is the only hotel in Seattle to have rooms directly on the water. In fact, guests including the Beatles used to fish from their windows. The Edgewater is close to the Olympic Sculpture Park and cruise-ship terminals, and it has a very good restaurant with views across Elliott Bay to the Olympic Mountains. .
* Executive Hotel Pacific (www.executivehotels.net; tel. 888/388-3932 or 206/623-3900): It’s not huge or luxurious; it’s small and practical, and it has the lowest room rates of any downtown Seattle hotel. The Executive Hotel Pacific was built in the 1920s and has the compact rooms of that era to prove it, but they’ve all been upgraded to boutique hotel standards. .
* Four Seasons Hotel (www.fourseasons.com/seattle; tel. 206/749-7000): In a choice spot just a block from Pike Street Market, the Four Seasons gives you big, luxurious rooms with views of Elliott Bay and spa-size bathrooms, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center with a heated, outdoor infinity pool and a spa, and fine dining. You can’t help but feel pampered. .
* Hotel Ändra (www.hotelandra.com; tel. 877/448-8600 or 206/448-8600): Its design and furnishings are coolly Scandinavian, and its comfort level is Seattle all the way. Vibrant colors, natural fabrics, and beautiful materials and detailing make this boutique hotel in Belltown a real treat.
* Hotel Monaco(www.monaco-seattle.com; tel. 800/715-6513 or 206/621-1770): ##Crete, its big, Southern-style restaurant, Sazerac, and its playfully eclectic rooms, you might never guess that this downtown Kimpton hotel was created from a former telephone-company office building. Bring your pet, or request a pet goldfish during your stay, and enjoy the complimentary wine tastings held every evening. .
* Inn at the Market (www.innatthemarket.com; tel. 800/446-4484): For sheer romantic appeal, this cozy boutique hotel can’t be beat. Its secretive little courtyard entrance makes it feel hidden from the world, and yet it’s directly beside Pike Street Market, one of the busiest spots in Seattle. Some of the rooms have big views out over Elliott Bay to the Olympics. .
* Inn at Virginia Mason & The Baroness Hotel (www.innatvirginiamason.com; tel. 800/283-6453): Up on First Hill, within easy walking distance of downtown and not far from the Frye Art Museum, the two buildings operated as hotels by Virginia Mason Hospital are heritage gems built as apartment buildings in the 1920s and 1930s. There’s a wealth of authentic, unchanged period detail in both of these meticulously cared-for buildings, where you will stay in a former apartment for a fraction of the cost of a downtown hotel. .
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.