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Saymoi

Help with neighborhood and hotel

by Saymoi »

I'm going to be in Seattle for about 3 days and I'm not sure where to stay. Am I to assume Central Seattle is the place to stay? Not interested in downtown, would like to take a look at Pike Place Market, but more interested in just walking around, eating and drinking. A non-fleabag hotel would be great.

I watch the show The Killing, so nowhere around the skating park. wink

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Saymoi

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by Saymoi »

You got it! I love visiting the first of anything. Went to Austin just to see the first Whole Foods.

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PHeymont

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by PHeymont »

Just a note on hotels...I'm not too frequent a Seattle visitor, but 3 out of 3 in the past 5 years I've gotten ridiculously low prices on 4 and 5 star hotels through Priceline blind bidding. Under $100 two of the three. Might be worth a try if you're not tied to one area; all three were within 10-minute walk of Pike Place.

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drfumblefinger

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by drfumblefinger »

Hi Saymoi,

It's less than a 10 minute walk from downtown to Pike's Market, depending on exactly where you stay.  If you like to walk, as long as you're near the city you can get around okay.  Plus walking lets you see the shops, views and cafes.  As you head further out of the city, it gets more complicated (eg. around U of W or Union Lake).

There are lots of good hotels, but I usually use my Marriott Rewards points for a free stay while there.  Or if I'm paying I"ll stay at whatever place has the best price, not really any single hotel.  Summers are busy in Seattle and prices rise as places sell out so try to have this in reservation in place before you leave. 

Good luck landing a nice room!

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Saymoi

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by Saymoi »

Do you have any opinion about the Ballard neighborhood?

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drfumblefinger

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

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Not too familar with it except for a few times driving through it.  I've not stayed there before as its getting further out of the city that I like to be.  Depending where in Ballard, you are over a mile from the Space Needle and more than 2 miles from the Pike's market area.  That might not seem like that much but at the end of a long day on your feet, it's a long walk back from Pike's market.  Parts of the area around the Space Needle are a little run down and neglected and while safe in the day, I wouldn't want to be walking there after dark.  There might be public transportation options.  Or you could drive and park downtown or by the harbor, then drive back if you have your car with you.  Also, there is a monorail you can take from the Space Needle into the city.  http://www.seattlemonorail.com/, so option of taking cab or public transportation there, then monorail into the city.

So Ballard's somewhat out of the way and not ideal, but if you can get a very good price, take it and deal with getting around.  Worse case scenario is two cab rides, one each way into and out of Seattle.

That's not too helpful, sorry. 

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Saymoi

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by Saymoi »

Let me preface this with we have a car, so last night I watched Bourdain's Layover in Seattle in this is what I got:

Central Downtown:
Le Pichet
Seatown

Capital Hill:
Quinn's Pub
Melrose Market

Wallingford: lots of cafes

Ballard: Walrus & the Carpenter

Drinks in Belltown - didn't catch the name of the place, will need to watch it again

Still looking for a hotel. I have Holiday Inn miles so I'll see what I can find.


 

 

 

 

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drfumblefinger

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by drfumblefinger »

Having a car helps a lot.  It allows you to stay farther out and get into the city fairly easily.  Roads downtown have a confusing grid, so map or GPS are mandatory.  Avoid driving in peak rush hours as Seattle traffic is as bad as L.A.'s.   If you have Holiday Inn points, this is a good time to use them as hotel prices in Seattle are now at their prime.

I've not seen Bourdain's Seattle, but my approach would be a little different.  Bourdain is mostly looking to find places to eat and discuss food.  I'm into a day of sites, then towards the end finding a good meal to finish the day.  Here's how I'd approach Seattle.

Day 1)  Waterfront, including Pike's Market and adjoining shops (including world's first Starbucks).  I'd also head down to the Aquarium and Harbor area.  This will really take most of a day, especially if you want to linger at the market and people watch.  same is true of the waterfront around the Aquarium.  End the day by wandering into downtown.  Downtown is nice but not unlike many other large city's downtowns.  Pike's Market is unique.

Day 2)  Need to go up the Space Needle for the view.  Best view of the city, but if it's pouring don't bother..  There is an interesting complex of museums and buildings adjoining the Space Needle, including some you might like.  Take a look at the architecture of the Sci Fi Museum, even if you don't care enough to go in.  There is an interesting glass museum, etc.  http://www.seattlecenter.com/  You could spend all day here, but probably a half day is enough

Other options:  I am fascinated by flight.  The Boeing plant in Everett gives tours of its production line (2 aisle aircraft, probably will now behighlighting the 787).  There is also a great plane museum south of downtown, the Museum of Flight.  If you share my amazement at the miracle of flight, such a modern invention really, these are fantastic places. 

If you've great weather, consider a trip to Mt. Rainer or if you're coming up from Portland a stop at Mt. St. Helen's.  These are both lovely natural attractions.

My own blog on this gives more details if you're interested:  http://drfumblefinger.com/wrdprs/blog/2012/12/seattle-washington-coffee-capital-of-the-world-and-a-city-of-many-other-nicknames/

Good luck!  I think you're ready.  Just need to get that room.

 

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AWineGeek

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by AWineGeek »

Speaking of Layover in Seattle.... my wife and I were just reminiscing about our layover in Seattle. The conversation was sparked by some really good Kent mangoes we just ate last week.

 

It was 10 years ago and after 3 or 4 days in Seattle we flew up to Victoria, BC for 4 days and on our return trip we had a morning flight back to Seattle but we were connecting to a red eye flight back east so we had a long layover. This wasn't our ideal plan but we figured we wouldn't have to stay at the airport as there would be plenty of time to go back to explore Seattle for one more afternoon. We got back into town before noon on a hot day and there was no question where our first stop would be: Wild Ginger Asian restaurant for mango daiquiris and satay. http://www.wildginger.net/

This is a place that Anthony Bourdain would be certain to love.

 

A few days earlier we went to Wild Ginger for happy hour and ended up staying for dinner as well. The attraction was their satay bar. They serve not only the common Thai chicken satay but a dozen varieties including shrimp, beef, lamb and even wild boar satay, (yum) all with the appropriate accompanying sauces. At happy hour the place was buzzing with people, drinking and all ordering plate after plate of grilled meats on a stick and potstickers (and back then they were all low priced for happy hour.)

http://www.wildginger.net/WildGinger/files/3e/3e0e44f3-8c07-40b3-844e-981801a925c5.pdf

 

And if wild boar on a stick is not enough to attract Bourdain, they have some great signature drinks. I had a ginger martini made from Skyy vodka house-infused with fresh ginger and served with a stick of raw ginger-root. Wow, what a blast! But what brought us back on our final afternoon were the tangy mango daiquiris. We got to chat with the owner on our return visit and he shared with us the recipe for these festive drinks. After a few mango drinks and some satay the layover seemed like a pretty good idea.

 

Have fun eating and drinking in Seattle.

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Saymoi

RE: Help with neighborhood and hotel

by Saymoi »

That sounds great. I'm driving thru Wyoming right now. A bit underwhelmed.
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