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$199 or less
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Ace Hotel
2423 First Avenue
Seattle , Washington
98121
Tel: 206 448 4721
reservations@acehotel.com
www.acehotel.com

The Ace hotel chain may be well on its way to global dominance, but it all started here, at this former flophouse in Belltown. Like its sister properties in Palm Springs, Portland, and New York, the 28 ultrahip rooms at Seattle's Ace exemplify high design on a small budget. Platform beds are covered with vintage French army blankets, institutional stainless-steel sinks are bolted to the wall, and giant photomurals depict Pacific Northwest nature scenes. On the nightstand, you'll find condoms, a copy of the Kama Sutra, and a camouflage-covered Bible. Our favorite rooms are numbers 129 and 130, which have bamboo-filled planters on small decks and a sexy, glass-enclosed shower at the head of the bed.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$300-$399
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The Alexis
1007 First Avenue
Seattle , Washington
98104
Tel: 888 850 1155 (toll-free)
Tel: 206 624 4844
reservations@alexishotel.com
www.alexishotel.com

Back on the map after an extensive 2007 refurbishment, this cozy boutique charmer offers 121 tryst-worthy rooms in a well-positioned location downtown. As at other Kimpton properties, the decor is eclectic—rococo accents offset stainless steel four-poster beds—but tied together nicely with bold fabrics and classic pieces like leather wing chairs. There aren't any cookie-cutter layouts here, thanks to the quirky arrangement of the historic buildings—specialty suites may include fireplaces, a wall or two of exposed brick, or separate media rooms. Original works selected by Seattle Art Museum curators add to the distinctive feel; Frette linens, in-room spa treatments, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout are just a few of the other amenities.

$200-$299
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Arctic Club Hotel
700 3rd Avenue
Seattle , Washington
98104
Tel: 206 340 0340
arctichotelseattle.com

Built as a gentlemen's club in 1916 for Gold Rush adventurers, this building near downtown's Pioneer Square found new life last summer when it reopened as a 120-room hotel. It keeps one foot firmly in the past, however: The reception area has black-and-white portraits of former club members and a glass case with black top hats of varying sizes, while the lobby is a throwback to the club days with its royal blue-velvet ceiling-to-floor draperies, wood paneling, crown molding with engraved crests, fireplace, and 1920s music. Such attention to detail, paired with equally attentive staff, makes the hotel warm and welcoming. Guest rooms have vintage decor—dark-wood moldings, original windows, high ceilings, custom wallpaper, and sepia-hued Eskimo prints—yet meet Seattle's tech-savvy requirements. Ingredients sourced from local farms make their way to the table as Pacific Northwest specialties at the hotel's Juno restaurant.

$300-$399
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Edgewater
Pier 67
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle , Washington
98121
Tel: 206 728 7000
Tel: 800 624 0670
contactus@edgewaterhotel.com
www.edgewaterhotel.com

Ironically, for a city blessed with a spectacular harbor, waterfront lodging is surprisingly rare in Seattle—which is why the Edgewater hotel's perch on a pier over Elliott Bay is such a treat. The location's also convenient: down the street from the Olympic Sculpture Park and a three-block walk to the shops and restaurants of Belltown. Edgewater's upscale lodge-style decor seems far more appropriate for Seattle than the bland luxury you get at most of the city's newer hotels: Each of the 223 guest rooms has a river rock fireplace, red and green plaid carpets, birch bark wallpaper, and wood accents. Ask for a room facing the water—they're a bit more expensive but have larger bathrooms and sliding doors that open to incredible views. The hotel's New American restaurant, Six Seven, handles room service, but when the weather's nice, we recommend taking your meals on the restaurant's deck.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$200-$299
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Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
411 University Street
Seattle , Washington
98101
Tel: 800 821 8106
Tel: 206 621 1700
olympic@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/seattle/

Located in a 12-story Italian Renaissance–style building, the centrally located Fairmont is one of the most luxurious hotels in Seattle. The 450 rooms have a lavish residential feel; marble bathrooms are outfitted with deep soaking tubs and basketfuls of Penhaligon's products. 'There are two restaurants on-site: the formal Georgian, with French-inspired Northwest cuisine; and Shuckers, a clubby, oak-paneled oyster bar. Service is top-notch, with fun little extras like a complimentary shoe shine and chocolate-covered strawberries at turndown. Refreshingly, children are welcome; there are plush child-size robes at the concierge desk, and milk and cookies are on the house upon check-in.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union Street
Seattle , Washington
98101
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 206 749 7000
www.fourseasons.com/seattle

Housed in a U-shaped, 21-story tower, this "northwest contemporary" property is in a "fine location near Pike Place Market." A staircase leads guests to the waterfront while interior design incorporates natural sycamore and ash woods with artisan glass and custom carpets. Art displays black-and-whites from a local photographer and serves dishes like macaroni with Shropshire blue cheese and a pretzel crumb crust to views of Elliott Bay. Rooms come equipped with six-foot leather headboards and Japanese-inspired woodwork. "Front desk staff are able to accommodate any need."

(147 rooms)

$400 or more
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Hotel 1000
1000 First Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 957 1000
Tel: 877 315 1088
www.hotel1000seattle.com

Geek and chic converge in playful synergy at this 120-room upstart on the southern edge of Downtown. The predominant vibe may be one of a design-forward boutique hotel, but the technology is so advanced you'd swear Bill Gates was brought on as a consultant. Highlights include infrared sensors so housekeeping can tell if your room is occupied, electronic "Do Not Disturb" signs, and changing art on plasma screens. Rooms also come tricked out with all the right acronyms (40-inch LCD HDTVs, VoIP phones, and high speed Wi-Fi), while interiors are warm and inviting, with earthy tones, cherry wood, and floor-to-ceiling views of Puget Sound. Head downstairs to the trendy scene at BOKA Kitchen + Bar to sample cocktails and "urban bites" such as cornbread cupcakes studded with crab and crème fraîche frosting. And in case you've overindulged, an invigorating earth algae detox from the full-service "Spaahh" should do the trick.

$200-$299
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Hotel Ändra
2000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 448 8600
hotelandra@hotelandra.com
www.hotelandra.com

The Ändra is like a smaller, gentler version of the W: It has similar modern (in this case, Scandinavian) aesthetics, but is a little brighter, a little more personal, and a little less expensive. The 119 guest rooms are done up in warm browns and cool blues, with khaki walls, alpaca headboards, and oversized executive-style desks. Please forgive the Ändra for joining the current trend of calling a lobby a "living room," because in this case it actually feels like one, with a fireplace, cords of stacked wood, and some cozy nooks and crannies to relax in. The attached restaurant is Lola, a North African/Mediterranean venture from local star chef Tom Douglas. It's well placed in Belltown, with plenty of trendy restaurant and nightlife options.

$200-$299
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Hotel Max
620 Stewart Street
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 728 6299
Fax: 206 443 5754
www.hotelmaxseattle.com

Hotel Max has secured the honor of hippest hotel in the city, located close to the Fifth Avenue shopping district. Decor is a crisp palette of grays, whites, reds, and oranges along with a selection of attractive hi-tech frills (flat-screen TVs, little CD players). There are also comforts you'd find in a more ostentatious hotel, such as showpiece beds piled high with marshmallow-soft pillows. The Max is all about promoting local artists, and each of the 163 rooms has original artwork, with each floor dedicated to the (often provocative) work of a different local photographer. There are some rock-star worthy amenities, too, such as 24-hour room service from the Asian-fusion/sushi restaurant off the lobby, and a "You Got It" button on each room phone, which you can use to challenge the concierge with bizarre 3 a.m. requests. Note that rooms are on the small side—but big enough to pass out in after a night of debauchery, which should give you an idea of some of the clientele.

$200-$299
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Hotel Monaco
1101 Fourth Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 621 1770
Tel: 888 454 8397
sales@monaco-seattle.com
www.monaco-seattle.com

This quirky 11-story hotel in the heart of Downtown is so animal-friendly that if you don't come with a pet, you can "adopt" a goldfish for the length of your visit. The lobby has a vaguely Greek isles theme—a dolphin mural on the ceiling, a wrought-iron staircase resembling seaweed—thanks to the designer's vacations in Crete, and is the site of nightly "Hour of Indulgence" receptions featuring local wines and craft beers, as well as some fun services like a chair massage or fortune telling. The 189 rooms are the design equivalent of a crazy quilt: equal parts eccentric aunt and boutique-style opulence—striped raspberry-and-cream wallpaper, for instance, is paired with paisley patterned chairs, and diamond checked carpets. With that in mind, you shouldn't be too surprised to find an animal-print bathrobe in your closet. It might sound like sensory overload, but somehow it strikes the perfect balance between hip irreverence and standard luxury comfort.

$200-$299
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Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma , Washington
98402
Tel: 866 986 8083 (toll-free)
Tel: 252 238 8000
Fax: 253 591 4105
www.hotelmuranotacoma.com

This concrete hotel blocks from the Museum of Glass includes a lobby with a Venetian chandelier from Murano and colorful Viking boats suspended from the ceiling. Done in off-white with pewter accents, guest rooms showcase custom-blown "glass lamps that are really quite beautiful" and artist sketches. Bathrooms have Carrera marble floors and vessel sinks that make guests "feel like royalty." Serving European fare with Pacific Northwest influences, Bite has signature items like garlic hand-cut herb fries with mushroom zinfandel gravy and Gorgonzola cheese. Expect "very down-to-earth and friendly staff."

(320 rooms)

$300-$399
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Inn at El Gaucho
2505 First Avenue
Seattle , Washington
98121
Tel: 206 728 1133
Tel: 866 354 2824
Fax: 206 728 1132
inn.elgaucho.com

El Gaucho Steakhouse may have a flashy reputation, but the swanky inn above it is an almost secretive affair, relying mostly on word of mouth to bring in guests. There's meticulous attention to detail in the 18 suites, from their coffee-color Italian leather sofas to their Bose Wave stereos. The 1950s retro theme of the restaurant carries over into the inn, where lemonade-color walls are offset by deep brown accents. Business travelers will appreciate the well-equipped workstations, and those on vacation can enjoy an in-room spa treatment and room service from the steak house. Room 9 has the best view of Puget Sound. A word of advice: The inn is on a busy corner in Belltown, a neighborhood known for its raucous weekend nightlife, so look elsewhere if you're sensitive to street noise. There is another drawback here: Your luggage will enjoy a ride in the freight elevator, but you'll have to climb a flight of stairs.

$300-$399
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Inn at the Market
86 Pine Street
Seattle , Washington
98101
Tel: 800 446 4484
Tel: 206 443 3600
info@innatthemarket.com
www.innatthemarket.com

Seattle's bustling Pike Place Market is clogged with tourists, but this romantic hotel at its heart remains an oasis of calm. You enter through a charming courtyard hung with ivy; the fireplace in the cozy lobby is lit year-round. The 70 rooms are done up in warm, earthy tones, with heavenly Tempur-Pedic mattresses and floor-to-ceiling bay windows. Room service is from Campagne, the inn's formal southern French restaurant. The rooftop deck (accessible only to hotel guests) overlooks the market and Elliott Bay, with the Olympic Mountains beyond. It's the perfect spot to watch the sun set, wine glass (or coffee mug) in hand.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$400 or more
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Pan Pacific Seattle
2125 Terry Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 264 8111
panpacific.com

The hotel chain’s first new-build in the United States anchors a master-plan development in South Lake Union slated to contain condo buildings, biotech research firms, and a waterfront park. Just blocks from Seattle's retail hub and Experience Music Project, the 160-room hotel offers eye-of-the-Space Needle views of the city. Inside, the modern-organic decor strikes the right balance between high design and cushy comfort, with zebrawood, vivid art, a Jerusalem limestone fireplace, and a welcoming lobby bar. Rooms come equipped with luxe niceties—Villeroy & Boch basins, a soaker tub (some with shoji), a chaise longue, and plush bedding—as well as free Wi-Fi. Marazul, with its Cuban, Caribbean, and Indo-Asian cuisine, is a fresh addition to this food-obsessed city; in a pinch you can also grab a snack at Whole Foods, just downstairs.

$200-$299
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Salish Lodge & Spa
6501 Railroad Avenue
Snoqualmie , Washington
Tel: 800 272 5474
Tel: 425-888-2556
reservations@salishlodge.com
www.salishlodge.com

This Craftsman-style inn was built with locally sourced slate, granite river rock, and Douglas fir. A renovation completed in January 2010 updated each guest room with Northwest bedding while maintaining amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces and "jetted tubs big enough for two!" The rooms' color scheme of navy blue, emerald, and turquoise hues reflect the sky, Snoqualmie River, and Puget Sound. At the Dining Room overlooking the 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls—"the views and breakfast are great," though "dinner was overpriced." Outdoor activities include eagle watching, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

(89 rooms)

$300-$399
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Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison Street
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 622 6400
Tel: 800 426 1265
reservations@hotelsorrento.com
www.hotelsorrento.com

The Sorrento is one of Downtown's most distinctive buildings and the oldest boutique hotel in the city, with a grand circular driveway and Italian Renaissance style details. The lobby and adjacent Fireside Room are pure unabashed early-20th-century opulence: a mishmash of red-and-gold brocade, toffee-colored leather, velvet pillows, and richly patterned rugs. It's no surprise that the city's only traditional high tea takes place here, and the hotel's intimate Hunt Club restaurant is always packed at lunchtime. The guest rooms are more subdued but no less elegant. Bathrooms are top-notch and seem to be cut entirely from a single slab of gleaming white Italian marble. More than half of the 76 rooms are suites; all have full living rooms, and larger ones have four-person dining/meeting tables. The Sorrento is a few blocks east of the city's tight Downtown core, but this slight change of scenery is a plus—for one thing, it's a few minutes' walk down a tree-lined street to the lovely Frye Art Museum.

$200-$299
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Tulalip Resort Casino
10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard
Tulalip , Washington
Tel: 866 716 7162 (toll-free)
Tel: 360 716 7162
www.tulalipcasino.com

This former bingo hall established by the Tulalip Tribe in the 1980s is today a casino resort 45 minutes north of Seattle, replete with Tulalip carvings, weaving, and artwork. Perfect-scoring rooms—decorated in chocolate brown, sage green, and red—are "contemporary with tribal touches, very open and relaxing," and have "to-die-for showers with jets you can adjust to aim at all parts of your body." Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar serves dishes prepared using traditional Native American cooking methods, hence the salmon on a stick.

(370 rooms)

$300-$399
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W Seattle
1112 Fourth Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 264 6000
Tel: 877 946 8357
wseattle.whatwhen@whotels.com
www.whotels.com/seattle

Self-consciously hip—but never exuding a too-cool-for-you vibe—the W is a haven for the design-conscious. In the lobby, deep couches, custom board games, and bookshelves stocked with art books encourage lingering, as does the stylish crowd. The 426 spacious rooms are decorated with black-and-white photographs of Seattle, floor-to-ceiling windows, and upholstered banquettes. All the better to take in the stunning vistas.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.