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Hotels in Seattle - near needle or Pikes Place? (or elsewhere)?

Hotels in Seattle - near needle or Pikes Place? (or elsewhere)?

Jul 27th, 2009, 08:59 AM
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hi bardo~ Yup, that's my neighborhood(!) about 4 blocks from my condo. It's a great area. You're very near to Volunteer Park which is beautiful, has a branch of the Art Museum, an old plant conservatory (you can see about it on the Parks website, just Google, Volunteer Park).

Because your group is 5 people I think it might be worth driving when you go downtown. By the time you pay for everyone's bus fare it will be about the same as a parking space (especially if you go before 9:00-9:30am and get in on an all-day, early-bird special for $10 or $12. Plus it will take 10 mins. instead of 25 mins. and likely get you closer to where you want to be.

From that location for restaurants & shops you can walk to... you have the choice of either Broadway, just a couple blocks west, or 15th Avenue East, two blocks east.

Restaurants along 15th include: Jamjuree Thai, Olympia Pizza, Coastal Kitchen, 22 Doors, Chutney's indian, Teapot vegetarian, Smith (tavern), etc.

A bit futher but very good down on 19th Ave E: Kingfish Cafe (southern), Vios (mediterranean), and Monsoon (vietnamese).

Broadway's currently undergoing a vast revitalization (with a new light rail station coming) so I'm not sure what's good there these days. I know Poppy is one brand new place. And Dilatante chocolates has a new sit down cafe.
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Jul 27th, 2009, 09:04 AM
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Pike, not Pikes or Pike's.

You'll have a lot of bus options at 13th and Mercer, most requiring a 2- to 4 block walk.

Most of the time I'd say take the bus, but with 5 of you, the round trip bus fare will be ca. $17.50, which is enough to pay for quite a lot of parking in garages or lots downtown. You could drive to some parking lot inside the free bus zone, maybe spend $10 for most of the day to leave the car (of course more like $20 in office garages or near the Pike market) and then ride the buses for free all day. It would be quicker getting downtown, and overall cheaper.

With the car you could also explore some of Seattle's wonderful neighborhoods that seldom get seen by tourists - Alki/West Seattle, the wonderful drive along the Lake Washington shoreline, the UW Arboretum, etc.

Plus if the weather's anything like this week (may hit 100 on Weds.) the A/C in the car will be splendid.
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Jul 27th, 2009, 09:05 AM
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Suze beat me to it.
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Jul 27th, 2009, 10:49 AM
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No problem Gardyloo- all good information! Driving thru the arboretum and along Lake Washington Blvd is a great idea. Have lunch down in Madison Park maybe.

The parking lot I have my monthly parking pass in downtown offers the $12 early-bird all-day special currently. It's on 1st Avenue, between Lenora and Blanchard, a U-Park lot, east side of the street. That puts you 3 blocks north of Pike Place Market.
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Jul 27th, 2009, 11:44 AM
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Wow - jackpot! Thanks so much.
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Aug 7th, 2009, 11:35 PM
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I just wanted to thank everyone for the great advice and tips!
Let me tell you all that Hotel 1000 was stellar! Do not hesitate to stay with them, the service is fabulous!
We loved Seattle and the San Juan Island too. Wildwood Manor B&B was fabulous and Michael was the consummate host!

The recommendation of the Ship Harbor Inn in Anacortes was immaculately clean and comfortable, although it was definitely suspect from the outside. It's a bit spartan in comparison to the other two accomodations but when it comes to being close to the ferry dock, you can't beat it! They have washers and dryers for your use and serve an included extended continental breakfast. However, next time, I wouldn't stay in Anacortes. I'd probably take a later ferry and wait in line.
It's a cute town, but the highlight was a beautiful little scenic drive and park to the west of the ferry dock. Continue down the road past the dock for a visual treat! It's a ten minute detour, but worth seeing!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:42 PM
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In February we stayed at the Westin which we got on Hotwire (or was it Priceline?) for $159/night. Our room was on the ... 20th? floor with a direct view of the space needle. We walked to/from the market everyday and on our last day took the 3 minute monorail trip over to the needle. The Westin has had some questionable reviews lately on TripAdvisor, but after an early hiccup I found it to be a good deal for the money. We'll be staying at the Alexis Hotel next week.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:21 AM
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I wish I could report back, but we had to cancel (hopefully just postpone) the trip at the last minute due to a family matter.
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