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paulaolson Nov 2nd, 2007 05:03 PM

Seattle Neighborhoods Hotel Question
We will be traveling to Seattle and San Francisco next September by Amtrak. I have booked the Mayflower Park for three days making up the first part of our trip. We will then travel to San Francisco. On our return trip, we will get to spend an additional day in Seattle. Would it be worth our while to choose to stay in one of the Seattle neighborhoods since we will have already stayed in the downtown area? If so, which neighborhood would be a good choice? We are in our 50's and enjoy trying new restaurants and different kinds of beer. Our price range would be $150 or less.

happytrailstoyou Nov 2nd, 2007 05:49 PM

The Mayflower is a classic Seattle hotel in a perfect downtown location. There is no Seattle neighborhood that has hotels <b>and</b> restaurants of special interest.

There are enough breweries downtown (or within walking distance of downtown) to keep you busy for the four nights.

susannewc Nov 2nd, 2007 09:05 PM

I would stay downtown in Seattle again. There is lots to see and do.

traveler24 Nov 2nd, 2007 11:37 PM

I Agree with &quot;susannewc&quot; I can remember spending a whole day at Pike's market- especially weekends when all the &quot;craft&quot; people are there,
For variety you could take the ferry to Bainbridge Island, walk around, have dinner and ride back--all on same day..
Do a &quot;search&quot; on this site--Brew pubs Seatle or Seattle restaurants
Seatle is a great place..

Gardyloo Nov 3rd, 2007 07:55 AM

It's the Pike (Place) Market. Pike's is a peak in Colorado.

You might look at one of the Silver Cloud Inn locations outside the downtown core - They have a nice property on Capitol Hill, a little east of downtown, in an area full of interesting restaurants, shopping, pubs etc. There's another Silver Cloud on Fairview Avenue across the street from Lake Union, with numerous waterfront bars and restaurants nearby, as well as the big houseboat community (<i>Sleepless</i>) in walking distance; the new SLUT (South Lake Union Trolley - what an unfortunate moniker) is a block away with frequent service to downtown. There's a Courtyard by Marriott opposite the trolley line too. And there's another SC Inn across the street from Safeco Field on the southern end of downtown that is convenient to a number of restaurants etc. in the stadium district, as well as a short walk from Pioneer Square.

The Mayflower is fine, but Seattle is very much a city of neighborhoods, so if you have the opportunity to visit some other parts of town, why not?

happytrailstoyou Nov 3rd, 2007 08:11 AM

By all means visit our neighborhoods.

Two of my favorites are Madison Park and Fremont, which have good restaurants but no hotels I know of.

Investigate these suggestions while you are in town for three days, and then you will have the first-hand information you need to decide where you want to stay on your return.

suze Nov 3rd, 2007 08:52 AM

This is a B&amp;B near my house on Capitol Hill that has always looked very nice to me.

Capitol Hill is just 2 miles from downtown with easy access to all other areas. They are lots of restaurants nearby on 15th &amp; 19th Ave East. It would give you a bit of a different perspective.

(love the Mayflower Park btw, great choice!)

suze Nov 3rd, 2007 08:55 AM

Or here:
same general area on Capitol Hill. There's good Metro bus connection to either of these B&amp;B's and plenty nearby to do on-foot as well.

happytrailstoyou Nov 4th, 2007 11:06 AM

If you like B&amp;B's, Gaslight Inn is in a neighborhood of homes, apartments, and shops. It is within walking distance of Elysian Brewery, Crush, Costal Kitchen, Twenty-Two Doors, Jamjuree Thai, and many other bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

beanweb24 Nov 4th, 2007 04:34 PM

If you like beer, then you may want to check out the following:

Seattle (favorite listed first)
* Brouwer's Cafe (in Fremont)
* Elysian (in Capitol Hill)
* Pike Brewing (at the Market)

You might also like to try Quinn's in Capitol Hill which is a new gastropub with a small but good selection of beer.

San Francisco
* Toronado (hands down...not a fancy beer bar, but awesome beer selection. Get sausages next door)
* Magnolia Pub and Brewery (excellent beer and food)
* Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant (great view at sunset)

Enjoy your trip!

paulaolson Nov 5th, 2007 04:24 AM

Thanks so much for the helpful suggestions! I especially appreciate the list of beer stops in Seattle and San Francisco. The Gaslight Inn looks intriguing, and I am still contemplating what to do the last leg of the trip. Downtown is so handy. We arrive in Seattle later in the evening on Amtrak, so it would be nice to only have to take a cab to downtown instead of Capitol Hill. Again, Thank You!!!

happytrailstoyou Nov 5th, 2007 11:40 AM

You came to the right conclusion.

suze Nov 5th, 2007 12:34 PM

&lt;it would be nice to only have to take a cab to downtown instead of Capitol Hill&gt;

Wouldn't really make much difference. They are very close together. Downtown is only closer to the Amtrak station (which is in Pioneer Square) than most parts of Capitol Hill by ~2 miles. You're talking a few minutes and a few bucks difference, barely.

mrt Nov 5th, 2007 02:13 PM

I stayed at the Silver Cloud across from lake Union. During the day it was a good location (not great). It is across from a few restaurants on the water. The rooms are decent but no frills. At night th area is a little funky. We paid around $100.00

happytrailstoyou Nov 5th, 2007 03:05 PM

The Amtrak station is about 1/2 mile from Pioneer Square, 1.3 miles from the Mayflower Hotel, and 3.4 miles from the B&amp;B on Capitol Hill.

suze Nov 5th, 2007 03:40 PM

ok then, since we're getting technical the Amtrak station is actually located IN Pioneer Square.

WillTravel Nov 5th, 2007 04:04 PM

If you want something convenient to both Capitol Hill and downtown, the Pike Street Suites is a good choice.

suze Nov 5th, 2007 05:08 PM

They don't need a place between downtown &amp; Capitol Hill... they were thinking of staying somewhere different than downtown for their last night to experience one of the Seattle neighborhoods (see original post).

happytrailstoyou Nov 5th, 2007 05:13 PM

The Amtrak Station is on the eastern fringe of the Pioneer Square Neighborhood, which is 1/2 mile from Pioneer Square at 1st Avenue and Yesler Way (the home of a historic pergola and totem pole).

suze Nov 5th, 2007 05:18 PM

oh for goodness sake, I give up!

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