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Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Seattle Hotel

1301 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States See on Map

Just west of I–5, with a concourse connecting to the Washington State Convention Center and a light rail station three blocks away, the Seattle Hilton is a popular site for meetings, conventions, and the summer cruise set. The recently renovated rooms are tasteful but nondescript. You'll be paying for the brand name here, and it's a reliable one.

Hilton loyalists should ask for an upgrade to a room with a view of Elliott Bay.

room

The hotel recently renovated its guestrooms, which begin on the 14th floor and feature warm wood furniture and a crisp palette of white, taupe, and blue. Some have expansive city views with Elliott Bay in the distance. The top-floor suite can see the Space Needle.

bathroom

Bathrooms are spic and span, with large mirrors, granite counters, and a tiled shower-tub combo.

lobby

The carpeting in the modern lobby catches the eye with a herringbone design and shifting ombre patterns of blue, taupe, and white. Contemporary gray armchairs and a tufted chaise flank a fireplace.

gym

The hotel's gym features several cardio machines (bike, treadmill, elliptical) and free weights.

dining

The hotel's redtrees restaurant + bar serves American fare with Pacific Northwest flair in a contemporary setting.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are much better dining options in easy reach.

drinking

The hotel restaurant's small bar has two large flatscreens on either side of the liquor shelves.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The University Street light rail station is three blocks from the hotel. It's a cheap ride in on the light rail from Sea-Tac airport, and the trains also connect to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. At Westlake Station, you'll also find the Monorail, which goes to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar; and buses that reach every corner of the city.

Restaurants

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (5-minute walk) is a perennial Seattle favorite with two other locations in Bellevue and Woodinville. This one is the best though, or at least the most striking, with a tower of wine at the center with its own spiral staircase. The restaurant serves American food with a Pacific Northwest slant alongside a very long wine list. Also worth trying is Shucker's (5-minute walk), a former haberdashery that's now an upscale oyster bar at the Fairmont Olympic. The seafood is top notch, and they also pour a stiff drink. It's best to make a reservation for either.

Bars

Have you heard of high-end ping-pong? It's a thing at Spin (-6-minute walk), which has professional grade tables and a bathtub full of balls. The hip bar features cool street art, including a mural of Seattle son Bruce Lee, and creative drinks. It's one of a kind for sure. Tucked away behind the stairs at Pike Place Market, Zig Zag Cafe (10-minute walk) has a speakeasy air and is known for its perfectly poured cocktails, both old-fashioned and creative.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Close to the Convention Center and light rail, and in easy walking distance of shopping, dining, and Pike Place Market, this Hilton makes a great home base for exploring the city without a car. Recently refreshed rooms are clean and comfortable and some even feature views of Elliott Bay.

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 206-624-0500;800-426-0535

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