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.
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.
Bathrooms are spic and span, with large mirrors, granite counters, and a tiled shower-tub combo.
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.
The hotel's gym features several cardio machines (bike, treadmill, elliptical) and free weights.
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.
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.
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.
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.