Just blocks from Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle and several performing arts venues, the MarQueen offers boutique style for budget travelers. A historic former apartment building, the hotel features spacious rooms with kitchenettes and seating areas. The speakeasy-inspired downstairs Tin Lizzie Lounge adds to the charm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW All that historic ambiance comes with caveats. The walls are on the thin side so street noise can be an issue, and prepare for stairs because there's no elevator.
Guestrooms feature hardwood floors and a handsome mix of antique furnishings such as two-poster beds, carved dressers, wingback chairs, and chintz sofas. Kitchenettes feature a coffeemaker, fridge, microwave, plates, and a dining nook.
If you plan to stay a while, stock your kitchenette with snacks from nearby Metropolitan Market. The upscale grocery store is locally beloved for its gourmet offerings, including cheeses, charcuterie, fresh bread and pastries, and prepared to-go foods.
Bathrooms are true to the building's architectural era, with pedestal sinks, built-in storage niches, and exposed-plumbing tub showers.
The European-inspired lobby features substantial crown molding, a couple of seating areas, and a lovely grand staircase with carved wood banisters.
Tin Lizzie Lounge offers a selection of afternoon and evening fare, including light nibbles like olives and hummus, as well as salads, flatbreads, and comfort food options such as twice-baked black truffle potatoes and a slider trio. Seating includes comfortable banquettes and narrow window tables with ottoman stools, and light from large street-level windows reflects off the tin ceiling to brighten the space.
The MarQueen was built around the start of Prohibition, so the speakeasy-inspired Tin Lizzie Lounge would've fit right in. Cocktail bottles line a gleaming carved-wood antique bar in the cozy space where cocktails, naturally, are the specialty of the house.
From Seattle Center, you can take the Monorail to Westlake Station, where you can hop on the Link light rail, which connects to Capitol Hill, the University of Washington, and Sea-Tac airport. The transit hub is also home to the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar, as well as buses that service every corner of the city.
For morning coffee, check out Caffe Ladro (1-minute walk), where you'll find coffee that lives up to Seattle's reputation as well as fresh-baked pastries. Dining options abound in Lower Queen Anne. Locals line up for the nouveau Cajun-Creole fare at Toulouse Petit (2-minute walk), a hip NOLA-inspired eatery. Watching those beignets and gumbos go by makes the wait worthwhile. Crow (10-minute walk) offers New American home cooking like lasagna in a lively dining room lined with modern art.
Triumph Bar (4-minute walk) is a sleek lounge with rustic touches that specializes in Italian wines, creative cocktails, and small plates. Or get your Prost! on at Queen Anne Beerhall (8-minute walk), a boisterous space with a projection screen, giant Jenga, German grub like pretzels and wurst, and plenty of German-style beer to wash it down.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The MarQueen is a vintage charmer that's perfect for style-conscious travelers on a budget. Full kitchenettes are a bonus for longer stays, and travelers who enjoy exploring by foot will find many of Seattle's top attractions within easy reach. The area also boasts lots of dining and drinking options, including the on-site speakeasy-inspired Tin Lizzie Lounge.