Visitors frequenting Seattle Center for the opera or ballet flock to this boutique hotel located at the bottom of Queen Anne Hill. One of a small handful of lodging options in that part of town, The Maxwell is within easy reach of Seattle’s world-class performing arts venues, including the opera and ballet. The comfortable hotel, which features an indoor swimming pool and perks like complimentary mini-cupcakes, is also a family-friendly option that’s a 10-minute walk from the Space Needle, MoPOP, and the Pacific Science Center.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Attractions like Pike Place Market and the waterfront are a bit of a haul from the hotel (30-minute walk), though the hotel does offer complimentary shuttle service.
Rooms are bright and cheery, with argyle-print chairs, black-and-white rococo wallpaper, and accents of bright orange and teal. Among the guestroom amenities are Keurig coffee machines and a microwave with a complimentary bag of popcorn. Guestrooms feature views of Queen Anne Hill or the Space Needle.
You can stream shows to the in-room HDTV with the hotel's "StreamPineapple" service.
Simple and contemporary bathrooms feature showers with large gray stone tile and wall-mounted toiletries.
The Maxwell’s lobby may well be the most colorful in town, featuring contemporary riffs on baroque styles, like hot pink high-backed chairs paired with lime green tables and a striking tufted sofa. Other vivid colors and patterns add to the artsy razzle-dazzle. The lobby also features murals and a large pineapple floor mosaic – a nod to the Staypineapple boutique hotel brand, which has three other properties in Seattle.
Don't miss The Maxwell's daily afternoon coffee service with the hotel's signature pineapple mini-cupcakes.
The hotel's small and kid-friendly indoor pool is surrounded by brightly hued chairs and chaises.
A small fitness center includes cardio equipment and weights. Guests can also borrow cruiser bikes to explore the area on two wheels.
To get to Downtown Seattle, take the Monorail from Seattle Center to Westlake Center. At Westlake Station, you can catch the Link light rail, which connects to Capitol Hill, University of Washington, and Sea-Tac Airport. Also in the Westlake vicinity: the terminus for the South Lake Union streetcar; and stops for buses that connect to every corner of the city.
The hotel is right by several good restaurants, including Pho Viet Anh (2-minute walk), which is known locally for its tasty authentic pho, Mashawi (2-minute walk), which dishes up large servings of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare, and Bahn Thai Restaurant (2-minute walk), a favorite among local Thai food fans. Other options abound, including the highly rated Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar (5-minute walk), which showcases the region's bounty of seafood and beyond.
Teatro ZinZanni (1-minute walk), right outside the hotel, offers "Love, Chaos, and Dinner." The mashup of cirque, comedy, and cabaret is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. Just keep in mind that the show can get bawdy and involves audience participation.
The Sitting Room (8-minute walk) is a laid-back lounge with wine and expertly poured cocktails (skip the tapas unless you really need a snack). Dive bar lovers should check out Streamline Tavern (2-minute walk), a chill and cheap spot with peanuts, pool, and stiff drinks.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Maxwell is a true extrovert among hotels, unabashedly embracing eye-popping colors and patterns and cramming art in every nook and cranny. A short walk from Seattle Center, the hotel is just as suited to theatergoers as it is to families with young kids. For a relatively budget-friendly price, the Maxwell offers plenty of perks like a pool, mini-cupcakes, and a complimentary shuttle.