9 Seattle Hotels With a Ton of Character

AnnaMaria Stephens | February 01, 2018

When it comes to personality-packed hotels, Seattle has something for everyone. We're talking historic landmarks, a sleek high-rise, and a unique boutique hotel that would make the Rat Pack proud. We've done the hard part rounding up the options. All you need to do is pick the place that best suits you -- we're pretty sure you won't be disappointed.


The Arctic Club Seattle

Why it made the list

A boutique hotel paying elegant homage to the Klondike gold rush that defined early Seattle, the Arctic Club's explorer-chic style will delight both history and design buffs. It's located across the street from a light rail station, which makes getting around a cinch. And the hotel's Polar Bar is one of the most elegant in town.

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Hotel Max

Why it made the list

For budget travelers, Hotel Max offers up hip style at a bargain rate. Mixing minimalist design with punchy colors and edgy artwork, the hotel feels like the kind of place an up-and-coming band might stay. The boutique hotel even has an entire floor paying homage to Sub Pop Records, Seattle’s iconic indie music label.

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Hotel Sorrento

Why it made the list

Built in 1909, when Seattle was still a feisty upstart of a city, the Sorrento once attracted gold prospectors, eager entrepreneurs, and visitors to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Today the 76-room Italianate hotel hits the sweet spot between vintage glamour and on-trend design.

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Inn at El Gaucho

Why it made the list

The Inn at El Gaucho hits the perfect note with its Hollywood Ratpack style that's retro-chic and never cheesy. The small boutique property feels like an escape to another glamorous era--especially the fabulous old-school steakhouse with live jazz downstairs. There's nothing else quite like it in Seattle.

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Gaslight Inn

Why it made the list

Framed by elegant landscaping, this stunner of a B&B has landmark status in Seattle. Built in 1907, the three-story, 7,700-square-foot home is located in a residential part of Capitol Hill that's close to the thoroughfare. All but two of the rooms have private baths and common areas include a classic Arts & Crafts living room and a backyard swimming pool.

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Salish Lodge & Spa

Why it made the list

Salish Lodge, perched above a 268' waterfall, will be immediately recognizable to fans of "Twin Peaks." Known fictionally as the Great Northern Hotel, the lodge played an integral role in the cult-classic TV show that was recently revived for a new season. Don’t miss the resort’s well-curated gift shop, which carries a quirky variety of "Twin Peaks" items.

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Ace Hotel

Why it made the list

It’s been nearly two decades since Seattle’s Ace Hotel first opened shop in a former flophouse. The original outpost of the now global Ace brand, the trendsetting hotel in Belltown is a favorite of budget-minded hipsters and the design-obsessed who appreciate its minimalist décor and many eclectic touches, including art by Shepard Fairey.

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The Edgewater

Why it made the list

Edgewater’s lobby, with double-high windows that frame picturesque Elliott Bay, has the air of an upscale Pacific Northwest lodge--think wood accents, pine paneling, leather club chairs, and a statement-making stone fireplace. But really, it’s all about the views.

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Kimpton Palladian Hotel

Why it made the list

Quirky and cool style define the boutique Palladian Hotel, from the striking reception area, which perfectly complements the 1910 building’s architecture, to the airy, eclectic rooms. Especially memorable are the Napoleon-esque portraits of Seattle icons hanging in the chic lobby, images that also grace throw pillows in the guestrooms.

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