The 2019 Traveler's Guide to The 5 Best Seattle Neighborhoods To Stay In
If you are visiting Seattle for the first time, there are a number of things you need to consider with accommodation being on top of the list.
It’s not just about finding a nice room at a reasonable price, rather, choosing the best area for your stay so that you can experience the Emerald City to its fullest. The location you choose will depend on the purpose of your trip, but if your itinerary includes visiting top Seattle landmarks and attractions, then we suggest staying at one of these 5 neighborhoods.
Pike Place Market and Belltown
If you want to try a little bit of everything Seattle has to offer, this is a great area to stay. Located just north of downtown, it's walking distance from top attractions and is home to numerous trendy restaurants, shops and of course the iconic Pike Place Market. With over 9 million visitors a year, Pike Place Market is definitely a favorite spot for both tourists and locals. This also means it can get very crowded and noisy, especially during high season.
Packed with glassy skyscrapers and flagship department stores, Downtown is a perfect choice for business travelers and for anyone looking to splurge in some high-end restaurants and fashion boutiques. Many of the upscale luxury hotels are located here.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly alternative with a touch of home in the Downtown Seattle area, check out the Queen Anne neighborhood.
Spread over the highest hill, it's divided into two smaller neighborhoods: the Upper and the Lower Queen Annes. It's lower part borders with the bustling Seattle Center, which includes the infamous Space Needle, Key Arena and Chihuly Gardens. There are a myriad of shops, delicious eateries and bars in this lively area. The Upper Queen Anne neighborhood is a quiet and an utterly beautiful residential area with great views of the waterfront and the city skyline. So if you want to have a local experience, then this is the place to stay.
Once the heart of the city, this neighborhood is where Seattle was originally founded. If you are into historical red brick buildings, art galleries and cozy little gastro-pubs, then you will be thrilled with the Pioneer Square neighborhood. This is also a great place to stay if you love partying till morning, because a lot of the Seattle nightlife is centered in and around this district.
The Waterfront neighborhood is a popular choice among tourists, especially those who are visiting Seattle before or after an Alaska-bound cruise. This area offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the city, delicious seafood restaurants and conveniently located near all of the main attractions in Seattle. However, there aren't many options when it comes to reasonably priced accommodation and finding a room can become a real issue during the high season.
Seattle CityPASS: Is It Worth The Price?
The Seattle CityPASS is a pass for five of the city's most popular seven attractions. It costs $99 (in September 2019), but is a money-saver if you make sure to visit at least four of the available attractions. The attractions on the list include the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, a cruise of Seattle Harbor, the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Chihuly Garden and Glass showroom, and the Pacific Science Center.
Valid for nine days, the Seattle CityPASS can help you save on ticket prices for these sights. It's also useful for saving time as you don't have to stand in line at the gates.
For more information about the Seattle CityPASS visit the official website.
Seattle is a seafront city with a rainy climate. Rainy season is officially between November and May, but you could get caught in the rain at any time all year round.
Given the city’s location, it’s not surprising that summers in Seattle tend to be short, and winters are wet, chilly and cloudy. The temperature typically varies from 37°F (3°C) to 79°F (26°C), and is rarely below 28°F (-2°C) or above 88°F (31°C). Check the Seattle weather forecast before your visit so you'll know what to expect.
The cloudy season lasts from October to June, when the sky is overcast about half the time on average. If you're hoping for the best warm weather while you're in Seattle, the best time to visit would be in July and August, when the sky is overcast only about 25% of the time on average.
Seattle is a seafront city, which means lots of wind and humidity, especially in the fall and winter. If you pack accordingly, however, and are well prepared you'll be comfortable in Seattle weather year round, and enjoy the feel of the salty ocean breeze on your face while on a brisk walk in the city's charming neighborhoods and streets
While finding the best area to stay in Seattle is important for a great trip, no matter which neighborhood you choose be sure to:
- Grab coffee from the iconic first Starbucks.
- Pack your raincoats and umbrellas, for Seattle weather can be dodgy.
- Check out Post Alley and the Gum Wall.