Seattle’s only waterfront lodging on Elliot Bay, the modern 233-room Hotel Edgewater (2411 Alaskan Way, 206/728-7000 or 800/624-0670, www.edgewaterhotel.com, $209–309 s or d) sits on Pier 67. Decorated in a mountain-lodge style with in-room fireplaces and pine furniture, the hotel fronts Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, so be sure to ask for a waterside room. Valet parking is $26.
If you want to be in the heart of the action, it’s hard to beat the elegant Inn at the Market (86 Pine St., 206/443-3600 or 800/446-4484, www.innatthemarket.com), just a few steps from bustling Pike Place Market. The 70 beautifully appointed rooms start at $235 d, spiraling up to a $625 parlor suite. Amenities include a complimentary shuttle, concierge, twice-daily maid service, and robes. Valet parking is $25 per day.
Inn at Harbor Steps (1221 1st Ave., 206/748-0973 or 888/728-8910, www.innatharborsteps.com, $199–240 s or d) is an elegant 28-room urban inn popular with corporate travelers who appreciate the indoor lap pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness facility, fireplaces, wet bars, fridges, full breakfasts, and hors d'oeuvres. Secure parking is another $18.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition