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Seattle Center

A product of the 1962 World Fair, this cultural precinct is where sports, theater, film and fine dining come together in Seattle.

Seattle’s famous cultural and entertainment precinct is a must for any visitor to the city. The Seattle Center is home to many local major sporting teams, and some of the key performing arts institutions are also based within the large complex. Throw in some of Seattle’s major cultural institutions, a range of upscale restaurants and bars and a choreographed water show, and you’ll see why its easy to keep coming back to the Seattle Center.

Covering more than 74 acres (30 hectares) of the popular Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, the Seattle Center was originally built for the 1962 World Fair. The center is immediately recognizable from afar because it features the 605-foot- (182-meter-) tall Space Needle, a tower which has become a symbol of the city.

Catch an ice hockey match or watch a Women’s National Basketball Association game at KeyArena. The 17,000-person-capacity venue also hosts boxing and music concerts and is one of the largest arenas in the state. Learn about the local history at the Pacific Science Center, watch a movie at one of two IMAX theaters or see 20 spurts of water perform in time with a musical show at the International Fountain.

The center is home to the Seattle Shakespeare Company, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera, who use the many theaters and halls in the complex each week. Learn about the best contemporary pop culture has to offer at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), or take the elevator to the top of the Space Needle for amazing views across Seattle. Ground level dining is available at the lively Seattle Center Armory, along with a number of bars offering attractive discounts during their Happy Hour.

The Seattle Center is located just north of the city center and can be reached on foot, by bus, monorail or car. Ample parking is available in the area for a small fee. The Seattle Center is open daily and entry is free. Note that many organizations and shows housed in the center do charge admission fees.


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Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown NZ$202
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Seattle Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Westlake Denny Wy Station is 7 minutes by foot and Seattle Center Monorail Station is 8 minutes.

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union NZ$152
    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union

    1800 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom are also within 15 minutes. Westlake Denny Wy Station is 9 minutes by foot and Westlake Ave Hub Station is 10 minutes.

      Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown NZ$192
      Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

      Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

      201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps away from Museum of Pop Culture and Space Needle. Seattle Center Arena and Pike Place Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Seattle Center Monorail Station is only a 4-minute walk and Westlake Denny Wy Station is 11 minutes.

        Grand Hyatt Seattle NZ$303
        Grand Hyatt Seattle

        Grand Hyatt Seattle

        721 Pine St, Seattle, WA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Seattle, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Seattle Central Business District and Nordstrom. Seattle Paramount Theatre and Washington State Convention Center are also within 5 minutes. Westlake Station and Westlake Ave Hub Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle NZ$186
          Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle

          Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle

          2200 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Belltown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westlake Center, Seattle Waterfront, and Moore Theater. Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass are also within 15 minutes. Westlake 7th St Station is 5 minutes by foot and Westlake Denny Wy Station is 5 minutes.

            Mediterranean Inn NZ$170
            Mediterranean Inn

            Mediterranean Inn

            425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and Museum of Pop Culture are also within 15 minutes. Seattle Center Monorail Station is 10 minutes by foot and Westlake Thomas St Station is 19 minutes.

              Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle NZ$190
              Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle

              Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle

              300 Roy St, Seattle, WA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Queen Anne, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, and Museum of Pop Culture. Chihuly Garden and Glass and Space Needle are also within 15 minutes. Seattle Center Monorail Station is 11 minutes by foot and Westlake Mercer St Station is 14 minutes.

                Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown NZ$197
                Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown

                Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown

                700 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center and Space Needle. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Seattle Center Monorail Station is 8 minutes by foot and Westlake Mercer St Station is 10 minutes.