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SeattleUnited States of America

From its humble Native American origins, Seattle has now grown to be a thriving centre for music and enterprise as well as a charming city to visit.

Situated between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington on the West Coast, Seattle is a pleasant seaside haven. The city has a rich Native American heritage as the site where tribes settled long ago; its name comes from Chief Seattle, who was a prominent Native American leader.

Throughout the city, the skyline is dominated by snow-peaked Mount Rainier, whilst if you look up at the cityscape, you’ll see the iconic Space Needle built ahead of the 1962 World’s Fair.

Nowadays, Seattle is renowned across the globe as a centre for modern technological business, with Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft among the international giants based here. The city is also known for its musical heritage – it was here that grunge bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden emerged in the 1990s. Jimi Hendrix was born here, whilst Ray Charles and Quincy Jones among many others started out here on the local jazz scene. This heritage continues today, with great venues like Benaroya Hall where you can see the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Lucid in the University District where you can enjoy some jazz, or the waterfront’s Highway 99 Blues Club, home of the blues.

Although Seattle is a thriving metropolis, you’re never far from the natural world. Take a cruise across Puget Sound for a magnificent view of the cityscape. Further afield, take a 2.5-hour drive to the Olympic National Park for stunning waterfalls and hiking trails. Or head to Mount Rainier National Park, just 90 minutes east of the city.

Back in town, you’ll find shops, restaurants and bars all around. Check out the historic Pioneer Square to learn about the gold rush that made the city boom. Elsewhere, make sure that you visit Belltown, Downtown Seattle, which is always full of life, and the popular Seattle Waterfront. Try the fresh sea fare on offer by the water's edge and at Pike Place Market.

Pay a visit to the forest at Discovery Park to admire all of these spots from a new vantage point. For a different view of the city, go on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, which explores the sights of Seattle as it once looked. Then at the end of the day, head for Kerry Park to see the boats crossing Elliot Bay and admire the view of the Emerald City at sunset.

Where to stay in Seattle

Top hotels in Seattle

Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
2 out of 5
16838 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA
The price is NZ$88 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Silver Dollar Casino and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall. Angle Lake Park and North ...

3.7/5Good! (2,800 reviews)

"Good hotel right next to airport. Close to food. Good staff"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
2.5 out of 5
3100 South 192nd Street, SeaTac, WA
The price is NZ$123 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Angle Lake Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield Southcenter Mall and Starfire Sports Complex. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,297 reviews)

"Nice hotel and services I was really enjoyed it and the bad was really big and comfortable 👍👍"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport Sea-Tac
Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport Sea-Tac
3 out of 5
18220 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA
The price is NZ$121 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Angle Lake Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield Southcenter Mall and Family Fun Center. Starfire ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,235 reviews)

"The airport shuttle was timely, clean and driver was friendly. There was no breakfast as advertised. You can only use COVID 19 for so much. Either provide breakfast or do not show that it is available..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport Sea-Tac
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Seattle

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
3 out of 5
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA
The price is NZ$188 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.

Located in Downtown, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from DigiPen Institute of Technology and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Microsoft Campus. Bellevue Square and University ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,743 reviews)

"liked room we had. very much. studio with couch and kitchen. very nice staff. good location."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2021

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
1701 E Valley Rd, Renton, WA
The price is NZ$133 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Boeing Company and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall. Renton Shopping Center ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,298 reviews)

"Staff were friendly and accommodating. Allowed us to check in early and provided toothpaste when I inquired, because we forgot."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2020

Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
15805 SE 37th St, Bellevue, WA
The price is NZ$121 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.

Located in East Lake Hills, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bellevue College, T-Mobile USA Headquarters and Factoria Mall. Lake Washington and Microsoft ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,117 reviews)

"Clean room, comfortable bed, fitness center was sparse but worked in a pinch. Nice to have covered parking! I had a couple maintenance issues and they fixed them right away. Friendly staff too!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2021

Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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