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Seattle
Travel Guide

Seattle

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.

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Where to stay in Seattle

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NZ$190 per night from 30 Apr. to 1 May
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps away from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,485 reviews)
"Decent. Nice view, room was clean. There was nothing in the fridge, 3 bottles of water, and a couple decaf keurig pods. The hours for food options in the hotel are super limited (covid, I assume?) so come prepared. It was lodging, and it was clean. That’s about it."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NZ$159 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,546 reviews)
"I loved staying here! So close to the best parts of Seattle and extremely convenient, my favorite part was the rooftop! Such an wonderful experience to see Seattle and the space needle. The neighborhood is quiet and I appreciate the comfortable atmosphere this hotel provides"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Mediterranean Inn
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$152 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps away from Pacific Place, Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,851 reviews)
"We had a handicap room that was absolutely perfect for our needs, and the price was exceptional."

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2021

The Paramount Hotel
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Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
3 out of 5
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA
The price is NZ$196 per night from 30 Apr. to 1 May
Located in Downtown Redmond, 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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,786 reviews)
"The woman working during the day was so friendly and nice. The woman working at night didn’t seem to want to let us use the hot tub but was professional."

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2021

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
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$139 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
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! (2,134 reviews)
"The staff was great! It was fabulously clean and comfortable!"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2021

Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
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$158 per night from 20 May to 21 May
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! (2,325 reviews)
"Front desk personnel were all extremely helpful and ready to accommodate our unique requests. Friendly, professional, and responsive are qualities that best describe their staff."

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2021

Larkspur Landing Renton - 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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Reviews of Seattle

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Mar. 2020

A city of paradoxes. Obviously wealthy, but so many homeless and disturbed people on the streets. Perhaps because of the virus situation, there are fewer tourists and locals around and so the sad people are more obvious, but a sad reflection anyway

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Quite liked it but some issues

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Jan. 2020

Rains most time during winter.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Dec. 2019

Love it!

5/5 - Excellent

Alex

16 Nov. 2019

Cheap lobster and geoduck. Mount Rainier National Park is so beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov. 2019

Charming city.

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