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Plan a stay you’ll never forget at one of these unique places in Seattle

From chic hotels to rustic cabins, Seattle is full of special places to stay that offer guests a break from traditional motels and hotels.


Hotel Sorrento has been around for more than 100 years.

Photo via Hotel Sorrento

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We all need a staycation or a trip to a different city from time to time. Whether you’re a Seattleite feeling a little cooped up or a visitor looking for a special Emerald City experience, picking the perfect home away from home is crucial.

We went looking for unique lodgings around town that showcase that quirky spirit. So choose your ideal digs, pack your bags, and get ready for a memorable getaway.


At this West Seattle Airbnb, even your infrared sauna has a view of downtown.

Photo via Airbnb

Rooms with a view

Private Two-Bedroom Escape | Alki
Gaze across Elliott Bay at downtown Seattle during your morning coffee ritual or while soaking up the heat in this rental’s infrared sauna that is also, yes, facing out across the water.

King Suite with Mt. Rainier Views | Fremont
In this Airbnb, you’ll have your own private rooftop patio with clear views of Mt. Rainier and downtown Seattle. Plus — you also get access to a one-car garage.

Thompson Seattle | Downtown
Perched right atop the hill on First Avenue, this snazzy hotel’s rooftop bar The Nest is a perfect place to enjoy the sun as it sets behind the Olympic Mountains. You’re also only steps away from Pike Place Market and the rest of the waterfront activities.


Hotel Sorrento looks like something pulled straight out of a 1920s film.

Photo via Hotel Sorrento

Hideaways with history

Hotel Sorrento | First Hill
Built in 1909, this hotel is one of Seattle’s oldest. It’s also rumored to be rather haunted, so beware if you dare to spend the night. However, we must say that the hotel’s beautiful architecture, patio space, and crackling fireplace are definitely worth any midnight scares.

Shafer Baillie Mansion | Capitol Hill
This traditional bed and breakfast is nestled within one of Seattle’s original “Millionaire Row” mansions. The Tudor Revival-styled home features brilliantly carved wooden accents throughout the building, a delightfully cozy reading room, and a stage for any performative acts you’ve prepared.

Inn at the Market | Downtown
This is the only hotel located within Pike Place Market, which means you’ll have superbly excellent access to fine coffees, pastries, seafood, and waterfront views.


It’s proven that breakfast just tastes better when eaten overlooking a lake.

Photo via Airbnb

Retreats on the water

Edgewater Hotel | Waterfront
You cannot get any closer to the water than this hotel situated on its very own pier. In fact, the hotel restaurant’s patio grazes just a few feet above the waves.

Waterfront Mid-Century Modern Gem | Sammamish
Stylish and serene — this Airbnb features lots of vintage-inspired interior design and includes a private lakeside dock, hot tub, and close proximity to the Lake Sammamish Trail.

European White Castle on Lake Desire | Maple Valley
While this large waterfront home certainly has quite the Tudor look, the inside is completely modernized with lots of natural lighting, lots of different outdoor lounging spaces, and a big fireplace.


Imagine the good sleep you’d get in this cozy bedroom in the woods.

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Cabin fever

A-Frame Cabin Retreat | Woodinville
If you’re looking for room to roam, this is your spot. Immerse yourself in the woods with this Eastside cabin featuring a treehouse patio and lots of natural light. Plus, you’re super close to some of Washington’s best wineries.

Treehouse Point | Fall city
Look at nature from a different angle with one of this venue’s various rentable treehouses. Each one looks as though it naturally came from the tree it sits in, but with modern chic details to make it still feel luxurious.

Koi Story Cabin | Maple Valley
All you need to do is take one look at the wooded sunroom/dining room and you’ll be booking this forested nook.

Artistic sanctuaries

Suite II: A Classic Suite | Wallingford
The exterior of this home only just hints at the ceiling murals within. The home almost feels like a museum with works from varying artistic periods throughout the spaces.

Lotte Hotel | Downtown
Not only is this hotel filled with funky artworks, windows, and shaped mirrors, but cirque entertainment company Teatro ZinZanni regularly performs in the ballroom.

The Graduate Seattle | University District
This art deco hotel is just begging for a dark academia photoshoot with it’s ceiling-high bookshelves, smoldering fireplace, and colorfully-designed rooms. It’s like Wes Anderson himself designed the place.

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