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Old 12-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #31
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Hotels see http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2701656&page=2 post #27 for the photo that shows Pier 91 in relation to downtown Seattle. Please plan on needing transportaion to the pier unless your hotel provides it.

Things to consider as you book:

Other than the Doubletree Seattle by the airport, I have not personally stayed in any of the hotels. I just drive in or take the sounder when I head downtown. I am giving information on where hotels are located, location and walking. Please google the hotel for reviews for specifics of how people liked it and for pricing. (or ask here and we will try and anser questions. I will try and update all the information given into this post)

I would like to add that you only go to and from the pier once. You will be coming and going from your hotel to attractions more, so having a convenient hotel to the attractions you want to see will save in the long run.

However, Seattle is a green city and has a great transportation system. It is possible to only need a taxi to the pier and take public transportation for the rest of the time.

If you have a car, check for parking fees at your hotel.
Also daily parking fees in Seattle are killers if you need to move your car mid day. If you can take public transportation you can both avoid fees and the crazy one way streets.

A hotel with a one bus/trolley option to either Westlake Center or Seattle Center will make your mobility much better. Most things people want to see are by these two places. Most Citypass events are at the Seattle Center, while Westlake is more centrally located overall.

(If you have an early flight home, I would try to be by Westlake Center for ease of light rail to the airport or train station. The monorail does not open until 7:30 M-F and 8:30 on weekends)

Getting to/from the Seattle Center(Space Needle etc) to Westlake Center on the monorail is easy. A hotel by either increases your ease of transportation.

From Westlake monorail it is a downhill walk to Pike Street Market. You can walk to Pike Place Market, and take the elevator from there down to the waterfront. (Ask for the elevator location as it is tricky to find if you do not know where it is- or in our case that it even existed)

Also from Westlake it is a short bus ride to Pioneer Square.

Disney arranged hotels are:
Sheraton Seattle- by Westlake Center,"Very nice" 3 block walk to Pike Street Market It is a block and a half from lightrail. You can exit the Westlake Station at Nordstrom which is on Pine St. between 5th and 6th Ave. The Sheraton is on the corner of 6th and Pike. If you have tons of luggage, take a cab. If you travel light the light rail works great. Have not confirmed Disney is using it.


Westlake Center is centrally located includes a mall with a food court:

Mayflower Park if you want to go upscale, the Mayflower Park is a good choice. It's about a mile or two (maybe less) from the port, and you can take the light rail there from the airport. You can also take the monorail to the Seattle Center. You can walk to Pike Place Market, and take the elevator from there down to the waterfront.

Westin two really tall round buildings that leave you with pie shaped rooms! Walk to Westlake to catch the monorail to Seattle Center, walk to Pike Place.

Homewood Suites Convention Center Sits over I-5 hotel comes with ear plugs. A bit farther of a walk. Pedestrian concerns seem not to be an issue. Recommend you google this one and read the reviews to decide. More info later.

Seattle Center Area hotels:

Best Western Executive Inn You can walk to the Space Needle, monorail, Experience Music Project, the Sci-Fi museum, and the Pacific Science Center. You can also take the monorail to Westlake Center, walk over to Pike Place Market and take the elevator down to the waterfront. Take a car or taxi to the port.

Lake Union hotels:

Residence Inn Downtown/Lake Union on Fairview Ave North gets good reviews as long as you are not parking (Narrow parking spaces). There is a **** stop right in front of the hotel. (****=South Lake Union Trolley) This also puts you close to a really nice grassy area park. I figure that is really important for anyone that has kids. More Lake Union than downtown. The Residence Inn is not really within walking distance of anything downtown. (Pike Place Market, EMP, Space Needle, etc) It's probably close to a mile to walk to Seattle Center where the Space Needle, EMP, Science Center, etc are. It's not a walk I'd want to make. It's partially uphill, part of it walking on a narrow sidewalk through an underpass. To the best of my knowledge, there aren't any real "family-friendly" restaurants in close proximity to the hotel. You'd have to go back closer to downtown for that. As NWmom said there is the trolly close to the hotel that would take you more into downtown. I don't consider the location of the Residence Inn "downtown'.

Airport hotels:
Holiday Inn Express-If you want to go downscale They have a decent breakfast, good prices, and you can take the shuttle to the airport and catch the light rail into town pretty easily, although you might have a time of it getting to the port on public transit.

Doubletree Seattle and Convention Center Pretty much across the street from the airport.

Waterfront hotels: (Disney is leaving from Pier 91 so waterfront hotels are not as convenient as they sound. They may or may not be convenient, check their location to the pier Disney is using)
Marriott Waterfront - it is <5 minute walk to Pike's Place market.

Pioneer Square hotels: certain areas you might not want to be at night, farthest from Seattle Center. The ones listed are in safer areas see the previous post discussions. This area is close to the Amtrak station for those coming by train. The train station has taxis.
Courtyard- very good

International district hotels: Not recommended at night
How much time would you allow to visit the space needle? Are there any other hotels near it besides a Best Western?
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:15 PM   #32
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Added some more information to the beginning posts. Mostly tourist attraction contacts.

I do not have all the hotels up yet. Helping a friend move this week. I will try to add more next weekend.

Less than an hour at the Space Needle and only if it is sunny. You are going up to see the view. Some displays also. We've gone with school every year.

As for tour books, I get mine at the AAA office. I've used it in many states and found them very helpful. Anyone else have a favorite?

Have a good weekend everyone!
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Can anyone recommend the best travel guide for Seattle? I am not a Fodor's type of person, In like the more off the beaten path type of books. We will probably only have 3 days if we do this so I'd like to do some research!

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Trip Advisor has an excellent list of tours and other fun things to do in Seattle.
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Ahead of time, I usually go with Lonely Planet forums for information in various cities. Once you're here, ask the opinions of the locals, especially the baristas at a local (not Starbucks, SPC, or Tullys) coffee shop. They can recommend fun things, food things, and all things.

One thing that I would recommend for both residents and tourists is the Olympic Sculpture Park. It's free, has amazing views, lots of space for kids to be kids, walking distance from both the market and Seattle Center, and it's art!

Normally, I would also recommend taking a ferry for the views, but with the cruise, you're going to be getting that anyway.

My favorite thing to do for visiting friends (on a nice day) is to drive them over one of the floating bridges and then on to Snoqualmie Falls. The reaction to the view of The Mountain from that angle is always amazing.

I've lived here for 15 years, and I've never been in the space needle. I never really felt that I missed anything, it just seems that the heartbeat of the city is on the ground, not in the needle. JMO
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Also, it's Pike Place Market, not Pike's Place... subtle, but there are a lot of locals who will let you know the difference if you say the wrong thing.
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Also, it's Pike Place Market, not Pike's Place... subtle, but there are a lot of locals who will let you know the difference if you say the wrong thing.
Thanks Bunless-I missed that one when I cut and pasted from the old thread. I've fixed it in the original.

Could you go to page 2-Post 24 and fix it in the quote? Thanks for your help.

I also do not claim to be a native. I actually grew up in Florida close enough to "do" WDW opening year of each main park.
I've only lived here since 1999. I am still doing the tourist thing with my family. I've been pleased to see what I have and will continue to enjoy seeing more of this beautiful city.

This thread can use any and all local help so keep the suggestions coming and I will add it to the beginning pages. Just want everyone to know this is a group effort.

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Could you go to page 2-Post 24 and fix it in the quote? Thanks for your help.
Done!

This thread can use any and all local help so keep the suggestions coming and I will add it to the beginning pages. Just want everyone to know this is a group effort.

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I'll keep posting things as I think of them. For dining, I would also put out a general suggestion of staying away from chain restaurants. Seattle is known as a food town. I was talking to a chef friend on Friday night (we went to Harvest Vine, amazing Tapas in Madison Park, one would need a bus and/or taxi to get there), and we were comparing the food in Seattle to different cities in Europe. Meaning, you can wander into any tiny place that you've never heard of before, and get an amazing meal of locally sourced food and drink. Most have a great early happy hour (not just in the bar, but the entire restaurant, so kids can eat at the great prices). Maybe I should put together a local eats post by neighborhood?
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I'll keep posting things as I think of them. For dining, I would also put out a general suggestion of staying away from chain restaurants. Seattle is known as a food town. I was talking to a chef friend on Friday night (we went to Harvest Vine, amazing Tapas in Madison Park, one would need a bus and/or taxi to get there), and we were comparing the food in Seattle to different cities in Europe. Meaning, you can wander into any tiny place that you've never heard of before, and get an amazing meal of locally sourced food and drink. Most have a great early happy hour (not just in the bar, but the entire restaurant, so kids can eat at the great prices). Maybe I should put together a local eats post by neighborhood?
Good idea! Then when you have it done I can add a link on the earlier pages so it does not get buried. (PS maybe I'll find some new places to eat as well)
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A fun thing to do that gives you a good overview of downtown, the waterfront and Lake Union is the Duck Tour! Even though we have lived up here for 17 years, we did it a few summers ago and had a great time! They depart from both the Seattle Center area and Westlake Center area.
http://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/main.htm

There is also one in Ketchikan that we did this summer. It was also fun!
http://www.akduck.com/

Another fun thing to do in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle (especially if you are interested in history) is the Underground Tour. http://www.undergroundtour.com/index.html
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Ditto on the Ducks and Underground tour. Both very good. I don't know though if younger kids would like the Underground tour.
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Ditto on the Ducks and Underground tour. Both very good. I don't know though if younger kids would like the Underground tour.
Based on our school field trips (K-12 school homeschool co-op) Kids as young as 7 or 8 like the Underground Tour. In my experience it is because they get to learn about toilets as part of the tour, which seems to fascinate them. (clean potty humor)

Teens really seem to like it. (It is one of their most requested field trips.)

I love the Duck Tour and Underground Tour as two of the best ways to see Seattle.

Add in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and you have a great well rounded and enjoyable idea of what made Seattle.
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The Duck tour is also locally owner and operated, it is not a part of the national group.
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Trip Advisor has an excellent list of tours and other fun things to do in Seattle.
Thanks..I do always go to Trip advisor but I like reading some literature as well.

For Hawaii we love the revealed series and in Europe we used Rick Steves and a few others, so i am looking for a book like this. Something that can help come up with itineraries, cafes, things off the beaten path, restaurants etc. I'll do some research and post if anyone is interested.
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I'll keep posting things as I think of them. For dining, I would also put out a general suggestion of staying away from chain restaurants. Seattle is known as a food town. I was talking to a chef friend on Friday night (we went to Harvest Vine, amazing Tapas in Madison Park, one would need a bus and/or taxi to get there), and we were comparing the food in Seattle to different cities in Europe. Meaning, you can wander into any tiny place that you've never heard of before, and get an amazing meal of locally sourced food and drink. Most have a great early happy hour (not just in the bar, but the entire restaurant, so kids can eat at the great prices). Maybe I should put together a local eats post by neighborhood?
This past Summer we at at the Palace Kitchen on 5th ave in downtown Seattle. It was really good and would recommend, plus their kitchen stays open late.

http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=palace-kitchen

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We did this on a whim this Summer and had a blast. It is very well run!
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I've also heard the coffee bars with tasting, kind of like we have wine bars here in NYC but with coffee, I am so excited for this. I have to locate one of these
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