On the former site of a nondescript Ramada Inn, Hotel Five opened in 2011 as a friendly, cheap-chic property that’s lighter on the wallet than nearby downtown options. Situated in Belltown, opposite the monorail, Hotel Five offers some great amenities for getting around town—it has loaner bicycles, as well as a shuttle service to a group of Seattle’s most popular attractions. The surprisingly big guestrooms are bright and modern, and although the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Max’s Café, doesn’t serve dinner, the personable hotel staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to giving advice about this city.
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Hotel Five is on a busy street in lively Belltown, with loads of great restaurants and clubs just an easy walk away. Also nearby is Seattle Center, with Chilhuly Gardens and Glass, Key Arena, and the iconic Space Needle. World-famous Seattle doughnut forge, Top Pot, is a required stop.
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Rooms: 116 room, 4 suites. From $99. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Max’s Café serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and there’s a beer and wine menu for mimosas with the French toast. It’s Seattle, so there’s also smoked salmon chowder and fish and chips available at lunch. The hotel is in a nexus of Tom Douglas (a Seattle celebrity chef) restaurants, which are all popular with locals. There’s the Palace Ballroom, Lola, The Dahlia Lounge, and Serious Pie; they all offer very fresh local dishes with a different twist at each locations. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a basic fitness room with modern equipment that’s open 24 hours.
Who's it for: Seahawks fans like Hotel Five for its easy access to the football stadium; the hotel’s proximity to Seattle’s cruise ship terminal also makes it popular with guests looking to spend a few nights in town pre- or post-cruise. Our favorite rooms: The large corner suites have fold-out couches—which makes them great for families. Affordable parking: The hotel offers a rare amenity: downtown parking for $15 per night. Visitors typically don’t need a car downtown, but for those planning to use a rental car while visiting, this is one of the best parking deals in town.