Just a few blocks from Pike Place Market, the Roosevelt Hotel is a low-key 20-story brick building from the 1920's--one of the best places to stay in downtown Seattle. Ask for a room on the NW corner of one of the upper floors, and you'll get to see the ferries floating across the nighttime darkness of Elliott Bay, and in the morning, a sliver of the Space Needle will greet you as you look due north.
My wife and I lived a few blocks from here the first year we were married; now that we no longer live in Seattle, we were looking for a place to spend one night in 'our old neighborhood' before staying with friends elsewhere in the city. We'd passed by this building so many times and never gave it a passing thought, but what a great little hotel! The Roosevelt is within easy walking distance of most of downtown's must-do's, whether you're here as a tourist or on business: around the corner from the Convention Center, a few blocks from the water, and across the street from Pacific Place, one of downtown's best skylight-enclosed shopping-and-cinema plazas.
This being Seattle, the vaguely 19th-century rooms are stocked with GOOD coffee, not the usual hotel-supplier dreck...
...and the valet parking beneath the hotel is a bargain due to the fact that you'll be allowed to leave your car there all day--not just until the mid-day check-out time--for no extra charge. With Seattle's dearth of affordable downtown parking, this definitely adds to the Roosevelt's charm.
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The Perfect Downtown Location
If you've never been to Seattle, then downtown is the perfect home base for your visit. It's near the Pike Place Market, the downtown shopping district, the Seattle Aquarium and waterfront, the Great Wheel, and Pioneer Square. The Roosevelt is right in the middle of it all. With cozy, Victorian furnishings and a pleasantly old-fashioned aesthetic, the rooms are comfortable and spacious. They're pet-friendly, so you can even bring your furry friend! Conveniently close to the light rail's Westlake Station, so you can skip the pricey cab and head directly downtown from the airport via light rail ($4 fare vs. $40 cab ride!).