Spring break is almost here and if you haven’t made plans yet, consider an easy getaway at a nearby Seattle hotel. At these spots, you can sleep in a cushy bed, chow down at some new-to-you restaurants and check out the nearby happenings. And if the hotel has a pool, then score one for the kids! Who needs crowded airports and long lines at Disneyland for spring break when you can live it up in luxe digs in the city and be home in time for Sunday night dinner? Read on and get packing!
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
The historic and grand Fairmont Olympic Hotel, with its Italian Renaissance architecture and fancy-schmancy décor, will wow your kiddos. Your little ones will feel quite special when they receive their activity bag at check-in, and find bathrobes in the room that’s just their size as well as no-tear shampoo and a selection of baby amenities. Their indoor pool is popular, and not just because all of the kickboards and pool toys are available for complimentary use.
Stay: Deluxe rooms and executive suites are available. Coffee maker, cot, crib, DVD player, microwave and mini fridge are available upon request. Check online for special offers, such as the Residents Rate, family packages and Seattle staycation package.
Good Eats: The Fairmont’s Georgian Restaurant and Shuckers Oyster Bar restaurants, surprisingly enough, offer a healthy Kid's Menu (kids 5 & under eat free, while 6-12-year-olds eat for half price off the regular menu). Sweet Iron Waffle Bar has waffles to please any kid, young and old, while Potbelly Sandwich Shop offers warm, grilled namesakes.
Walk To: The Seattle Public Library (check out the children’s section), Seattle Waterfront, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market and the shopping district.
Don’t Miss: At check-in, kiddos receive a special number to call from the room, and soon a hotel staffer arrives with a silver tray bearing warm chocolate chip cookies and milk with “magic” straws. Talk about VIP service!
411 University St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Nestled in the southwest corner of downtown Seattle, in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle sits right next door to the King Street Station and just steps away from CenturyLink Field. Families traveling into the city via Link light rail, car or ferry will find the hotel’s convenient location a major perk along with its proximity to some of the city’s top tourist attractions. Access the Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum along with a plethora of restaurants, eateries and specialty shops all within one mile of the hotel.
Stay: The Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle is composed of two glass towers, one housing the main lobby and hotel amenities as well as 282 two-room suites, studio suites and luxury penthouse suites with ahh-mazing views of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. The spacious two room suites (which are perfect for a family of four) each feature a separate living area, private bedroom and a mini kitchen along with a queen size sofa bed, a HDTV in each room (with cable and movie channels), a wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and complimentary Wi-Fi. Plus, each room features the latest in digital technology and an Amazon Echo, so your kids can ask for additional towels, room service and whatever else in on their little minds. If you’re hoping to take in the city’s gorgeous views from your room, be sure to upgrade to a premium suite or go big and book an exclusive Embassador suite on the top floor.
Good Eats: Each morning, families can enjoy a free made-to-order breakfast in the hotel's second floor dining hall. During breakfast hours (which begin at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. on weekends), kids will find an assortment of cereals, delish pastries and grab-and-go options to fill their little bellies while mom and dad fuel up at the cooked-to-order omelet bar or go for more traditional breakfast fare, including waffles, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and an assortment of drinks. In the evenings, families can take advantage of complimentary drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and light appetizers served at the hotel’s Evening Reception inside Zephyr Bar. Bring your kid crew into Zephyr between 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (yep, it’s totally kid-friendly) and let them nosh on tasty snacks and drinks while you enjoy an assortment of Northwest-inspired wines, beers and craft cocktails. If you’ve got a crew of late owls or early risers, 13 Coins, located in the hotel's lobby, is where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner 24 hours a day. With just an elevator ride away, it makes feeding hangry kids at every hour of your stay easy-peasy.
Walk To: Since the Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle is centrally located in Pioneer Square, getting out to explore the Emerald City is a no-brainer. Put the kiddies in the jogging stroller or strap them into front packs and hit the Seattle waterfront with stops at the Seattle Great Wheel, Pirate’s Plunder, Old Curiosity Shop, Wings Over Washington, Seattle Aquarium and Olympic Sculpture Park. Then, venture to Magic Mouse Toys, Pike Place Market and the downtown shopping district and stop at the Seattle Public Library (to check out the children’s section) or make your way over to the Seattle Center to explore the International Fountain, Artists at Play playground Seattle Childen's Theater, Pacific Science Center and the new Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit at MoPOP. Want to see a bit more of the city from the water? Argosy Cruises on Pier 69 offers daily cruises along Elliott Bay and excursions to Tillicum Village.
Don’t Miss: If you go during the warmer months, the outdoor rooftop deck with killer views of Elliott Bay, the Seattle waterfront and cityscape will not disappoint!
Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
255 S. King. St.
Seattle, Wa 98104
Hotel Monaco’s downtown location will let you reach everything you need by foot. The colorful and contemporary furnishings give way to old-fashioned hospitality — hence the “welcome” goldfish and animal print bathrobes you’ll find in your room! Kiddos get VIP treatment at the front desk, where they’ll get to choose between an activity bag or a cool item from the toy chest. Let the Concierge know if it’s a special occasion, so your extra-special little one receives a surprise amenity.
Stay: Kings, queens and suites are available. All rooms are tricked out with Wi-Fi, pillow top beds and 32” or 46” flat screen TVs. Check online for hotel promotions — they offer a Northwest resident rate.
Good Eats: The hotel’s restaurant Outlier, led by Executive Chef Shawn Applin, opened in March of 2017 and offers thoughtful and seasonally-driven global fare with plates like Seafood Laksa, Foie Gras Torchon and Duck Bolognes as well as brick oven pizzas that are meant to be shared. The restaurant also has a back patio space, perfect for dining on during those warm spring days. And the Kid's Menu includes choices so tasty you’re going to wish you were under 12.
Don’t Miss: The end of each day at Hotel Monaco is marked with a hosted evening wine hour that showcases local wineries, but Friday nights usually offer something special for kids, so parents can sip and unwind while the minis are entertained. And if you're looking to see the city on two wheels, complimentary hotel bicycles are available to use during your stay.
1101 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
The Maxwell Hotel Seattle
If you and the kiddos desire a quieter setting, the Maxwell Hotel is a great option. While the hotel is nestled in a quieter Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, it’s just a skip and a hop to the Seattle Center. A quick monorail ride will take you to the sights and sounds of downtown. And with the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service and loaner bikes, you’ll have plenty of transportation options. But make it back in time for the daily afternoon reception of coffee and pineapple cupcakes!
Stay: Kings, duet queens and suites are available. All rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, a microwave (and a welcome packet of popcorn), as well as a mini refrigerator for storing your cold items.
Good Eats: Pineapple Espresso, in the lobby, offers espresso and locally baked goods from 6:30 am.-noon and the Pineapple Bar, open from 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m., offers beer, wine and cocktails as well as locally-sourced starters and sandwiches and a daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The best part? Guests are welcome to enjoy their Pineapple Bar purchases anywhere in The Maxwell Hotel lobby, so you can make happy hour a family affair.
Walk To: Seattle Center, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children’s Museum, Experience Music Project and the monorail. Queen Anne Avenue, with a huge array of charming boutiques and delish restaurants, is only a few blocks away.
Don’t Miss: The indoor pool is a bright, sunlit space and super kid-friendly: it only goes to 4’ deep. The daily afternoon reception in the lobby features Dillanos Coffee Roasters and the hotel's signature pineapple cupcakes—baked fresh from Seattle's Sugar Rush Baking Co.
300 Roy St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
The Westin Seattle
Another family-pleasing hotel, The Westin Seattle, is in the center of it all. Whether your city exploration is retail, cultural or fun-oriented, it’s all reachable by foot. Every kiddo (3-12) gets a fun-filled Westin Kids Club amenity bag upon check-in, while the under 3 set get an infant amenity kit, which includes a toy as well as items to childproof your room. With all the activities you’ll be busy with by day, you may want to take advantage of their famous beds and in-room movies by evening.
Stay: Traditional, deluxe, Space Needle view, grand view, and several suites are available. All rooms feature Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Cribs (upon request) as well as family amenities such as bottle warmers, high chairs, booster seats, potty seats and step stools (to reach the bathroom sink). Check online for special weekend savings.
Good Eats: Relish Burger Bistro features a healthy kid's menu, but feel free to step outside and stroll over to one of the many excellent restaurants and coffee shops within a two-block radius. Psst...Top Pot Doughnuts’ Belltown location is just two blocks away!
Walk To: Westlake Center shopping center (where the monorail will take you to Seattle Center) or explore Pacific Place, the Seattle Waterfront, Aquarium and Pike Place Market. The options are endless!
Don’t Miss: The indoor pool and Jacuzzi, well-heated and with plenty of towels and benches, will let your little ones indulge in some serious wet fun.
1900 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
We know this hotel isn’t exactly in the city, but it’s just a short drive from the Bremerton or Southworth ferry terminals and too good not to include. Tucked away towards the south end of the Hood Canal, near a tiny little town called Union, Alderbrook is the true Hood Canal showstopper! Kids of all ages will think the hiking trails at Alderbrook are awesome and will love dining on the patio, roasting s’mores by the campfire, beach combing and playing lawn games near the cottages. Everyone will love the huge indoor pool with restaurant service (margaritas poolside, anyone?) and views of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains, the complimentary daily activities, cruises aboard the Lady Alderbrook, kayaks and paddle boats at the marina, Xbox Game Room and cookies and milk at bedtime.
Stay: Kings, double queens and Fido-friendly rooms are available as well one- and two-bedroom cottages which are like your own private beach house. All rooms are tricked out with Wi-Fi, 32″ HD televisions with premium cable, movies on-demand and DVD players, Keurig coffee and tea service, honor bar selections, two complimentary robes, portable AC units and an iPod alarm clock. Check online for hotel promotions — they offer family, last-minute escape and recreation packages.
Good Eats: The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, The Restaurant at Alderbrook, showcases local seafood harvested from Puget Sound and the Hood Canal with savory creations like tiny sweet oysters, Dungeness crab cakes with red jalapeno sabayon, pan seared sea scallops and the Hood Canal Seafood Boil filled with Alderbrook clams, Penn Cove mussels, Dungeness crab, jumbo prawns, corn on the cob, grilled andouille sausage, red potatoes, onions, peppers, old bay broth and focaccia bread. Kids will love the huge portions on the kids’ menu (think burgers, fresh halibut, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken breasts and crab cakes) with two generous sides, and mom and dad will love the selection of Washington wines.
Don’t Miss: The nearby hikes at Mt. Ellinor and Staircase National Park, the miles of groomed nature trails around the property, Hunter Farms Produce Market & Nursery, Twanoh State Park and Potlatch State Park.
Bonus: Book your stay during the month of April and take advantage of the perks of Oyster Month. All month long, guests will be treated to a fresh and authentic Hood Canal experience and can enjoy complimentary daily oyster harvests at Alderbrook’s dock, beach tours, oyster barbecues, chef oyster shucking demos and more.
10 E. Alderbrook Dr.
Union, Wa 98592
Got another Seattle hotel your family loves to staycation at? Tell us about it in the comments below!
—Kristina Moy & Myriam Gabriel-Pollock