The Best Places to Stay in Seattle While House Hunting

Posted on: May 19, 2016

Change is difficult. Simply moving down the block can present enough challenges to make even the most composed person frustrated. So it’s no shocker that moving to a new city can feel down right impossible. The barriers to finding a new home in a foreign area can seem tremendous, especially in a big city like Seattle. Unless you’re buying sight unseen (and we rarely recommend that), sooner or later you’ll have to go house hunting, and that means finding a hotel in a strange city. To help make your move as smooth as possible, we’ve compiled an assortment of hotels in Seattle that will put you at ease, while you look for your new home.

Luxury Hotel

Hotel 1000

Located downtown and adjacent to the Seattle waterfront, Hotel 1000 offers a luxury experience for those looking to make a vacation out of their home buying excursion. Visitors looking for some vacation fun can take a walk to the waterfront, which offers a spattering of local restaurants. Also nearby is the famous Pike Place Market, one of the oldest operating public markets in the United States. Rows of crafts shops, merchants, and farm produce can keep a visitor thoroughly entertained. The hotel itself offers spa amenities and terrific waterfront views. Booking with an aggregate travel website, such as Kayak, puts a room for a long weekend at $400 a night.

Four Seasons Seattle

This hotel is also located in the heart of downtown Seattle, down the road from Hotel 1000. The experiences between the two hotels will be similar, with the Four Seasons being slightly more luxurious. The hotel offers three guest room configurations and four different suites to choose from, all of varying levels of luxury. They also offer tours and detailed itineraries, tailored to a guest’s interests. While the hotel would make for a great vacation, if you indulge in their services you’ll likely never see any homes.

Therefore, we recommend this hotel to those looking for property in the downtown area. With weekend room prices starting at $560 dollars a night, the buyer demographic lines up with the hotel’s rates.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Another downtown luxury palace, you’ll find all the grandeur here you’d expect from a five star hotel, and its downtown location won’t disappoint. But that’s only part of why we’re recommending it. The other part is, put bluntly, the food. The hotel boasts a seafood restaurant, Shuckers, a bar, The Terrace, and its crown jewel, The Georgian Restaurant. The Georgian is AAA 4 diamond rated, serving French-inspired Northwest cuisine. Serving only breakfast and lunch, it’s worth staying here for the food alone. Kayak lists the Fairmont’s weekend price at $430 a room.

Budget Hotels

Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown

For those who want to save some extra money for their new home purchase, the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown offers a comfortable hotel experience without sacrificing location. The inn provides standard amenities, a complimentary breakfast, valet service, and safe deposit boxes, among other things. It’s also within walking distance to many bars and restaurants. At $170 a night, this hotel should leave you with enough money leftover to actually purchase your home. 

Coast Bellevue Hotel

Located right off of highway 405, this hotel is the perfect compromise for homebuyers looking at a wide variety of properties. While the Coast Bellevue is not luxurious, it offers a solid hotel package for the price. Free wireless Internet, HBO channels, and an in room coffee machine make it plenty livable. But the amenities aren’t what make this hotel worthwhile; it’s the convenient location. Being adjacent to highway 405 allows visitors easy access to highways 90 and 520, which in turn give access to highway 5. The result is unrivaled access to the greater Seattle metropolitan area. It doesn’t hurt either, that a weekend stay at the hotel is quoted by Kayak at $135.

We hope our list will help ease the transition to your new city. House hunting is stressful, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t make the experience as comfortable as possible. If there’s anything more we can do to help, feel free to give us a call at (206) 465-7215, or shoot an email to pgreely@windermere.com. Good luck, and happy house hunting.

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