Luxury and boutique hotels in Seattle

It may be home to a few gazillion-dollar corporations (like Starbucks, Amazon and Boeing), but Seattle feels delightfully laidback, thanks to its watery horizons and gorgeous greenery. Downtown is compact and walkable, so there’s no need to go sleepless to see the famous sights in just a few days – start with the retro Space Needle, then poke around the legendary Pike Place fish market. You could spend an entire day dipping into the cooler-than-thou indie coffee shops – go easy on that Ethopian roast: though, they like their lattes strong here… so strong you’ll hardly believe it’s legal. And speaking of things that are legal, the weed market in Seattle is booming – so if that infamous rain rears its head, dip into a dispensary and wait for things to get weird. 

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When to go

It’s best to visit between May and October for milder weather, pretty parks and classic hikes (like the wonderfully named Rattlesnake Ridge).

Getting there

  • Planes

    Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly direct to Seattle from London’s Heathrow.
  • Automobiles

    You won’t need a car for exploring the city center – the best way to see Seattle is on foot.