Have a shipshape stay at Palihotel Seattle, which doffs its hat raffishly to the city’s port past, while adding a generous dash of style to its exciting future. Despite its wallet-friendly price tag, this handsome hotel has more than its fair share of flair – plus a prime location near famous Pike Place Market. Rooms are dressed in covetable forest-green hues with artful nick nacks and Smeg mini-fridges. The good looks continue in the bold lobby lounge and the amiable restaurant, the Hart and the Hunter, where you can sample Palihotel’s delicious signature hot biscuits – which have deservedly won a loyal fanbase.
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11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £103.89 ($141), including tax at 15.6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $2.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude à la carte breakfast and the hotel has gone cashless, so you'll need to pay by card.
At the hotel
Free WiFi. In rooms: TV,, air conditioning, minibar, kettle, tea and coffee kit, black-out blinds, decorative fireplace and La Bottega bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Opt for a Deluxe King room for eye-widening city views and lashings of space.
Bring your appetite – and a fabric tote bag – for plundering Pike Place Market’s extensive edible bounty.
Public areas are wheelchair-accessible and at least one room in each category has been adapted for disabled guests, with roll-in showers, shower chairs and railings, lower hanging bars for clothing and lower peepholes on the doors.
Little Smiths are welcome, but don’t expect lots of family-friendly distractions. The hotel can provide travel or foldaway cots, baby bedlinen, black-out blinds, high chairs and booster seats.
Fruit, veg and seafood hail from the local (and legendary) Pike Place Market; nearby bakeries provide breads, pastries and cakes. Partially used soaps and bottled bath products are donated to Clean the World; as much as possible is recycled.
There are no duds in this bunch, but corner booths are always a snug option.
Channel Seattle casual – and be rain-shower-ready when you nip out. Staff uniforms are styled with nautical flair; throw in Breton stripes or an anchor motif here and there if you also want to pay tribute to Seattle’s port past.
The Hart and the Hunter is a relaxed setting for Southern-influenced cuisine starring local Pacific Northwest ingredients: whatever you do, don’t miss the delicious butter biscuits. The space manages to feel industrial-cool and cosy all at once, thanks to warm wooden accents, rough whitewashed walls and cool peppermint-green banquette seating.
There’s no separate bar area, but you can enjoy drinks in the laid-back restaurant. Cocktail-lovers could kick off proceedings with a Hunter Buck – vodka, apricot, lime, ginger beer and Hunter Spice – or an Our Swords: a moreish muddle of sherry, cynar, cherry, mint, peach and market fruits.
The restaurant is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday; 11pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Order from the full menu during the restaurant’s opening hours.
Palihotel is just across the street from downtown Seattle's famous Pike Place Market.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.
King Street Station is an eight-minute drive from the hotel, with national Amtrak and regional Sounder services connecting to destinations such as Vancouver, Portland, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Valet parking's available for $55 a night (you'll have unlimited in-and-out access 7am–11pm).
Nautical types will be pleased to know that the hotel is just minutes from the ports served by cruise lines, Washington State Ferries to Bainbridge Island and the Clipper to Victoria and San Juan Island.
Worth getting out of bed for
Familiarise yourself with the hotel restaurant first; once you’ve fuelled up, venture beyond your stylish crashpad and go exploring. Start with Seattle Art Museum – aka SAM – on 1st Avenue, which shines a spotlight on world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest. Catch a game of football or American football at the atmospheric CenturyLink Field, which stages regular special events. The stadium is home to the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders; it also boasts impressive skyline views and is within easy walking distance of downtown. Brave types could go for a (very chilly) dip in the Puget Sound – or get their bathing-belle fix at one of the islands up north. Try Vashon or Whidbey Island for coastal exploring; Whidbey also hosts a brilliant summer Shakespeare festival. Admire the fine-art glasswork of Dale Chihuly at Chihuly Garden & Glass museum on Harrison Street. Check the museum’s website for special events such as yoga sessions and photography exhibitions. Go and say hello to your famous neighbour: Pike Place Market, which has been going strong since 1907. Don’t miss Russian pies at Piroshky Piroshky Bakery, seafood (followed by triple-coconut cream pie) from Seatown Seabar and a warming brew from Market Spice Tea.
Seattle’s Chinatown has a well-deserved reputation for being amazing: start with a dim-sum feast at Dough Zone Dumpling House to see why (you’ll find this temple to dumplings on 5th Avenue. Nirmal’s on Occidental Avenue serves innovative Indian cuisine; Nue on 14th Avenue dishes up global street-food in an eye-catching, memorabilia-bedecked dining space. Dress to impress at ravishing Canlis on Aurora Avenue, whose fine-dining menu and storied midcentury-home setting attract a very glamorous clientele.
If you like the idea of sourdough pasta (don’t miss the first-class mac ‘n’ cheese) and deliciously potent cocktails, get yourself to fun-loving, tavern-style Von’s 1000 Spirits, at 1225 1st Avenue.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this budget-boutique hotel in downtown Seattle and unpacked their market treats and raincoats, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palihotel Seattle in Washington…
You won’t be sleepless in Seattle if you bed down at our pal Palihotel, whose rooms come with covetably comfy beds, artful nick-nacks and rich green hues reminiscent of a fairytale forest. You will be very well fed and watered, though, thanks to the laidback Hart and the Hunter restaurant, decorated with wooden accents, amber-coloured trimmings and industrial-chic flourishes. (Expect to be treated to delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine, including Palihotel’s addictive butter biscuits.) Stays here put you at the heart of downtown’s buzzing action, making exploring Seattle deliciously easy – and there are more than enough onsite incentives to have you hurrying happily back to boutique basecamp: seafood feasts, flavour-packed cocktails, stylish and snug rooms, and a lobby designed for lounging, for starters…