Seattle with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: January 22, 2016

Seattle with Children.

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  • The best area to stay for families visiting Seattle is the northwestern area of downtown. As a rule of thumb, try to stay within 5 blocks of Pike Place Market – but not on the waterfront which is awkwardly cut off from downtown even though it appears to be close.
  • Good restaurants in downtown Seattle that are still kid-friendly include the Steelhead Diner (seafood/americana), Von’s Gustobistro (a bar/restaurant/distillery with great food), Alibi Room (even more bar like than Von’s, great happy hour food), Serious Pie (awesome pizza, beer, and desserts), Pike Brewing Company (good pub food and beer).
  • The best playground near downtown is Artists at Play – beside the EMP in Seattle Center (a 20 minute walk from downtown or take the Monorail). The small play area at Westlake Park Playground is the only playground in the downtown area.

The 7 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Seattle

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle – luxury

Suites are large and beautiful and will comfortably sleep a family of 4. The outdoor pool has views of the waterfront (and the pool is heated too so you can swim all year round). There’s a jacuzzi, spa, and fitness center. Bay View rooms look out over the waterfront, passing ferries, and the new Seattle ferris wheel (city views look the opposite way). The hotel is steps from Pike Place Market with the Seattle Art Museum, many restaurants, and shopping all within a short walk. Phone: +1 (206) 749-7000 • Full review of the Four Seasons
Seattle Four Seasons with Kids

The Westin Seattle – luxury

A great hotel in a great location. Close to the malls, shopping, great restaurants, and monorail in downtown Seattle. Fantastic views of the water, city, and mountains (the hotels twin towers are 47 floors high). Many great restaurants within 2 or 3 blocks (Serious Pie is the best and has amazing pizza, beer, and desserts). The pool is indoor and very kid-friendly. Phone: +1 (206) 728-1000
Seattle Westin with Kids

Alexis Hotel – luxury

This is an awesome boutique hotel with loads of charm and huge suites. The Hotel 1000, directly across the street, gets more press but I the Alexis is warmer and friendlier. Pike Place is a 5 minute walk in one direction and Pioneer Square the same in the other. The Bookstore Bar & Cafe is one of the coolest bars in downtown Seattle and specializes in high end whiskeys – kids are allowed on the cafe side. Phone: +1 (206) 624-3646
Best Family Hotels in Seattle – The Alexis

Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium – moderate

Great location for Seahawks, Mariners, or Sounders games. (But a little out of the way to see the rest of the city’s attractions.) Light rail, a few restaurants, and a family-friendly brewery are nearby. Free shuttle will take guests anywhere in Seattle. Heated rooftop pool and jacuzzi are kid-friendly. King suites are large. As I say, this is a great hotel to see a football, baseball, or soccer game but if that’s not a priority then look at the Silver Cloud in South Lake Union. Phone: +1 (206) 204-9800
Seattle Silver Cloud Hotel with Kids

Residence Inn – moderate

1 and 2 bedroom suites sleep 4 to 6. Full kitchen, nice pool, free breakfast, and happy hour. Walking distance to the very cool (and kid-friendly) Museum of History and Industry and the streetcar to downtown goes right by the hotel. Phone: +1 (206) 624-6000
Seattle Residence Inn with Kids

The Maxwell – moderate

Fun, family-friendly hotel with lots of character. Junior Suites have 2 queen beds and a sofa bed. There’s neighborhood feel to the surroundings and the hotel is walking distance to Seattle Center, the monorail, many restaurants, and 3 grocery stores. Complimentary shuttle bus takes guests pretty much anywhere in the city. Free parking and free wi-fi. The swimming pool is small but still nice for a dip. Pizza joint connected to the hotel. Phone: +1 (206) 286-0629
Seattle Maxwell Hotel with Kids

Mediterranean Inn – budget

Good value hotel very close to Seattle Center and a large Safeway. Rooms have kitchenettes and there’s 24 hour guest laundry. Free coffee, bottled water, and microwave popcorn. Phone: +1 (206) 428-4700
Seattle Meditteranean Apartments with Kids

More Hotels for Families

From June to September Seattle’s best hotels can be booked solid. Here are a few more hotels with triples, quads, or family rooms if the above hotels are fully booked.

Houses & Apartments

Rentals for families.

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18 questions and comments

  1. Seattle Visit with Kids – Day Trips

    Such great info on your site! Our family of four (two boys, ages 8 and 11) are heading to Seattle for about a week or so at the end of July. We are interested in a couple of side trips during our visit. Can you comment on the following? The Boeing Factory tour, and Orca whale watching excursion out of Anacortes, and also the Ballard salmon ladder. Any info on traffic flow, interest level of boys, and general comments about these places would be helpful! Another question – Mount Rainier or Snoqualmie Falls. I’ve read that Mt Rainier is about two hours away from Seattle. Should we head to Snoqualmie instead? Thank you so so much for any tips and comments you have! We are excited about our trip!

    Annabel Horn

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      The Boeing assembly plant is 30 miles north of Seattle, in Everett, WA. The tour is geared towards adults (and you have to be over 48 inches) but anyone over the age of 7 can tour – if your kids have an interest in airplanes, and how they’re made, they should love it. You need to book tours in advance and they run hourly from 9am to 3pm – visit late morning on a weekday to see the factory operating at full speed and avoid rush-hour traffic. You may also want to consider the Museum of Flight, just south of Seattle. They’ve got loads of fantastic aeronautical and space exhibits, including the original Air Force One and flight simulators. If you haven’t been to either, I’d go for the Museum of Flight over the Boeing Tour – the wide variety of exhibits and artifacts mean there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

      Late July is a great month for whale watching in Puget Sound. Waters tend to be calmer, and orca pods and marine mammals are visible and active. If your boys are interested in sea life and enjoy being out on the water, I’d definitely recommend this as a side-trip. Set aside a full day for this excursion, and be sure to allow extra time to get up to Anacortes from Seattle, as traffic can be really heavy along I-5.

      The Ballard Locks and Salmon Ladder are located within Seattle, and make for a quick and easy stop whenever you’ve got a free hour or two. In July, the Sockeye salmon runs are at their peak, and generally visible in the viewing room during high tide. Sometimes you’ll even catch sight of a harbor seal or two. The Locks are busy at this time of year as well, with fishing vessels, harbor cruise ships, and small pleasure craft all making their way from the lake into the Sound, or vice-versa. The Locks and Fish ladder are free, and there’s free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

      As for Rainier vs. Snoqualmie, it depends on whether you’re more interested in hiking or sightseeing. If you’re up for footing it, it’s hard to top Rainier. There’s a fantastic 5.5 miler, the Panorama Point Skyline Loop Trail, that begins at Paradise Lodge – three hours from Seattle. This trail has great views of the nearby mountain ranges, and carpets of wildflowers will be in peak bloom in late July. Bring a picnic lunch and lots of water, and get to the trailhead early – the lot fills up by midday. If you’re looking for spectacular scenery with minimum time and effort spent, Snoqualmie Falls is a great choice. It’s a short (but steep) 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the falls and back, and there are lots of interpretive signs along the way to let in on what you’re looking at. (As well as great snacks and drinks at Salish Lodge next door.) The drive from Seattle will take about 40 minutes, leave mid-morning to avoid peak traffic times.

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  2. Residience Inn, Alexis, or the Maxwell for a Family

    We are traveling with family to Seattle in late August. We want to stay in Seattle but will be attending a wedding in Bremerton over the weekend. We want to stay in a great place in Seatlle as we will be sightseeing while there but close to the sound so we can either drive over or take the ferry.

    Sounds like the Residience Inn, Alexis, or the Maxwell are good options would you agree.

    Darlene

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      These are all good options that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. All are close to the Sound and sightseeing. That said, they differ by type and location within Seattle:

      The Residence Inn is a large “all suite” hotel, located in the South Lake Union neighborhood. It’s within easy walking distance to the Museum of History and Industry and Center for Wooden Boats, but to get downtown (for Pike Place Market, shopping, aquarium, and ferry terminal), you’ll have to drive in (and pay for parking) or take the South Lake Union Trolley to Westlake Station. To get to Seattle Center (for the Space Needle, EMP, Pacific Science Center), you’ll have to drive and park, or take the trolley into Westlake Station and the Monorail from Westlake to Seattle Center. It’s a great hotel for families, with lovely views of Lake Union, free continental breakfast, a nice pool and hot tub, and a kid’s activity room with board games, foosball and XBox. It’s the quietest location of the three, and the farthest from central downtown.

      The Alexis is a luxury boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown. It’s the closest to Pike Place Market, the Aquarium, the ferry terminal, and Pioneer Square. To get to Seattle Center, you’ll either drive and park, or walk 10 blocks from the hotel to Westlake Center to take the Monorail, or walk the whole way in 30 minutes. Of the three hotels you mention, the Alexis is probably the least family-friendly. It’s got an elegant/artsy vibe, there’s no pool, and their in-house cafe/bar doesn’t offer a kids’ menu (though they’re happy to make you some chicken tenders or mac-n-cheese, if you ask). It is the best (and most expensive) hotel of the three, with the most central location and excellent service – and while they don’t necessarily market themselves to families, the staff are super welcoming and accommodating to kids.

      The Maxwell is a mid-range boutique hotel located near Seattle Center. The atmosphere is vibrant and very family-friendly – they’ve got a small pool for kids to splash around in, free cupcakes in the lobby every afternoon, and bikes to loan. There’s a wood-fired pizza joint (with good beer) next door, and other kid-friendly eateries nearby. You can easily walk from the Maxwell to Seattle Center, and then take the Monorail into central downtown. At $20/day, the Maxwell has the cheapest parking of the three.

      You’ll be happy at any of these hotels – just depends on what location and type of hotel experience you’re looking for. Have a great trip!

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  3. Seattle Hotel near Playground

    Hi David, Thanks for your great and helpful website!
    We are planning on visiting Seattle this summer with our 2 and 7 year old. Do you perhaps know if any of the child friendly hotels you mentioned on your site are nearby a playground? I know it brings great peace if we can let our children run around a playground in the morning and evening 😉

    Thanks in advance for your reply!
    Martine

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  4. How To Buy Seahawks Tickets

    What’s the best way to buy Seahawks tickets for a sold out game? Is there a website that I could search for tickets?

    Thanks.

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  5. Food Tour in Seattle for Kids

    Great site!

    We’ll be in Seattle around Christmas time and would love to do a food or walking tour with our kids (besides the Underground Tour which looks great). We find the kids love food tours and have done them in New York, Toronto, and Portland to rave reviews. Is there one you’d recommend in Seattle for kids ages 8 and 14?

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  6. Best Time to Visit Seattle for a Family

    Great site! We’ve heard so many wonderful things about Seattle and are planning a visit with our 2 kids, ages 6 and 11. When would you recommend is the best month to go to Seattle with kids activities in mind? We’ll probably visit for 3 or 4 days and don’t mind the kids missing a day or two of school so really anytime is fine with us. Suggestions?

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      My favorite time in Seattle is September when the weather is still nice but the crowds have thinned. July and August are great but busy and hotels are more expensive. April, May, June, and October can all have good weather but it’s a little more of a coin-flip. From November to March it’s wet and cold – but if you’re mainly doing indoor things it doesn’t matter a lot. The Aquarium, Science Center, seeing a musical, even Pike Place Market are great anytime of year.

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  7. Westin or Four Season for Kids

    Hi. We’ll be driving from Vancouver, BC to Seattle in October and had a few questions.
    – We have 2 boys and are having a time deciding between the Westin and Four Seasons. Which has a better location for the market? Is one more walkable to downtown than the other? We (and our kids) like good foodie restaurants, is one closer to good quality restaurants than the other?
    – How do the pools compare at the Westin and Four Seasons? Is there a hotel with a better pool? The Maxwell?
    – What hotel has the better restaurant?
    Thank you.
    Samantha.

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      The Four Seasons is a much nicer hotel than the Westin and much closer to the market (1 minute instead of 8). The Westin is closer to the malls and shops of downtown. Both have some great restaurants within 5 minutes walk. The pools are both nice but different. The Four Seasons’ pool is outdoor (heated and open year-round) with views looking over the water. The Westin’s pool is indoor, more practical for kids but less idyllic. These are 2 of the better pools for kids in Seattle. The Maxwell has a very small pool and not as good as either of these. The restaurant at Four Seasons is much better than the one at the Westin. Great views and great breakfasts.

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  8. Best Restaurant for Kids in Downtown Seattle

    Thanks for the information. Very helpful. We are a Portland family of 3 (child aged 12) coming to Seattle for 2 nights. We have a wedding to go to on the first night but are looking for a good restaurant to go to for the 3 of us on the 2nd night. Any suggestions for a cool, friendly, and a little trendy, restaurant we could enjoy together? Good food, but doesn’t have to be fancy (no chains, of course). Good local draft beer is a necessity. Walking distance from the Hyatt Olive 8.
    Henry E.

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      I love Serious Pie (10 minute walk from Hyatt 8) – great pizza, beer, desserts, music, atmosphere – but doesn’t take reservations and lines can be long at night. Miller’s Guild (5 minute walk) is very good and a similar vibe. And Urbane on the Olive 8 ground floor also has great food and beer – more of a wine bar feel and a little less funky.

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  9. Wine Bar for Dinner that Allows Kids

    Wonderful site. So helpful. I’m with my daughter next weekend with plans to go to a musical at 5th Avenue Theater. I love my wine and would love to enjoy a nice dinner and a few drinks with my 14 year old daughter. Can you recommend a place that has that out-on-the-town feel that will make for a special evening for the two of us. If it had a good location for our play, then all the better. Thank you, Erin.

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