One of the central launching points for Alaska cruises, Seattle, WA is a vibrant and hip city. This contemporary metropolis is home to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic sights and brands. Thus, cruisers will want to seriously consider extending their stay when departing Seattle on an Alaskan cruise. We have put together this guide to the Best Hotels Near the Seattle Cruise Port to help cruisers find the perfect pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel stay. No matter what type of accommodations you prefer, you can certainly find a hotel that is right for your next cruise from the Emerald City.
To compare prices for hotels near the Seattle cruise port, we used prices quoted on each hotel’s website (where applicable). We tested the same night, for two adults, in a standard king bedroom. We picked a pre-cruise stay six months prior to our August sailing and checked prices directly though the hotel’s website.
Best Hotels Near the Seattle Cruise Port
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Offering stunning views and proximity to the cruise ports, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront is the perfect choice for extending your stay in the city. The hotel’s location is within walking distance of landmarks including Pike Place and the Seattle Aquarium. Although, given the hotel’s over-sized rooms, we wouldn’t blame you if you decide to stay in and prepare for your Alaskan adventure. These approximately 300 sq feet rooms come fully furnished with a separate sitting area, work station, and flat screen television.
King Room – Courtesy of Marriott International
No matter what the temperature is outside, you can always relax in the hotel’s heated indoor/outdoor connected pool. Also, at the hotel’s main restaurant, Hook and Plow, travelers can partake in Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine of locally sourced seafood and steaks. Don’t forget to sample a drink from the restaurant’s extensive list of craft beers and regional wines.
For our test night, a king room with a partial view came in at $409. This rate does not include internet or parking. Both will cost you extra. However, given the hotel’s 4.0 rating on TripAdvisor (with over 1800 reviews), the Seattle Marriott Waterfront is indeed worth the price tag. Previous guests boast about the hotel’s waterfront location and dining options. Cruisers will need to arrange for transportation to and from the airport, but if departing from Pier 66 can easily walk from the hotel which is a few blocks from this cruise port.
Courtesy of Marriott International
If you are looking for a hotel that embodies the chic, urban lifestyle of Seattle, look no further than The Maxwell Hotel. This Stay Pineapple brand hotel is perfectly positioned around the corner from the Space Needle, at the base of Queen Anne Hill. Once you step foot in the door, you will realize that the Maxwell is a funky departure from the typical brand name hotels. From the bold, bright colors in the public areas, to the artfully designed hotel rooms, The Maxwell is a welcomed change from the pale palette you might find in other hotels.
Hotel Lobby – Courtesy of Pineapple Hospitality Company
Rooms include high-end furnishings like the Naked Experience bedding and luxury bath products. Other perks include unlimited bottled water, WiFi, a Keurig coffee machine, and a 50″ flat screen with the company’s streaming television service. Guests will always be prepared for the rainy weather with a complimentary over-sized umbrella to use during their stay and can head out to explore for the day on one of the complimentary “beach cruisers”. Travelers can also take advantage of the hotel’s city shuttle to get to and from local attractions; however, this shuttle service can not be used to get to and from the airport or the cruise port.
King Bed Room – Courtesy of Pineapple Hospitality Company
For our test night, a king room clocked in at $359 a night. This is a steal considering all of the amenities included in the price. It is no wonder that the hotel has a 4.5 TripAdvisor rating with over 2,880 reviews. Past guests rave about the hotel’s quirky decor, friendly staff, and those little extra perks, like afternoon coffee and mini-cupcakes. Self-Parking is available for an additional cost, and cruisers will need to find transportation to and from the airport as well as the cruise port on departure day.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Providing you with a great location and plenty of included amenities, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Seattle Center will help you keep your travel budget in check. For our test night, the hotel’s King Room priced in at $243 with a non-refundable advance purchase rate. The price is an excellent value as it includes high-speed internet along with the brand’s complimentary hot breakfast. Additional onsite benefits included an indoor heated pool and a fitness center.
Courtesy of the Holiday Inn Express
All rooms feature essentials such as a separate workstation, flat screen television, mini-fridge, and microwave, as well as a standard bathroom. A separate in-room sink and mirror will make getting ready in the morning more convenient for couples and families. With over 800 TripAdvisor reviews, the hotel has a solid 3.5 rating with many past guests praising the hotel’s location and reasonable prices.
Speaking of location, the hotel is located within a 15-minute walking distance to popular city attractions like the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, and Chihuly Gardens and Glass. It is also about a 15 minute walk away from Pier 66 and less than a 15 minute taxi ride to Pier 91. The hotel’s shuttle offers transport to and from the airport for $35. Cruise port transfers will run you between $6-8, and self-parking will cost you about $21 a night. Still, this is one of the best deals that you will find for economy lodging in the area.
If you are looking for that upscale, woodsy feeling of the Pacific Northwest, then you will feel right at home at the Edgewater Hotel. This hotel claims to be the “only luxury hotel on the water”. One block from Pier 66, you are a stone’s throw away from your departure point if you are sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line or Oceania Cruises.
Courtesy of Noble House Hotels and Resorts
Cozy up to the fireplace as you relax in your king bedroom overlooking the Olympic Mountains. Enjoy a spa-inspired bathroom that was recently renovated to feature slate flooring, an over-sized shower, and marble countertops. Along with the usual amenities like a fitness center and WiFi, the resort fee includes some Seattle-inspired add-ons. Chief among this list is access to bicycles and even guitars with sheet music and record players for guests to enjoy while staying at the hotel.
Go all out as you celebrate your pre-cruise stay by indulging in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Six Seven Seattle. The restaurant features locally sourced ingredients coupled with stunning views making it the perfect location for a couple of pre-dinner drinks or a delightful sunset dinner.
King Room at The Edgewater – Courtesy of Noble House Hotels and Resorts
These luxuries do come at a rather steep price. For our test night, the least expensive Garden View King priced in at $463 a night, not including the $16 resort fee. Parking will also cost you an additional $45 a night. Plus, you will have to dig further into your pockets for transportation to and from the airport and cruise port. Although, with a TripAdvisor rating of 4.0 and close to 4,000 reviews, it is safe to say that investing in a stay at the Edgewater will be money well spent.
The Mayflower Park
For cruisers looking for some charm and sophistication, you should check-in to the Mayflower Park Hotel. Tradition and service combine to offer guests a regal experience in this downtown hotel. A recent honoree for best historic hotels, you can expect to find a unique and distinctly Seattle feel at this hotel. The dedicated staff will surely deliver a level of service you are probably accustomed to if you are a frequent cruiser. The hotel is located right in the middle of the action within walking distance to most major attractions.
Courtesy of Mayflower Park Hotel
Every guest room features classic furnishings with “traditional Queen Anne style” amenities. That is not to say that the rooms are outdated, as all rooms come equipped with recent technologies including complimentary high-speed internet throughout the property, flat screen televisions, in-room coffee makers, and a modern-day RFID entry system. The onsite lounge offers daily specials and hosts a happy hour with complimentary appetizers Monday through Saturday.
Courtesy of Mayflower Park Hotel
For our test night, the king bedroom came in at $384 a night. Parking will cost you $35, and you will need to find transportation to and from the airport and cruise port. The hotel maintains a solid 4.5 TripAdvisor rating with 2,350 reviews touting the hotels historic class and decor, service, and onsite restaurant and lounge.
The Alexis Hotel
Another award-winning option for travelers looking for a mix of classic Seattle and modern flare is the Alexis Hotel. This Kimpton hotel combines the brand’s upscale, trendy style and service with a historic twist. The Alexis Hotel has been ranked as one of the top hotels in Seattle by several travel publications. With its 4.5 Tripadvisor rating and over 2,100 reviews, it seems to be clear that the hotel delivers on its promise to wow guests.
Courtesy of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Housed in a historic building dating back to 1901, the Alexis hotel maintains a 20th-century aura while incorporating 21st-century amenities. This seamless blending of modern and historic will not make you feel outdated. For instance, each room comes with a pre-programmed Amazon dot to help you stay informed during your stay. This boutique hotel brand also provides additional luxuries including complimentary morning coffee and tea service. Don’t forget to save time for the hosted wine reception in the evening as well.
Courtesy of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
In your stylish room, you will find premiere bath products and plush goose-down bedding, as well as small details and polished finishes like crown molding that give the place its character. For our test night, a standard king bedroom priced in at $605 for the non-refundable rate. Additional costs include $43 a night for valet parking. Transportation to and from the airport and the cruise port will be extra as well. But, if you are looking to make your stay in Seattle memorable, the Alexis Hotel is worth the upgrade.
Where do you like to stay when taking an Alaskan cruise from Seattle? Did your favorite hotel make our list of the Best Hotels Near the Seattle Cruise Port? Drop us an anchor below with your suggestions for pre-cruise or post-cruise lodging near this popular cruise port.