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Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle can be defined a few different ways. While many will lump in nearby neighborhoods, the core of central downtown extends from the Waterfront to Interstate 5, with Pioneer Square, Belltown, the International District and Seattle Center neighborhoods bordering it.

Pike Place Market, Seattle
Eric Sheckler
This means that downtown includes some of the city’s key attractions, namely Pike Place Market, the massive open-air bazaar with hundreds of stores and vendors selling fresh fish, handmade cheeses, souvenirs and much more. No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to Pike Place to take in the food, flowers, buskers and assorted vendors. From the market, visitors can descend the Harbor Steps to explore the waterfront, with its shops, seafood-inspired menus and the Seattle Aquarium.
Other notable downtown attractions include the Seattle Art Museum, which holds a fascinating permanent collection and brings in notable exhibitions from all over the world; the architecturally stunning Seattle Public Library; the Seattle Center Monorail, which zips passengers to nearby Seattle Center; and the Westlake Plaza and Robert Maki-designed water features at 4th Avenue and Pine Street.
Downtown Seattle’s geographic center – the blocks just east of the Pike Place Market and west of the Washington State Convention Center – is commonly referred to as the retail and entertainment district.Here, major shoppers will find endless distractions ranging from the Nordstrom flagship store to independent boutiques to shopping centers such as Westlake Center, City Centre and Pacific Place. Numerous brand and boutique hotels, as well as some of the city’s most notable restaurants, make this an excellent area for visitors to stay, play and dine.
The financial district lies at the southern end of downtown Seattle, roughly from University Street to the International District and Pioneer Square. Many of the cities tallest highrises are here, including the Columbia Center, which opened in 1989 and is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (measured by number of floors – 76). In its shadow, the historic Smith Tower, at 42 floors, held the same distinction for some 50 years after it opened in 1914.

Eat in Downtown Seattle

The Pike Brewing Company
1415 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 812-6606
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American $$. Seattle’s classic shrine to beer featuring ales brewed on premise, local wines, cheeses, and sustainable pub fare. Free Wi-Fi . Daily 11am-12am. HA

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
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High-quality sightseeing assistance, tour referrals and visitor information. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle.

Metropolitan Grill
820 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-3287
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Steakhouse $$$$. Rated one of the ten best steakhouses in the country. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. Reservations recommended. Private dining available. Valet parking every evening. HA.

Thai Ginger
600 Pine St, Pacific Place, Fourth Fl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-9100
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Thai $$.The freshest ingredients, brilliantly prepared in an environment reminiscent of Thailand. Open daily for cocktails, lunch and dinner. HA

Steelhead Diner
95 Pine St, Ste 17 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 625-0129
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Northwest $$$. Diner evolved. Smart-casual restaurant in the heart of the Pike Place Market featuring Pacific Northwest food and wine. Private dining available. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
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450 rooms, $$$$. AAA Five Diamond Hotel. Two restaurants and bar, fully-equipped health club with indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna. Complimentary HSIA in guestrooms. Small pets ok. HA TDD

Hotel 1000
1000 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9454
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120 rooms, $$$$. Seattle's premiere luxury destination. BOKA KITCHEN + BAR, full service spa, virtual golf club and fitness center with dry saunas. Wired-to-serve technology. Pets ok. HA

Hotel Monaco Seattle
1101 Fourth Ave at Spring St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1770
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189 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Stylish and sophisticated, the eco-friendly Hotel Monaco has been acclaimed as one of the World's Best Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler. Pets ok. HA TDD

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave at Madison Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-4844
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121 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, luxury boutique hotel. Evening wine tasting, valet, concierge, newspaper, 24-hour room service, HSIA, steam-room, fitness room, full day spa. Pets ok. HA

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-7000
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147 rooms $$$$. Luxury guest rooms, signature restaurant/lounge with spectacular views of Puget Sound. Spa, fitness center and infinity pool. HA

Play in Downtown Seattle

ACT Theatre
700 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 292-7660, Ext. 1327
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ACT, A Contemporary Theatre, is Seattle's premier theater for contemporary plays, presenting bold, innovative productions on four unique stages in downtown Seattle. HA

Show Me Seattle Tours
PO Box 30833 Seattle WA 98113
Phone: 206 633-CITY (2489) Reservations

Seattle as the locals see it! Professional, passionate guides. City and Boeing Tours, only 14 guests per tour. Experience the real Seattle!

Vida Spa, The Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
900 Lenora St, Ste 200 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 264-8432
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Because every guest has unique needs, Vida offers a range of body therapies, wraps, exfoliations and facials. Open daily 9am-9pm.

Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Ave Miami FL 33178
Phone: 305 599-2600

The most popular cruise operation with 22 funships offering a wide variety of exciting itineraries from three to 12 days in length. HA

5326 NE 22nd Ct Newcastle WA 98059
Phone: 800 557-8601 x708

Trekalot is a full service travel agency that provides extraordinary personal care with your travel needs and budget specializing in group, family and individual luxury cruises and exotic destination travel arrangements.

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Quick Info

The Link Light Rail services downtown from the Sea-Tac Airport. There are numerous bus lines going through much of this part of the city,  while the Seattle Center Monorail leaves from Westlake Center and arrives at Seattle Center in just two minutes.
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