Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guideby our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.
Green Tortoise Hostel
105½ Pike St.; (206) 340-1222; http://www.greentortoise.net/; reception open 24hr
With a super-duper location for the downtown’s touristy action, Green Tortoise Hostel brings some chill to the busiest pedestrian plaza in Seattle. The laid back, friendly staff contribute to the hostel’s social atmosphere. The moment you walk in, you feel welcome and at ease. And that’s before the free beer nights on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, which may or may not turn into a party. There are also daily activities you can sign up for, from pub crawls to tours. Some are free, while others cost up to $20. Send your friends a picture of the view from the breakfast room, out over Pike Place Market, and you could easily convince them that you’re staying at the Ritz. There’s no elevator, so you will have to climb some stairs. Make your reservation now, because Green Tortoise Hostel fills up quick.
Dorms from $30; reservation recommended; max stay 7 days; BGLTQ+ friendly; Wi-Fi, computer access, linens, breakfast included; laundry facilities; bike rentals $15
2327 2nd Ave; (206) 706-3255; www.hostelseattle.com; reception open 8am-midnight
On the outside is a beautiful European-style stone exterior with red tables and chairs. On the inside is a minimalist hipster-looking lobby, in which the front desk looks likes the front of a truck. If you’re looking to save money but aren’t willing to sacrifice peace and quiet, stay at City Hostel. This neighborhood is a little quiet during the day, but has bars and clubs that heat up more towards the evening. It’s walking distance to Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill.
Dorms from $38; max stay 7 days; Wi-Fi; linens included; laundry facilities; not wheelchair accessible
2106 5th Ave.; (206) 441-8833; www.kingsinnseattle.com; reception open 24hr
Plain and simple does the trick at this quiet motel. The doors open right onto the central parking lot. In its private en-suite rooms, you’ll be able to choose between a room with a queen bed or two twins. There’s free coffee in the lobby, and parking, which can be a rarity in the area, is included. It’s conveniently located between the Seattle Center and Downtown. It’s walking distance from both, as well as Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill, and South Lake Union, home to Amazon.
Rooms from $100; reservation recommended; wheelchair accessible; Wi-Fi; linens, baggage storage, parking included