Whether you are visiting for the first time or planning a weekend “staycation,” Seattle is a great place to be, but deciding where to eat the first thing in the morning is a chore wherever you stay. That’s what makes this list of unique Seattle hotels so great – free breakfast! In addition, none of the following belong to any chain, so each is unique.
18525 36th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98188
Though located less than five minutes away from Sea-Tac International Airport, Cedarbrook is considered one of Seattle’s premier hotels, making it a perfect choice for business, but those who stay for pleasure won’t be disappointed either. The eco-friendly rooms come with comfy bathrobes, oversized soaking tubs and Green Natura bath amenities. The lodge serves up a continental breakfast with items not usually found such as smoked salmon, prosciutto and full coffee bar serving Starbucks coffee.
11th Avenue Inn
121 11th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Built in 1906, the 11th Avenue Inn is basically a large bed and breakfast with all of the amenities you would expect from a big hotel chain. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Inn features original wood floors and detailing, antique furniture and oriental rugs. It is just one mile away from downtown with bus service one block away. In addition to the full hot breakfast served every morning, the nine guest rooms offer private bathrooms, free parking, guest computers and wi-fi.
2423 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Located in the Belltown neighborhood, the pet-friendly Ace hotels describes itself as “unfussy luxury” with rates that are cheaper than many of the competition. The “green” hotel features loft ceilings, hardwood floors, vintage and re-purposed furniture, high-speed wi-fi and, of course, free breakfast which includes hot waffles, juice and Stumptown Coffee. Some rooms share private-entry bathrooms. The hotel is within walking distance from the Space Needle and waterfront.
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605 1/2 S. Main St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Located in Seattle’s Historic District, the Panama Hotel wants you to “experience the romance of a simpler time.” It is just a 20-minute walk away from the Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum and other attractions. A free continental breakfast is provided in the hotel’s tea and coffee house restaurant, which was named the “Best Teahouse in Seattle” by Seattle Magazine. A full bar is on site as well. The only downside of this historic hotel is that guests will have to share bathrooms, but they do offer cozy robes and there are sinks in every room.
600 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Located in the historic Queen Anne neighborhood, the 58-room hotel was built in 1918. Every room looks larger than it really is with the high ceilings and each is decked out with Queen Anne-style furnishings and hardwood floors. Amenities include spa services and massage for road warriors. Guests are offered a free continental breakfast in addition to the espresso bar and bakery, which is open all day and located in the lobby. Valet parking is available for a fee.
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