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Liz Olson

Los Angeles, California

Affordable but safe hotels in Seattle?

I'm going to be in Seattle this January and would like to know if there are any safe but affordable hotels in areas where the public transportation is easy to get to. I stayed in a hostel up there once but didn't enjoy it so would prefer a hotel.  I would like to stay in the Capitol Hill and Pike Place area, but am open to other neighborhoods if it's cheaper.

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  • Norman Petersen

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    Seattle is famous for overpriced hotels and motels. I suggest using a combination of Airbnb and yelp to find something affordable.

    Be careful of location: It's easy to find low pricing near the airport, where there's NOTHING to do and you'll be some 15 miles from downtown Seattle. If that doesn't bother you, the transit from the SeaTac area to downtown is pretty good.

    You should be able to find an airbnb room on Capitol Hill Neighborhood , Queen Anne or other desirable neighborhood for less than a hotel.

    Google any neighborhoods for safety and location.


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      I've taken the train from the seatac to downtown before and it isn't that bad, so good to know that I can find a cheaper hotel around there if I need to. Thank you! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Debbie Lee

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    Hey Liz, look into Ace Hotel. Very centrally located in Belltown and easy to get to by train if you're coming from SeaTac. Also very walkable. It's a line of cool boutique hotels in several major cities in the States and this one has a hostel-esque option, but is much nicer than an actual hostel. For about $100, you can book your own room that has bed or two, desk, tv, sink, and then the bathrooms are shared, but I hear that they're nice and you rarely have to wait.

    Have fun in Seattle! :)

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      Oooooh, that sounds cool. Thank you Debbie!! · (1 likelikes)

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      You're most welcome! · (0 likelikes)

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    Hi Liz! I'm a huge fan of Seattle and get there often. I've stayed in a few places that were so plush and amazing, like the Sorrento Hotel and Ace Hotel , but my favorite for saving cash has to be Hotel Deca , in the U-district.

    Since the neighborhood is surrounded by the university, there are always people walking around, so even at night it's never desolate an you won't feel unsafe. Plus, there are dozens and dozens of restaurants and coffee shops and cheap places to eat.


    If you want to get downtown toward Pike Place Market and the trains and trolleys and what not, you can take the bus (I believe it's bus #72) just a block away from the hotel. The trip looks long on the map, but it's an express bus, and it's really easy to navigate and runs really late. You end up saving a lot by staying a few minutes outside of downtown, and truthfully, I liked the authenticity of the U-district over Pike Place anyway.

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      These sound awesome. Thanks for all the recommendations Annemarie!!! · (0 likelikes)

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