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Liz from Los Angeles asked

Budget-friendly, but not seedy hotels

I'm taking a trip up to Seattle with a few girlfriends for spring break!   We would prefer not to stay in a hostel and were wondering if there were any cool, but budget-friendly hotels.  Especially since we're a group of girls, we'd prefer something in a nicer neighborhood that isn't sketchy.  Thanks in advance!


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answered first by
Debbie from San Francisco

Alright, the place that I'm going to suggest has kind of a hostel-feel as it has communal bathrooms, European-style, but hear me out -- the "standard" rooms at the Ace Hotel.  Here's why:

  • Even though the bathrooms are communal, it's going to be rare that you have to wait
  • Rooms are quaint and modern and save the bathroom, have everything you need
  • They're part of the very well-loved, hip little chain of Ace Hotels
  • The hotel is very centrally located, close to a train station and a stone's throw away from the Pike Place Market and a whole lot more
  • These hotel rooms are one of the least expensive ones that you'll find in the area, about $100 a night, depending on date
  • They're dog-friendly if you're bringing a pooch
  • Free wifi
  • Fantastic complimentary continental breakfast
  • They serve Stumptown coffee
  • Great service

They have rooms that come with two twin beds, so maybe you can do two girls to a room.  Note: they also have rooms on the upper floors that have bathrooms attached, they're their "deluxe" rooms, but they cost significantly more.  I think the "standard" room should serve your ladies' purpose.

If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, another suggestion is Hotel Five, which is in the same neighborhood and costs about $165 a night, depending on the date.  Also very modern and relatively affordable compared to the other hotels in the area.  Bonus: they serve complimentary coffee and mini cupcakes in the lobby!

Another suggestion is Moore Hotel Moore Hotel, a little less hip and a little more old school, but one of the most affordable in the city and definitely centrally located.  Depending on number of occupancy and beds, it's between $85-$110 a night for a regular room, or $68-$90 a night for European-style (if you recall, that means communal bathrooms).

Whatever hotel you ladies decide to go with, have fun! :)

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answered by
Aleks from San Jose

There's a place called Kings Inn, it's on 5th avenue and it's super small but affordable.  One night was $90 for me, but if you're just looking for a place to sleep/wash yourself then it's perfect.  You've got the basic amenities plus a TV from like 1993.  The location is spot on, because you're 5 blocks from the Space Needle, Olympic Sculpture Park and a 15-20 minute walk away from Pike St.  

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answered by
Miranda from Seattle

Have you ever tried Airbnb? You can find rooms and sometimes whole apartments / houses for under $100 / night and it's more of a true Seattle / neighborhood experience.

Try to find something in BelltownVolunteer Park area, Wallingford, or Fremont Neighborhood. Downtown is good too.

Seattle is a pretty safe place, and there are some nice Hostels here too I've heard. I always use to look for hostels with good ratings. Some hostels have four person rooms so you can rent the whole thing for just you and your friends. I've walked past the Green Tortoise ( a few times and it seems pretty good. That area can be a bit seedy at times, but also super touristy so its overall pretty safe. 

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