Newcomer's Handbook Seattle

Temporary Lodgings

If you need temporary quarters while you are looking for a place to live, Seattle offers a variety of options. Those planning on staying in temporary housing for more than a couple of weeks should consider a sublet or short-term lease. Apartment sublets are often advertised in classifieds, particularly during the spring and summer when college students head out of town. The apartment search firms listed in the Finding a Place to Live chapter can assist you with finding a short-term lease, or see below under the Short Term Leases and Residence Hotels and Summer Only sections. For additional lodging options, and to get a packet of information on accommodations in Seattle or surrounding communities, try Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (701 Pike Street, 206-461-5800, 866-732-2695, or the Washington State Department of Tourism (800-544-1800,

Hotels and Motels

As a port city, business hub, and tourist destination, Seattle has a large number of hotels and motels offering various levels of service and facilities. In general, the least expensive motels are those along Aurora Avenue North (Highway 99) north of downtown. These lodgings come with the security risks inherent to the high crime area of Aurora. They generally are not suitable for children or for adults uncomfortable with fast-paced urban settings, and for that reason are not listed here.

The following list of hotels and motels is by no means complete. For a more comprehensive listing, check the Yellow Pages under “Hotels and Other Accommodations” or search online. For up-to-the-minute room availability in Bellevue, Kent, Lynnwood, Renton, and Seattle, call Seattle Hotel Reservations at 888-254-0637 or visit Hotel Hotline is another reservation service. Call 800-311-4307 or visit AAA travel guides are a good source for hotel and motel recommendations. Free to members, their listings are useful because AAA weeds out those hotels that are not up to their standards. Quikbook is a national, discount room-reservation service that costs nothing to join. It offers reduced room rates for many hotels. For a list of cities and hotels, and information about them, call 800-789-9887 or visit Other companies include (800-246-8357, and the online discount travel companies Expedia (877-787-7186,, Orbitz (888-656-4546,, and Travelocity (888-872-8356,

Hotel prices fluctuate, based on the season, special events, and vacancy rates. Call ahead for reservations, and be sure to ask about special discounts or business rates. Often, hotels will offer a special “Internet only” rate, so be sure to check websites before you book.

Luxury Lodgings

A room at one of the following hotels costs $250 or more per night.


Middle-Range Lodgings

These hotels charge between $150 and $250 per night.



  • Holiday Inn of Issaquah, 1801 12th NW, 425-392-6421, 888-HOLIDAY,


  • Comfort Inn, 12204 NE 124th St, 425-821-8300,
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 11215 NE 124th St, 425-602-3200, 800-321-2211,


  • Redmond Inn, 17601 Redmond Way, 425-883-4900, 800-634-8080,


  • Holiday Inn Renton, 1 S Grady Way, 425-226-7700, 800-860-7715,


Budget Stays

You can stay at one of these hotels for less than $150.


  • Coast Bellevue Hotel, 625 116th Ave, 425-455-9444, 800-716-6199,
  • Hotel Sierra Bellevue, 3244 139th Ave SE, 425-747-2705, 800-474-3772,


  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 1414 228th St SE, 425-402-0900, 877-424-6423,


  • Holiday Inn Downtown Everett, 3105 Pine St, 425-339-2000, 888-HOLIDAY,
  • La Quinta Inn Everett, 12619 4th Ave W, 425-347-9099, 800-753-3757,

Federal Way

  • Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn and Suites, 32124 25th Ave S, 253-529-4000, 800-780-7234,
  • Comfort Inn, 31622 Pacific Hwy S, 253-529-0101, 877-424-6423,






  • Best Western River’s Edge, 15901 West Valley Hwy, 425-226-1812, 800-780-7234,

Short-Term Leases and Residence Hotels

The following hotels and leasing companies offer full suites for rent by the day, week or month. Rooms include a kitchen or kitchenette, living room, and bedroom. Often maid service and other amenities are available.

Bed Breakfasts

If you’re in the mood for quaint or cozy, consider a bed and breakfast. Most of Seattle’s B&Bs are outside the downtown area, so this may also be a good way to check out prospective neighborhoods. You may contact the inn directly (listed below), or try one of the local or national bed and breakfast registries. Locally, call Seattle Bed & Breakfast Association (206-547-1020, 800-348-5630,, Bed & Breakfast Association of Suburban Seattle (, or Pacific Reservation Service (206-439-7677, 800-684-2932, Other sites include InnSite ( and Bed and Breakfast Inns Online (

Alternative Lodgings


Hostels offer basic accommodations at low prices, but there are a few restrictions. Generally, you should expect to sleep in a shared room and use a common bathroom and shower, although some have private rooms at a higher price. Some hostels require membership in an international hostelling association, some restrict the number of nights you can stay, or limit the time that you can be in the hostel during the day. The wisest course is to call in advance to make sure that you qualify (and that you’ll be happy with the house rules).

  • City Hostel Seattle, 2327 2nd Ave, 206-706-3255, 877-8HOSTEL,
  • Green Tortoise Hostel, 105-1/2 Pike St, 206-340-1222, 888-424-6783,
  • Hostelling International, 520 S King St, 206-622-5443,

Washington Athletic Club

The Inn at the Washington Athletic Club offers hotel rooms for members of reciprocal clubs across the country, and their guests. Rates vary depending on membership status and time of year. For more information, or a list of reciprocal clubs, call 206-622-7900 or visit

Summer Only

Summer housing on Seattle-area campuses is restricted to students, visiting conference attendees, and special-interest groups. If you’re looking for an apartment or rental house in which to spend the summer (which is the best time of year in Seattle), concentrate your efforts in university neighborhoods where students vacate from June to September. The University District, adjacent to the University of Washington, is a good place to start. Also consider the Fremont area near Seattle Pacific University. Short-term and seasonal housing opportunities are listed in the classifieds section of The Seattle Times ( and in the Seattle Weekly ( under “Vacation/Seasonal Rentals.” Many listings for short-term housing can also be found on craiglist ( under “Sublets/Temporary” and “Vacation Rentals.”

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