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Bordering Canada on the Pacific coast, Washington State offers a wealth of experiences from wine-tasting to hiking, jazz clubs to whale-watching. Our selection of the best places to stay in Washington, allows you to indulge in this extraordinary range of activities.

The state is perhaps best-known for the techy hot-spots, music scene and laidback coffee-houses of Seattle, its largest city. Amongst the city’s big attractions are the futuristic Space Needle, atmospheric Pike Place Market, waterfront Aquarium, and Olympic Sculpture Park. Don’t forget to check out the Fremont neighbourhood, to the north of the city centre, with its galleries, shops, and eateries - and two-ton concrete sculpture, the Fremont Troll, tucked beneath the Aurora Bridge.

But Washington is equally a state of the big outdoors. There are hiking trails in the numerous National Parks, such as Olympic (with its rainforest) and Mt Rainier. For something more ambitious, you could explore the snow-capped Cascade Mountains; great, obviously, for winter skiing. Or for a back-to-nature feel, head to one of the forested islands in Puget Sound. Here you can go whale-spotting as you take a cruise or go kayaking. Water-lovers will be in their element: the state has more than 3000 miles of coastline, added to which there are numerous freshwater lakes and reservoirs. Dare you try the Class lV rapids on White Salmon River?

Of course, you can just chill out on a beach or take a vineyard along the Columbia River. A little-known fact is that, with more than 650 wineries and vineyards, Washington is the country’s second premium wine producing state.

And there are plenty of interesting menus to sample. As a coastal state blessed with agricultural abundance - oyster beds, wild salmon rivers, fruit orchards and a rich farmland - it’s a place where fresh ingredients abound. Throw into the mix the fact it’s a major Pacific Rim seaport area, and you can expect a terrific fusion of world cuisines. But it’s also a down-to-earth place, so you can still get a great cheeseburger.

So, decide whether you want to be active or lazy, or indulge your senses with wine, culture
or shopping, and then take your pick from our choice of the best places to stay in
Washington State.

Best places to stay in Washington State

Best hotels in Seattle

  • A well-priced, contemporary styled hotel in central Seattle, Hotel Monaco has slick rooms - some with jet-baths, a 24-hour gym, crowd-pleasing menus and a great downtown location.
  • The Inn at the Market, as its name suggests, is in a prime location by the famous Pike Place Market. With light, contemporary styling, views over Elliott Bay and a choice of three restaurants, it gives a real taste of the buzz of Seattle.
  • Chic and stylish, The Alexis Hotel offers huge rooms, a funky café-bar and an Aveda Spa as well as a prime location.
  • For sheer luxury in downtown Seattle, you don’t do much better than the Four Seasons Seattle. Most rooms - all generous with space, and with a relaxed, contemporary style - enjoy fantastic views over Elliott Bay; plus there’s a spa, rooftop pool and a choice of restaurants.

Best island hotels in Washington State

  • The wooden-clad Turtleback Farm Inn sits at the foot of Turtleback Mountain on beautiful Orcas Island, and with its spacious rustic rooms, and surrounded by 80 acres of farmland and forest, makes a perfect hideaway.
  • Otters Pond, also on Orcas Island, is an eco-friendly B&B with a peaceful, home-from-home atmosphere. Rooms are understated, contemporary country-house and the sumptuous breakfasts will set you up for the day.
  • The seafront Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island is a small, quiet hotel with contemporary rooms, full spa and renowned restaurant. Like most of the island hotels, you come here to either chill-out with the views or take full advantage of the hiking trails and water activities.
  • The light, rustic-chic rooms at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island make this a tranquil place to refresh and revive. Whale-watching, kayaking and cycling are all on offer, then return to meals that are made from seasonable and sustainable products.

Best rural hotels in Washington State

  • In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and surrounded by vineyards, the cottages of The Inn at Abeja make for a perfect romantic hideaway. Light-filled and full of warm woods, each has a private terrace. Gourmet breakfasts are served, and there are plenty of restaurants in nearby villages.
  • The rooms at the Cave B Winery Resort have breath-taking views over hills and gorges. As well as wine-tasting, there’s an in-house spa, outdoor pool plus activities that include fishing, trekking and hiking.
  • With just two rooms, set amidst nine wooded acres, and overlooking a private lake, Lost Mountain Lodge, on the Olympic Peninsula, is well-named. Homely but luxurious, with private terraces and spa-baths, you can spend the day hiking or bird-watching or simply relaxing in the garden.
  • In a spectacular location beside Snoqualmie Falls and with views of the Cascade Mountains, the Salish Lodge and Spa can be either a romantic spa getaway or a good base for mountain-biking, trekking, golf - and, of course, skiing in the winter.

Best hotels for families in Washington State

  • Warm and welcoming, Arlington’s River Rock Inn is like staying with friends with its large, homely bedrooms, games to play and books to borrow to read beside the fire. Close to whale-watching opportunities on San Juan Islands, too.
  • In the heart of downtown Seattle, and close to Elliot Bay waterfront, the modern Hotel 1000 offers spacious, contemporary rooms, including family suites. And there’s a gym and spa to keep the grown-ups happy.
  • Another well-located and well-priced hotel in Seattle is Hotel Max, a period hotel that’s had a modern and colourful makeover. It features local artists’ work and a popular restaurant focusing on the best of North-West cuisine.

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  • The Willows Inn

    Lummi Island, Washington State

    Ocean and nature-ventures make this boutique a great stay for couples and families wanting to experience a rest from city life. Light, contemporary rooms offer a warm welcome with fireplaces & organic products. Freshly foraged, fished and farmed fare create delicious menus. Enjoy the experience!

    Kayaking  -  Sea Kayaking is avaliable and a great way to see Washington State along the shore.
    Full of character
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Turtleback Farm Inn

    San Juan Islands

    This 1890s farmhouse-turned-hotel sits at the foot of Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island, one of the most beautiful in the San Juan archipelago. With 80 acres of farmland, leafy forests and six ponds and eleven uniquely decorated rooms, the inn is perfect for getting away from it all.

    11 rooms from $125
    Views  -  Turtleback mountain and Mount Constitution
    Great walks  -  There are a bounty of walks and trails for the most budding of flaneurs to explore.
    Back to Nature  -  Located just moments from the Moran State Park this property is close to nature.
    Birdwatching  -  With an impressive array of local birdlife twitchers will feel right at home.
  • Hotel Monaco

    Seattle (Washington State)

    This contemporary central Seattle hotel offers 24-hour fitness and business facilities, Med styled rooms with jet-baths and all the mod-cons. Sazerac offers a range of regional dishes and a mighty selection of cocktails, wine and beer. Ideal base for families plus the dog to explore Seattle.

    189 rooms from $150
    Local markets  -  Pike Place Market for restaurants, bars and boutique shops.
    Sights nearby  -  Space Needle.
    Kayaking  -  Lake Union.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Mayflower Park Hotel

    Seattle (Washington State)

    1927 downtown hotel oozes history, from the exterior terracotta tile detailing to the tall ceilings; stain glass windows and Grandfather Clock. Spacious rooms are comfortable with antique tiled floors. All the mod-cons are available. Andaluca Restaurant offers a taste of the Med. Great location!

    160 rooms from 150
    Sights nearby  -  Seattle Monorail, just outside the hotel, is perfect way to travel to see sights such as The Space Needle.
    Local markets  -  The Pike Place Market is within walking distance.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Full of character
  • Hotel Max

    Seattle (Washington State)

    Hotel Max has had a modern revamp of bold colours, incorporating local artists works and a popular restaurant serving Northwest cuisine. The rooms house all the mod-cons and great downtown cityscape views. Great location for exploring Seattle by foot, bike or boat for foodies and families alike.

    163 rooms from $150
    Sights nearby  -  Hop on the subway and check out the Space Neddle.
    Local markets  -  Pike Place Market
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
  • China Beach Retreat

    Ilwaco, Washington State

    Views of Baker's Bay and proximity to Cape Disappointment State Park make this a back-to-nature home. Sleep well in the comfortable and cosy rooms with complimentary breakfast on the deck, or in the dining room. An adult's only experience, so explore the local area at your leisure.

    4 rooms from $189
    Local markets  -  Head to Klipsan Beach for an institution that is Jimella's Seafood Market.
    Great walks  -  Walk up to the 1848 Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • The Chrysalis Inn & Spa

    Bellingham, Washington State

    Bay views, crackling fireplaces and spa treatments welcome guests from far and wide. Large, contemporary rooms look out over the Pacific Ocean. Keenan's at the Pier is a casual affair with scenic views, extensive wine list and locally sourced dishes.

    43 rooms from $189
    Great walks  -  Explore Larrabee State Park by foot and at your leisure. Take a picnic.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Hotel Vintage

    Seattle (Washington State)

    Rich tones, luxurious rooms matched with floor-to-ceiling windows for views and natural light. Bathrooms are modern & rooms offer all mod-cons. Enjoy the nightly wine and the popular Italian restaurant, Tulio. A perfect spot for couples to explore Seattle. Ideal base for restaurants, bars and shops.

    125 rooms from $195
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Around Waterfront Park or Woodland Park - both offering great views.
    Local markets  -  Famous Pike Place Market for shopping and restuarants.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel 1000

    Seattle (Washington State)

    Nestled between Pike Place and Belltown, this downtown contemporary luxury hotel is a spa break haven and a city gem. Large rooms are modern and comfortable. The BOKA bar and restaurant is lively and serve a wide range of Northwest cuisine. A perfect base for theatre, water and mountain activities

    120 rooms from $195
    Views  -  Steps from the waterfront at Elliot Bay.
    Sights nearby  -  Pioneer Square is a 5 minute walk away.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Woodmark Hotel

    Seattle (Washington State)

    Luxury lakeside hotel in Kirkland with views of said lake and water activities. Rooms are generous in size, extremely comfortable and well equipped. The Cafe is open all day and for Mediterranean dinner book Bin on the Lake. Seattle is close-by, but the spa might mean you never leave.

    100 rooms from $200
    Great walks  -  The lake offers beautiful views and a great walking opportunity.
    Kayaking  -  A leisurly pastime upon the lake.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Alexis Hotel

    Seattle (Washington State)

    This contemporary downtown hotel offers a full Avurveda spa and gym. The vast rooms offer a comfortable stay with all amenities one could wish. Bookshop Cafe & Bar is a fun spot to eat, but do explore Seattle's restaurants and bars. Perfect for families and those on business.

    121 rooms from $205
    Great walks  -  Three blocks away is Michigan Lake and worth a stroll at sunset.
    Local markets  -  Pike Place Market is a short walk away.
    Sights nearby  -  Pioneer Square.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • The Inn at Langley

    Langley, Washington State

    Resting between Cascade Mountains and the Saratoga Passage, this Pacific Northwest inn provides an oasis of calm and serenity. All rooms have contemporary interiors & private decks with ocean views. The open kitchen allows guests to see the chef in action and the spa completes the ultimate retreat.

    28 rooms from $225
    Sights nearby  -  Head to Fort Casey State Park for 467-acres of marine-scape and a lighthouse.
    Birdwatching  -  Bird lovers should go feast their eyes at Langley City Beach and Marina.
    Local markets  -  Don't miss Oak Harbor Thursday Public Market.
    Private Hot Tub
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Cave B Estate Winery Resort

    Quincy, Washington State

    This truly romantic scene shows off breathtaking views of cliffs, gorges, rivers and vineyards. Comfortable Cliffehouse, cave or Yurt rooms offer modern luxuries, access to spa treatments and outdoor pool. Tendrils Restaurant is a seasonal affair with a strong wine list to match.

    55 rooms from $230
    Fishing  -  Fishing in the river is popular with all guests.
    Great walks  -  Stunning walks can be had in all directions.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Arlington's River Rock Inn

    Arlington, Washington State

    Make sure there is room at this popular Inn! Enjoy the proximity to historic Arlington, stunning mountain views, glacier lakes and wineries. Large cozy rooms are homely and make an extremely comfortable stay. Breakfast in the dining room, games by the fireplace or relax at the in-house spa.

    5 rooms from $249
    Great walks  -  Explore the North Cascades National Park by foot with a guided tour.
    Full of character
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Willows Lodge

    Seattle (Washington State)

    Eastern Seattle timber lodge's roaring fire welcomes guests with modern, comfortable rooms that mean guests leave pampered and refreshed. Local wineries, hiking routes and kayaking are on the agenda or stay in at the spa. Do not miss Barking Frog Restaurant or The Herbfarm - both lively and popular.

    84 rooms from $250
    Great walks  -  Burke Gilman Trail is 26 miles long to Seattle - great for a walk, run or bike ride.
    Sights nearby  -  21 Acres is a community based farm that demonstrates suistanable living.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Sea Cliff Gardens

    Port Angeles, Washington State

    This Victorian ocean front boutique B&B is adult only and perfect for romantic getaways and outdoor enthusiasts. Classic bedrooms offer spa baths, views and comfortable beds. A delicious breakfast sets you up for a day on the bike or exploring on foot to discover Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

    5 rooms from $250
    Great walks  -  Go for a leisurely walk and picnic at Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent
    Sights nearby  -  Catch the ferry from Port Angeles and explore Victoria.
    Views  -  Ocean and garden.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
  • Inn at the market

    Seattle (Washington State)

    In Pike Place Market, overlooking Elliot Bay and home to three restaurants - this contemporary, comfortable hotel offers spectacular views from its rooftop and rooms. The feeling is one of space and light. Café Champagne, Bacco Bistro and Cha:n are all in-house and popular. Location is spot on!

    70 rooms from $250
    Local markets  -  While you stay in Pike Place Market make sure you catch a glimpse of the famouse fish tossing.
    Sights nearby  -  Hop on the monorail to see the Space Needle.
    Great walks  -  Around town and along Michigan Lake.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Salish Lodge & Spa

    Snoqualmie, Washington State

    Perched over the dramatic drop of Snoqualmie Falls, this luxury boutique is a romantic spa getaway. The modern comfortable rooms contrast against the Cascade mountains, the golf course the roar of the falls. Northwest cuisine pays homage to the seasonal produce.

    84 rooms from $259
    Fishing  -  Fancy catching some trout? Well this is the area to do it. All the gear is avaliable at the local fishermans shop.
    Views  -  Waterfalls.
    Outstanding location
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
  • Lost Mountain Lodge

    Seqium, Washington State

    Intimate getaways notch up a new sense of privacy in the 9 acres on the Pacific Northwest's Olympic Peninsula. Large, classically decorated rooms are a perfect hideaway with a spa bath. Full breakfast is available and a great way to start your day exploring the national parks and restaurants.

    2 rooms from $289
    Sights nearby  -  Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is home tobeautiful mansions and well maintained gardens.
    Birdwatching  -  Dungeness Spit is a breeding ground for birds.
    Hideaway  -  A true hideaway in 9 acres of gardens.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
  • Friday Harbor House

    Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands

    Small seafront hotel in an idyllic location. Modern, spacious rooms some with balcony overlooking the bay. The restaurant at Friday Harbor House is renowned for its seasonal dishes using local produce. Perfect for a romantic getaway with stunning views & jacuzzi baths for two in every room.

    23 rooms from $295
    Sailing  -  3 hours, half a day or a full days charter - explore the local island just off Washington mainland.
    Views  -  From its raised position, Friday Harbor House has lovely views over the bay.
    Kayaking  -  Crystal Seas Kayaks do hour or half day trips.
    Sights nearby  -  San Juan Island National Historical Park.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • The Inn at Abeja

    Walla Walla, Washington State

    Sun-kissed vineyards, rolling hills and intimate cottages make for a romantic mini-break in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains. Cottages are cozy hideaways among manicured gardens, stables and with a gourmet breakfast. Surrounding villages are home to a great array of restaurants and vineyards.

    from $350
    Back to Nature  -  The idyllic countryside is an amazing escape from city life.
    Great walks  -  Explore the gardens, vineyards, creeks and wildlife.
    Birdwatching  -  Each room has a 'Birds of the Area' manual.
    Outstanding location
  • Otters Pond

    Eastsound, San Juan Islands

    Eco-friendly B&B on Orcas Island boasts stunning views, peace and quiet and a home-away-from-home atmosphere. Slip into plush bathrobes and slippers, relax in an armchair and soak up the nicely decorated bedrooms. Five course breakfast in-room or on the terrace, or read a book at the library.

    6 rooms from $350
    Great walks  -  Explore the Moran State Park which the B&B just rests besides.
    Kayaking  -  Explore the sea at your leisure in a kayak or canoe.
    Full of character
  • Four Seasons Seattle

    Seattle (Washington State)

    Downtown Seattle luxury hotel boasts stunning Ocean views from rooms, rooftop pool and restaurants. Large, light rooms exude comfort and offer the mod-cons associated with this luxurious chain of hotels. Goldfinch Tavern is a Pacific Northwest affair with lively bar and sweeping views of Elliot Bay.

    147 rooms from $400
    Local markets  -  Pike Place Market is a great hub for restaurants, bars and boutique shops.
    Sights nearby  -  The 1962 futuristic Space Needle is the landmark to note of Seattle.
    Views  -  Seaviews.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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