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Lodging tips for Seattle Washington-Hampton inn?


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Looking for hotel recommendations for the night before and the night after the cruise with suggestions for getting to and from the airport. 
 

Thinking if staying near the airport the first night as we arrive around 8 pm. Would like to stay downtown after the cruise to take advantage of Seattle sites. Everything is super pricey here and many non refundable Policies.  We are thinking of just going with the Hampton inn on 6th ave.  Any suggestions are welcome!  

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Just so you know, the airport is a bit of a hike from the cruise port.  If you can get in to a hotel near the Space Needle, you'll be much closer to the cruise port, and there is a monorail from Seattle Center into downtown.  I recommend looking in to that area for both before and after your cruise.

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Do you mean the Hampton Inn on 5th Avenue North?  It's not really "downtown" like the name suggests; it's a couple of blocks from Seattle Center (Space Needle, Chihuly etc.)  It's a nice enough place, with some decent restaurants in walking distance.  It's not close to the Pike Place market, Pioneer Square or the central waterfront, if those are of interest, and you'll probably need to book a cab or Uber to get to the airport.

 

You'll need to know which of the two cruise terminals you're using.  

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I can see that a cheap airport hotel makes sense if you arrive late enough you just want to sleep - but do check how much the savings would be compared to the Hampton (or other Seattle Center hotels). This is the area we always stay if we're cruising or sightseeing, rather than just jumping on a plane - most often the Mediterranean Inn, La Quinta, or if a deal comes up in either of the Pineapple hotels (Hotel Five or the Maxwell). Cab fare to either pier should be $15 or less, we often see hotel shuttles to the piers too (for 2+ a cab or Uber is a better deal though, since you said 'we' I'd be putting aside $20 to cover drive and tip for planning purposes).

 

Bear in mind that you don't have to board super-early - so a downtown hotel gives you a valuable few hours, ESPECIALLY if you want to visit Pike Place market. Heading here for breakfast makes for a nice, quiet time to be able to walk the stalls without hordes of other pax making every step an effort. Being able to just leave bags in your hotel, return for them early afternoon then head to the pier (NB: aim for a couple of hours before departure) makes for a very civilized morning, and also ensures that you are not trying to jam everything in a good-sized city into a single day post-cruise!

 

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