Local tips for Seattle visitors from Alia:
Where are the best areas for shopping?
There is great shopping surrounding 5th Ave and the Pike/Pine area in downtown. Capitol Hill, Fremont, and even along First Avenue in the downtown area, all offer boutique store fronts; And University St in U-District, as well as Fremont Vintage Mall, are awesome options for Vintage stores!
Where are nice places to hike?
The Snoqualmie/North Bend area has hikes that are as close as 45-60 minutes out of the downtown area. This part of Washington is secluded enough to make you feel like you’re truly out in the thick of it, but in actuality are still close enough to get a Dick’s burger on a whim. My favorite hikes over here are Lake Serene for a challenging and fun trip; and Franklin Falls, for something easy and beautiful.
What are the best live music venues nearby?
The Showbox and Dimitrious Jazz Alley are two amazing options nearby that frequently have small and big names a like on their bill. Neumos is up on Capitol Hill, with live performances on their main stage, and a dance club below!
Which neighborhood is best for bar hopping?
Both Belltown and Capitol Hill are great for bar hopping, and have bars for groups of any age! Belltown is home to some local favorites like Bathtub Gin and Co., Shorty’s, Whiskey Bar, and Neon Boots. If you go to Pike St on Capitol Hill and throw a stone (please don’t hurt anyone), you’re sure to hit an awesome bar. The Comet Tavern, Pie Bar, and Pine Box are some excellent options if you’re without a stone. Each have an interesting history!
What’s the best brewery?
Fremont Brewing is at the top of my list for many reasons. First of all, naturally, beer. Their beer is amazing. Second, being an environmentalist at heart, Fremont Brewing has earth friendly practices that make me drool! Speaking of drooling, their Urban Beer Garden is pet and child friendly. The only way I don’t drool over these guys in fact, is in the way of food. Food may not be on the menu, but they do have a lenient “bring your own food” policy.
A little bit closer to home, Belltown Brewing has a constantly rotating 34 beers on tap, and a menu offering an upscale take on bar favorites. This is my go-to in the downtown area, and only a 15-minute walk from the hotel!
Any advice for wine tasting in or out of the city?
Woodinville and Bainbridge island are your best friends! Woodinville is home to over 150 wine tasting rooms, while Bainbridge has a more conservative seven or so. With a bit of planning though, you could visit each of the nine vineyards on the island.
For closer city options Pioneer Square, where Browne Family Vineyards has recently opened a tasting room, is about a 10-minute walk from us. There are quite a few options in Sodo, an area south of downtown.
What’s one thing I should not miss out on while I am in Seattle?
Can there be more than one?! The number one thing that you should definitely not miss while in Seattle, might easily be the Pike Place Market. Open most every day since 1907, you can find anything under the sun in this market, and have a blast all the way.
Where should I walk my dog?
Freeway park offers a winding path of grassy areas for your furry loved one to take care of some business. Be mindful of going over here in the later hours of the evening however, as it is not well lit. There is a small dog park called Plymouth Pillars Park, on Boren and Pike St. which is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel, and right next to Lil’ Woody’s- my favorite burger in Seattle!
What’s the best kept secret in Seattle?
Best-kept secrets are best told in a whisper. Come see me, and I’ll let you in on one!
On a rainy day, what are the best things to do?
As most days are rainy ones in Seattle, there are plenty of ways to ensure you don’t get the blues. You could get your Charlie on, with a tour of Theo Chocolate Factory; get very familiar with Pike Place Market; pay a visit to one of our many museums-many offer free admission the first Thursday of each month! Chihuly Garden and Glass is a great option to take in some beauty on a dreary day, and MoPop Museum is right next door! Alternatively, blow some of your own glass at the oldest glass blowing studio in Seattle- located in Pioneer Square. The Paramount Theatre has free tours every first Saturday of the month, and the 5th Ave theatre has free tours most Monday’s at noon.
What’s the best happy hour in the city?
Momiji on Capitol Hill, and Japonessa, as well as Nijo, in downtown boast some amazing happy hour menus for the sushi and Japanese cuisine lovers. Heartwood Provisions, and List, in the Downtown and Belltown areas respectively, for amazing New American. Fogon Cocina Mexicana on Capitol Hill for margaritas and phenomenal Mexican bites. And of course, Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour. This is one to note. Every third Thursday, Seattle Center Armory transforms from its humble street attire, into one of the largest bars in Seattle for the best party of the month!
Where’s the best place to rent a bike?
Well, in our lobby of course! We have 2 road bikes waiting for you to check them out for a complimentary ride, accompanied by helmets and bike locks. Additionally, on almost any given block in Seattle, you can find a yellow Ofo, a green Limebike, or an orange Spin bike. These are provided by the city of Seattle as a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The charge is $1 per 30 minutes, and your first ride is free! This does require the use of a smart phone, as there is an app to download.
The bicycle repair shop is another option outside of the lobby and smart phones. Located on Western Ave and Madison St, you can rent a bike here for $9 per hour, or $45 per day.
What should I know for Seahawks game day?
Get there early, only bring items in clear bags with dimensions of no more than 12x6x12, food in clear plastic containers in the aforementioned size are allowed, but do not bring beverages.
What’s the best coffee in Seattle?
This is actually an impossible question. There are SO many exceptionally decadent cups of coffee to be had in Seattle. Stop by and I’ll send you on a coffee crawl! Or at least, to my favorite cup of joe that day.
What advice do you have for cruise passengers?
Many cruises dock in the mornings and early afternoons, so plan for things to do in the city between the cruise drop off time, and our check-in time of 3:00 pm. Once you de-board, you can stop by the hotel and we will get you pre-registered for your room reservation, and store any luggage you may have while you go out and explore the city! A text message form our front desk team will let you know when your room is ready for you.