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Seattle Center
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Seattle Center featuring modern architecture

A product of the 1962 World Fair, this cultural precinct is where sports, theater, film and fine dining come together in Seattle.

Seattle’s famous cultural and entertainment precinct is a must for any visitor to the city. The Seattle Center is home to many local major sporting teams, and some of the key performing arts institutions are also based within the large complex. Throw in some of Seattle’s major cultural institutions, a range of upscale restaurants and bars and a choreographed water show, and you’ll see why its easy to keep coming back to the Seattle Center.

Covering more than 74 acres (30 hectares) of the popular Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, the Seattle Center was originally built for the 1962 World Fair. The center is immediately recognizable from afar because it features the 605-foot- (182-meter-) tall Space Needle, a tower which has become a symbol of the city.

Catch an ice hockey match or watch a Women’s National Basketball Association game at KeyArena. The 17,000-person-capacity venue also hosts boxing and music concerts and is one of the largest arenas in the state. Learn about the local history at the Pacific Science Center, watch a movie at one of two IMAX theaters or see 20 spurts of water perform in time with a musical show at the International Fountain.

The center is home to the Seattle Shakespeare Company, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera, who use the many theaters and halls in the complex each week. Learn about the best contemporary pop culture has to offer at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), or take the elevator to the top of the Space Needle for amazing views across Seattle. Ground level dining is available at the lively Seattle Center Armory, along with a number of bars offering attractive discounts during their Happy Hour.

The Seattle Center is located just north of the city center and can be reached on foot, by bus, monorail or car. Ample parking is available in the area for a small fee. The Seattle Center is open daily and entry is free. Note that many organizations and shows housed in the center do charge admission fees.

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Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $120 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,536 reviews)
"I loved the roof top patio available to all guests as well as the quiet. Although there was considerable construction close by, I was so happy with the cozy atmosphere of the Mediterranean Inn. The Covid precautions were in place and easy to follow."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Mediterranean Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $156 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,536 reviews)
"Good location, nice staff, quick easy to check in and out."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $103 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Moore Theater and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are ...
Warwick Seattle
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Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $120 per night from May 10 to May 10
Mediterranean Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $156 per night from May 21 to May 21
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $103 per night from May 10 to May 10
Warwick Seattle
Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle
Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle
3.5 out of 5
300 Roy St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $112 per night from May 26 to May 26
Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $133 per night from May 10 to May 10
The Paramount Hotel
The State Hotel
The State Hotel
4 out of 5
1501 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $177 per night from May 9 to May 9
The State Hotel
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
4 out of 5
201 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $132 per night from May 9 to May 9
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $164 per night from May 14 to May 14
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
3 out of 5
201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $163 per night from May 18 to May 18
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.