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Seattle Public Library
Vacation Travel Guide

This iconic site, filled with over a million books and intriguing art displays, offers a never ending series of classes and events to take part in.  

The moment that the striking glass, steel and concrete structure of the Central Library comes into view, you will never look at a library the same way again. As the centerpiece of the Seattle Public Library System, it has also become a recognized icon of the city.

Although the library opened its doors in 2004, it was actually the third Seattle Central Library building to be located on that site. Bill Gates, founder of Seattle-based Microsoft, donated $20 million toward its construction.

The unique design, which resembles floating platforms contained by a steel net-and-glass membrane, was a collaboration between Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and former Seattle resident Joshua Ramus. Despite its modern exterior, the architects let the necessary functions of the library dictate its design.

The Books Spiral is a perfect example of this commitment to functionality. In order to showcase Central Library’s nonfiction collection without splitting the Dewey Decimal System onto multiple floors, this spiral twists up four stories in a continuous series of shelves.

Central Library features state-of-the-art technology and amenities, including free wireless Internet and over 400 computers for public use. It is home to over 1 million books, movies and music to borrow.

Head up to the Living Room on the third floor for a cozy nook to read or work in privately. On the other hand, the Microsoft Auditorium can accommodate hundreds of people. Take a break and have a coffee at the shop on the third floor.

Sometimes known as Central Library,; its location in the heart of downtown makes it easy to get to from anywhere in the city. Underground parking is available for library patrons. All bus routes providing service to downtown Seattle have stops within walking distance of the library, many within a block or two.

Visit the library any day of the week, although it has reduced hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is closed for most major holidays.

Whether you come to Seattle Public Library for a peaceful place to read or to marvel at its stunning architecture, it is sure to delight and inspire you.

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W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $161 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

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Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $272 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Located in Downtown Seattle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seattle Waterfront, Pioneer Square, and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle ...

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Thompson Seattle
Thompson Seattle
4.5 out of 5
110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $204 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Downtown Seattle, this luxury hotel is steps from Pike Place Market, Seattle Waterfront, and Seattle Central Business District. Original Starbucks ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (750 reviews)

"Nice L.A. vibe in a city that isn't all that Urbane. I know its Covid but they did not have maid service unless you asked. I have not experienced this in other hotels during Covid. Also walls are very thin you can hear everything your neighbor says. The staff was excellent!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

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W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $161 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $272 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
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Thompson Seattle
Thompson Seattle
4.5 out of 5
110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $204 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
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Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $130 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $106 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Hotel Theodore
4 out of 5
1531 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $118 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
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Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $151 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
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The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
4 out of 5
1007 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $188 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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