South Lake Union

Seattle
South Lake Union featuring a bay or harbour, boating and a coastal town

One of Seattle’s most scenic neighborhoods, this district houses fascinating museums along the tree-lined banks of its beautiful lake.

South Lake Union is named after the beautiful body of water it borders, a lake that has played a key role in the history of the neighborhood. Head to the shoreline for some of the district’s most interesting attractions and for views of boats bobbing up and down on the water. Discover museums celebrating tradition and innovation and seize your chance to go boating yourself.

Because of the neighborhood’s easy access to waterways out of Seattle, South Lake Union was initially populated by workers who hauled building materials off the boats. As such, the neighborhood played a big role in the city’s growth. After these traditional industries declined, the arrival of tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon in the late 20th century brought the area back to life.

Learn about the history of the region in the South Lake Union Discovery Center, a multipurpose venue with an informative museum inside. Study an interactive model of the area to get a better understanding of the neighborhood.

Enjoy a quieter pace of life in Lake Union Park, a green outcrop that stretches into the lake. The park hosts the Museum of History and Industry, an expansive network of galleries telling the story of Seattle. See original models by Boeing and Ford and look to the future of innovation.

Next to the park is the Center for Wooden Boats, an interactive museum dedicated to traditional sailing vessels. Take part in a workshop where you bend steel and carve wood or hire a boat to paddle out onto Lake Union.

Away from the lakeside, find slick restaurants that serve the nearby offices of companies like Amazon. South Lake Union borders other popular Seattle sights such as the Space Needle and Chihuly Glass and Gardens.

The neighborhood is best reached by streetcars and buses that leave regularly from the city center, although drivers will be able to find parking by the museums. As it is close to Downtown Seattle but removed from its constant hustle and bustle, South Lake Union makes a great base from which to explore the rest of the city’s sights.


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Travelodge by Wyndham Seattle By The Space Needle
Travelodge by Wyndham Seattle By The Space Needle
2 out of 5
200 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $92 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture. Nordstrom and Pike Place Market are also within ...
3.4/5 Good! (983 reviews)
"location was good"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2021

Travelodge by Wyndham Seattle By The Space Needle
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
4 out of 5
201 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $134 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Seattle Center. Space Needle and Seattle Waterfront are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (502 reviews)
"Great place. Great staff. Small room."

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
3 out of 5
201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $149 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 27
Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps from Museum of Pop Culture and Space Needle. Climate Pledge Arena and Pike Place Market are also within 1 mi ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,101 reviews)
"I appreciated the late checkout that they so willingly gave me when I asked. After running the Seattle marathon it was nice to be able to come back and shower before heading home."

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
3 out of 5
110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $149 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center, Space Needle, and Seattle Waterfront. Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"car parking costs 30$ which was not mentioned prior."

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Seattle Center
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Seattle Center
2.5 out of 5
226 7th Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $114 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center, Space Needle, and Museum of Pop Culture. Chihuly Garden and Glass and Amazon ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (129 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Seattle Center
EVEN Hotel Seattle - South Lake Union, an IHG Hotel
EVEN Hotel Seattle - South Lake Union, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
527 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $173 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Seattle Center. Space Needle and Washington State Convention ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (650 reviews)
"Loved it here. It’s highway robbery to pay 35 dollars for parking on top of the cost for the stay"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

EVEN Hotel Seattle - South Lake Union, an IHG Hotel
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