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South Lake UnionSeattle

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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Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
3 out of 5
110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $118 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Seattle ...

4.4/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"Excellent customer service first class very happy"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
EVEN Hotel Seattle - South Lake Union
EVEN Hotel Seattle - South Lake Union
3.5 out of 5
527 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $78 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Lake Union. Seattle Center and Seattle Central Business ...

4.4/5Excellent! (494 reviews)

"Liked the room, the white board, the yoga equipment. The bed sheets were very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2021

EVEN Hotel 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 $124 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps from Museum of Pop Culture and Space Needle. Seattle Center Arena and Pike Place Market are also within 1 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,052 reviews)

"Safe, clean & friendly. Rooms are out of this world with amazing views. Walking distance to the needle, museums & a shuttle down to the pier & market. Convenient store across the street & Nice bars & restaurants nearby. Good central safe location."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
4 out of 5
201 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $126 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Lake Union. Seattle Center and Museum of Pop Culture ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (132 reviews)

"This is a nicely designed and operated hotel. Great value and great location."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2021

citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union
Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union
3 out of 5
925 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $97 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Union and Amazon Corporate Headquarters. Seattle Center and Museum of Pop Culture ...

4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Very clean establishment! Enjoyed our evening walk. We stopped by Italian Family Pizza since it had been 6 years since we had last been out here. Our lake view room was worth the few extra dollars. This hotel is definitely up to par with the Covid guidelines."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union
Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
3 out of 5
800 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $168 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Union and Amazon Corporate Headquarters. Seattle Center and Museum of Pop Culture ...

4.3/5Excellent! (787 reviews)

"It was perfect for what I needed and the price. I got a suite."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2020

Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
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