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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 $117 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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! (985 reviews)

"The inside of the hotel was beautiful and very clean. Our room was nice. The bed amazing. Our view, even though it wasn't of the Space Needle, was spectacular! Such a stunning view of down town from the 9th floor. Some people in the high rise apartments still had their Christmas trees up and lights, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 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 $82 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (493 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 $139 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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 $125 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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! (119 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 $96 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

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! (995 reviews)

"In the age of COVID I was cautious about staying in a hotel but courtyard Marriott exceeded my expectations. The rooms we’re spotless and beautiful, as was everything else at the hotel. The staff was very helpful and courteous. I would definitely recommend staying here and I would stay here ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 3, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
3 out of 5
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $120 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Seattle ...

4/5Very Good! (1,161 reviews)

"Because of covid, I was worried that traveling would be unsafe but staying here made me feel physically safe (no delivery past the lobby, multiple locks on doors, underground gated parking with number passcode to open it) as well as covid safe because of the efforts the staff went to for guests."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2020

Executive Inn by the Space Needle
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