Updated: December 2017

Sheraton Seattle Hotel Review:

When visiting Seattle there are a handful of hotels that are within walking distance to most of the attractions and the Sheraton Hotel is one of our favorites. I've tried staying at the Ramada, Marriott, SpringHill Suites, and the Westin but I keep finding myself returning to the Sheraton. I enjoy going up to Seattle (from Portland) during the winter holidays and viewing the gingerbread house villages that are on display in the Sheraton Hotel lobby area. This year (December 2010) we went up the week before Christmas and booked a monday night stay at the Sherton. My kids like the Sheraton location as they can walk to the stores and Seattle monorail fairly easily. We were blessed with no rain on our stay, so walking around Westlake Center and the Space Needle Center was easy. The Sheraton sits on 6th Avenue between Pike and Union. Our room was on the 26th floor and overlooked the Nordstrom store and had a small view towards the water. We could see the ferry boats coming and going with passengers.

We had arrived via train this year and when we got into King Street Station we took a cab to the hotel - fare was about $10. The hotel reception desk was completely empty when we arrived at 4 PM so we backtracked to the concierge and asked them for information. Then, out of the back room came someone to help us. We checked in quickly and then went up to the room. The beds (oversized doubles) were nice and comfortable and the view was actually quite nice from the 26th floor. The hotel has over 1200 guest rooms - many with great views of the Emerald City. Standard amenities in the rooms include LCD TV, in room safe, coffee maker, hairdryer, sitting area and alarm clock. The beds had new Sealy mattresses and the pillows were fluffy. I think the view was the best part of the hotel room - it's not often we get to stay in a big city and it's always nice for the kids to see how things look from above. They were amazed at a window washer guy the next morning as he hung down the building next to the hotel and washed the windows. The location is another reason why the Sheraton makes sense. It is walking distance to restaurants like Gordon Biersch, Rock Bottom Brewery, and all the places down at Pike Market. We walked to the Fish Market for lunch and the kids enjoyed the flying fish and all the seafood that was out for sale. The Sheraton in Seattle is also near the heart of the shopping district with many stores just a few blocks away from the lobby. There are some dining options within the hotel, but we say get out in the city and enjoy the surrounding eateries. The pool on the 35th floor is cool. Check it out while you are at the hotel - if only for the amazing views. For more information about the Sheraton Seattle, visit their website at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=460.

Seattle Sheraton Room Rates:

How much are hotel rooms at the Sheraton Seattle? - We paid about $180/night although you can prepay the rooms and save quite a bit. There website is your best source for the cheapest rates. Look for their "hotel offers" link and see what they may have for you and your family. Rooms are offered with traditional king layout or 2 double beds. The higher the floor the better since your views will be better. Ask for a room that faces the water or north. Hotels are suffering with the current recession and often you can get a better room by simply asking at check-in. It certainly can't hurt to try. You can save a few bucks by staying off the main downtown region (which we have done in the past), but I say put out a few more $$'s to be where all the action is. No need for a car or taxi as you can literally walk out the front of the Sheraton and be at restaurants, shops, and theaters within minutes.

Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread House Village:

Want a good reason to visit the Sheraton hotel in Seattle? Try going during their display of the incredible gingerbread villages during the holiday season. This year was the 18th annual event and we have been coming for years. You can view details online at http://gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/. This year was beautiful as always, but with only about 6 displays to look at, I feel like it could be better. The line is practically out the side door of the hotel as visitors wait to see the gingerbread houses. The displays are open 24 hours a day from late November to early January each day. If you plan on walking through the display, do it early in the morning or later at night when the lines are less. I would have to say that I would have been disappointed to wait an hour this year to see them. Not as impressive as usual.