Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Deca
The Hotel Deca has been welcoming guests to Seattle’s University District since 1931 (though back then it was known as the Edmond Meany Hotel). The elegant boutique property has undergone several renovations over the years to modernize its rooms and amenities, yet care has been taken to retain the integrity of its art-deco look.
- Location: Hotel Deca is the closest hotel to the University of Washington. It’s also steps from the Burke-Gilman Trail, a path popular with cyclists and joggers.
- Time it’ll take you to get downtown: 10 minutes
- Newly renovated guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings, free WiFi, and 32-inch flat-panel LCD TVs; choose a sky-level room for the best views of the city and Puget Sound.
- Food and drink: Pop into The District Lounge for casual yet refined cuisine and custom cocktails.
Downtown Seattle: Art, Architecture, and Famous Coffee in Coastal Urban Center
Street performances, flowers, and fresh-caught fish find a common home at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Founded in 1907, this market is where both sightseers and locals shop for fresh seafood, meat, and produce. Drop into the Fish Market to watch the staff tossing salmon, halibut, cod—a famous tradition. There are plenty of nonperishable goods as well, including jewelry and other crafts. And you might want to take a picture in front of the market’s iconic sign, which now rivals Space Needle as the city’s most-recognizable symbol.
The original Starbucks coffeehouse has operated out of Pike Place since the 1970s. You can stop here for a pick-me-up before taking the half-mile walk to Seattle Central Library. Whether you love books or architecture or both, this futuristic-looking library is worth a visit. The 11-story glass-and-steel structure consists almost entirely of diamond-shaped windows arranged to look like a geometric net. The otherworldly interior is a playground for book lovers. Be sure to check out the library’s “living room” in the morning, when sunlight creates a kaleidoscopic shadow on the floor.
Like the library, the nearby Seattle Art Museum is full of spectacles, starting with its collection of “exploding” white Ford Tauruses suspended from the lobby ceiling. Exhibits range from Renaissance-era European art to Korean and Japanese panels.