Property at a Glance: MarQueen Hotel
The MarQueen Hotel’s brick building was built in 1918, and its decor retains some of that era’s elegant flair. Oriental rugs adorn hardwood floors throughout the building, and period wooden-sleigh beds trim the stylish suites. Located in Seattle’s historic Queen Anne neighborhood, the hotel also has an onsite restaurant and an upscale spa onsite.
- Style and substance: Antique furnishings and rich wood accents recall the 1920s, and each room has a kitchenette to help you feel at home.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with a 39-inch flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi.
- For extra room: Choose a junior suite, which offers up to 500 square feet of space.
- Tin Lizzie Lounge: Pair up artisan paninis with craft cocktails, and listen to live music on the weekends (you can redeem your $20 credit here).
- Take a spa day: Guests can indulge in massages and beauty treatments onsite.
- Explore Seattle: The hotel is close to the Space Needle and several local restaurants. Pike Place Market is just 1.5 miles south.
Seattle’s Queen Anne: Historic Mansions and Spectacular Views Close to Downtown
Built on the highest hill in Seattle, just northwest of downtown, Queen Anne sits literally above the city. The neighborhood and the hill itself are both named for the Queen Anne–style mansions that have dotted the escarpment since the late 19th century. From the vantage point of Kerry Park, there’s a terrific view of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline, with the Space Needle prominently in the foreground. On clear days, you might even see carvings of the Frasier cast on the face of Mount Rainier in the distance.
Between Queen Anne and downtown you’ll find Pike Place Market, one of Seattle’s most renowned attractions. Locals and out-of-towners flock to this semi-open-air marketplace to browse an array of food stalls vending fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, and meat. Come early in the morning to see the market’s fishmongers do what they’re famous for: tossing the day’s catch back and forth. Before Starbucks landed on seemingly every corner in every American town, Seattleites grabbed java at the company’s original coffeehouse, which opened here in 1971.
Today, you can find gourmet coffee shops just about anywhere in the city. Some of the best options are congregated in Belltown, an artsy neighborhood about a half mile north of downtown. Street Bean Espresso serves sustainable, locally roasted coffee and artisan pastries in a welcoming space. The café is also a nonprofit, training and employing homeless teens and young adults.