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Seattle Washington, the 2 best hotels to stay at before a cruise.

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Seattle Washington vier from Kerry Park
Seattle Washington vier from Kerry Park

There are so many places to stay in Seattle before a cruise. It all depends on location and price. I do recommend staying a night or 2 in Seattle before a cruise because Seattle is a wonderful city, with tons of places to see. But there are also a ton of hotels that are close to downtown and conveniently located to the pier. Here are 2 hotels I am familiar with. One is the best location but can come at a hefty price. The other is a better price, still close by, but not the best location.

The Seattle Marriott Waterfront is a fantastic choice for people going on a cruise. Located on 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington, it offers a range of amenities and is conveniently situated near popular attractions. This is my favorite place because it is the best location.


Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
  • Spacious and comfortable rooms with modern decor

  • Spectacular views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains

  • On-site restaurant serving delicious meals. Hook and Plow is the name of the restaurant.

  • Fitness center, offering state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Indoor pool and whirlpool for relaxation.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

  • Concierge services to assist with any needs or inquiries.


  • According to online reviews on platforms like TripAdvisor, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront receives positive feedback for its superb location, friendly staff, and clean facilities.

  • Guests appreciate the stunning views from their rooms and the proximity to the cruise port. Rooms have balconies, so you can see the waterfront. It is a wonderful hotel. Here is a video of the newly renovated room, click on it to watch.

  • I agree with all the reviews, it is a wonderful hotel, so if you can splurge for this hotel do it. It does have the best location.


lunch at Hook and Plow restaurant in Marriott hotel
lunch at Hook and Plow restaurant in Marriott hotel
  • Price, this hotel can cost you anywhere from $260 to over $500 a night, (sometimes more !!!!) depending on when you stay. Hopefully you have a Marriott rewards program to help you out with your stay.

  • Price of parking if you are staying here. If you drove to Seattle in your car. Their garage is crazy expensive at somewhere between $35 and $58 per night, but parking anywhere along the waterfront is expensive.

  • No free shuttle service by the hotel to the pier, but it is located so close to Pier 66.

The StayPineapple Hotel in Seattle, Washington is a boutique hotel known for its unique and charming atmosphere. It is located in the heart of downtown Seattle at 1415 5th Ave. This central location provides easy access to popular attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Plus, it is only .5 mile away from the port. Super close for a taxi or Uber ride the next day for a cruise.


  • Quirky and Stylish Decor: The StayPineapple Hotel is known for its vibrant and playful decor, creating a fun and inviting ambiance.

  • Complimentary Amenities: Guests can enjoy various complimentary amenities, such as pineapple-infused water in the lobby, a morning coffee and tea service, and free bicycle rentals to explore the city. Great coffee bar.

  • Comfortable Rooms: The hotel offers comfortable and well-appointed rooms with modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs, plush bedding, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • Pet-Friendly: The Staypineapple Hotel welcomes four-legged guests, making it a great option for travelers with pets. Not really noteworthy for everyone going on a cruise, but I sure did get to pet a lot of cute doggies when I stayed here and that made my day. Seattle is a true dog friendly city.

  • I loved my stay here so much I started looking at where else StayPineappple is located around the country for when I visit other cities.


  • The Staypineapple Hotel price is one of the main reasons to stay here. This is the best budget friendly hotel in Seatle Washington. I booked it at $126 a night.

  • Discounts and special offers are easy to find online for this hotel, plus you can use the Genius discount if you are a member (

  • Environmentally friendly hotel

  • Located right beside the best Doughnut shop ever!!!! Top Pot Doughnuts There are several ol locations Seattle Washington

  • Shopping and Dining: The StayPineapple Hotel is situated near a variety of dining options, upscale boutiques, and department stores.


  • Pay to park in the garage, but it is not near as expensive as other places. Use PARKANDPLAY as a promo code, this could help with that.

  • View isn't the best, you are downtown and close to things, but close walking distance to the waterfront is not the case, you are several blocks back and it is an uphill walk, then back downhill.

  • When I was there the restaurant was closed. :(

  • They do add a small resort fee but that gets you sodas and snacks for the day.

  • They don't offer shuttle service to the pier, but they will set it up for you with a separate company. When I was there is was $10 to Pier 66, and $12 to Pier 91. When you arrive, you should double check the prices, Uber might be cheaper.

Random fact:

If you drove to the cruise port you can expect to pay to park your car for about a cost of $187 for a week, at Seattle Cruise Parking. Also, Republic Parking is available.

I hope you have found this little blog helpful when booking the best hotel to stay at in Seattle Washington before your cruise. Of course, there are several more downtown hotels, some with shuttle service, some are pricey, and some are budget friendly. Enjoy your future cruise.

Nearby Attractions for either hotel: Just in case you need ideas of places to visit before you leave for your cruise, check out a few of these.

A must to see, watch them toss fish and visit gum wall downstairs
A must to see, watch them toss fish and visit gum wall downstairs
  • Pike Place Market: A bustling public market famous for its fresh seafood, local produce, and artisanal goods.

  • Seattle Art Museum: A renowned art museum featuring a diverse collection of artworks from around the world.

  • Space Needle: An iconic Seattle landmark offering breathtaking views of the city's skyline and surrounding area.

  • Seattle Aquarium - An engaging and educational destination that showcases the marine life of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Olympic Sculpture Park - A beautiful outdoor sculpture park with stunning waterfront views.

  • Seattle Great Wheel - A Ferris wheel offering panoramic views of the city and Elliott Bay.

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