What We Love
- Central location near all the downtown sights, including Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront
- Guest rooms range from compact Queen rooms to large corner suites with views of Elliot Bay
- A whole floor is stocked with vintage vinyl as a dedication to Light in the Attic, a local record label
What To Know
- Book a water-view room for guaranteed views of Elliot Bay; most rooms have skyline views
- The best of downtown Seattle’s eateries are within walking distance
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Downtown Seattle digs in a modern Art Deco building, with pet-friendly rooms and Elliot Bay views
In the heart of the Emerald City’s restaurant-lined downtown, Hotel Theodore—formerly the Roosevelt Seattle—is in a plum location within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the waterfront district and all the sports stadiums and arenas. Housed in a historic Art Deco building dating from 1929, it has interiors that are classically styled to complement the character-rich architecture, with a working fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows in the street-side lobby lounge, and a royal palette of rubies and greens and archival artwork courtesy of the Museum of History & Industry in the 151 guest rooms. The best of downtown Seattle’s eateries are within walking distance, but don’t miss a meal at the restaurant, Rider, whose menu spotlights produce from the region’s foragers, farmers, and fishermen.
In the Area
Make a beeline for the historic Pike Place Market to get a fix on why this town is such a powerhouse when it comes to epicurean pursuits. Seattleites have been coming here since 1907 to buy produce from local farmers, with a focus today on sustainability and artisanal ingredients. Hit Pioneer Square for an art and culture fix and to admire the neighborhood’s Renaissance Revival architecture. Galleries like the impressive Foster/White showcase big name artists like glass prodigy Dale Chihuly, while the Thursday Art Walk offers visitors the chance to meet and mingle with artists at such spaces as the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Building (the TK, for short). If you’re curious to check out the roots of the Seattle grunge movement, take in a gig at Belltown’s legendary The Crocodile, where bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam once played.
How to Get There
We loved this hotel. Great location, wonderful and happy staff, stylish decor... we had a great stay and would love to stay here again. The decor is pretty cool too - a lot of black, grey, and gold. You can basically walk anywhere.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Theodore, but it's a good thing it was for a business trip and my company was paying for it! Summer is peak season for Seattle, so I get the $400-$500/night cost, but the additional $23/night service fee ON TOP of taxes and fees was a little much.
That being said, it's a beautiful hotel with small but stylish rooms that is very conveniently located between Pike and Pine streets. The restaurant and coffee shop downstairs are both lovely and there are plenty of other dining choices in every direction. Perhaps my favorite part was the Peloton bike in the fitness center - it made my day to start off with a customized cycling workout.
I would definitely stay again, as long as I'm not paying for it.
I found this hotel very nice but it seems outrageous to charge a resort fee of $23.00/night when your guests are paying an already inflated price of $400.00/night and for what wifi and the smallest exercise room in Seattle. Come on clean this up I am sure I am not the first to complain about this.Also nickel and dimeing for parking a car at the hotel to a total of $56.00/night. All said and done that is an extra $80.00/night. WOW THAT STINGS.
We arrived on an early flight, and left our bags with the concierge who told us that we would get a call when our room was ready. That never happened. Instead, we ended up wandering around for several hours until check in only to find that our room had been ready, who knows for how long.
Otherwise, staff was prompt in handling our requests, and pleasant to deal with. Overall, the room was VERY small. We were told we got an upgraded room, which means that the room we originally had must have been a closet. The front desk woman said, "and it is the 17th floor, so the view will be amazing!", but the view was actually directly into another building next door. The room was clean, and the bed comfortable.
The hotel restaurant, Rider, had excellent food and cocktails, but the daytime (lunch shift) bartender (long, red beard) on our last day was quite rude. I would not return if he was working. The staff at Rider on the previous evening was fabulous.
As a New Yorker and frequent traveler, I am used to dealing with small spaces. However, the price for the accommodation (pricey hotel with daily "resort fee" and tax), especially with the touted upgrade, was ridiculous.
First I emailed for an early check in... no one responded
When I was checking in the lady at the front desk said we were upgraded and that’s why room wasn’t ready... actually I got the room I booked and paid for via Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Please don’t BS me.
Second room wasn’t ready till 1/2 hr past 4 o’clock check in time. 4 o’clock really?
Concierge came by while I was waiting to get in my room... first thing she said was that I picked a bad time to travel... really? It’s my fault that you were busy and obviously understaffed?
Lastly, the price of parking is insanely over priced.