The 19 Best Airbnbs in Seattle, Washington

Seattle is our part-time home, and we love it for its diversity of things to do, see, eat, and drink. Seattle is known for a lot of things at this point. From grunge music to Amazon, there’s something for everyone in Seattle. Take the bar scene as an example. There are bars for all styles and people in Seattle, whether you want a neighborhood dive (Blue Moon on 45th), a whisky library with 500+ whiskies available (that’s Canon), or a sustainable wine bar that only serves wine on tap to save the planet (that would be Footprint).

Take that wide-ranging selection and apply it to everything from food to coffee and entertainment, and you’ll start to understand why we love Seattle so much. We crafted this guide to the best Airbnbs in Seattle using our intimate knowledge of the city to find the best places to stay in the best neighborhoods. 

Whatever you’re into, you’ll adore exploring retro grunge venues and independent bookstores and record shops, sipping espresso in one of Seattle’s best coffee shops, or discovering local landmarks such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. 

In the guide below, you’ll find 19 amazing places to stay in Seattle that we discovered on our never ending quest to find the absolute best Airbnb in Seattle. Along with each place, you’ll get some helpful information about the location – where to eat, drink, and play nearby – and the place itself – is there a kitchen and parking? 

Our goal is to help you find a memorable Seattle Airbnb and help you plan the perfect Seattle getaway. 

Would you rather stay in a hotel? Check out our guide to the 11 coolest hotels in Seattle to find the perfect place to stay.

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The 19 Best Airbnbs in Seattle to Book for Your Seattle Adventure

Before we get into specific recommendations, we want to briefly cover Seattle’s best neighborhoods. We have a complete guide to the best areas to stay in Seattle that dives deeper into the information in this section – read that for more detail. 

There are many neighborhoods in Seattle, and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know the city. Here is a quick overview. 

Belltown and South Lake Union: Central, just a few blocks away from Pike Place Market, Downtown Seattle, and the Space Needle, and decidedly urban. High rises and condos are the name of the game here. Lots of great bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and more in this dense part of the city. 

Capitol Hill, Ballard, and Fremont: A hipster’s delight. Cap Hill is the most LGBTQ-friendly part of the city, and is home to some of our favorite places to eat, drink, and shop in the city. Fremont at the north end of Lake Union, and is a charming, relatively quiet neighborhood that we seem to find ourselves visiting every time we’re in Seattle. Ballard is a bit further out, but is worth the journey. All three have strips of action, but get fairly residential as you drift off of the main drag. If you’re looking for a quieter, more “neighborhoody” feel, these are the places for you. 

Now, let’s get into our list of cool Airbnbs in Seattle to make your decision on where to stay a little easier. 

Whether you’re traveling to Seattle solo for business, as a couples weekend getaway, or planning a family trip to Seattle, we hope you’ll find a perfect place to stay in the list below. 

Cool Airbnbs in Seattle for Couples

Traveling to Seattle as a couple? Here are some fabulous Airbnbs – hand-picked by us – which are stylish, functional and close to major landmarks, public transport links, cafes and restaurants! 

Here are some great Seattle Airbnbs to book for a party of two (or solo travelers) who want a memorable place to stay.

Art-Filled Industrial Loft in South Lake Union

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  • Neighborhood: South Lake Union
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Sleeps: 4

This trendy art-filled loft in South Lake Union is just a few blocks walk from Lake Union Park, a nice park that is right on the lake, and Seattle’s Space Needle. Amazon’s corporate headquarters are nearby, which means there are plenty of cafes and quality places to grab takeout too, if you’d rather not cook. The loft is reached via lift access and has a self-check-in option for your convenience, plus, there’s paid parking nearby if you’re bringing a car. 

This stunning loft is light and airy, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room is comfortable – a place where you can snuggle up and watch a movie on Netflix or HBO GO. When it comes to dining, you have several options. You can enjoy takeout, prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen, or try out the BBQ on the rooftop patio overlooking Seattle’s famous landmarks.

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Sleeping arrangements in the loft are straightforward. There’s an open-plan mezzanine bedroom with a queen size bed, and a full bathroom with walk-in shower. If you can’t bear to travel without your pet, you’re in luck too, as furry companions are welcome here!

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Modern Studio in the Heart of the City

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  • Neighborhood: Belltown
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 3

If delving deep into city history is your thing, this modern studio in Belltown is for you. The property is located inside one of Seattle’s original buildings within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and the Olympic Structure Park. 

The studio can sleep three people with a double bed and sofa bed (or travel cot if you prefer), and it features a full kitchen and bathroom with bath – perfect for a leisurely soak after a day of Seattle sightseeing. Plus there’s free parking on the premises which can save you money on either paid parking, or parking tickets. 

There are some great restaurants and bakeries a couple of minutes’ stroll away if you don’t want to cook in the studio. You can pick up a tasty snack at nearby Macrina Bakery – which offers a selection of gluten-free muffins, pastries and cakes, or sample the delicious food at Umi Sake House which is also Celiac-friendly! 

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Sophisticated Studio with Breathtaking Views of Seattle

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  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

You can’t get any more romantic than this small-yet-perfect studio in Capitol Hill neighborhood. The area is abundant with great sushi restaurants and options for takeout, and there’s even a trendy hummus bar. Several parks are located nearby, where you can visit the Asian Art Museum or even play a game of chess on a huge board outdoors! 

The studio itself is a contemporary hideaway with spacious lounge, fully equipped kitchen and bedroom with queen size bed. You can relax in the clawfoot bathtub before a big night out or sip a glass of champagne on the rooftop with a loved one overlooking the Space Needle. 

The studio has blazing fast WiFi should you need to work or stay connected with friends and family during your vacation, and as an additional benefit, there’s free on-street parking if you’re planning on renting a car or driving to Seattle.

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Sky Cabin Apartment with Views

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  • Neighborhood: Eastlake
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

We love this light and airy Sky Cabin Apartment in residential Eastlake, Seattle. Here you’ll be less than a five minute drive from University of Washington, and only a couple of minutes away from Lake Union, where you can enjoy water sports like stand up paddleboarding, have lunch with a view, or take a scenic seaplane tour of Seattle!

This cozy apartment set on the third floor boasts lake views from almost every window. You can relax with a good book in the mid-century decor living room or prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen overlooking boats and birdlife.

There’s an opportunity to catch up on emails and video calls in the study/office, or you can switch off completely and use the space for yoga or meditation. When the day is through, drift into peaceful slumber in the wooden chalet style bedroom with a queen size bed. 

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All of these things are great, but the pièce de résistance of this apartment is its outdoor patio overlooking the lake. If you’re lucky to catch a clear day, watch the sunset as you enjoy a romantic dinner for two or sip a glass of wine. 

Gaze Over Seattle from a Capitol Hill Penthouse Deck

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  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 4

In our opinion, this recently remodeled Capitol Hill home is one of the best Airbnb options in Seattle. There’s so much to do in the neighborhood – you can hike in Volunteer Park and admire the vista from the historic water tower, or head for Lake Union to catch a seaplane tour. There are several cafes, bakeries and restaurants within a short stroll too, many of them Celiac-friendly. We love Frankie and Jo’s, a 100% gluten free and plant-based ice cream spot. 

The interior is decorated in cool colors with original features including distressed leather armchairs, old barn doors and reclaimed wood. There’s a charming living area – a space where you can sip morning coffee and soak up the views from a comfy window seat, and later in the day, enjoy preparing food in the kitchen, and dine on the penthouse rooftop patio overlooking the Space Needle and Seattle skyline.

The bedroom is spacious and light with a king bed and beautiful artwork, and the modern bathroom has a walk in rainforest shower which truly invigorates after a night out! 

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Capitol Hill Garden Cottage with Free Parking

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  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

You’ll adore this cozy cottage for two in Capitol Hill. It’s within a short walk of the fascinating Museum of History and Industry, the Asian Art Museum and water activities of Lake Union. 

Nearby, Flying Fish, with its gluten-free and vegan options, is the perfect place to round off a day of sightseeing. For a lighter snack, head to Top Pot Doughnuts, which is a Seattle institution and is DEFINITELY not gluten free, or Espresso Vivace, which serves some of the best coffee in Seattle. 

This cute hideaway cottage, tucked away in a lush courtyard, features a welcoming lounge with fireplace, bedroom area and an open-plan kitchen, all arranged perfectly into one spacious room. WiFi and cable TV are available and there’s a dedicated workspace if you plan to stay a while. 

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The pretty garden and illuminated patio offer ideal spaces for alfresco dining, and if you want to venture further afield, the owner’s car – a VW Passat, can be rented through Turo and Getaround.


Charming Loft with Rooftop Patio & Downtown Views

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  • Neighborhood: Wallingford
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 4

We love the vintage charm of this remodeled loft near Green Lake Park and University of Washington in north-ish Seattle. 

The charming loft is set inside a 1918 Craftsman home within a short stroll of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants of North East 65th Street and activities and walking trails of Green Lake. 

This loft is open-plan with sofa, bed and TV in one good-size space. There’s a small kitchenette with a mini fridge, microwave, and tea kettle for snacks, along with a dining table and chairs. The highlight has to be the covered rooftop terrace, from where you can see the Wallingford neighborhood and the city skyline. 

If you’re planning on driving to Seattle, you’ll also be pleased to know this property has free on-street parking, and it’s only a 10 minute drive to downtown Seattle.

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Tranquil Secluded Studio Steps from Woodland Park

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  • Neighborhood: Wallingford / Fremont
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

This tranquil studio is hidden away inside a former workshop on the edge of Woodland Park Rose Garden in Seattle. 

You’ll be able to wander to the Woodland Park Zoo, play pitch n’ putt, or rent a bike and cycle along lakeside trails when staying here. The fabulous Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream shop is nearby, as are bakeries, cafes, and even some vegan restaurants.

The industrial-chic studio is compact and cozy for a single person or couple – a place you can use as a handy base if you’re going to be out and about for most of the day. It’s fully equipped with a sofa, small dining table and kitchenette, queen bed and bathroom with shower. 

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Outside on a small patio, you can sit beneath the lilac tree with a cup of coffee and something tasty from the local bakery, just relishing the peace and quiet.


Ballard Garden Apartment

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  • Neighborhood: Ballard
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

Seattle may be a huge city, but in our minds, Ballard is one of the most interesting neighborhoods, and this one bedroom garden apartment has everything you desire for an enjoyable stay. It offers plenty of space for cooking (if you feel like it), a bathroom with a tub-shower combo, in-floor heating and double-paned windows to keep you snug and warm during chillier months. 

Although the apartment is set inside the owner’s 1903 house, there’s a separate entrance and lots of private space for you to enjoy. 

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You’ll love that this property is just a short stroll from stylish cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants and the colorful Ballard Farmers Market. Places of interest nearby include the famous Ballard Locks and Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden. If you’ll have a car during your stay, there’s free on-street parking close by.


Seattle Mini Home with Hot Tub and Private Deck

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  • Neighborhood: Ballard
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

This quirky little tiny home is one of the coolest Airbnbs in Seattle. Located in the trendy Ballard neighborhood, which is a 15-20 minute bus ride to downtown Seattle, you’re situated super close to breweries, shops, restaurants, and the Ballard Farmers Market

The charming blue wooden home is surrounded by decks with lounge chairs, a table, chairs, plants and a bubbling private hot tub to dip into after a day of sightseeing.

The small, yet perfectly designed house features a bright living room with mini kitchen and a romantic dining table for two. The bedroom is cozy – a great place to snuggle up on cooler evenings, and there’s a modern bathroom with walk-in shower. You’ll fall in love with this house for sure, but that’s okay, the owner allows long-term stays so you can hide away here for as long as you like!

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Charming Hideaway in North Ballard

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  • Neighborhood: Ballard
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

You can make this characterful home in North Ballard your own for the duration of your stay. With a chic, modern living room, a small, equipped kitchen/dining area, separate bedroom and bathroom with tub and shower, it’s the perfect base to kick back and relax in after a day of exploring in Seattle. 

We think this is a great property for outdoor lovers – with a large garden surrounded by trees, a patio and plenty of areas for outdoor entertaining. If you plan to rent a car during your stay, there’s free parking available on the premises. 

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If you’re looking for things to do in the local area, it’s an easy stroll to restaurants, cafes and convenience stores, and if you don’t mind a longer walk you’ll reach the many attractions of Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake.


Alki Beach Studio Oasis Quiet Escape & Sweeping Ocean Views

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  • Neighborhood: West Seattle – Alki Beach
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

Imagine waking up to views over Puget Sound, whale watching as the sun beams down, and, get this – there’s a beach right on your doorstep! Sound good? If the answer is yes, this Alki Beach studio is the perfect choice for your stay in Seattle. 

This wonderful ground floor studio is a couple of minutes away from Alki Beach and hiking at Schmitz Park. Plus, there are several great coffee shops and restaurants nearby which offer takeout. The property is located on a steep hill, which is something to consider if you have limited mobility. Once you’ve made it  here, you might not ever want to leave. 

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The studio features a small lounge/kitchenette area with a mini fridge and microwave, along with a comfy queen bed, You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a scenic view on the private patio with Puget Sound views, plus, there’s free parking on-site if you plan to bring or rent a car (which you should if you’ll be staying in West Seattle so that you can make it to other parts of the city). 


Charming Secluded Guest Suite near Woodland Park

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  • Neighborhood: Fremont
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2

You’ll be right at home in this retro, wood-themed suite near Woodland Park. With cozy window seats, outdoor terraces and wood-clad walls which give the property a Swiss chalet vibe, it could be the perfect retreat for you! It’s the little character touches which make this place special – a rustic stable door at the entrance, woodland views from the breakfast table and patios surrounded by ancient trees. 

The secluded suite boasts a spacious living room with TV and WiFi, full kitchen, bathroom with shower, and free on-street parking if you plan to drive here. It is located in the Fremont neighborhood, one of our favorite places to stay in Seattle. 

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You’ll be within easy walking distance of Celiac and vegan-friendly Eve Fremont Restaurant and Ester’s Enoteca (the latter is one of my favorite gluten free restaurants in Seattle), Milstead Coffee (home of some of the best coffee in Seattle), and Schilling Cider, a bright and airy cider bar with board games that is our go-to spot when we’re in town. Plus, you can take a leisurely walk to Woodland Park with its rose garden and zoo in around 15 minutes!


Seattle Airbnbs for Families and Groups

If you’re traveling with a group – family or friends – you’re going to want to have more space to spread out. Unless you’re up for sharing a bed with four people. More power to you, if you are. Count us out. 

Here are some of our picks to help you find a unique Airbnb in Seattle for your family or group. 

TheSteelAway- Cozy Modern Retreat

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  • Neighborhood: Fremont / Ballard
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 5

With plenty of interior space, this stylish modern home can host five guests in two bedrooms with two bathrooms. Ideally located between the vibrant Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods, it offers the best of everything from dining and bars, to shopping and nightlife.

The detached guest house is industrial and Scandinavian in design, with clean lines and modern features, equipped with everything you desire for an enjoyable, family or group stay. There are two queen beds and a pull-out sofa, a full kitchen where you can prepare delicious meals (although there are many restaurants nearby if you want a night off), and there’s an electric car charger and off-street parking if you plan to drive or rent a car in Seattle. 

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Kids (and adults) can be entertained easily, streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime and more, plus there’s an Amazon Echo Dot attached to the stereo so you can stream your favorite tunes while getting ready for a night out!


One Block Off Broadway on Hip and Historic Capitol Hill

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  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 5

You will fall in love with this light, contemporary two bedroom, two bathroom home in one of Seattle’s hottest neighborhoods. This stylish, Dutch Colonial home has everything you need for your stay – cozy fireplace, breakfast bar, open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining area, and even a leafy private patio with covered porch terrace where you can sip morning coffee as the city springs to life. 

The house can sleep five people, and if you’re traveling with children, a travel cot, toys and games can be provided. The great thing about this place is you don’t need a car to get around (although free off-street parking is available). The property is just a four block walk to the light rail and a five minute ride to the University of Washington. You can also stroll to picturesque Volunteer Park, three of Seattle’s best coffee shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets – they’re all within easy walking distance of this Seattle Airbnb. 

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City Haven Apartment with a Fireplace in a Craftsman House

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  • Neighborhood: Wallingford/Fremont
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 6

A few blocks from Woodland Park Zoo and rose garden, this pristine, retro-chic apartment is set amidst coffee shops, burger joints, and too many Italian, Japanese, and Mexican restaurants to count.

This grown-up apartment is perfect for two couples traveling together as it features two bedrooms with queen size beds. Decorated in white with cool hues, it has a spacious lounge with open fireplace, large windows and corner workspace if you plan to catch up with the office during your stay. 

You can get cozy on the sofa watching a movie, gather around the dining table for a meal prepared in the fully-equipped kitchen, or sip a glass of wine on the pretty patio as you try to spot Northern Hemisphere constellations.

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This light, spacious apartment also boasts a sizable bathroom with tub and rainforest shower which will wake you up ready for another day of exciting Seattle discovery!


Bright Apartment with a Balcony in Queen Anne

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  • Neighborhood: Queen Anne
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 6

You’ll love the fact you can walk or cycle to the Space Needle, Lake Union and Centennial Park from this modern apartment in Queen Anne

Upper Queen Anne is quickly becoming one of our favorite neighborhoods in Seattle, and this place is right in the heart of it. 

The centrally-located property has a coffee shop, supermarkets, bars, bakeries and 100% gluten-free, organic, plant-based superfoods cafe called Heartbeet nearby if you want a quick and easy meal that is also healthy.  

This chic, two bedroom, one bathroom property doesn’t disappoint. You can sit at the breakfast table on the balcony, as a gentle breeze rustles the pines, or curl up with a good book on the chaise sofa as the light floods in from picture windows.

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The bright, spacious apartment is beautifully finished – ideal for couples, friends and families with children traveling together. The lounge/dining/kitchen areas are perfect for entertaining, and workspaces, WiFi and free parking are available on the premises.

The apartment boasts two bedrooms which can be equipped with travel cribs, plus, there’s a sofa bed if you want to add another to your party. 


Two-Bedroom Charmer Surrounded by Seattle Faves

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  • Neighborhood: Wallingford / U-District
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 6

This 100-year old, two bedroom Craftsman home brims with charm and character. The private, first floor apartment boasts eclectic décor and furnishings, perfect for creatives and those who prefer properties with individual style. The history of the property is embedded within its claw foot bathtub, subway tiles, and millwork – plus the great news is, this place is walking distance to several centrally-located fun areas with easy access to Downtown, Green Lake, Ballard and Fremont! It’s also perfectly located if you’ll be visiting the University of Washington. In fact, I used to live nearby when I went to school there!

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Perfect for families, friends and couples vacationing together, there’s plenty of private space even though you are here as a unit. You can watch Netflix or HBO GO in the lounge or one of the two bedrooms, plus there’s the opportunity to add a travel cot and sofa bed to the rooms. 

The living room has a built-in fireplace, comfy armchairs and sofas you can curl up on, and the kitchen is fully equipped for preparing delicious meals. If traveling by car, you’ll also be happy to learn there is free parking on the premises and on-street! What more could you ask for?


Pike/Pine 2 Bedroom – Steps from Everything in Capitol Hill

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  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 5

We think this two bedroom apartment in Capitol Hill (the best part – the Pike/Pine area) is the perfect base for exploring Seattle’s landmarks. This spacious property occupies the top floor of a triplex in a historic house which has its own private entrance and is decorated in a clean, minimalist design. 

The kitchen is well-equipped for preparing meals, there’s a full bathroom and a fabulous sun deck where you can relax and unwind with a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing. Although there are only two bedrooms, five people can stay here, thanks to a comfortable sofa bed, and there are dedicated workspaces if you plan to stay longer. As an added benefit, this amazing home also has free on-street parking if you bring a car.

Within walking distance of your apartment, you’ll have mouth-watering ice cream shop Molly Moon’s (and Frankie and Jo’s, if plant-based is your jam), you can spend a night out at eclectic Unicorn & Narwhal, a carnival themed bar with arcade games that is always a good time, or head over to Elliott Bay Book Company, the best bookstore in Seattle.  


We hope you find an incredible and memorable place to stay for your trip.

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