The Seattle Holiday Inn: A Central, Family-Friendly Place to Stay

This weekend found us at the Seattle Holiday Inn while we explored the city. We’ve been talking about going to Seattle since we moved here, so a few weeks ago we threw together this trip. It was a lot of fun to get away for a weekend and explore a new city together.

Arriving at the Seattle Holiday Inn

We took the Victoria Clipper to Seattle and then walked the ten blocks up the hill to the Holiday Inn. The girls made a fort out of all the pillows while I organized our stuff and my husband checked his email. Then we headed out for some sightseeing—the Space Needle and its surrounding attractions were just a few blocks from the hotel.

Eating at the Seattle Holiday Inn

In the morning, we had breakfast at the Emerald Grill, the hotel’s restaurant, where kids eat free.  We had to wait a while before being seated, despite the fact that there seemed to be several servers in the restaurant and a couple open tables. Once we’d ordered, our food came very quickly. I had the buttermilk pancakes—three plate-sized pancakes—and was happy to share half of one with Sunshine.

Later that day, we knew the girls were tired when they started saying, “Let’s go back to the hotel!” We headed back to the restaurant for supper, where they devoured their meals. The servers were great about getting high chairs and booster seats for them and our food came very quickly.

We spent a few hours just relaxing in our room, watching Smokey and the Bandit (there was no kids’ programming on at that hour, to the girls’ dismay).

Exploring Seattle

The Holiday Inn is also located just a couple blocks away from a bus stop that was within the downtown free bus zone, so we could ride the bus for free to any downtown attractions (though Seattle is discontinuing the free bus zone in the fall). On Saturday, we rode the number 5 bus to the Seattle Woodland Zoo (about a fifteen minute ride).

Overall, the Holiday Inn was conveniently located for exploring Seattle and provided a relaxing, enjoyable weekend. There were so many things to see and do in Seattle that we couldn’t fit them all into a weekend, so we’ll probably be back!

I received a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn for the weekend; all opinions expressed are my own.

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