Seattle’s lush green setting and beautiful views of the Cascade mountains to the east and Olympic mountains to the west attract travelers from all over the country. It’s a great city to escape to for the weekend and a good choice for a holiday that doesn’t break the bank.

Seattle’s scenic parks, outdoor attractions, free museums, galleries, outdoor concerts, and festivals make it easy to fill your days with a slew of activities without spending much at all. The only thing that’s left is to find cheap accommodation. Allow me to help.

Budget Accommodation Options in Seattle


Gone are the days when hostels were just for backpacking hippies. Today, hostel options vary greatly. Many offer fantastic accommodations for a fraction of the price you would pay at a hotel. Green Tortoise Seattle Hostel on Pike St,  the highest rated hostel in the city, offers 30 newly remodeled bunk rooms in a beautiful historical building starting at just $35/night. Hotel Hotel Hostel, in the heart of Seattle’s Fremont district, is another popular choice with budget travelers, as is City Hostel Seattle, which is known for its unique room designs, created by over 47 different local Seattle artists!

Seattle Great Wheel. Photo by Anne Archambault via


Those willing to pay for the luxury of their own bathroom will still find plenty of reasonably priced hotels in Seattle. For just under $90 per night, check out the Moore Hotel. The location is ideal for exploring downtown Seattle on foot, and it is well-preserved with the original tiles, marble, and decorative molding, all of which make it a real Seattle landmark.

For just a bit more (starting at $109/night), there is Hotel Deca, its 158 rooms oozing with art deco charm. Located in the heart of Seattle’s University district, Hotel Deca offers a comfortable stay in a great location.

For something a bit more chic, check out Ace Hotel Seattle, in Seattle’s hip Belltown neighborhood. Rooms at the Ace start at $109 per night and feature unique green and sustainable elements like vintage and repurposed furniture.

Seattle Waterfront. Photo by Chloe Albin via


A list of cheap accommodation options would be incomplete without Airbnb. Airbnb is the hottest new trend in the accommodation industry around the world, and Seattle is no exception. Here you’ll find Airbnb listings for everything from a houseboat on Lake Union to an Airstream Retreat. The cheapest by far is the Fox Loft, a historic home in the First Hill District of Seattle. Equipped with a full size bed, the place is suitable for 1-2 people, and best of all, you’ll have it all to yourself for just $50 per night. What a bargain! For something a bit different, you can stay in a sunny Yurtlette on Bainbridge Island, a contemporary artist loft,  a Lakefront Apartment with stunning views, or ahand crafted gypsy wagon.

Pike Place Market. Photo by Kellyhphotos via

No matter where you stay during your visit to the Emerald City, keep in mind that prices sky-rocket and availability dissipates during the summer when Seattle’s great weather and outdoor festivals and events draw in visitors from all over the country. So plan ahead and don’t be afraid to venture outside downtown to areas like the University District or South Lake Union.

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