Best budget beds

Seattle has a great many wonderful accommodations to offer, and it doesn’t always have to be super expensive to find a nice place to stay.

If you’re travelling on a budget but still want to be relatively close to the city centre and all the sights, the Panama Hotel would be a good bet for you. It is around the corner of the Industrial District/China Town station, where you have access to the Link light rail going further downtown or directly to Sea-Tac Airport. It’s also worth mentioning that the Link to the Airport is super affordable and only takes around 30 minutes. At this location, the hotel is also pretty close to Century Link Field stadium and Safeco field isn’t too far away either if you’re planning to see a game while you’re there.

The hotel itself is in a slightly older but well-maintained building. The stairs up to reception are a bit steep and there is no lift, but a member of staff will definitely help you lift your luggage upstairs. The team is extremely nice and helpful. On arriving there I got an in-depth list of recommendations for things to do, see and eat. The room was decorated with what I can only describe as antique furniture, but the mattress was comfy and the bedding clean. It looked a bit like somebody’s grandmother had decorated the room, which was a comforting thought to me. Like staying at your own Nan’s house for a few nights. There are a small sink and mirror in the room but the bathrooms and showers are in the hallway. These seemed to have been renovated recently but also decorated in a more romantic than modern style.

One of my favourite things about the hotel was the Cafè which is next door to the hotel. It is a part of the hotel and you get one hot drink and one item from the bakery for free as a hotel guest. It is a small, artisan coffee shop with art and photographs on the wall and free artsy newspapers to read. The coffee was amazing and nicely strong, and the pastries, cakes and other baked goods were absolutely delicious. It was often the excuse for me to hang out a little bit longer than I should have as a tourist who wants to explore a city in only five days, but I regret nothing. I am where the good coffee is.