Seattle hotels offer a good range of choices and styles. Choose luxury hotels like the Fairmont Olympic which has long been the Grand Dame of Seattle hotels, or a boutique or "theme" hotel like Hotel Andra which incorporates lots of wood, water, and stone with Scandinavian influences. There are hotels near the sports stadiums, waterfront hotels, and even pet-friendly hotels downtown that are first-rate. If you stay in downtown Seattle, which you'll find has one of the most livable downtowns in the U.S., you'll be in the Ride Free Area of the Seattle Metro Transit bus system. So if you'd rather ride than walk, just hop on the bus. You can also ride the Monorial at Westlake Center to get to Seattle Center and the Space Needle for a reasonable fare. You'll appreciate the closeness of the downtown Seattle hotels to the waterfront, great restaurants, downtown shopping, and major attractions like Pike Place Market, home of the home of the famous "flying fish" vendor you may have seen on the Today Show. Downtown Hotels The downtown Seattle hotels are those that fall within the city's core. The area is bounded by E. Yesler Way on the south, Denny Way on the north, I-5 on the east and Elliot Bay on the west. Hotels within the downtown area are easily within walking distance of all downtown attractions and restaurants. All are within the Ride Free Area with the exception of the Edgewater and the Pan Pacific, which are just two blocks away. Boutique Hotels If you're interested in boutique hotels, Seattle has several to choose from. From historic to ultra modern, trendy to themed, these hotels make your stay unique and fun. You'll find several boutique hotels in Seattle, downtown and close to all the major attractions. What makes a hotel a boutique hotel? First of all, most are not part of a major corporate hotel chain. They are more intimate and individualistic, each with a unique character and atmosphere. Investigate the funky and modern Hotel Max, billed by one review site as one of the "Top Sexiest Hotels in the U.S." Hotels near Pike Place Market Most of the hotels in downtown Seattle are within walking distance of Pike Place Market. But if you want to be right next door, check out the Inn at the Market, the Four Seasons, and the Moore Hotel. Hotels near the Mariners, Sounders and Seahawks Games There are three hotels near Safeco Field and Qwest Field. All of the hotels in downtown Seattle are easily accessible from both stadiums via bus line. But if you want to stay really close to the game, two good choices are the Courtyard by Marriott and the Silver Cloud Hotel - Stadium. Seattle Airport Hotels You'll have plenty of choices if you're looking for hotels near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or Seatac, which is located 15 miles south of downtown. A bonus is these will be less expensive than downtown, and the location is smart if you are flying to Seattle on business or have an early morning flight to catch. A few to consider are the Radisson, Doubletree, and Red Lion, all located along International Blvd.Most have complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, and the new light rail train provides transportation to and from downtown. The light rail system runs from the airport to Westlake Center on Fifth and Pine. Seattle Luxury Hotels If you're celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary, or you just like being pampered, four and five star Seattle luxury hotels will make your stay memorable. Choose from classic elegance to historic charm to sleek modern. One you should definitely consider is the "W" Seattle, which is two blocks from Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Art Museum. Another interesting place to stay for art lovers is the Alexis Hotel, which has original Northwest art displayed throughout the rooms, hallways, and lobby. Teri Hamilton writes about Seattle hotels, restaurants, attractions, and fun things to do in Seattle, Washington on [http://www.seattle-fun.com] where she provides more information about Seattle hotels plus things to see and do while you're in town. Check out [http://www.seattle-fun.com/seattle-hotels.html] for more details about the Seattle hotels mentioned in this article along with information on many other great hotels in Seattle.