Just a short distance from both the Space Needle and the southern tip of South Lake Union, Level Seattle – South Lake Union offers spacious, apartment-style suites in one of Seattle’s most exciting neighborhoods.
A special thanks to Level Seattle for inviting me to experience its amazing apartment-style suites in South Lake Union. But you can count on me to always share my honest opinions, regardless of who foots the bill.
Where is Level Seattle - South Lake Union?
Located across Boren Avenue from The Seattle Times, the hotel is situated in the vibrant, very walkable South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Just a few minutes from downtown Seattle, Amazon’s headquarters, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Lake Union, the area is known for its tech and innovation companies as well as its stunning views of the water.
It’s also close to some of Seattle’s top attractions. During my recent visit, I enjoyed a leisurely 0.7-mile walk from the hotel to the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, and Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. And if you want to explore the rest of Seattle, Level Seattle is close to public transportation options, like the Link Light Rail and King County bus system, that can get you to other hot spots in town like Pioneer Square, Lumen Field, and T-Mobile Park. And be sure to visit Pike Place Market where you can enjoy the best Pike Place Market food tours.
Sage Advice: If you are traveling to Level Seattle from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport without a rental car, allow about 30 minutes to arrive by Uber, Lyft, or taxi. Or, you can take 1-Line Light Rail to Westlake Station and walk about 15 minutes to the hotel.
Parking at Level Seattle
Although I was exploring Seattle without a car, Level Seattle does have a secure onsite parking garage with self-parking available for an additional fee that’s currently $35/night plus taxes.
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Checking Into Level Seattle
The front desk staff at Level Seattle was wonderfully welcoming. I arrived around 8:00 pm, and after checking me into my room, Rickey identified several fantastic recommendations for nearby restaurants. Throughout my stay, the guest services team was available 24/7 to answer any questions and provide additional guidance about what to see and do and how to get around town.
My Guest Room at Level Seattle
Level Seattle is a unique accommodation that’s part hotel and part extended stay. The property is brand new and spotlessly clean. Whether you book a 425-square-foot Level suite or a 1,062-square-foot three-bedroom suite, your living space feels like home away from home. In addition to the features you’d expect – like a flat-screen TV with cable, complimentary WiFi, and free local phone calls – all suites also include a fully equipped kitchen and high-efficiency washer and dryer.
During my visit to Seattle, I stayed in a one-bedroom suite. With over 500 square feet of space it offered a dedicated bedroom with a king bed and an open-concept living and dining area. In addition to modern furnishings and stylish decor, the living space incorporated floor-to-ceiling windows that provided natural light during the day and stunning city views at night.
The gourmet kitchen was outfitted with premium appliances and a gas stove, but my favorite part of the suite was the private balcony.
It was so relaxing to sit outside, sip a glass of wine, and watch the neighborhood below on a beautiful fall evening after a busy day of exploring the city.
The king-sized bed featured a Hypnos mattress. The company claims to produce the most comfortable beds in the world, and I’m not going to argue after sleeping so soundly. The bathroom had a spacious walk-in shower with ample counter and storage space.
Sage Advice: While it wasn’t necessary during my visit, Level Seattle suites have air conditioning. Because many homes, businesses, and hotels in the Pacific Northwest don’t have air conditioning, this climate control is a nice feature for anyone visiting Seattle in the warmer months.
Amenities at Level Seattle
You can also work out in the mirror studio or take a “spin” on a Peloton bike. There is also an indoor basketball court with a climbing wall that’s fun for guests of all ages.
Whether you are focused on swimming laps or simply want to sip a drink poolside from a lounge chair, Level Seattle has you covered. There are two outdoor swimming pools – including a rooftop pool – surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs, as well as an indoor pool with a hot tub, cold plunge pool, steam room, and sauna.
In addition to multiple pools and pool-side seating, the grounds of Level Seattle also include dining tables, fully equipped barbeques, and fire pits.
Staying at Level Seattle with Pets
Although I wasn’t visiting Seattle with my four-legged besties, as a dog mom I was pleased to discover that the Level Seattle – South Lake Union is a pet-friendly hotel. Not only are all suites pet friendly, but the hotel has a secure onsite dog run and designated pet relief area. In addition to that, there are two onsite pet spas, because your furry kid doesn’t think you should have a monopoly on pampering.
If I Could Change One Thing About My Stay at Level Seattle
I always ask myself this question when writing hotel reviews, because there’s always room for improvement and I want to provide the most honest review possible to my readers. But the only thing I can come up with about my stay at Level Seattle is that I wish my schedule would have allowed me to stay longer. It was truly one of the most amazing properties I’ve ever visited, and I absolutely fell in love with it and the South Lake Union neighborhood.
Dining Near Level Seattle
Another benefit of staying at the Level Seattle – South Lake Union is its proximity to some of Seattle’s top dining options – after all, not everyone wants to cook dinner while on vacation, even if it’s in a gourmet kitchen! Fortunately, many coffee shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel, including these favorites of mine.
This local gem of a coffee shop was recommended by one of the concierges at Level Seattle. He described Monorail Espresso as “a bit of a hole in the wall,” but I’d call it more of a glass-walled, walk-up espresso bar. Despite a lack of spacious indoor seating where guests can sit and linger, one sip makes it easy to understand why Monorail’s smooth and tasty cappuccinos and rich and creamy lattes have been bringing the locals back time and time again since 1980.
Portage Bay Cafe
For a delicious breakfast or brunch near Level Seattle, check out Portage Bay Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant committed to locally sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, but you can expect dishes like eggs Benedict, pancakes, omelettes, and filling sandwiches – all a bit out of the ordinary. Try the Seattle eggs Benedict, made with local Dungeness crab, the farmer’s bowl,filled with sustainably-grown vegetables and topped with three over-easy eggs, or a goat cheese omelette.
During my first night in Seattle, I had dinner at Cactus, a Mexican restaurant and bar with a modern twist. The menu includes a variety of Southwest-inspired options, including tacos, empanadas, enchiladas, and tamales. Whatever dish you choose, I highly recommend pairing it with a margarita.
Sage Advice: In addition to these delicious, nearby restaurants, be sure to check out the best rooftop bar Seattle.
If you’re searching for an apartment-like suite stay in Seattle, look no further than Level Seattle. It’s brand new, sparkling clean, and packed with amenities in a great Seattle neighborhood. With a fully equipped kitchen and in-suite laundry facilities, it’s everything you’d want from a vacation rental in the heart of the city without the hidden cleaning and service fees that typically come with that accommodation option.
Have You Stayed at Level Seattle?
How was your stay in South Lake Union? What did you like most about Level Seattle? Was there anything disappointing about your stay? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
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