No hotel review this trip as we used Airbnb for our accommodations. Seattle is a pricey place to stay. You can go further out from the center and find cheaper hotels but if you want to stay within about 15 minutes of most of the famous attractions, it’s often hard to find something for under $100. Maybe I’m just not the best at looking but I used every search and discount place I knew of and couldn’t find anything. What I could find wanted too much extra for parking and I knew we wanted to rent a car so that we could do a day trip to a beach or maybe Olympic National Park. What we ended up with was a place with free parking, microwave, coffee maker, mini fridge, living room, bedroom, bathroom & free wifi in a neighborhood with lots of walkability for under $90 a night. It was a nice, clean, bright, safe place to stay. A sink in the kitchenette would have been nicer, but there was free bottled water and our hostess supplied paper plates, bowls, silverware and some nice big mugs.
Airbnb is a nice alternative to hotels, especially if you are staying somewhere for more than a couple of nights. You can generally find a place with a fridge and a microwave at least so you don’t have to eat out every meal.
We got in on Thursday afternoon and immediately headed out to explore the nearby Fremont district. We walked around the corner to Roro’s BBQ for some really good brisket and tri-tip sandwiches with excellent fries. The sauces were okay – more watery and vinegar based than I generally like but I’m used to the sweet KC BBQ sauces. After that we walked down to the water and then up to see the Fremont Troll.