Pioneer Square

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Pioneer Square which includes heritage architecture, street scenes and a city

Seattle’s birthplace and oldest neighborhood is set in the National Historic District overlooking Elliot Bay.

More a district than an actual square, Pioneer Square is where Seattle began. This historic district has been rejuvenated with green spaces, benches and fresh facades on some of the buildings, but still retains some old-world charm. It’s a sharp contrast to the nearby ultra-modern sports stadiums of Qwest Field and Safeco Field.

Early settlers in Seattle opened businesses along the Elliott Bay waterfront. The area boomed due to the many miners who passed through in the late 1800s, seeking their fortune further north during the Yukon Gold Rush. Pioneer Square earned the title “Skid Row” because lumberjacks skidded logs down Yesler Street to the wharf at the bottom of the hill.

Pioneer Square has transformed over time from a seedy red-light district to a respectable arts community and visitor attraction. Jump on a horse-drawn carriage and tour the cobblestone streets with a local guide at the reins. The ivy-covered brick buildings and mid-19th-century Romanesque architecture lend character and charm to the cafés, sports bars, bookstores and nightclubs.

There’s plenty to do here, rain or shine. Check out the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park to learn more about Seattle’s colorful history. And don't miss Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour of the old sidewalks, saloons, brothels and passageways of the original city. If the sun’s out, take your camera to the top of Smith Tower, riding up on the only manually-operated elevator on the West Coast. Completed in 1914, Smith Tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi and it still offers great views of the waterfront and distant Mount Rainier.

After dark enjoy live music, bars, dancing and spicy food. The party atmosphere continues until the early hours. This area has some of the oldest drinking establishments in the city, as well as a few clubs that were mainstays of Seattle’s grunge era in the early ‘90s. Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains all got their start here.

Pioneer Square is located on the south end of downtown Seattle, easily accessible by car, bus or taxi. Free parking is tough to come by, but there are plenty of parking lots and street parking for a fee.

Top Hotels Close to Pioneer Square

W Seattle
W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,350 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Downtown Seattle, this luxury hotel is steps from Seattle Public Library and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Waterfront and 5th Avenue ...
4.3/5Excellent! (927 reviews)
"The hotel itself was pleasant and clean. The staff were helpful and very professional."

Reviewed on 2021/9/13

W Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,965 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Place and Nordstrom. Seattle Waterfront and Virginia Mason Medical Center are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (2,307 reviews)
"It was clean and close to everything we wanted to do."

Reviewed on 2021/9/17

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,407 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from 5th Avenue Theater, Washington State Convention Center, and Seattle Central Business District. Nordstrom ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,181 reviews)
"It was a perfect stay."

Reviewed on 2021/9/13

Sheraton Grand Seattle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Pioneer Square

The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,418 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
The Paramount Hotel
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,965 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Hyatt Regency Seattle
W Seattle
W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,350 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
W Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,407 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,687 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
4 out of 5
1007 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$5,289 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
Hotel 1000, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Hotel 1000, LXR Hotels & Resorts
4.5 out of 5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$10,890 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Hotel 1000, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,406 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,463 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.