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Pioneer Square
Vacation Travel Guide

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

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,918 per night from May 7 to May 8
Located in Pioneer Square, this hotel is steps from Smith Tower, Seattle Waterfront, and Pioneer Square. Seattle Central Business District and Columbia Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"The proximity to restaurants and coffee shops was excellent. However, Seattle is not immune to big city issues, there are some dangers of walking at night. A block away from tents and vagabond, most minded there own business but worth noting there was an unpleasant incident that occurred. This is ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/17

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,289 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,465 reviews)
"Staff was really nice and gave us ideas of places to go try out.!"

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Hyatt Regency Seattle
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,625 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from Pacific Place, Seattle Paramount Theatre, and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,851 reviews)
"It was central to the Downtown and within walking distance for services that I needed. This was my first time staying in Seattle and I enjoyed my short visit."

Reviewed on 2021/4/15

The Paramount Hotel
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

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,918 per night from May 7 to May 8
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,289 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Hyatt Regency Seattle
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,625 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
The Paramount Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3.5 out of 5
255 South King Street, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,311 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$6,092 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Warwick Seattle
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$4,505 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,372 per night from May 1 to May 2
Sheraton Grand Seattle
W Seattle
W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,598 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
W 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.