10 of the best Airbnbs in Seattle, from an apartment next to Pike Place Market to an A-frame with a kitchen crafted from Legos

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The best airbnbs in Seattle

  • Seattle has the Space Needle, the Sound, and some of the best coffee, beer, and food in the world.
  • Visitors can explore the Emerald City while living like a local in any of these homes found on Airbnb.
  • These top-rated Airbnbs represent a range of prices and follow Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program.

The once sleepy port town of Seattle has transformed into a vibrant city filled with museums and galleries, top-notch restaurants, an iconic skyline surrounded by natural beauty. And, of course, incredible coffee.

Of course, I may be biased. I spent most weekends and summers here as a kid and continued to visit regularly as an adult. As such, I know that Seattle is one of the best cities to discover over the course of a week or even just a weekend.

So while you’re busy exploring like a local, you may want to consider living like one too. If you’re wondering if Airbnb is safe, private home rentals are considered by most experts to offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels. They minimize interactions with others, and Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures. However, there’s still an inherent risk to traveling and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.

For those seeking to skip hotel rooms in line with experts’ guidance, I compiled a list of highly-rated Airbnb Seattle homes that tap into the Pacific Northwest’s quirky spirit.

Here are some of the best Airbnbs in Seattle, sorted by price from low to high.

West Seattle tiny house, $89

West Seattle tiny house

Book this West Seattle tiny house starting at $89 per night

If you have ever wanted to test drive the tiny house trend without sacrificing all your earthly possessions, check out this tiny house. Located in West Seattle, this teensy retreat, called Tipsy, has everything you need — kitchen, workspace, TV, shower — all packed into a minute package. 

The house’s wood lining gives the space a jewel box-like feel with gorgeous detailing and plenty of natural light. The kitchen is pint-sized but functional with a diminutive dining table, plus outdoor benches for al fresco dining.

You’ll sleep under the stars that shine through a skylight over the comfy-looking bed, which is tucked away in a loft beneath a gabled ceiling. While the home is best suited for two, there is room for a third on the couch. All of the restaurants, shops, and attractions in West Seattle are nearby and it’s a quick ferry ride to downtown. Nightly stays are available from March onward.

Private garden cottage in Ballard, $92

Private garden cottage in Ballard Seattle

Book this private garden cottage in Ballard starting at $92 per night

Ballard is filled with Seattle’s best: coffee shops, indie record stores, locally-owned movie theaters, restaurants, breweries, bars, and easy access to the beach at Golden Gardens Park.

Enjoy it all from this chic studio that is simply furnished, yet refined. Curl up with a coffee picked up from Caffe Umbro on the leather couch, or grab a bottle of locally made beer while watching Netflix or a selection from the DVD stash.

There’s a small but full kitchen, that includes both a Chemex and a Keurig. The mint green bathroom is accented by bird-filled wallpaper, a rainfall shower, and local bath products. After playing tourist, relax in the garden, which features a greenhouse and picnic table. When it’s time for lights out, pull down the Murphy bed from the wall and collapse into a queen-sized bed. Availability opens up for this home in May.

Art-filled South Lake Union loft, $102

Art filled South Lake Union loft Seattle

Book this art-filled South Lake Union loft starting at $102 per night

This modern loft in South Lake Union is geographically convenient. It’s near the nightlife in Belltown, the restaurants and shops in Capitol Hill, and the Space Needle.

The first floor has a full kitchen and a dining room table, and the living room has an array of books plus inviting couches to watch HBO Go and Netflix. The home boasts a carefully curated art collection and an assortment of objets d’art that are easy on the eyes but also mean the home is probably not a great fit for families with kids under 12. Well-behaved pups are welcome, though.

Upstairs is a modern sleeping space with an en suite bathroom. The 17-foot tall windows let in tons of light, but there are room-darkening shades when it’s time to snooze. But before tucking in, spend some time on the rooftop deck equipped with a grill. This hot property has bookings available beginning in May.

Finnish spa retreat in Greenwood, $198

Finnish Spa Retreat in Greenwood Seattle

Book this spa retreat in Greenwood starting at $198 per night

Why go to the spa when you can stay in the spa? This indulgent retreat includes a Finnish sauna, hot tub, and an outdoor shower to fully relax and recharge. The striking metal, wood, and stone exterior flows to a thoughtfully-designed interior with Japanese and Scandinavian design elements throughout including paper lanterns and a Scandi-inspired dining set.  

Gaze out from the massive circular window, sink into the white, minimalist sofa, or chill in the dreamy backyard reading nook. The home has a King-sized bed in one bedroom, as well as a Queen-sized bed in an intimate sleeping loft over the living space.  

There are also heated floors in the bathroom, a full-sized kitchen, an airy living room, and even a resident bunny on the property. 

Downtown Seattle is only 15 minutes away and Greenwood’s many restaurants and shops are close by. This home has availability beginning in April.

Treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, $199

Stay in a treehouse in the Seattle 'burb of Redmond Seattle

Book a treehouse in Redmond starting at $199 per night

Sleep perched amid the very trees that give the Evergreen State its nickname in this cozy treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington.

Aptly named The Squirrel’s Nest, this 280-square foot treehouse offers a birds-eye view of the world. It’s fully insulated, heated, and wired, but maintains rustic charm through wooden interiors including beds made from real logs, tree-top swings, and a sky-high seating area. There’s one bed on the main floor and another within a sleeping loft.

However, sleeping in the trees does require a little compromise. The house does not allow children under the age of 2, and there’s only a half bath and a small refrigerator, a few dishes, and a coffeemaker.

On cool nights or rainy days, turn on the indoor fireplace and play games on the wooden floor. When blue skies arrive, enjoy your morning coffee surrounded by firs. Seattle’s restaurants and shops are just a 20-minute drive. But don’t be surprised if you want to stay in the Squirrel’s Nest just a little bit longer. Stays are available starting in July.

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square, $200

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square Seattle

Book this romantic retreat starting at $200 per night

Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find a lot to love in this intimate studio in the heart of the city near galleries, shops, and cafes.

The brick-lined loft has soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows that cut a dramatic silhouette and a postcard-worthy view of one of the most photographed signs in Seattle. There’s plenty of comfortable seating for TV watching, a kitchen with a full-sized fridge and gas range, and a nap-worthy King-sized canopy bed surrounded by curtains. 

The home is within easy walking distance of the many restaurants, the city’s stadiums, and Pike’s Place Market. Check-ins are available starting in March.

Apartment next to Pike Place Market, $209

Stay in the heart of Pike Place Seattle

Book this Pike Place apartment starting at $209 per night

Nearly every Seattle visitor swings through the city’s famed Pike Place Market, but not everyone gets to call it home. This chic apartment offers up-close views of one of the city’s most famous sites. 

The sophisticated dwelling has clean lines, giant windows, and decorative pops of color that brighten the space. There is a Queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, and even a travel crib. There’s also a full kitchen, which is a must after gathering up fresh ingredients from the market.

The home also includes a washer and dryer, Smart TV with Netflix, and access to an apartment complex with a hot tub and gym. There is plenty of availability from April onwards.

Craftsman home in Green Lake, $273

Green Lake Craftsman Seattle

Book this craftsman home in Green Lake starting at $273 per night

One of the architectural mainstays of Pacific Northwest real estate is the cozy craftsman-style home known for hand-worked details, gorgeous wood, and low-pitched roofs. This Green Lake craftsman bungalow is ideal for families with three spacious bedrooms.

Stroll around Green Lake sipping your latte from Revolutions Coffee before returning to savor the home’s inviting fireplace, full kitchen with a coffee maker and an espresso machine (this is Seattle, after all), and a minimalist dining room. Perhaps best of all, there is also a garden with an outdoor dining area and a hot tub.

This home is for future planners: it’s booked until fall.

Architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen in Matthews Beach, $371

Architectural wonder with a Lego themed kitchen in Matthews Beach Seattle

Book this architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen starting at $371 per night

Architecture enthusiasts of all ages will find a lot to love in this midcentury modern Airbnb Plus home located on a secluded wooded lot just one block from Matthews Beach on the shores of Lake Washington. 

The modified A-frame’s exterior is reminiscent of a glass and wood Christmas tree, while the interior has minimalist ski chalet vibes. Three of the four bedrooms are on the upper level, set into the slanted roof for a snug feeling. Two and a half baths mean no waiting — although folks might be tempted to linger in the giant soaking tub. 

Colorful accents dot the living room and study, however, it’s the whimsical design surprises throughout that truly delight. There is as a Mondrian-inspired ceiling in the bath, and a Lego-themed kitchen with a center island crafted out of the iconic building block. In fact, guests are prompted to complete a search and find activity among the plethora of little Legos.

Burke-Gillman trail is a bike ride away, as is nearby Wedgwood. This house has availability for bookings in March and April.

Townhouse with postcard-ready views im Queen Anne, $420

Queen Anne Townhouse with postcard ready views Seattle

Book this Queen Anne townhouse starting at $420 per night

This large and open townhouse serves as a gorgeous perch above the city with stunning views of the Space Needle, Kerry Park, and Elliott Bay.  

Billed as a city sanctuary, this 2,600-square foot two-bedroom home includes a fireplace for cold nights, sumptuous velvet couches, a well-stocked kitchen, and a dining room. The spacious master bedroom has a full bath with a deep soaking tub and more stunning views. The second bedroom offers a comfortable place to sleep with a Queen-sized bed and room-darkening shades.  

This house has availability from March onwards.

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Here’s what Costco looked like when it opened in 1983 and the annual membership was $25

Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: Costco is one of the most popular big-box stores in the United States. It’s known for selling everything in bulk from toilet paper to seafood.

Jerry Seinfeld: Look at this can of tuna. 

Narrator: Although the members-only wholesaler first opened in 1983, today’s stores don’t look much different than they did almost 40 years ago.

Before the first Costco warehouse opened, there was Price Club, which opened in 1976.

The first location was in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego, California. At the time, it served only small businesses.

Its executive vice president of merchandising, distribution, and marketing, Jim Sinegal, played a big role in its initial success.

After leaving Price Club, Sinegal and Jeff Brotman worked together to co-found Costco Wholesale, which they basically modeled after Price Club.

The first Costco Wholesale store opened in 1983 in Seattle. Annual club membership was just $25 at the time. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about the same annual fee today.

Stores quickly expanded across the Pacific Northwest. 200,000 people held Costco memberships by the end of 1984 and another year later, the company filed for an IPO. Soon, it became a $1 billion company.

Ten years after the first Costco store opened, Price Club and Costco merged to form PriceCostco.

In 1997, PriceCostco changed its name to Costco Companies, Inc. Today, it goes by Costco Wholesale Corporation – or as most people know it, just Costco.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in April 2019.

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Seattle health workers raced to inject 1,600 coronavirus vaccine doses in the middle of the night to whomever they could find after a freezer failed

COVID 19 vaccine
  • A freezer mishap resulted in a frantic effort to administer more than 1,600 vaccines overnight in Seattle, The Washington Post reported.
  • Hundreds of people stood in the street in their robes and pajamas after Seattle’s Swedish Health Services tweeted at 11 p.m. that it had vaccines that were about to expire within hours.
  • Workers administered all the shots on time, and no doses went to waste.
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Staff and volunteers at a Seattle health facility scrambled to inject 1,600 people with coronavirus vaccines that were rapidly expiring after a freezer failed, The Washington Post reported. 

The freezer malfunction meant the Moderna vaccines would expire by the morning of January 29, so workers at Seattle’s Swedish Health Services rushed to vaccinate as many people as they could. Within the last 15 minutes, before the shots expired, workers administered dozens of shots mostly on the street. They reportedly injected the last shot at 3:45 a.m. on the dot.

At around 11 p.m. on Thursday night, the medical center tweeted an urgent message saying it had hundreds of available vaccine appointments in the next few hours before the doses expired. Hundred people showed up in their pajamas and robes, the NBC affiliate KING-TV reported. 

Those in line were calling up people they knew to get them down to get a shot, the Post added. 

We were literally like … who can get people here? People started texting and calling and we were just counting down,” Kevin Brooks, the chief operating officer of Swedish Health Services told the Post. “Thirty-seven. Thirty-five. Thirty-three … People were showing up and running down the hall.”

Brooks told KING-TV that all available appointments were filled within 35 to 40 minutes.

The vaccines, which were being stored at Kaiser Permanente, began to thaw after a refrigeration issue impacting Swedish’s vaccines and those that belonged to UW Medicine, the Post reported. 

Jenny Brackett, an assistant administrator at UW Medicine, said when she learned of the freezer mishap she was inspired by another recent instance where vaccines almost went to waste. Earlier that week, after getting stuck in a snowstorm, health workers in Oregon vaccinated stranded drivers before their remaining coronavirus vaccine doses expired. 

While those vaccines were meant to go to other people, “the snow meant those doses wouldn’t make it to them before they expired,” the Josephine County Public Health Department, in Oregon said. 

Brackett told the Post: “When I got the call they’re like, ‘It’s kind of like our snow moment.'”

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Brackett said she was going through the long line seeking out people who were 65 or older so they could be prioritized. 

“I was a little worried that the line maybe would not be too thrilled,” she said. “You know, that I am letting others go first. But that wasn’t the response I had at all. Actually, the crowd kind of cheered.

While not everyone who was vaccinated was in the state’s top priority category, the center said they would still be eligible to receive their second dose, and they’re just happy nothing went to waste. 

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