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Family-friendly hotel pools for your next staycation around Seattle

Indoor, outdoor, warm or cold we've rounded up a choice for everyone

A local, family-friendly hotel or resort is just the ticket to get away without too much driving.  One of the quickest ways to elevate your family’s staycation experience is to book lodging with a pool, guaranteeing endless hours of wet-n-wild entertainment. Here are some family-friendly hotels with pools in the Seattle area to help make your next staycation one to remember. Note: We provided an approximate cost for a two-night stay in a standard double-queen room, but these destinations would also be a fantastic choice for a one-night getaway.

Family-friendly indoor hotel pools

 

Splish-splash around at the large pool, Embassy Suites.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA

This hotel is the perfect urban escape, a short drive from downtown Bellevue at the junction of I-90 and I-405. In addition to traditional hotel rooms, families can reserve suites for extra sleeping space. Kids love riding down to the main-floor pool in glass elevators that give you a view of the large open spaces of the hotel lobby below. Receptions each evening provide guests complimentary snacks to fuel their pool play, and continental breakfast is included with each stay.

Make a splash
The mid-sized indoor heated pool has shallow-entry steps on two ends and a maximum depth of 5-feet. It also has an 8-person hot tub. This chlorinated pool is kept at a standard pool temperature of about 82 degrees. There is a deck-side shower and dedicated restroom for the pool area, as well as lounge chairs along the perimeter of the pool deck. Pool towels are provided for hotel guests. The pool is open from 7 a.m. to midnight every day, with adult-only time from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Pool pro tips
The pool depth increases rather quickly after the entry steps in this pool, so be prepared to keep a watchful eye on young swimmers. Bring your life jackets, pool floats, and water toys for extra fun!

Play at the water tables, at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Pool break
Take some time during your staycation to venture off-site and explore Bellevue. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a beautiful space to go for a walk. Leading up to the winter holidays, it is transformed into a sparkling world of garden-themed light displays. KidsQuest Children’s Museum, with its hands-on learning and play spaces, is a short drive from the hotel. Bellevue Square Mall and the neighboring Lincoln Square offer ample shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes a weekend day)
Peak season: $550
Off-season: $300

 

Take a dip in the hot tub at the Residence Inn

Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
800 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA

The Residence Inn Lake Union offers families the perfect home away from home, featuring suites with up to two private bedrooms and full kitchenettes. Complimentary hot breakfast is provided each morning, and an onsite restaurant offers kid-friendly fare like flatbread pizzas and grilled cheese.

Make a splash
The hotel’s indoor swimming pool and hot tub are in a glass-enclosed atrium on the third floor. Towels are provided, and chairs and tables are available on the pool deck. Guests are welcome to bring their own pool floats and water toys. Pools hours are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., with adults only from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The fame room is an added bonus for family fun at the Residence Inn

Pool pro tips
This is a large hotel, so try to book a room on the third floor for easy access to the pool. For added fun, towel off and check out the pool-adjacent Wheelhouse Activity Room, a family-friendly game room with activities such as a Lego table, air hockey, building blocks and skee ball.

Pool break
Located in a prime location near the shore of Lake Union, there are beautiful sights to explore just outside the hotel. MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) and the Center For Wooden Boats are located across the street from the hotel. MOHAI leads visitors on a tour through Seattle’s rich history with hands-on learning exhibits, a kids’ play space, and iconic Seattle memorabilia. Check out public programs at the Center For Wooden Boats, which include free peapod rowboat rentals and free public sailings led by volunteer skippers. Read more about the Center for Wooden Boats.

If you need to get some wiggles out, explore the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop trail. This 6.4-mile paved trail circumnavigates Lake Union and offers beautiful views (just be mindful of leaving space for bikes that use the trail). Walk along the trail to Lake Union Park, where you’ll find a small spray park and playground. You can also hop on the Seattle Streetcar, which passes just in front of the hotel, for a quick mile-long ride to Seattle’s downtown core.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes a weekend day)
Peak Season: $800
Off-season: $340

The Maxwell Hotel offers fun decor and pops of color at their pool

The Maxwell Hotel
300 Roy St, Seattle, WA

Known for their quirky, fun, artistic hotels, this Stay Pineapple hotel has a modern charm. From the beverage reception at arrival to comfy robes and European-style individual duvets on the beds, guests will feel welcome and comfortable during their stay at The Maxwell Hotel. Located at the base of Queen Anne Hill, Seattle Center and Climate Pledge Arena are just steps away.

Make a splash
What makes this pool a family-friendly hotel pool? The small, shallow (4-foot deep) heated indoor pool welcomes kids to splash around during your stay. Pool towels are provided, and plenty of seating is around the pool deck. Pool hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; all ages are welcome. Note: An amenity fee (currently $29.95 per day) covers all of The Maxwell Hotel’s amenities, including the pool.

Pool pro tips
Take a swimming break to grab a snack or pineapple-themed treat at the daily afternoon reception, or get complimentary refreshments any time from the Quick Bites & Bevvies cooler at the front desk. Bonus: You can even bring your snacks into the pool area to eat at the poolside tables.

A hidden gem, check out the garden nearby

Pool break

It’s an easy walk from The Maxwell Hotel to all of Seattle Center’s attractions, including the Seattle Children’s Museum, Climate Pledge Arena (home of the Seattle Kraken hockey team), Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the Pacific Science Center. The Maxwell provides free adult-sized bikes for exploring the city (bring your own kid-sized wheels, however, as no children’s bikes are available). For a unique experience, head across the street to the rooftop of the Mercer Street Garage, where you’ll find the UpGarden P-Patch. This secret city garden is open to the public during daylight hours and is a great spot to catch sunset views.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes one weekend day)

Peak Season: $900

Off-season: $350

 

Pristine pool experience and the Fairmont Hotel

Fairmont Olympic Seattle
411 University St., Seattle, WA

Consider this option a total splurge. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, this iconic hotel is the perfect setting for making lasting memories. With a rich history and luxurious ambiance, the Fairmont Olympic is truly a treat.

Make a splash
The rooftop pool is enclosed in a glass atrium, so guests can swim comfortably indoors year-round. Small waterfalls around the pool’s perimeter offer kids fun play places to duck under the water. The large hot tub seats at least a dozen guests, a welcome respite after a cool plunge. Small tables surround the pool deck, and guests are welcome to bring snacks and drinks to eat in these dining areas. Large locker rooms with showers and changing rooms are adjacent to the pool. The pool is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

Pool pro tips
Guests of any age can request bathing robes and slippers to wear to and from the pool deck–my son’s fluffy robe was a highlight of our visit! For extra fun, bring your own pool floats or toys to use in the pool. Peek out the rooftop pool windows to get a bird’ s-eye view of pedestrians and cars on the Seattle streets below.

Add your piece to the gum wall in Seattle

Pool break
The Fairmont Olympic is in the heart of downtown Seattle. Walk to some of Seattle’s top attractions like Pike Place Market (make sure to add your bubble gum to the infamous gum wall), the Seattle waterfront (including kid favorites like The Seattle Aquarium and The Seattle Great Wheel), The Paramount and The 5th Avenue Theatre. Dining and shopping options abound within a short walk from the hotel. Catch the monorail from Westlake Center to visit top area attractions such as The Space Needle, The Pacific Science Center, MoPOP, and The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes a weekend day)
Peak season: $1000
Off-season: $500

Family-friendly outdoor hotel pools

 

This outdoor pool is a delight on a sunny day at The Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud Hotel – Stadium
1046 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA

Located across the street from Lumen Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks) and T-Mobile Park (home of the Seattle Mariners), this hotel is in the perfect location for sports fans or families wanting to be in the heart of the action. Suites are available with private bedrooms and pull-out sleeper sofas so families can bunk together.

Make a splash
The open-air rooftop pool, hot tub and sundeck are open year-round. The pool is 82 degrees so guests can swim comfortably in all seasons. Relatively small and shallow, this pool is the perfect size for kids who want somewhere to splash and play. Several chairs and a few small tables are on the pool deck, and pool towels are provided. All ages are welcome from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Pool pro tips
The pool offers views of the Seattle waterfront and the Olympic Mountains, making this a great location for watching sunsets or taking in the sights of the bustling city below. Since this is an outdoor pool, you may want to check the weather before your arrival to ensure it will be conducive to al fresco swimming.

Pool break
Whether it’s a sports game, a concert, or a tradeshow, chances are you can walk across the street and catch an exciting event at one of the neighboring stadiums. Walk a few blocks north to Pioneer Square and explore Seattle’s deep (literally!) history at a Seattle underground tour. With downtown Seattle only a few blocks away, guests have endless options for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes cost of a weekend day)
Peak Season: $1200
Off-season: $500

Photo courtesy of marriott.com

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

Located on Elliott Bay, this is the only downtown Seattle hotel with views of the Olympic mountains and the waterfront from its guest rooms. Suites are available with private bedrooms and pull-out sleeper sofas. Guest rooms are newly renovated, modern, and beautifully decorated in a nautical theme.

Make a splash
This family-friendly indoor/outdoor hotel pool is heated to 81 degrees and is open year-round. Towels are provided, and guests can bring their pool floats and water toys. Adventurous kids will have fun swimming through the plastic dividers separating the pool’s indoor and outdoor portions to experience different swimming environments. Poolside chairs are available in the pool’s indoor and outdoor sections. All ages are welcome from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Pool pro tips
On a nice day bring snacks and drinks to set up a homebase on the outdoor poolside lounge chairs where you can take a respite from swimming and enjoy waterfront views. There is no hot tub, so bring cover-ups to bundle up in if anyone gets chilly. Reserve a room on the second floor if you want to stay close to the pool.

Pool break
Its location on the Seattle waterfront is just a short walk from the hotel to attractions such as the Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Great Wheel, and Pike Place Market. In fact, an elevator just outside the hotel will take you right up to the market. While exploring the waterfront, book a harbor cruise with Argosy Cruises to see the Seattle skyline from an on-water perspective. For a dose of art and culture, visit the Seattle Art Museum (children 14 and under are free) or the Olympic Sculpture Park, both within a half-mile from the hotel.

Over the coming months and years, the Seattle waterfront area will continue to offer more to families as the Overlook Walk and Ocean Pavilion projects reach completion. This new development will include a large extension to the Seattle Aquarium, a waterfront promenade, and open spaces for families to enjoy.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes a weekend day)
Peak Season: $900
Off-season: $480

Slides, play structures and much more at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound
20500 Old Hwy 99 SW, Centralia, WA

This themed, family-friendly resort caters to kids of any age. Accommodations include hotel rooms or family suites, some containing bunk beds. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a mini-fridge.

Make a splash
Great Wolf Lodge is best known for its large (56,000 square feet!) indoor water park that includes large swimming pools, waterslides, a water tower climbing structure, a water obstacle course, a large indoor/outdoor hot tub, and a shallow splash pool (Note: Many attractions have height requirements). Water is warm at 84 degrees, so guests can enjoy water play year-round. Life jackets and towels are provided but leave your pool floats and water toys home. Water park hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pool pro tips
Bring necessities to the pool to stay as long as you want to play without running back to your room. There are ample tables and chairs around the pool deck to bring snacks or a picnic inside the water park (including to-go orders from the onsite restaurants like Buckets Grill or Hungry As A Wolf pizzeria). Cabanas are available to rent and packages that include poolside food and drinks are also available.

The pools can be heavily treated, so bring goggles to protect sensitive eyes. Wearable towels, cover-ups, waterproof shoes, or sandals make getting around the resort between swim sessions a breeze.

Bunks in the bedroom make it fun for families with multiples

Pool break
Great Wolf Lodge is jam-packed with family fun. Guests can play the onsite MagiQuest game, an immersive magic wand adventure that takes you to every corner of the resort. There is also an arcade, a high ropes course, gemstone mining experiences, and even an onsite Build-A-Bear Workshop. A full schedule of daily events like arts and crafts, yoga, dance parties, and character shows keep guests busy from dawn until dusk. Multi-attraction packages are available for purchase.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes unlimited water park entrance and designated kids activities for all guests on the reservation)
Peak Season: $900
Off-Season: $650

Note: Groupon often offers packages at least half the price for weekday stays. The resort also offers discounts. 

Join the fun at the Northshore Lagoon in this Polynesian-inspired pool setting

McMenamins Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE Bothell WA

Skip class and stay at this 1930s school-turned-hotel, which offers plenty of experiences for the whole family. Dine in, catch a movie, listen to live music, go swimming, and explore the landscaped gardens during your stay.

Make a splash
Swim at the Northshore Lagoon, a building separate from the hotel. Open the double doors and enter a Polynesian-themed space with a tropical feel. Bamboo decorations surround the steamy pool, accented by tropical plants and trees. The full-size saltwater pool is warm, hovering at 90 degrees, with a depth of 6 feet. Bamboo pipes shoot water out from above and into the pool to add to the excitement. Bring your water toys and tubes for extra fun. Guests will find pool towels with extras at reception in their room.

Pool pro tips
Guests must know that the pool is open to the public from Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Children under 3 are free, adults are $7.50, and children are $6.50. No reservations are needed. Bothell residents can swim for free if they show a driver’s license with their Bothell address or a recent utility statement. Remember to wear water shoes and pack an extra towel to walk back to your suite. No food or drink is allowed on the pool deck. Snack up before your swim.

Pool break
Bothell is an exciting town with numerous restaurants, shops, and parks. If you’re hungry for delicious butter chicken, eat at Bayleaf Bar and Grill or walk over to Ranch Drive-in for the classic burger and fries combo. Craving something sweet? Pinkabella Cupcakes is just a couple blocks from the hotel and serves a delicious variety of frosted cakes. After your bellies are full, walk over to Bothell Landing. Play on the boat-shaped structure, swing on the swings, then take a short walk on the trail. Visitors can rent kayaks to float along the Sammamish River in the summer too.

Cost of a two-night stay (includes a weekend day)
Peak season: $660
Off-season: $570

Tuck away these tips and book your next staycation with a family-friendly hotel pool at one of these locations.

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Allison Peterson is a former elementary teacher turned full-time driver/chef/tutor/nurse/coach/memory-maker to three children who call her "Mom". She lives in Woodinville, and is always looking for her next adventure!