4 star hotel
Area: Central Business District
0.35 mi from Frye Art Museum
Best Rooms: Rooms facing west have views of the water; rooms facing north offer views of the Space Needle; and rooms facing south have views of the highway, with the mountains in the background.
Best Rooms: Corner suites have views in two directions, but the "first-come, first-serve" policy and frequent requests can make them a bit difficult to get. View King rooms give a great look at the Puget Sound -- if you're willing to dish out a little extra. The Emerald Suites, overlooking 7th Avenue and Pine Street (rooms 2722, 2822, 2922, 3022), provide the best views of the Space Needle and Puget Sound. For water views, you may need to go higher than floor 16.
Best Rooms: Corner rooms ending in *07 (e.g. 507, 607), from floors 5 and up, offer particularly good views of the Space Needle; rooms ending in *04 - *06 (e.g. 604, 706) also offer Space Needle views.
3 star hotel
0.79 mi from Frye Art Museum
Best Rooms: The hotel has limited views because it's boxed in by other buildings. That said, rooms facing Court Place on floor 8 and higher have the best views of the surrounding area.
3.5 star hotel
1.01 mi from Frye Art Museum
Best Rooms: Even-numbered rooms ending in *28 - *36 offer a great view of the Space Needle on floors 4 - 5; rooms facing 5th Ave. offer a view of the Seattle Monorail; and rooms facing Blanchard St. offer a nice city view on the same floors.
Best Rooms: The Waterfront rooms provide the best views of Elliott Bay, especially from higher floors. If you book a Elliot Bay View room, be sure to request one that's looking straight at the bay, because there are many rooms in this category that don't actually provide a good view of the bay.