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.
Best Rooms: Certain rooms above floor 5 facing north offer views of the Space Needle. Meanwhile, south-facing rooms offer views of downtown Seattle.
3.5 star hotel
0.50 mi from Seattle Aquarium
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: 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.
4 star hotel
Area: Central Business District
0.54 mi from Seattle Aquarium
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: Due to the hotel's location and the fact that it's only 4 stories high, your views will consist mostly of a neighboring park or other buildings.