4 star hotel
Area: Central Business District
0.60 mi from Seattle University
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.
3 star hotel
0.72 mi from Seattle University
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.
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.
Best Rooms: Rooms ending in *07, *10 and *11 on floors 9 - 10 (e.g. 907, 1011), as well as rooms ending in *10 and *11 on floors 11 - 12 offer distant views of the Space Needle.
3.5 star hotel
1.12 mi from Seattle University
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.
2.5 star hotel
Area: South-Lake Union
1.37 mi from Seattle University
Best Rooms: Rooms ending in *01 - *14 and *37 - *40, facing Aurora Ave N., on floors 5 - 6 (e.g. 501,614) offer an excellent view of the Space Needle.