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Seattle Family Vacation at Staybridge Suites (Review)

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Last weekend, we set off on an adventure to Seattle to celebrate the opening of our sponsored post partner, Staybridge Suites Seattle – South Lake Union. We hope you enjoy this review!

We have been to Seattle once before, last fall, and this visit was completely different. We love the rain and Seattle delivered last time, but this time we got glorious sunshine and warm weather. It was like seeing the city with completely different eyes, well at least not from below an umbrella. That is close enough, right?

Our home away from home for the two nights we were in town was in the South Union Lake area. The hotel itself is a really cool concept. One half is a Staybridge Suites Seattle – South Lake Union and the other half an EVEN Hotel Seattle. They are in the same building and share many of the same amenities, but their lobbies are on different floors and have completely different vibes.

Even is a wellness hotel with in-room exercise amenities, a more social bar area, and a full-service restaurant. Staybridge Suites is an all suite hotel that is styled more for extended stay business travelers and families like ours.

We had two suites, one for the girls and a separate one for Pete and I. Both had kitchens and sitting areas in addition to bed(s) and bathrooms. They were spacious, comfortable and well appointed with everything we could have ever needed.

Another bonus was the location. It was minutes from Lake Union and the local tech companies. The area is packed full with delicious dining options. Since we had the kitchens in our rooms, we didn’t have to leave leftovers at the restaurants and instead brought them back to the hotel for later. The girls and I love leftover pizza and we might have enjoyed a few pies while in town!

The hotel was also stocked with one of my favorite toiletries, J.R. Watkin’s!

Because EVEN has a restaurant in it, we were able to really maximize our time in Seattle. We woke up at a comfortable time and then headed down for breakfast. The menu had fresh eggs, fruit, hash browns, and more. The freshly squeezed juice was divine!

After breakfast on our first full day, we walked over to Lake Union to go kayaking. Pete took the girls out with the rest of our new friends and I stayed on the dock as the official family photographer. I love kayaking, but I was willing to make a sacrifice for the greater good.

That was until they all got back and told me they saw a Bald Eagle. Seriously… they saw one of those beauties! They also saw a mama and baby ducks, so you know Emmy was thrilled about that! You can see more about it in our video (above)!

We made some new friends too!

Later on, we headed to Pike Place Market. I even took this mandatory tourist picture. I’d like to pretend that I don’t already have this same picture from our last visit, but I totally do. I couldn’t help myself.

That market is so fun to visit, even for the second time. The first Starbucks is right there too. If you decide to visit, make sure to go really early in the morning, like 6 am early, or you will be hanging out in a line with others wanting to see the original coffee shop.

Starbucks Reserve

Speaking of Starbucks, you can also visit a Starbucks Reserve in Seattle. It is multiple times bigger than a traditional Starbucks and has coffee, a bar, and then different food stations. Emmy had a focaccia square. There were at least 10 to choose from and they all looked pretty fancy and delicious. She said it was excellent… and you know Emmy knows her focaccia!

Back to Pike Place Market…

We also headed down to the waterfront area below the market and we would definitely recommend doing so. There are games for everyone, food, a carousel and more.

We hopped in and out of the hotel when we needed a break, to snack and to recharge. Then we set off to explore more. Both hotels have little pantries and markets to purchase food and drinks.

We especially loved getting out at night!

I gushed about the beds and how comfortable they were on Instagram, but I have to say it again. We all slept so well!

Pete and I still had to get some work done on our trip, so while we were typing away on the computer, the girls went to the courtyard and had fun. The courtyard feels more like a rooftop with that open-air, relaxing feeling you get at the top of a building. It felt like it was made for families since we all know that little ones need a good place to get their energy out.

I can’t finish this without a big shout out to the amazing restaurants in the area. Look at all we had to enjoy. This doesn’t even include the great grocery stores close by like Whole Foods and Amazon Go!

Speaking of Amazon… we headed over to their campus to see the Amazon Sphere area. It was pretty cool. It wasn’t open when we were there, but they do offer tours so be sure to book on ahead of time.

This backdrop wasn’t in a forest or park, this was in the EVEN Hotel! 

We all had such a great time at the Staybridge Suites, South Lake Union. The girls really liked the fireplace in the lobby too and thought it would be a great place to relax during the colder months.

You can learn more about this perfect family-friendly hotel in Seattle, Staybridge Suites Seattle – South Lake Union, and book a room or two here.

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Looks like you had a great time in Seattle!! I love the look for the Staybridge Suites, especially with the decor of clean lines and a modern feel. Love the color scheme and kitchen! Looks like you made the right choice in where to stay.

  • It looks like you guys had a lot of fun. I love the hotel! A good hotel can make or break a trip.

  • I really LOVE how they have premium shampoo here! That is def a commodity! The views and dark wooded floors are so pretty too!

  • What a wonderful trip. My teen boy has gotten to love suites and condos as we travel more now that he is out of High School. He would love this place.

  • It looks like your family had such an amazing time. Your digs where you stayed also look so awesome!

  • What a beautiful hotel! I love all of the natural wood with pops of color. Looks like you guys had an AMAZING time there – what fun adventures!

  • We absolutely love Seattle and Staybridge Suites seems like a great place to stay. I appreciate the kitchen within each room since we often enjoy cooking with fresh, local ingredients.

  • Seattle is on my bucket list – it seems so pretty in the summer. KAyaking looks awesome!

  • Seattle is one of my dream cities. All the food and flowers and markets just make me swoon! Looks like your stay was incredible.

  • It sounds like you had an awesome trip! We are going to Seattle next summer and haven’t started planning anything yet, so this is helpful. The Staybridge Suites sounds like a great place to stay as well.

  • I have never been to Seattle and have always wanted to get there. I love staying in a suite like this, it’s perfect for families and I find it actually helps save money.

  • That hotel looks really cool. I definitely like the fancy toiletries. The door hanging sign is also so cute.

  • We’ve never been to Seattle. It’s been on my bucket list and may have to be our next destination.. uhmm.. maybe after Japan. We stay at a lot of hotels but I don’t think we’ve stayed at Staybridge. Will look into it the next time we book a hotel and if we’re headed to Seattle. That pasta looks delicious by the way!

  • One of my office head quarters is in Seattle. It is a great place tbh. I love the waterfront at the market. If you are upset or worried and stand there at night you will feel relieved.

  • I have always wanted to visit Seattle! Looks like you had such a wonderful time! I have stayed at other Staybridge Suites and always enjoyed our stay.

  • We recently stayed at Staybridge Suites in Florida and it was the best hotel I had ever been to! Glad to see that they are located in other states!

  • It looks that you had a really fun and active weekend in Seattle! I love all of these pictures and I’d definitely like to try kayaking myself. 🙂

  • I have never been to this chain before. It definitely looks awesome! I will have to keep them in mind for our next trip. We are always looks for places that offer larger suites since we have a larger family.

  • Ooo, the bathroom is so roomy and the breakfast sounds divine! I haven’t visited the Pacific Northwest yet but I’m dying to go . . . Seattle is definitely on the list!

  • The market and boardwalk look like so much fun! I love exploring vibrant sites like that where you can really get a sense of the city’s culture. And with so much food to try, my husband is definitely on board LOL.

  • what a lovely weekend spent! I have never been to Seattle and would love to explore with our growing family.

  • I really enjoyed my time in Seattle. It is a really pretty city and has plenty to do!

  • The pictures are great and stunning. The family picture is truly a portrait of loving closeness – very adorable.

  • I’ve never stayed at a Staybridge Suites or been to Seattle. I love that the suite has a kitchenette in it. So family friendly!

  • What a fun place to take your family! Looks like you all had an amazing time and that accommodation looks so comfortable too.

  • I was just thinking about life-sized JENGA blocks. I think those would be fun. This hotel looks great, especially that kitchen! I love that you could get fresh squeezed juice with your breakfast too. We are planning a trip to Seattle and I do love Staybridge Suites. I’m happy to hear of this one, and have bookmarked the page.

  • Sounds like you had an awesome trip! The hotel looks nice. I love this kinds of vacation!

  • This is the biggest hotel suite I’ve seen in awhile. This looks pretty amazing to even stay and it comes with an amazing view. I have never been to Seattle, WA yet, however I plan on visiting a friend out that way at the end of the year, however I’m crashing at her house instead. I’ve never stayed in a Staybridge Suites, but after these pictures def going to look into that for the next vacation.

  • The suites are so nice, I like the modern decor, seems like you had a great trip with the family and had tons of fun!

    ~xo Sheree

  • Seems like a nice hotel to stay in. I absolutely LOVE the do not disturb sign! LOL It’s nice that there is a kitchen.

  • Looks like a great trip! I love Seattle and can’t wait to get back. The hotel is gorgeous!

  • It really looks like that you and your family enjoyed your vacation., thanks for sharing your experiences.

  • The suite looks luxurious and is equipped with all the amenities that you might need during your stay. Lovely pictures too

  • I could seriously move to Seattle. It is my second favorite city in the country (Nashville is first)!

  • Seattle looks like a beautiful and exciting location for a long weekend. I must confess that I do like having the use of a kitchen on vacation so these suites are definitely an option.

  • The decor and surroundings of the hotel look smart yet relaxing and enjoyable…canoeing and the market seemed fun…seems you all had a relaxing stay

  • That hotel is just gorgeous! I love weekend traveling. It’s such a great way to see a new city without having to change up too much of your normal routine!

  • It looks like you had the best time here. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and looks like a dream to stay in.

  • Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves. The property seems to have lots of nice amenities.

  • So lovely to see so many happy faces. It looks like you had a really great time in Seattle.

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