Hotels near Ballard
Hip, trendy, upbeat, and upscale are the best ways to describe the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Visitors have many affordable hotels to choose from here. Ballard is located near the University District and the I-5 Express, providing convenient access to Hotel Deca, Watertown Hotel*, and Silver Cloud Inn University.
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The Best of Ballard

Hotel Deca and Watertown Hotel* are located in the University District amid eclectic shops, pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs. Hotel Deca features a restaurant and airport shuttle and Watertown Hotel* features a business and fitness center. Silver Cloud Inn University is a smoke-free hotel with on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, and laundry facilities. The hotel also provides a shuttle service. Seattle features restaurants, cultural activities, and nightlife options plus affordable hotels, including the Hyatt at Olive 8* and Sheraton Seattle Hotel.   

What to See and How to Get There

Seattle offers a variety of transportation options including public buses, rental cars, taxis, limo services, and SoundTransit rail. Points of interest include the Golden Gardens Park with its sandy beach, the Ballard Farmers Market, Henry Art Museum, Burke Museum of Natural History, Woodland Park Zoo, and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.  

A Time for All Seasons

From skiing in winter to festivals in spring, Ballard is busy. Summer is peak season, but the many conferences from June through August mean higher hotel room rates and less availability. Visitors can find additional budget hotels in Greenwood and the University District less than 20 minutes from Ballard. 


The best time to visit Ballard is during the fall from September to November. The city is vibrant with fall colors, temperatures from 40 to 70 degrees, and numerous festivals including the annual Earshot Jazz festival. With summer crowds gone, hotels have ample room availability at budget prices.  

* does not sell to Watertown Hotel and the Hyatt at Olive 8