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As the holiday season approaches, Hotel Ändra welcomes you to our downtown Seattle home base for holiday cheer. The holiday spirit has already begun to spread, with festive lighting that spans from the Seattle Center to Pioneer Square. Step out from our convenient location to many holiday attractions and some of the best dining and shopping the city has to offer.

In the spirit of Hotel Ändra’s Scandinavian heritage, we recommend checking out Julefest at the National Nordic Museum in nearby Ballard, November 20 and 21. It is the 44th annual Nordic holiday celebration that transforms the museum grounds into a traditional outdoor market. Immerse yourself in Nordic cultural music, dance performances, and taste traditional holiday fare. Julefest also features 30+ local artists and vendors, including special holiday items for sale from the museum itself. You may find some of these traditions very familiar in current celebrations.

A few short blocks from our doorstep, catch the sleek and newly remodeled Alweg monorail, built for the 1962 World’s Fair, and in minutes arrive at the famous Seattle Center. Winterfest at the Seattle Center starts November 26. The Space Needle and Armory come alive with beautiful lights and performances, including ice sculpting. Take a moment while there to see the newly opened Climate Pledge Arena, the beautiful sculptures all around the grounds. Illuminated nightly in ice blue and midnight blue lights, the hues honor the city’s newest professional sports team, the NHL’s Seattle Kraken. Also, don’t miss the Space Needle, open daily for a breathtaking view of the city during the holidays–also home of a celebrated fireworks display to ring in the new year.

Some friendly elves have shared with us that the annual tree lighting event happens at the Westlake Center downtown, and this year is no exception. There may even be a very special guest from up north. This rain-or-shine event, held after Thanksgiving, draws thousands of people to see the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Macy’s star fireworks-like display, dazzling in the background. A classic carousel, sponsored by the Downtown Seattle Association, adds to the family-friendly fun. Be sure to stroll through the world-famous Pike Place Market, just blocks away, to take in its beautiful holiday decor and to find great, local holiday gifts.

To make your holiday stay even more cheerful, we have designed our Ändra Kultur Package, specifically with the holiday season in mind. If during your stay you plan to visit one of Seattle’s many cultural institutions or events, you will receive 10% off our best available rate at time of booking when you have a ticket stub as proof of attending an event. Also included is free complimentary valet parking and a 1 p.m. check-out time. Package reminder: Present a ticket stub from any holiday event, opera, symphony, live music, museums, and professional dance performances

Hotel Ändra pays homage to the city’s Nordic heritage with Scandinavian design and hospitality, and while the brand may not be Danish, you’ll find plenty of hygge here. Warm and cozy to the core, this elegant boutique property is highly regarded for its cooking school, the Hot Stove Society. For ultimate coziness you’ll need your furbabies with you, so the Ändra welcomes up to two pets (up to 50 pounds) at no additional charge, and they’ll be greeted with bowls, mats and blankets in the room.


Newly renovated rooms are fashionable-mod, “Seattle Hotels” Guide

Modern Scandinavian style defines this 119-room luxury boutique hotel in Belltown. Ändra, which means “change” in Swedish, pays chic homage to the city’s Nordic connection while also nodding to elements of the Pacific Northwest. The classic building, which first opened as efficiency-minded apartments in 1926, is tucked between Belltown’s newer glass-tower arrivals on the less-touristy edge of Downtown. Ideally located for shopping, dining, and attractions, it’s also in the heart of a small foodie empire–several of celebrity chef Tom Douglas’ restaurants are right nearby, with Lola, a fan favorite, on the premises.

Fodor's Travel

Voted #6 Best Hotel in Seattle

A lovely and modern boutique-style hotel, done up in a warm Scandinavian-chic decor. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed, with a good variety of sizes to choose from: small (but thoughtfully laid-out) studios up to spacious suites. Celebrity chef Tom Douglas owns the fantastic restaurant next door (which also provides the hotel room service), and attached cooking school. (You’ll get a 20% room discount if you book a class.) You can’t beat the location – the Andra is close to Pike Place Market, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

Santorini Dave, The Hotel Expert

A stylish Scandinavian aesthetic of wood, glass, and textiles in Nordic blues and oranges greets guests at this stylish downtown spot. It’s one of the best hotels in Seattle for foodies, home to both Lola, Seattle chef Tom Douglas’s acclaimed Greek restaurant, and the Hot Stove Society, Douglas’s cooking school.

Smarter Travel

Awarded the “Certificate of Excellence”

TripAdvisor 2011-2018

The word ändra in Swedish means “change,” and change is what Hotel Ändra is about. The building dates from 1926, but nearly everything in this trendsetting boutique hotel—furniture, fabrics, even bathroom fixtures—comes from Sweden or Scandinavia and reflects a sophisticated and richly textured European aesthetic. The neighborhood where it’s located is also undergoing change as Amazon and other corporate giants move their headquarters into the nearby South Lake Union area. The tone is set in the lobby with its distressed plank floors, thick wool carpets, stone-mantled fireplace, and a chic-casual bar on the mezzanine. The rooms have a warm, rich look augmented by soft alpaca-covered headboards, crisp white linens with striped chenille coverlets, patterned drapery, and minimalist wood furniture. All the rooms have walk-in closets, vanity areas, and small but well-designed bathrooms with green tiled showers with glass half-walls, sloping white sinks, grey slate flooring, lighted mirrors, fluffy Turkish towels, and FACE Stockholm bath products. The hotel’s fitness center is small and basic, as is the business center. The Ändra’s central location makes it easy to walk to all of Seattle’s downtown and waterfront attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Within a two-block area, foodies can dine at three Seattle super-chef Tom Douglas’s restaurants (Lola, Serious Pie, and Etta’s), all reviewed under “Where to Eat.”


Step into Hotel Andra and be transported from bustling downtown neighborhood to a warm urban environment. Ideally located in the epicenter of the city, on the seam of the Belltown and South Lake Union neighborhoods and the thriving retail core, Hotel Andra is perfectly situated for guests to engage in the quintessential Seattle experience. Originally built in 1926, this classic brick building was thoroughly recreated as Hotel Andra in 2004, and renovated again in 2010. The distressed plank floors of the hotel lobby contrast with minimalist design elements, combining Northwest materials with a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. The hotel is home to Tom Douglas’ Lola restaurant. One of Seattle’s finest, the restaurant specializes in fusing Greek-style cooking with fresh Northwest produce. Assaggio Ristorante, featuring authentic Italian cuisine, is also on-site and features a wine list awarded Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”

USA Today 10 Best

Chosen as one of the “Best Hotels in Seattle”

US News, February 2017

Chosen as U.S. News & World Report, Best Family Hotels In The USA

US News, February 2017

Sleek, modern design…[is] on full display at the Hotel Ändra

American Way Magazine, December 2011

Readers’ Choice Award 2011 – “Best In-City Hotel”

Seattle Magazine, December 2011

One of the “25 Best Hotels in the West”

Sunset Magazine, October 2011

Touches such as the furry headboards and roaring lobby fires add soul

The Age, September 2011

One of the “Best Hotels in Seattle”

U.S. News Travel, June 2011

…sophisticated and inviting

Alaska Airlines Magazine, May 2009

One of “The World’s Best Hotels”

Travel + Leisure, January 2008

One of the “Top 15 Luxury Hotels in Washington”

Washington CEO Magazine, October 2007

This hotel’s Scandinavian-inspired design is a blond-wood refuge from a notoriously gray city

Best Life, May 2006

Scandinavian minimalism at its freshest

Town and Country, Fall 2005

A Seattle hotel that’s just cool enough

L.A. Daily News, October 2005

One of the “Best New Hotels in the World”

Conde Nast Traveler, May 2005

Hot List

Conde Nast Traveler, 2005

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