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Inspector Picks: 10 of the Best Hotels on the West Coast

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May 03, 2022
Consider making Portland, San Francisco or Seattle your home base on a West Coast vacation. Our AAA Inspectors share some of the best places to stay in each city, including the best Portland hotels and memorable accommodations in San Francisco and Seattle, too.
So what are you waiting for? Book a West Coast hotel and plan a vacation to remember.
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The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle

Seattle, Washington
AAA Inspector 31: A few of the guest rooms at this hotel have a fabulous view of Elliott Bay and the bustling boat traffic. These are the ones I'd request.
This hotel combines two turn-of-the-20th-century buildings. Works by local artists are the focal point of the public spaces. While the majority of the guest rooms are large, a few are a bit small. Double check when registering.
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The Argonaut

San Francisco, California
AAA Inspector: I enjoy this amazing location because it is a short walk from the many wonderful restaurants and attractions of Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39.
The nautical design of this hotel complements this uniquely renovated Cannery building of Fisherman's Wharf. The seafaring décor is repeated in the guest rooms, which feature original artwork. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Visitor's Center is located just off the lobby.
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The Fairmont San Francisco

San Francisco, California
AAA Inspector: The banquet rooms are gorgeous! I think the ballroom's perfect for the dance scene in Beauty and the Beast.
This historic hotel atop Nob Hill features an impressive lobby and selection of fine shops and restaurants. Not to be missed is The Tonga Room, a much-beloved spot for tiki drinks and live music. A nod to the current farm-to-table trend is the property's herb garden and bee farm. The herbs and honey are used in the restaurants.
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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Seattle, Washington
AAA Inspector 31: For the best view, I always request an upper floor room on the water side of the hotel.
Guests are pampered at this luxury-oriented hotel located near the water where it's an easy walk to several nearby attractions. On the fourth floor, relax in the amazing outdoor infinity pool and spa. Many guest rooms have fabulous water and city views. The hotel occupies the lower 10 floors of a 20 story structure.
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Hotel Eastlund, BW Premier Collection

Portland, Oregon
AAA Inspector 31: I recommend requesting a room with a view of the convention center's illuminated glass spires and the Portland skyline.
This refurbished hotel has a chic lobby that's great for relaxing or meeting friends. While the guest rooms are smaller, the upscale décor, comfy beds and brightly lit baths are welcoming. The hotel's rooftop restaurant and bar features an open-air terrace overlooking downtown and the river. This hotel's location is very convenient to the convention center, downtown and a light-rail train stop with direct access to the city center and airport.
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Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland

Portland, Oregon
AAA Inspector 31: When meeting friends in the lobby, I really like the high energy vibe and trendy charm which makes me feel younger and cooler than I am.
Featuring a modern, hip vibe, this boutique hotel offers some specialty sky loft guest rooms as well as urban soak rooms with their own outdoor patio and private spa tub.
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The Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Portland, Oregon
AAA Inspector 31: Located on an upper floor of this historic building in a light-filled atrium area, I find this upscale lobby with trendy artwork to be a hidden gem.
Within walking distance of many downtown destinations, this luxury hotel occupies the upper floors of the landmark Meier & Frank Building. The public areas house a world-class contemporary art collection. Guest rooms are refined and classically chic.
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The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

San Francisco, California
AAA Inspector 557: The exterior and public areas reflect elegant classic features that transport me to an era of timeless luxury reminiscent of days gone by.
On the brow of Nob Hill, this 1909 landmark property was remarkably renovated to become a stately and elegant hotel. Guest room highlights include luxurious bedding and beautiful custom furnishings. Sophisticated guest services provide for a memorable experience.
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Sentinel

Portland, Oregon
AAA Inspector 31: A former Elks Lodge, this hotel has impressive meeting rooms worth peeking at. I always wonder what tales these walls could tell.
This property graciously combines historic charm and contemporary, upscale conveniences. Some guest rooms and suites boast fireplaces or rooftop terraces affording sweeping views of downtown.
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Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle-Stadium

Seattle, Washington
AAA Inspector 31: I've got to admit, the proximity to T-Mobile Park or Lumen Field is a huge selling feature for me. The view from the rooftop pool can't be beat.
Right across the street from T-Mobile Park and convenient to Lumen Field, this property has a rooftop pool and hot tub with incredible views. Guests looking for a restful sleep might want to request a courtyard room where the soothing sounds of the fountain can be heard all night.
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