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WSU Economic Impact Visiting Seattle

Welcome to Seattle

Before arrival

Washington State University Seattle Office
901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98164

We recommend arriving at least 1.5-2 hours before your event to allow for travel time.

If you would like a conference room or office space at WSU West, please contact the receptionist:

Eduardo Ramos

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From the Airport (SEA)

Yellow Cab: 206-622-6500

20-45 min to downtown, 30-60 min to Bellevue. Airport to downtown: Metered, about $42-50. Downtown to airport: $40 flat rate.

Town Car or Limo:

“Ground Transportation” touch screen at baggage claim.

Link Light Rail:

Allow for an hour to get downtown. 1-way ticket $2.25-3. To get to WSU Downtown Seattle, take the Link to Pioneer Square Station, exit towards James St, turn right on James St, left on 4th, walk 3 blocks to Marion St, and 901 5th is on the right.

Around Town


If driving, plan $20-35/day in parking.

App-based ride share:

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar: Download one of the apps, schedule a ride for trips between meetings.


Visit and click “Plan a Trip”. Download the “One Bus Away” App.

South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcars:

The South Lake Union Streetcar runs from Lake Union to Westlake, and the First Hill Streetcar runs from Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square. 1-way ticket $2.25.

Traffic Tips

Traffic varies based on time of day, so always check travel time to your event or meeting. Generally traffic flowing into the city is more challenging in the mornings, and out of the city is difficult towards the end of the work day. Thursdays are almost always high-traffic days.

Visit or download WSDOT for traffic updates, or follow on Twitter @WSDOT.

520 Bridge fee: $3-$5.40 depending on time of day (if renting, you will get a bill from the rental company to pay the toll); you can also sign up for a temporary Good to Go pass:


Hotel Vintage

1100 5th Ave
Reservations: 800-853-3914 Hotel: 206-624-8000

Renaissance Seattle Hotel

515 Madison St

Seattle Marriott Waterfront

2100 Alaskan Way
Reservations: 800-453-8254
Hotel: 206-443-5000

Motif Seattle

1415 5th Ave
Reservations: 855-515-1144
Hotel: 206-971-8000

Hotel 1000

1000 1st Ave

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 6th Ave
Reservations: 888-627-7056
Hotel: 206-621-9000

The Westin Seattle

1900 5th Ave
Reservations: 888-627-8513
Hotel: 206-728-1000

W Seattle

1112 4th Ave

Hotel Monaco Seattle

1101 4th Ave
Reservations: 800-715-6513 Hotel: 206-621-1770

Hyatt at Olive 8

1635 8th Ave


Please reach out to Ann Goos, Director for Public Affairs for dining suggestions. 206-465-5136 or


$ Cherry Street Coffee
various locations

$$ Cafe 5

(located on the 5th floor of the 901Fifth Avenue Building, home to WSU West, also idea for a quick lunch)

$$ 40th Floor Starbucks

at Columbia Tower 701 5th Ave


$ PhoCyclo

999 3rd Ave #1

$ Columbia Tower Food Court

701 5th Ave

$$ O’Asian (Dim Sum)

800 5th Ave

$$ McCormick’s Fish House & Bar

(pub style and seafood, also good for happy hour)
722 4th Ave

$$ Palomino Mediterranean

722 4th Ave (also good happy hour)

$$ Rock Bottom Brewery

1333 5th Ave (also good for dinner)


$$ Outlier (Pacific Northwest)

1101 4th Ave

$$ Marcela’s Creole Cookery

106 James St

$$ RView (American)

515 Madison St, 28th floor of Renaissance Hotel

$$$ Wild Ginger (Asian fusion)

1401 3rd Ave

$$$ Purple Café and Wine Bar (American)

1225 4th Ave

$$$ RN74 (French/American)

1433 4th Ave

$$$$ Metropolitan Grill (Steakhouse)

820 2nd Ave